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9:55 AM ET, April 27, 2012


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Robert Pear / New York Times:
House Defies Veto Threat on Hacking Bill  —  WASHINGTON — Defying a veto threat from President Obama, the House on Thursday passed a bill that encourages intelligence agencies and businesses to share information about threats to computer systems, including attacks on American Web sites by hackers in China and other countries.
Discussion: CANNONFIRE, Mashable! and The Page
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
Discussion: Daily Kos, 2012 Decoded and Colorlines
U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis:
National Income and Product Accounts Gross Domestic Product, 1st quarter 2012 (advance estimate)  —  Real gross domestic product — the output of goods and services produced by labor and property located in the United States — increased at an annual rate of 2.2 percent in the first quarter of 2012 …
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Death of a Fairy Tale  —  This was the month the confidence fairy died.  —  For the past two years most policy makers in Europe and many politicians and pundits in America have been in thrall to a destructive economic doctrine.  According to this doctrine, governments should respond …
E.J. Schultz / AdAge:
Anheuser-Busch Warns UFC About Fighters' Sexist, Homophobic Comments  —  Major Sponsor Threatens Action ‘If Incidents Continue’  —  Anheuser-Busch, a major sponsor of Ultimate Fighting Championship, has reprimanded the mixed-martial arts organization for remarks made by some fighters.
Jay Cost / Weekly Standard:
Morning Jay: Obama's Standing With Swing Voters is Weak  —  On Wednesday I argued that only a tiny swath of the actual electorate - maybe 10 percent - will be up for grabs in November.  Today, I want to answer the obvious follow-up question: what are these voters thinking?
Discussion: GOP 12
Nigel Davies / Reuters:
Spanish economy in “huge crisis” after credit downgrade  —  (Reuters) - Spain's sickly economy faces a “crisis of huge proportions”, a minister said on Friday, as unemployment hit its highest level in two decades and Standard and Poor's weighed in with a two-notch downgrade of the government's debt.
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.
Jonathan Martin / Politico:
Why Jeb Bush doesn't want veep  —  He's the GOP vice presidential pick that Democrats fear most — a brassy choice who would likely deliver his crucial home state, boost the ticket with Hispanics and Catholics and appeal to both conservatives and independents.  —  The problem: Jeb Bush apparently doesn't want the job.
Discussion: GOP 12
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
Rachel Leven / The Hill:
Obama administration scraps child labor restrictions for farms  —  The Labor Department withdrew a proposed rule Thursday that would have limited the work that children can perform on farms.  —  The proposal drew heavy criticism from rural-state lawmakers and agricultural leaders …
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Nebraska battle complicates GOP effort to retake Senate  —  The Senate Republican primary in Nebraska has turned into a proxy war between conservatives and establishment Republicans that could complicate efforts to wrest control of the Senate from Democrats.
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Toomey to replace DeMint as Senate GOP Steering Committee chairman
Discussion: Politico
Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
Obama web ad says Romney wouldn't have ordered bin Laden raid  —  President Obama's campaign is using Bill Clinton to argue Mitt Romney would have launched the raid to capture Osama bin Laden last year.  —  The argument is being made to coincide with the one-year anniversary of bin Laden's death.
Discussion: CNN
Shobhana Chandra / Bloomberg:
Economy in U.S. Probably Expanded as Consumer Spending Picked Up  —  The biggest increase in consumer spending in a year probably helped extend the U.S. economic expansion into the first quarter, economists said before a report today.  —  Gross domestic product, the value of all goods …
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Ben Armbruster / ThinkProgress:
Romney Foreign Policy Adviser Attacks Obama's ‘Czechoslovakia’ Policy  —  Romney Foreign Policy Adviser Ambassador Pierre Prosper  —  Later today, Vice President Biden is expected in a speech to open up an attack on Mitt Romney's foreign policy saying that a President Romney will take America back to the George W. Bush era.
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 …
Sean Hackbarth /
EPA Official Has History of Unfair Attacks on Oil and Gas  —  Last night, Region 6 EPA Administrator Al Armendariz released an apology for comparing his agency regulating oil and gas companies to Roman centurions crucifying villagers:  —  I apologize to those I have offended and regret my poor choice of words.
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 …
Mark Leibovich / New York Times:
Gingrich Is Quitting the Race (Just Give Him a Little Time)  —  MOORESVILLE, N.C. — Newt Gingrich arrived at the Penske Racing plant here on Thursday accompanied by a large security detail protecting him from a big threat — of rain.  —  Otherwise, Mr. Gingrich, the former speaker of the House …
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.
Jordy Yager / The Hill:
ATF: 70 percent of guns found in Mexico come from US  —  Nearly 70 percent of all guns found in Mexico came from the U.S. over the past four years, according to data released by the federal government on Thursday.  —  More than 68,000 of the 99,691 firearms that were recovered between 2007 and 2011 …
Discussion: JustOneMinute
Broadcasters' Last-Ditch Push to Hide Political Ad Data  —  With the Federal Communications Commission set to vote Friday on whether to require broadcasters to post political ad data online, the industry has been scrambling to water down the proposed rule.  —  The data is currently available only on paper at TV stations.
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Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
Senators want to rid federal law of word ‘lunatic’
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