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5:40 PM ET, April 20, 2012

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Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
The George Zimmerman Bail Hearing  —  Wow - some days chicken salad and some days Florida state prosecutor.  —  George Zimmerman will be released on bail, set at $150,000.  The prosecution had asked for $1 million, the defense for $15,000.  —  CNN has 1, 2 transcripts.
Discussion: TalkLeft, New York Times and CNN
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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 …
Faiz Shakir / ThinkProgress:
Prosecutor: Zimmerman Allegedly Slapped His Ex-Girlfriend And ‘Asked Her How It Felt’
Discussion: Jezebel and Colorlines
Alex Alvarez / Mediaite:
GMA Shows Exclusive Images Of George Zimmerman's Head Injuries From Night Of Trayvon's Death
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
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 …
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Gateway Guest Blogger / The Gateway Pundit:
Oops!  Dem Governor Bashes Romney for Polygamist Roots - Forgets About Obama's Polygamist DAD  —  The Luo Tribe has a long history of polygamy...  In this Obama Family photo are: (bottom row, from left) half-sister Auma, her mother Kezia Obama, Obama's step-grandmother Sarah Hussein Onyango Obama …
Fox News:
Palin to Secret Service agent: 'Check this out - you're fired ... the buck stops with the president'  —  This is a rush transcript from “On the Record,” April 19, 2012.  This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.  —  GRETA VAN SUSTEREN, FOX NEWS HOST: First, talk about rotten luck!
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Dan Friedman / NationalJournal.com:
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.
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Amanda Terkel / The Huffington Post:
Heather Wilson Mocks Al Franken's Anti-Bullying Bill, Says It Would Criminalize Teasing … REACT:  —  FOLLOW:  —  Al Franken , Elections 2012, Video, Heather Wilson, New Mexico Senate Election, SB 555, Al Franken Bullying, Anti-Bullying, Election 2012, Gay Bullying, Heather Wilson Al Franken …
Discussion: ThinkProgress
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Chris Geidner / Poliglot:
BREAKING: White House Endorses Safe Schools Bill and Student Non-Discrimination Act
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Joe. My. God.
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Mitch Daniels / CNN:
Daniels offers tough love for Romney
Discussion: ABCNEWS, Hot Air and Mediaite
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 …
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J. Lester Feder / Politico:
HHS hires former Planned Parenthood spokesman  —  If the Obama administration was already on bad terms with abortion opponents, it's not going to improve relations by hiring Planned Parenthood's former spokesman for a job at the Department of Health and Human Services.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Josh Lederman / Ballot Box:
Obama raises $35M in March, has more than $100M stored away  —  President Obama's reelection campaign brought in $35 million during March, while the Obama Victory Fund took in $18.7 million.  —  The March totals for Obama's campaign and the Victory Fund, a joint committee shared by his campaign …
Discussion: CNN
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Holly Bailey / Yahoo! News:
Mitt Romney raised nearly $12.6 million in March
Discussion: ABCNEWS
Eugene Volokh / The Volokh Conspiracy:
Congressman Proposes Amendment to Strip Most Newspapers, Churches, Nonprofits, and Other Corporations of All Constitutional Rights  —  That's the People's Rights Amendment: … So just as Congress could therefore ban the speech of nonmedia business corporations, it could ban publications …
NewsMax.com:
Jeb Warns Newsmax: Get Ready For ‘Most Negative Campaign’ Ever  —  More ways to share...  Mixx  —  Stumbled  —  LinkedIn  —  Vine  —  Buzzflash  —  Newstrust  —  Technocrati  —  Forward Article  —  Americans are facing what will likely be the “most negative campaign in modern times” …
Discussion: ABCNEWS, Politico, CNN, Guardian and Mediaite
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
Joshua Rhett Miller / Fox News:
LEGOs for girls has feminist group in a twist  —  The new “Lego Friends” line rolled out in December features LadyFigs, curvier takeoffs on the traditional boxy figurines that live in a place called Heartlake City.  Shown above is a set depicting “Stephanie's Outdoor Bakery.”  (LEGO.com)
Erik Wasson / The Hill:
CBO estimates Obama 2013 budget will hit economic growth  —  The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said Friday that President Obama's 2013 budget will hurt the economy in the long term, arguing the larger deficits it would produce would reduce the amount of capital available to businesses.
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.
BuzzFeed:
A Ph.D In Beards  —  Everything you need to know about facial hair in one infographic.  —  by  —  ImWithKanye  · added an hour ago  · 31 responses
Alexander Burns / Politico:
New Romney flack's old pastime: ridiculing the Gingriches  —  Mitt Romney's campaign put out word Thursday that Richard Grenell, the former Bush administration spokesman at the United Nations, was joining his team as a spokesman on foreign policy issues.  —  In between his gigs at the UN …
 
 
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Andy Newman / City Room:
Guard at the Met Wounded When Gun Goes Off
Discussion: Gothamist and New York Magazine
Ryan Grim / The Huffington Post:
4/20: How ‘Weed Day’ Got Its Name
Discussion: Hit & Run and The Hairpin
Tim Graham / NewsBusters.org:
Daily Kos Announces: ‘The Fetus Is a Parasite’
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Jobless rate falls in Ohio, Florida, where Obama is opening lead in polls
Alan S. Blinder / Wall Street Journal:
Alan Blinder: Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Insurance
Discussion: EconLog
Paul Waldman / American Prospect:
Religious Belief Declining Very Slowly Around the World
Discussion: UChicago News
Ken Blackwell / The Huffington Post:
Appeals Court Gives Arizona Partial Victory on Voter ID Law
Bloomberg:
Parsons Blames Glass-Steagall Repeal for Crisis
 Earlier Items: 
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
Romney Says ‘No Time for Elaborate Vacations’
Benjamin Weiser / New York Times:
Case Against Jury-Nullification Advocate Heicklen Dismissed
Discussion: Law Blog, Hit & Run, The BLT and City Room
James Rosen / Fox News:
New federal agency OFR stirs ‘Orwellian’ fears
Discussion: protein wisdom
Bloomberg:
Nine U.S. Banks Said to be Examined on Overdraft Fees
Discussion: msnbc.com
Jennifer Steinhauer / New York Times:
Democrats Joining G.O.P. on Pipeline
David Brooks / New York Times:
Testing the Teachers  —  There's an atmosphere of grand fragility …