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2:50 PM ET, April 26, 2012


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Daily Mail:
WTF?!?!  —  Sounds dead boring to me!  —  I don't believe that man could think of such a thing.  Religion is not for the rational man.  —  Where the hell does it say you can do that in the Quran!  Why would you want to!!!  The other laws are the usual sexist bull you get in Muslim countries …
EXCLUSIVE: New Secret Service scandal centers on strippers, prostitutes in El Salvador  —  U.S. Secret Service agents brag they routinely use third-world prostitutes while conducting out-of-country security detail for Presidential visits  —  Sponsored Links  —  SEATTLE —
Classical Values:
Zimmerman Raised With Black Children, Is Black  —  The Narrative just took a bullet to the chest.  —  Perhaps inevitably, the story starts with, yes, a dog: … The policeman suggested he buy a gun.  Do the police tell a lot of people they consider irresponsible and dangerous to buy guns?
John Sexton / BREITBART.COM:
SECOND FIRING IN FALSE ZIMMERMAN 911 EDIT  —  There has been a second firing at NBC over the misleading edit of George Zimmerman's 911 call.  A report published yesterday afternoon by the Miami Herald identifies reporter/producer Jeff Burnside as the individual responsible for the edits …
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.
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Mourdock claims lead over Lugar in Indiana poll by Citizens United
Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
Crossroads ad attacks Obama's ‘celebrity’ presidency  —  A new ad released Thursday by the conservative super-PAC American Crossroads seeks to use President Obama's “cool” status against him, appealing to the youth vote by asking how America's “biggest celebrity” has helped them find jobs.
Josh Lederman / Ballot Box:
Biden: Obama has ‘big stick,’ Romney doesn't  —  Vice President Biden rebuked Mitt Romney on foreign policy Thursday, attacking the presumptive GOP nominee as unprepared to serve as commander in chief.  —  It was the Obama administration's most direct and specific refutation of Romney to date …
Discussion: Daily Kos
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:   Biden: ‘I Promise You, the President Has a Big Stick’
Holly Bailey / ABCNEWS:
Biden: Romney's Foreign Policy is ‘Totally Out of Touch’
Discussion: Yahoo! News and Weasel Zippers
Karl Rove / Wall Street Journal:
I Was Wrong About Dick Cheney . . .  . . . and other lessons I learned from vetting vice-presidential candidates.  —  We've entered the silly season when vast numbers of words will be expended on who Mitt Romney's vice presidential running mate should be.  Since the actual announcement …
Scott Keyes / ThinkProgress:
After Previously Praising Her, Paul Ryan Now Disses Ayn Rand: ‘I Reject Her Philosophy’  —  Rep. Paul Ryan and his on-again, off-again political inspiration, Ayn Rand  —  In 2005, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) heaped praise on Ayn Rand, a 20th-century libertarian novelist best known for her philosophy …
Discussion: TBogg and CANNONFIRE
Robert Costa / National Review:
Ryan Shrugged
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Crooks and Liars
Pew Research Center for the People and the Press:
More Support for Gun Rights, Gay Marriage than in 2008 or 2004  —  OVERVIEW  —  Opinions about a pair of contentious social issues, gun control and gay marriage, have changed substantially since previous presidential campaigns.  On gun control, Americans have become more conservative; on gay marriage, they have become more liberal.
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.
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
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 …
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 …
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.
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
Larry J. Sabato / Sabato's Crystal Ball:
Plan of Attack: Obama, Romney and the Electoral College  —  The presidential election could very well come down to one state — which one?  We offer our thoughts on the Electoral College, plus answer questions on House, Senate and gubernatorial races, in our latest Crystal Ball video:
Brother Romney: Commitment To Mormon Church “All Encompassing”  —  The candidate wasn't always so reluctant to talk about his faith.  —  Romney holding Mormon scriptures in his lap.  —  Mitt Romney has been reluctant to discuss his Mormon faith on the campaign trail …
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
Bankrupting the Vote  —  It's well known that Republicans all over the country are doing what comes naturally by seeking to restrict the franchise, most notably through voter ID laws that will disproportionately affect poor and minority voters, restrictions on voter registration drives, and cutbacks on “convenience voting.”
Discussion: Reuters and The Maddow Blog
Laura Bassett / The Huffington Post:
John McCain: ‘War On Women’ Is ‘Imaginary,’ ‘Conjured’ By Democrats … REACT:  —  FOLLOW:  —  Video, GOP War On Women, John Mccain Vawa, John Mccain Violence Against Women Act, John Mccain War On Women, Vawa, Vawa Reauthorization, Violence Against Women Act, War On Women, Politics News
Discussion: The Raw Story and Booman Tribune
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 …
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 …
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 …
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Caitlin McDevitt / Politico:
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Senate approves changes to the U.S. Postal Service
Stephen Hilger / ABCNEWS:
Mitt Romney's Appointment of Gay Aide Richard Grenell Signals New Attitude
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