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11:00 AM ET, April 20, 2012


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Tommy Christopher / Mediaite:
Mitt Romney's 'Obama Isn't Working' Banner Evokes Racial Stereotypes  —  Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney rolled out a new accessory at a speech in Ohio today, delivering his remarks in front of a black banner that said “Obama Isn't Working,” which is also the name …
Jonathan Martin / Politico:
Mitt Romney's challenge: Convincing GOP he can win  —  Poll after poll indicates the presidential campaign is a dead heat, but you wouldn't know it from talking to many Republican professionals.  If you gave them truth serum, they would tell you they think Mitt Romney will lose.
Helene Cooper / New York Times:
Campaign Memo: Campaign Memo: In Strategy Shift, Obama Team Attacks Romney From the Left  —  WASHINGTON — So long, flip-flopper.  Hello, right-wing extremist.  —  Mitt Romney may be inclined to start moving to the political center now that he's practically got the Republican nomination won and done …
Discussion: Daily Kos and Conservatives4Palin
Washington Examiner:
York:Obama faces defeat on pipeline as Dems defect
Discussion: Power Line and Wall Street Journal
Jennifer Steinhauer / New York Times:
Democrats Joining G.O.P. on Pipeline
Nia-Malika Henderson / Washington Post:
Romney ties Obama to factory closed under Bush
Janet Hook / Washington Wire:
Romney Visits Empty Factory to Mock Obama
Indianapolis Star:
Matthew Tully: Gov. Mitch Daniels offers support to Sen. Richard Lugar, advice to Mitt Romney
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Pros, cons of Capitol veep picks
Discussion: Politico
RealClearPolitics Video Log:
Palin To Secret Service Agent: “Check This Out, Bodyguard — You're Fired”  —  Sarah Palin joined FOX News tonight to discuss the Secret Service prostitution scandal as well as the GSA spending scandal.  Palin also reacted to news that broke this afternoon about another Secret Service scandal, this time involving her.
Edgar Sandoval / NY Daily News:
EXCLUSIVE: First photos of Colombia escort in explosive Secret Service hooker scandal  —  24-year-old single mom is known as Dania, she says agent offered $30 for $800 service  —  CARTAGENA, COLOMBIA - The Daily News can reveal the first photo of the 24-year-old Colombian call girl whose encounter …
Ben Jacobs / The Daily Beast:
Brian Schweitzer: Mitt Romney's ‘Family Came From a Polygamy Commune in Mexico’  —  Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer says Mitt Romney's roots in Mexico will hurt him with female voters.  —  The Daily Beast contacted the office of Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer today to talk about whether his state …
Gateway Guest Blogger / The Gateway Pundit:   Oops! Dem Governor Bashes Romney for Polygamist Roots - Forgets About Obama's Polygamist DAD
Gregory Korte / USA Today:
Misinformation campaign targets USA TODAY reporter, editor  —  WASHINGTON - A USA TODAY reporter and editor investigating Pentagon propaganda contractors have themselves been subjected to a propaganda campaign of sorts, waged on the Internet through a series of bogus websites.  —  Sponsored Links
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
Romney hires national security spokesman  —  Mitt Romney has hired Richard A. Grenell, a veteran Republican communications strategist who served in the George W. Bush administration, as his national security and foreign policy spokesman, a campaign official said Thursday.
The Catholic League:
CAMPAIGN AGAINST JON STEWART BEGINS  —  Catholic League president Bill Donohue comments as follows:  —  Jon Stewart refused to apologize last night for the unprecedented assault on Christian sensibilities he launched on April 16.  In that episode, “The Daily Show” featured a naked woman …
Dan Friedman /
Manchin on the Fence About Obama Vote  —  Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., who has done more than any other Democrat up for reelection this year to distance himself from President Obama, said he does not know if he will vote for Obama or presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney in November.
Annie Lowrey / New York Times:
Fears Rise That Recovery May Falter in the Spring  —  WASHINGTON — Some of the same spoilers that interrupted the recovery in 2010 and 2011 have emerged again, raising fears that the winter's economic strength might dissipate in the spring.  —  In recent weeks, European bond yields have started climbing.
Discussion: The Awl
Jesse Helfrich / Ballot Box:
Democrats expressing buyers' remorse on Obama's healthcare law  —  An increasing number of Democrats are taking potshots at President Obama's healthcare law ahead of a Supreme Court decision that could overturn it.  —  The public grievances have come from centrists and liberals and reflect rising anxiety ahead of November's elections.
David Brooks / New York Times:
Testing the Teachers  —  There's an atmosphere of grand fragility hanging over America's colleges.  The grandeur comes from the surging application rates, the international renown, the fancy new dining and athletic facilities.  The fragility comes from the fact that colleges are charging more money …
Terence P. Jeffrey / CNSNews:
Pelosi: Amend the First Amendment  —  ( - House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi on Thursday endorsed a movement announced by other congressional Democrats on Wednesday to ratify an amendment to the U.S. Constitution that would allow Congress to regulate political speech when it is engaged …
Noam Scheiber / The New Republic:
From Hope to Hardball  —  How Barack Obama became Bill Clinton.  —  Though it was obvious to almost no one at the time, Thursday, April 5, may have certified a momentous change in contemporary politics.  It was that day when Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairman Reince Priebus …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Crossroads groups raise $100M  —  American Crossroads, the pro-Republican super PAC co-founded by Karl Rove, and its nonprofit affiliate Crossroads GPS, will announce $100 million raised for both so far through the 2012 cycle, officials told POLITICO.  —  The cash haul runs through all of 2011 …
Phil Pruitt / ABCNEWS:
Romney meets with RNC leaders, campaign finance reports due, plus more to watch for this weekend in politics  —  Mitt Romney speaks in Scottsdale, Ariz., on Friday at the Republican National Committee meeting of state party chairmen.  He also is meeting privately with RNC members before the speech.
Discussion: CNN and Associated Press
Ron Paul / CNN:
Paul campaign touts campaign cash
Discussion: Politico and ABCNEWS
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Discussion: CNN
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