Wall Street Journal:
Strassel: The President Has a List — Barack Obama attempts to intimidate contributors to Mitt Romney's campaign. — Try this thought experiment: You decide to donate money to Mitt Romney. You want change in the Oval Office, so you engage in your democratic right to send a check.
Discussion: New York Magazine, Weasel Zippers, Hot Air, The Jawa Report, Betsy's Page, Wake up America, Hit & Run and Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine: The 2012 Election Is Bush-Kerry in Reverse
ZIP / Weasel Zippers: Unreal: Obama Singles Out Private Citizens By Name For Donating To Romney, Accuses Them Of “Betting Against America”...
Stable Hand / The Jawa Report: Donate to Romney? Obama Will Put You On His PUBLIC List Shaming You For Betting Against America
Betsy Newmark / Betsy's Page: Cruising the Web — Larry Sabato looks at elections that defied the CW.
Susan Duclos / Wake up America: Barack Obama Attempts To Intimidate Contributors To Mitt Romney's Campaign
Matt Welch / Hit & Run: Obama Naming & Shaming Private Romney Donors
William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion: Barack still got enemy
Ben Shapiro / BREITBART.COM:
WHAT ‘GUTSY CALL’?: CIA MEMO REVEALS ADMIRAL CONTROLLED BIN LADEN MISSION — Today, Time magazine got hold of a memo written by then-CIA head Leon Panetta after he received orders from Barack Obama's team to greenlight the bin Laden mission. Here's the text, which summarized the situation:
Discussion: Little Green Footballs, NO QUARTER and The Gateway Pundit
FLASHBACK: Obama Campaign Accused Clinton Of Using Bin Laden To ‘Score Political Points’ In 2008 — ABC News' Michael Falcone reports: — The Obama campaign opened up a new line of attack on Mitt Romney Friday, suggesting that as commander-in-chief Romney might not have made the same decision …
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard: Obama Campaign Trots Out Bin Laden, Spikes the Football (Updated: Romney Responds)
Benjy Sarlin / Livewire: Romney Camp: Obama Using Bin Laden To ‘Divide Us’
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post: What Joe Biden can do for Barack Obama
ZIP / Weasel Zippers: Flashback: Obama Campaign Accused Clinton Of Using Bin Laden To “Score Political Points” In 2008...
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air: Flashback to 2008: Obama campaign outrageously outraged over Hillary's use of ... Osama bin Laden
Jim Treacher / The Daily Caller: President who tried to prosecute the men who waterboarded KSM to find Bin Laden now spiking …
Andrew Kirell / Mediaite: New Obama Ad: Would Romney Have Ordered Bin Laden Raid?
Jonah Goldberg / National Review: What's Bill Clinton Doing?
Paul Waldman / American Prospect:
Cool Kids Versus Squares, Continued — Yesterday, I wrote a post looking at an ad aired by GOP uber-super-PAC American Crossroads that went after Barack Obama for being a “celebrity” and doing things like going on Jimmy Fallon's television show. I argued that it looked like once again …
Discussion: Hit & Run, Balloon Juice, Booman Tribune, Washington Monthly and Hullabaloo
Matt Welch / Hit & Run: Seriously, This Is What's Passing for Liberal Political Discourse These Days
BooMan / Booman Tribune: Why They Hate So Much
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly: That 60s Show — Paul Waldman doesn't quite share my feeling that the …
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 not 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: Ballot Box, CNN, American Power, ABCNEWS, PERRspectives, Weasel Zippers, The White House, Booman Tribune and Pirate's Cove
Josh Lederman / Ballot Box: McCain: Shame on Obama for hyping the death of bin Laden
Donald Douglas / American Power: What ‘Gutsy Call’? Obama Didn't Make ‘Operational Decision’ to Kill Osama bin Laden
ZIP / Weasel Zippers: Pathetic: Obama Campaign Ad Says Romney Not A Bad Ass Like Dear Leader, Would Not Have Ordered Bin Laden Raid...
