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12:25 PM 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.
Washington Examiner:
York:Obama faces defeat on pipeline as Dems defect  —  U.S. President Barack Obama speaks at the southern site of the Keystone XL pipeline on March 22, 2012 in Cushing, Oklahoma.  (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)  —  While much of the political world obsesses over Twitter fights and Seamus the dog …
Helene Cooper / New York Times:
Campaign Memo: Campaign Memo: In Strategy Shift, Obama Team Attacks Romney From the Left
Discussion: Daily Kos and Conservatives4Palin
Nia-Malika Henderson / Washington Post:
Romney ties Obama to factory closed under Bush
Washington Post:
Secret Service supervisors involved in Colombia scandal identified  —  One of the Secret Service supervisors who was forced out of the agency this week for his involvement in the Colombia prostitution scandal made light of his official protective work on his Facebook page …
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.
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
Matt Gutman / ABCNEWS:
Warning Graphic Photo: Possible New Evidence Shows George Zimmerman's Bloodied Head  —  A new photograph obtained exclusively by ABC News showing the bloodied back of George Zimmerman's head, which was apparently taken three minutes after he shot and killed Trayvon Martin …
Crossroads nears $100 million mark  —  Washington (CNN) - A pro-GOP independent super PAC co-founded by Karl Rove says it has raised nearly $100 million so far this campaign cycle.  —  An official for American Crossroads confirms to CNN that the super PAC and its nonprofit affiliate Crossroads …
Discussion: GOP 12
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
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.
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.
Chris Geidner / Poliglot:
Romney Hires Out Gay Spokesman to Tackle Foreign Affairs and National Security Issues  —  Mitt Romney's campaign tonight announced that it has hired Richard Grenell, an out gay former George W. Bush administration official, to serve as the presumptive Republican presidential nominee's …
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
Romney hires national security spokesman
John Merline / Investor's Business Daily:
5.4 Million Join Disability Rolls Under Obama  —  A record 5.4 million workers and their dependents have signed up to collect federal disability checks since President Obama took office, according to the latest official government data, as discouraged workers increasingly give up looking …
Live blog: Zimmerman ‘sorry’ for loss of Martins' son; bond set at $150,000  —  After George Zimmerman took the stand during his bond hearing and told Trayvon Martin's parents that he was sorry for the loss of their son, a Florida judge Friday set Zimmerman's bond at $150,000.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Daily Kos
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 …
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 …
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National Review:
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Terence P. Jeffrey / CNSNews:
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