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10:45 AM ET, April 23, 2012

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Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Shift on Executive Power Lets Obama Bypass Rivals  —  WASHINGTON — One Saturday last fall, President Obama interrupted a White House strategy meeting to raise an issue not on the agenda.  He declared, aides recalled, that the administration needed to more aggressively use executive power …
BuzzFeed:
Jon Huntsman Trashes GOP, Expresses Campaign Regrets  —  Former Republican presidential candidate compares his party to Communist China.  Says Reagan would have trouble winning GOP primary in this political environment.  Regrets opposition to 10-1 spending cuts to tax increase deficit deal.
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Darius Dixon / Politico:
Jon Huntsman explains China comment  —  Jon Huntsman on Monday attempted to explain comments comparing the Republican party to the Chinese communist party.  —  Huntsman, the former Utah governor, said on MSNBC on Monday that the night before he was “waxing philosophical” when he brought up Republicans and China.
Alex Seitz-Wald / ThinkProgress:
Jon Huntsman Slams GOP: Reagan Would ‘Likely Not’ Be Able To Win Today  —  Former Republican presidential candidate Jon Huntsman slammed his party during an interview this weekend at the 92nd Street Y in New York City.  He compared his party's demand for purity and discipline to the Chinese Communist party …
Leigh Ann Caldwell / CBS News:
Poll: Just three percent have favorable view of John Edwards  —  CBS News Poll analysis by the CBS News Polling Unit: Sarah Dutton, Jennifer De Pinto, Fred Backus and Anthony Salvanto.  —  (CBS News) With opening arguments in the trial of former U.S. senator and presidential candidate John Edwards set …
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Mj Lee / Politico:   Poll: John Edwards 3% favorable rating
Scott Wilson / Washington Post:
Obama targets foreign nationals' use of new technologies in human rights abuses  —  President Obama issued an executive order Monday that will allow U.S. officials for the first time to impose sanctions against foreign nationals found to have used new technologies, from cellphone tracking …
New York Post:
An $8 billion trick?  —  Call it President Obama's Committee for the Re-Election of the President — a political slush fund at the Health and Human Services Department.  —  Only this isn't some little fund from shadowy private sources; this is taxpayer money, redirected to help Obama win another term.
Journalism.org:
HOW THE MEDIA COVERED THE 2012 PRIMARY CAMPAIGN  —  LESS HORSE RACE THAN 2008  —  By Tom Rosenstiel, Mark Jurkowitz and Tricia Sartor of PEJ  —  Mitt Romney needed 15 weeks once the primary contests began to gain a secure hold over his party's nomination for president.
Discussion: Reuters, Mediaite and his vorpal sword
Greg Keller / Associated Press:
Fringes cast shadow over French prez election  —  PARIS (AP) — Socialist Francois Hollande and conservative Nicolas Sarkozy go head-to-head in France's presidential runoff, but a third figure looms large in the campaign: the leader of the nation's far-right National Front.
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Paul Krugman / New York Times:
The Amnesia Candidate  —  Just how stupid does Mitt Romney think we are?  If you've been following his campaign from the beginning, that's a question you have probably asked many times.  —  But the question was raised with particular force last week, when Mr. Romney tried …
Neil Munro / The Daily Caller:
Yet another new survey shows that Republican supporters know more about politics and political history than Democrats.  —  On eight of 13 questions about politics, Republicans outscored Democrats by an average of 18 percentage points, according to a new Pew survey titled “Partisan Differences in Knowledge.”
Rudy Giuliani / CNN:
TRENDING: Giuliani endorses Romney, downplays being running mate  —  (CNN) - One-time Mitt Romney rival Rudi Giuliani endorsed the all-but-certain Republican presidential nominee for president on Monday.  And the former New York City mayor downplayed any chance he would be considered a running mate on the GOP ticket.
Discussion: Politico
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Ron Paul / CNN:
Paul compares campaign to American Revolution at rain-soaked rally
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Have Our News Organizations Gone Crazy?  —  I wrote here about MSNBC's campaign to tie the Koch brothers to George Zimmerman's shooting of Trayvon Martin.  That effort was, it is fair to say, insane, but it apparently inspired one or more liberals to take MSNBC's theories a step farther.