Dylan Byersand Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Obama talks bin Laden in rare sit room interview — Brian Williams of NBC News held a rare interview with President Barack Obama about the killing of Osama bin Laden in the White House Situation Room yesterday. — The interview, which will air on Rock Center with Brian Williams on May 2 …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers, Washington Free Beacon and Ballot Box
Bill Plante / CBS News:
Secret Service probing foreign hard-partying allegations going back to 2000 — (CBS News) WASHINGTON - The Secret Service sex scandal is getting wider. — The dispute over payment to a prostitute in Cartagena, Colombia, by a Secret Service agent has triggered new charges of hard partying and impropriety by agents around the globe.
Discussion: Politico, New York Magazine and HotAirPundit
Tim Mak / Politico: Secret Service scandal widens further
Joe Coscarelli / New York Magazine: Secret Service Scandal Still Expanding to El Salvador and Beyond
HotAirPundit: “Hire More Females” Reid Responds To Reporter Who Asks About New Allegations of Inappropriate Behavior …
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air: More Secret Service sexcapades coming to light
Tim Mak / Politico:
Kids at work at State scandal briefing
Kids at work at State scandal briefing
Discussion: newsfeed.time.com and Indecision Forever
Katherine Cooney / newsfeed.time.com: Sex Scandal Press Briefing Livens Up ‘Take Your Kid to Work’ Day
Richard A. Serrano / Los Angeles Times:
Republicans seek to hold attorney general in contempt over Fast and Furious — House GOP leaders draft a citation accusing Eric H. Holder Jr. and the Justice Department of hindering their inquiry into the ATF gun-tracking operation. — Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr. says he and his Justice Department …
Discussion: The PJ Tatler, The Raw Story, The Daily Caller, The Heritage Foundation, Prairie Weather, The Hill and JustOneMinute
Bryan Preston / The PJ Tatler: House Republicans Prep Contempt of Congress Charge Against Eric Holder
Stephen C. Webster / The Raw Story: Republicans threaten to hold Attorney General Holder in contempt
Matthew Boyle / The Daily Caller: House oversight committee chairman Rep. Darrell Issa …
Mike Brownfield / The Heritage Foundation: Morning Bell: Washington Needs A Lesson on Student Loans
Jonathan Easley / The Hill: GOP lawmakers: We're ready to hold Holder in contempt of Congress
Issa, Chaffetz confirm contempt plans for Holder over Fast and Furious
Issa, Chaffetz confirm contempt plans for Holder over Fast and Furious
Discussion: protein wisdom and Campaign 2012
Barbara Hollingsworth / Campaign 2012: Issa drafting contempt resolution against Holder
Mark Hemingway / Weekly Standard:
Elizabeth Warren Isn't the Only One — Massachusetts Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren finds herself in a bit of a quandary. In the mid-90s there was a minor kerfuffle over the lack of diversity on Harvard Law's teaching staff. At the time, 54 of Harvard Law's 71 professors were white males.
Discussion: Boston Herald and Campaign 2012
Hillary Chabot / Boston Herald: Harvard trips on roots of Elizabeth Warren's family tree
Michael Barone / Campaign 2012: Who's a minority these days?
Josh Lederman / Ballot Box:
Tax returns show Brown, Warren both earned more than most voters
Tax returns show Brown, Warren both earned more than most voters
Elizabeth Warren / CNN: Warren releases tax returns
Annie-Rose Strasser / ThinkProgress:
Romney's Advice To Students: Borrow Money From Your Parents — If you're young and you want to start your own business, Mitt Romney's has some advice from you: Borrow money from your parents. At a “lecture” for students at Otterbein University in Ohio today, Mitt Romney told students that …
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Arizona Is (Probably) Not a Swing State — Two polls released this week show the presidential race essentially tied in Arizona, with one giving Barack Obama a lead of two percentage points and the other giving Mitt Romney a lead of two percentage points. The Obama campaign has suggested …
Sarah Palin / Facebook:
Mourdock For Indiana — I join commonsense conservatives in endorsing Richard Mourdock to be the next Senator from Indiana. Conservatives of all stripes are uniting behind Richard Mourdock. It's not just Indiana that benefits from sending the right Senator to serve for the right reasons …
Discussion: CNN, GOP 12, Mediaite, Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion, Hot Air, ABCNEWS and Conservatives4Palin
John McCain / CNN: TRENDING: McCain vs. Palin in Indiana Senate race
Christian Heinze / GOP 12: Romney neutral, Palin endorses Mourdock
William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion: Campaign imagery alert: Sarah Palin for Mourdock, Pat Boone for Lugar
Rachel Rose Hartman / ABCNEWS: Sarah Palin endorses Richard Mourdock in Indiana Senate
Thomas S Schmitz / Conservatives4Palin: AGU: Indiana Get Your #GRRR On!
