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12:25 PM ET, April 26, 2012


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E.J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
Romney's principled, radical view for America  —  It turns out that there is at least one question on which Mitt Romney is not a flip-flopper: He has a utopian view of what an unfettered, lightly taxed market economy can achieve.  —  He would never put it this way, of course …
Holly Bailey / ABCNEWS:
Biden: Romney's Foreign Policy is ‘Totally Out of Touch’
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Yahoo! News
Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
Obama camp targets Romney's ‘back to the future’ foreign policy
Discussion: CNN and GOP 12
TRENDING: Republicans request investigation of Obama travel  —  (CNN) - President Barack Obama isn't just playing politics - he may be committing fraud on the taxpayer's dime, the Republican National Committee charged on Wednesday.  —  In a letter to the Government Accountability Office …
John Thune / CNN:
Thune puts damper on VP speculation
Discussion: GOP 12
Olivier Knox / ABCNEWS:   RNC calls for investigation into Obama's travel costs for ambiguously political trips
Lachlan Markay / The Heritage Foundation:
VIDEO: EPA Official Compares Agency Enforcement to Roman Crucifixions  —  A video surfaced on Wednesday showing a regional administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency comparing his agency's philosophy with respect to regulation of oil and gas companies to brutal tactics employed …
Caroline May / The Daily Caller:
EPA official apologizes for ‘crucify’ the oil and gas producers comments
Discussion: Hot Air and Nice Deb
Matt Dempsey / U.S. Senate Committee …:
Inhofe To Detail EPA's “Crucify Them” Strategy on American Energy Producers in Senate Floor Speech
Discussion: Politico
Craig Bannister / CNSNews:
EPA Official's ‘Philosophy’ On Oil Companies: ‘Crucify Them’ - Just As Romans Crucified Conquered Citizens
Discussion: RedState and Conservatives4Palin
Chris Francescani / Reuters:
George Zimmerman: Prelude to a shooting  —  (Reuters) - A pit bull named Big Boi began menacing George and Shellie Zimmerman in the fall of 2009.  —  The first time the dog ran free and cornered Shellie in their gated community in Sanford, Florida, George called the owner to complain.
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
GOP Proposes Cuts In Health Prevention To Keep Student Loan Interest Rates From Doubling  —  House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) announced on Wednesday that the House will take up legislation to extend the Bush-era 2007 College Cost Reduction and Access Act, a measure to prevent interest rates …
Ian Swanson / The Hill:
House to vote on student loans
Discussion: Democrats and Speaker
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
A Bad Day In Court for the Obama Administration  —  Some years ago, I worked on a big case in Alaska and spent a lot of time there.  At that time, the local bar was buzzing about a lawyer who had a really bad day in court: he was kicked to death by a moose in the parking lot of the federal courthouse in Anchorage.
Jamelle Bouie / American Prospect:
The Only Reasonable Response Is Alarm  —  I'm not surprised that Michael Gerson, architect of “compassionate conservatism,” has convinced himself that this generation of Republican leaders is carrying on in his footsteps (via Mike Allen): … The Ryan budget does a lot of things.
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Romney fundraiser: Donors ‘coming out of the woodwork’  —  Mitt Romney's fundraising has skyrocketed since he became the de facto nominee, a top Romney fundraiser told The Hill Wednesday evening.  —  “People are coming out of the woodwork,” said the fundraiser, who requested not to be named.
David Catanese / Politico:
Dick Lugar trails by 5, poll says  —  Indiana Sen. Dick Lugar has fallen behind state Treasurer Richard Mourdock by five points, according to a new poll released Thursday.  —  The survey, taken Tuesday and Wednesday by Wenzel Strategies on behalf of Citizens United, places Mourdock at 44 percent and Lugar at 39 percent.
Jonathan Weisman / New York Times:
2 House Democrats Defeated After Opposing Health Law  —  WASHINGTON — The defeat of two conservative House Democrats by more liberal opponents in Tuesday's Pennsylvania primary illustrates the strong hold the new health care law still has over committed Democratic voters and foreshadows …
Ben Shapiro / BREITBART.COM:
OBAMA'S FALLON APPEARANCE VIOLATED CAMPAIGN LAW  —  Last night, President Obama appeared on Jimmy Fallon's unwatchable show to “slow-jam the news.”  By this, Fallon meant that Obama would read a campaign speech about student loans, Fallon would utter a few lines to back him up every so often …
Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Andrew Cuomo vs. Hillary Clinton in 2016?  —  “Welcome to my announcement to run for president of Malta,” Hillary Clinton joked Wednesday night as she took the stage at Lincoln Center, where she was one of 100 luminaries honored by Time magazine.  —  Surveying the crowd …
David Miliband / New Statesman:
Exclusive: George Galloway's conversion to Islam  —  Jemima Khan, in an interview with the Bradford MP, reveals the background to his Muslim conversion.  —  In a wide-ranging interview in this week's issue of the New Statesman, George Galloway MP talks about his spectacular by-election victory …
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
News, And Not News  —  The Times poses a puzzle on its front page today - in the world that brought us Trayvon Martin, what is news, and what is not news?  In the course of asking they continue their non-coverage of Summer Moody (now deceased) and Matthew Owens, two stories with Trayvon Martin resonance …
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Vogue's flattering article on Syria's first lady is scrubbed from Web  —  It may have been the worst-timed, and most tin-eared, magazine article in decades.  —  “Asma al-Assad is glamorous, young, and very chic — the freshest and most magnetic of first ladies,” writer Joan Juliet Buck began …
Chuck Rudd / The Daily Caller:
The sister of a white Mobile, Alabama man who suffered severe head trauma during a beating by approximately 20 black neighbors on Saturday spoke exclusively to The Daily Caller, saying that the incident started after one of her children witnessed some of the eventual assailants stealing an item …
Stephen Hilger / ABCNEWS:
Mitt Romney's Appointment of Gay Aide Richard Grenell Signals New Attitude  —  Last week, Mitt Romney hired Richard Grenell as his new foreign policy spokesman.  Grenell was President Bush's communications director at the United Nations for eight years, and has been a spokesman for a handful …
Discussion: Towleroad News #gay
Washington Free Beacon:
Liberal Media Mock Obama for Faux Campaign  —  Members of the media are questioning the Obama administration's numerous “official business” trips to swing states, during which he has been giving stump speeches and raising campaign funds.  —  High-profile Washington reporters engaged in a line …
Caitlin McDevitt / Politico:
White House Correspondents' Dinner guest list: The latest  —  Newsweek/The Daily Beast Actress Reese Witherspoon; “The Help” star Viola Davis; J.R. Martinez of “Dancing With the Stars”; Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano; Gen. David Petraeus; Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand …
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Cameron Joseph / The Hill:
Centrist lawmakers find themselves on losing end of 2012 races  —  Next year's Congress might be the most polarized yet thanks to the loss of centrist lawmakers — a trend emphasized in Tuesday's Pennsylvania primaries.  —  “The middle is getting squeezed,” ex-Rep. Tom Davis (Va.) …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
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