Discussion: JustOneMinute
Walter Russell Mead / Via Meadia:
At The NYT: Clueless Blue Deer Meet Onrushing Truck  —  Schadenfreude alert: readers, and especially those who don't much like the New York Times, should make sure they are not eating soup or holding hot liquids before viewing the video below.  Uncontrollable gales of laughter stemming …
Discussion: Power Line
Teri Weaver / Syracuse Post-Standard:
28 military protesters arrested in DeWitt near Hancock Air Base  —  DeWitt, N.Y. — Twenty-eight people were charged Sunday after failing to obtain a DeWitt town permit to march into the town and protest the U.S. military's use of unmanned drones.  —  The gathering, which included members …
Discussion: War Is A Crime .org
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
West says Muslim Brotherhood being allowed to influence strategy  —  Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) criticized the FBI on Monday for removing nearly 900 pages of training material it deemed to be offensive, saying it showed extremist Muslim groups were influencing national strategy.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Jim Treacher / The Daily Caller:
A day will come when I stop enjoying this.  Today is not that day.  —  Here's Gary Eaton on Obama's dog-eatin' (with apologies to Hall & Oates):  —  At Knowyourmeme.com, the page for “Obama, the Eater of Dogs” is going strong, and the gallery is growing by the hour.
Discussion: Don Surber, ABCNEWS and Instapundit
Steve Fishman / New York Magazine:
The Tabloid Turncoat  —  Colin Myler, the Daily News' new editor, knows his enemies at Rupert Murdoch's New York Post.  Maybe too well.  —  Five years ago, Colin Myler, now the editor of the Daily News, received a message from Rupert Murdoch's people.  At the time, Myler, a square-faced Brit, was a top ­editor at Murdoch's Post.
Discussion: Politico and Guardian
Richard Fausset / Los Angeles Times:
George Zimmerman released on bond in Trayvon Martin killing  —  George Zimmerman enters court Friday for a hearing in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin.  (Gary W. Green / Orlando Sentinel / April 21, 2012)  —  George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch volunteer who shot an unarmed teenager …
Discussion: Scared Monkeys
Kevin Sieff / Washington Post:
Afghanistan, U.S. reach pact on post-2014 American support  —  KABUL — After more than a year of negotiations, U.S. and Afghan officials reached an agreement Sunday affirming the United States' commitment to Afghanistan for a decade after its formal troop withdrawal in 2014.
Discussion: emptywheel and New York Magazine
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Paul Wiseman / Boston Globe:
Swing-state unemployment down, Obama's chances up
Discussion: Shakesville and BuzzFeed
Ewen MacAskill / Guardian:
UN to investigate plight of US Native Americans for first time
Kenneth Lovett / NY Daily News:
Gov. Cuomo set to name David Paterson to MTA board, where he will replace Paul McCartney's wife Nancy Shevell
Discussion: New York Magazine
David Carr / New York Times:
TV Corrects Itself, Just Not on the Air
Liz Sly / Washington Post:
Fears of extremism taking hold in Syria as violence continues
Patrick O'Connor / Wall Street Journal:
Pushback for Romney Fund
Discussion: ThinkProgress and The Page
Bloomberg:
Bo Xilai Clan Links Included Citigroup Hiring of Elder Son
Discussion: News Desk and FT Alphaville
 Earlier Items: 
John Harwood / New York Times:
Political Memo: Obama-Romney Race Could Help Pave Way to Deficit Deal
Associated Press:
Iran says is building copy of captured US drone
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
Book: GOP freshman class turned into ‘a monster’ for Boehner, other House leaders
Discussion: iOwnTheWorld.com and Hullabaloo
Steve Maley / RedState:
Earth Day 2012: The Day the Tide Turned
Discussion: Ed Driscoll
Washington Wire:
Who's Who in the Secret Service Scandal
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Jake Sherman / Politico:
Obama ‘apoplectic’ about GSA scandal