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3:25 PM 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 …
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Judd Gregg / The Hill:
Why stay?  President, Congress should just go home until after the election  —  The president is in full campaign mode.  So is Congress.  The federal government has been put into a holding pattern until the November elections.  —  Like “Major, Major, Major” from “Catch-22,” …
Discussion: ABCNEWS and Booman Tribune
Jonathan H. Adler / The Volokh Conspiracy:
How President Obama Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Executive Power
Discussion: Balkinization
Politico:
Obama's campaign whisperer  —  Barack Obama's top advisers are making a mid-"core" correction in their attacks on Mitt Romney — with a little nudge from Bill Clinton, who is finding a niche as an Obama campaign whisperer and fundraiser.  —  Late last year, as Romney galloped to the right …
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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 …
Edward Luce / Financial Times:
Obama needs to find a theme soon
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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Jamie Weinstein / The Daily Caller:
TheDC Morning: Dick Cheney over 10 times more popular than John Edwards
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
6 things to watch for at the John Edwards trial
Discussion: Hot Air and Guardian
Walter Shapiro / The New Republic:
How John Edwards Could Get Cornered By the Prosecution in His Campaign Finance Trial
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.
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.
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Associated Press:
Gov't auditors call on Obama administration to cancel Medicare bonuses GOP sees as political
Discussion: Hit & Run
Noam N. Levey / Los Angeles Times:
Romney's healthcare plan may be more revolutionary than Obama's  —  Instead of getting coverage at work, more Americans would shop for it on their own.  That would mean more choices — and more risk.  —  Republican candidate Mitt Romney says he would dump President Obama's healthcare overhaul and replace it with something else.
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Sam Baker / The Hill:
Report: Health law will save Medicare $200B
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Richard Black / BBC:
White killer whale adult spotted for first time in wild  —  “Iceberg” is believed to be the first mature white orca observed  —  Scientists have made what they believe to be the first sighting of an adult white orca, or killer whale.  —  The adult male, which they have nicknamed Iceberg …
Discussion: ABCNEWS and Guardian
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.
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 …
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Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
Obama: ‘National sovereignty is never a license to slaughter your people’
Discussion: ABCNEWS and Politico
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.”
Darius Dixon / Politico:
Rep. Dana Rohrabacher can't enter Afghanistan  —  Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, a senior member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said Monday he was denied entry into Afghanistan because of his critical views of that country's government.  —  “Apparently, [Afghanistan President Hamid] …
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Mackenzie Weinger / Politico:
Ron Paul not quitting  —  Ron Paul said Monday he has no plans to end his campaign and is staying in the race since “maybe somebody will stumble” on the way to the convention.  —  Paul told CNBC's “Squawk Box” that even if Mitt Romney secures the delegates needed for the nomination …
Discussion: CNN
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Jonathan Miller / NationalJournal.com:
Ron Paul Says He'll Continue, Even If Romney Clinches Nomination
Discussion: The Raw Story, Mediaite and Guardian
Politics in Minnesota:
State GOP served with eviction papers for its St. Paul office space  —  The debt-plagued Republican Party of Minnesota is getting kicked out of its party headquarters near the state Capitol.  —  Massachusetts-based Hub Properties Trust filed paperwork in Ramsey County on Wednesday to evict …
Jeffry Scott / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Cynthia McKinney back and running for her old congressional seat  —  Former Georgia congresswoman Cynthia McKinney is preparing to run for her old 4th Congressional district seat on the Green Party ticket.  —  McKinney was defeated by 4th district incumbent Hank Johnson in 2006 …
Chicago News and Weather:
Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich Washing Pots in Prison, Looking Forward to Teaching Shakespeare  —  FOX Chicago News Exclusive  —  (FOX Chicago News) Littleton, Colo. - Ever since Rod Blagojevich reported to the Englewood Federal Correctional Center outside Denver five and a half weeks ago …
Discussion: Politico
Patrick Gavin / Politico:
Hugh Hefner: GOP ‘war against sex’  —  Although it's his magazine, Playboy founder Hugh Hefner doesn't frequently take to its pages to wax poetic about one thing or another.  In the May issue, however, Hefner pens a rare, full-page editorial on an unsurprising topic: Sex.  —  This time, it's political, however.
Discussion: Mediaite
 
 
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ABCNEWS:
Romney Spokeswoman in 2010: Marco Rubio is a “Wheeling-and-Dealing” “Lobbyist-Politician w/ “Questionable Ethics”
Discussion: GOP 12
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
Trayvon Martin Case - A Partially Parallel Shooting In Alabama
Ramsey Cox / The Hill:
Hill Poll: Romney leads in respect on working women issue
Reuters:
Suspected cyber attack hits Iran oil industry
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Rosalind S. Helderman / Washington Post:
Sen. Claire McCaskill takes fight to super PACs as Missouri swings farther right
Discussion: Power Line
Pat Garofalo / ThinkProgress:
RNC Spokeswoman: Republican Economic Platform Will Be The Bush Program, ‘Just Updated’
Discussion: The Maddow Blog and The Mahablog
Joe Romm / ThinkProgress:
President Obama Edits Out Climate Change From His Earth Day 2012 Proclamation
Discussion: Get Energy Smart!
 Earlier Items: 
Reuters:
Sarkozy courts French far right after Hollande win
Discussion: The New Republic
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Scott Sayare / New York Times:
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Steve Fishman / New York Magazine:
The Tabloid Turncoat  —  Colin Myler, the Daily News' new editor …
David Carr / New York Times:
TV Corrects Itself, Just Not on the Air
Patrick O'Connor / Wall Street Journal:
Pushback for Romney Fund
 

 
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George Steer / Financial Times:
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Gaby Del Valle / The Verge:
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