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12:50 AM ET, April 27, 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 …
Dan Murphy / Christian Science Monitor:
Egypt ‘necrophilia law’?  Hooey, utter hooey.  —  ‘Necrophilia law’?  Don't believe everything you read on the Internet, kids.  At least until there's like, you know, some proof.  —  Today, Egypt's state-owned Al Ahram newspaper published an opinion piece by Amr Abdul Samea …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Abeer Tayel / English:
Egypt's women urge MPs not to pass early marriage, sex-after-death laws: report  —  Egypt's National Council for Women (NCW) has appealed to the Islamist-dominated parliament not to approve two controversial laws on the minimum age of marriage and allowing a husband to have sex …
John Parkinson / ABCNEWS:
Pelosi Says GOP Plan on Student Loan Rate 'Assault on Women's Health'  —  House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi railed against Republican efforts to offset the one-year extension of the 3.4 percent student loan rate by taking money out of a fund she believes is imperative to the “survival to women.”
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Pirate's Cove
Keith Perineand Jennifer Martinez / Politico:
House passes CISPA bill
Brendan Sasso / The Hill:   White House rejects Boehner's claim Obama wants to control the Internet
Ed O'Keefe / Washington Post:
John Boehner doubts Marco Rubio immigration plan could pass House this year
Michelle Obama's White House fantasy
Discussion: Politico and Weasel Zippers
Amy Davidson / News Desk:
What John Edwards Said  —  Perhaps it's a bad sign if John Edwards tells you that he loves you.  But Andrew Young, who finished his third day of testimony for the prosecution, already had pretty fair warning—he had claimed to be the father of a child that wasn't his; had his wife deposit …
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Judge rejects mistress's secrecy bid at John Edwards trial  —  The federal judge overseeing former presidential candidate John Edwards's trial on campaign finance charges has rejected what appears to be a bid by Edwards's ex-mistress to keep some of the trial exhibits secret.
Discussion: ABCNEWS and Yahoo! News
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 …
Evan McMorris-Santoro /
TPM2012  —  Romney Campaign Again Warns Of ‘Soviet’ Threat  —  The Romney campaign has been accused of being stuck in the 1950s.  But it also seems mired in the 1980s — it again invoked Cold War threats on Thursday, as it tried to attack the Obama administration on foreign policy.
Ben Armbruster / ThinkProgress:
Romney Foreign Policy Adviser Attacks Obama's ‘Czechoslovakia’ Policy
Josh Lederman / Ballot Box:
Biden: Obama has ‘big stick,’ Romney doesn't
Discussion: Politico and Daily Kos
Media Matters / Media Matters for America:
Fox's Monica Crowley Reacts To Fluke's Reported Engagement: “To A Man?”  —  Fox News political and foreign affairs analyst Monica Crowley reacted to a report that Georgetown Law student Sandra Fluke got engaged to her boyfriend by tweeting: “To a man?”  —  Following criticism of her on Twitter …
Leigh Beadon / Techdirt:
Insanity: CISPA Just Got Way Worse, And Then Passed On Rushed Vote  —  Up until this afternoon, the final vote on CISPA was supposed to be tomorrow.  Then, abruptly, it was moved up today—and the House voted in favor of its passage with a vote of 248-168.  But that's not even the worst part.
Maureen Ryan / The Huffington Post:
‘Parks And Recreation’ Gets Political: Amy Poehler And Mike Schur Talk Pawnee Debate Night … REACT:  —  FOLLOW:  —  Amy Poehler, Maureen Ryan, Reality-Free, Video, Parks and Recreation, Television, TV Spoilers, Amy Poehler Interview, Funny Women, Interview, Michael Schur …
Discussion: ThinkProgress
James Poniewozik /   TV Tonight: What Are Parks and Rec's Politics?
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
NBC's Bad Zimmerman Edit - The Non-Story Expands  —  Breitbart's Big Journo flags a Miami Herald story telling us that NBC6 Miami reporter/producer Jeff Burnside was fired for his role in a misleading edit of the Zimmerman call to 911.  —  The timing is not clear, but the Herald story …
Frank Newport / Gallup:
Young Voters Back Obama, but Many Aren't Poised to Vote  —  Older voters much more likely to vote, and more likely to support Romney  —  PRINCETON, NJ — President Obama continues to enjoy a substantial lead over Mitt Romney among voters under 30, but these youthful Americans …
Elizabeth Hartfield / ABCNEWS:   Young People May Not Bother to Vote for Obama: Poll
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.
Morgan Little / Los Angeles Times:   Americans increasingly in favor of gay marriage, gun rights
Pew Research Center:
Growing Gap in Favorable Views of Federal, State Governments  —  Republicans Like State Government, Especially in GOP-Led States  —  OVERVIEW  —  Just a third of Americans have a favorable opinion of the federal government, the lowest positive rating in 15 years.
Tim Mak / Politico:
Poll: Gov't favorability at 15-year low
Discussion: Power Line
Paul Waldman / American Prospect:
The Cool Kids Versus the Squares, Yet Again  —  When Barack Obama appeared on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon the other night, he walked on stage and gave Fallon a quick pound hug, that handshake/one-arm hug that we cool guys do these days to express a sentiment something like, “It is good to see you again …
Paul Krugman:
The New Voodoo  —  Every time I think we might be making progress against the prejudices and myths that pass for judicious thinking these days, something like this editorial in the FT comes along to renew my despair.  —  The editorial is a response to the latest bad UK economic news …
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 …
John DiStaso /
Manchester's Biundo, former Santorum campaign manager, moves to key post in Rommey camp  —  MANCHESTER — Veteran Manchester Republican activist Mike Biundo, the former national campaign manager for Rick Santorum, has signed on with the Mitt Romney campaign in a key post organizing conservative voters …
Discussion: Power Line, Washington Post and ABCNEWS
Paul Bedard / Washington Examiner:
Vacation backlash: Blue collar Dems jealous, angry at Obamas  —  Blue collar workers are upset with the number of vacations the first family take.  The Obamas are shown returning from their Christmas vacation in Hawaii in January.  (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
Lisa Hirsch /
Ann Romney on Recent MS Scare on Campaign Trail  —  Although her husband Mitt Romney is the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, Ann Romney's battle with multiple sclerosis hasn't stopped for the campaign trail.  —  The mom of five sons has suffered from the debilitating autoimmune disease since …
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Breitbart Is Here - The Video  —  Saying goodbye to Andrew Breitbart …
Discussion: The Other McCain
Clinton and Colbert at TIME 100  —  SecState and Comedy Central …
Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
Senators want to rid federal law of word ‘lunatic’
Discussion: Michelle Malkin
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
FreedomWorks endorses Hatch opponent but won't commit to TV ads
Discussion: Politico
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Toomey to replace DeMint as Senate GOP Steering Committee chairman
Discussion: Politico
Rosalind S. Helderman / Washington Post:
Two Republican House members say Obama misquoted them
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Mark Blumenthal / The Huffington Post:
The HuffPost Election Map: A First Look At The Presidential Race
Discussion: Hot Air and Sabato's Crystal Ball
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