Alan Schwarz / New York Times:
At 92, Bandit to Hollywood but Hero to Soldiers — MASSAPEQUA, N.Y. — One of the world's most prolific bootleggers of Hollywood DVDs loves his morning farina. He has spent eight years churning out hundreds of thousands of copies of “The Hangover,” “Gran Torino” and other first-run movies …
Discussion: JustOneMinute, Techdirt, Boing Boing, The Daily Caller, The Consumerist, Gawker, City Room, New York Magazine and Gothamist
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute: Greatest Hollywood Bootlegger EVER!
Mike Masnick / Techdirt: Prolific DVD Bootlegger Is 92 Year-Old WWII Veteran
Xeni Jardin / Boing Boing: 92 year old WWII vet is DVD bootlegger who sent 300,000 pirated discs to US troops
Chris Morran / The Consumerist: Hero Or Scoundrel? 92-Year-Old Pirates DVDs To Send To Troops Stationed Overseas
Neetzan Zimmerman / Gawker: Nonagenarian Pirate Spends His Days Sending Thousands of Bootleg DVDs to Troops Overseas
Christopher Reeve / City Room: Morning Buzz, April 27: The Rise of 1 World Trade Center
Joe Coscarelli / New York Magazine: Long Island's 92-Year-Old Movie Bootlegger Is Untouchable
Romney Charters Jet From Campaign Treasurer — Mitt Romney has a new ride, a midsize jet that his campaign is chartering from its own treasurer. … Mr. Romney's campaign has paid more than $483,000 since Jan. 19 to Easterly Capital LLC to charter the Cessna CJ4, according to reports filed with the Federal Election Commission.
Maggie Haberman / Politico: Romney team rents $483k in charters from the campaign treasurer
Matthew J. Franck / National Review: Who Is Richard Grenell Anyway?
Martin attorney: Put Zimmerman in jail — (CNN) — George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch volunteer accused of wrongly killing Trayvon Martin, will not immediately have to turn over donations made to his website, a Florida judge said Friday. — Zimmerman collected about $204,000 …
Discussion: msnbc.com, Colorlines, New York Magazine and Balloon Juice
Becky Bratu / msnbc.com: After Zimmerman's website raises more than $200,000, prosecution asks judge to raise bond
Joe Coscarelli / New York Magazine: George Zimmerman Raised $204,000 in Donations, But Bail Remains for Now
John Cole / Balloon Juice: Wingnut Welfare is the S**t
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: Washington Monthly and GOP 12
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly: Jeb Dissing Mitt?
Christian Heinze / GOP 12: The Jeb VP fantasy
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 …
Discussion: Balloon Juice, The Enterprise Blog, Paul Krugman, democracyarsenal.org, The Bonddad Blog, Daily Kos, Washington Monthly and Eschaton
James Pethokoukis / The Enterprise Blog: Paul Krugman's been mugged by a confidence fairy
David Shorr / democracyarsenal.org: International Economic Cooperation Gut-Check
Hale Stewart / The Bonddad Blog: Why Austerity Doesn't Work
Georgia Logothetis / Daily Kos: Abbreviated Pundit Roundup: The Republican push for austerity
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly: De Facto Austerity
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Club for Growth urges Republicans in House to vote against student-loan bill — The well-funded, fiscally conservative Club for Growth has urged House Republicans to vote against legislation that would extended lower interest rates on federal student loans, a move that could complicate Speaker John Boehner's …
Discussion: Politico and Washington Monthly
Jennifer Haberkorn / Politico: House passes student loan bill with health fund cuts
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly: Will the GOP Student Loan Gambit Blow Up?
Anthony Faiola / Washington Post:
Dutch court upholds ban on foreign tourists buying pot — AMSTERDAM — A Dutch court on Friday upheld a new law that will prevent foreign visitors from buying marijuana in coffee shops across the Netherlands, potentially ending the decades of “pot tourism” for which this city and others became universally known.
Discussion: The BLT and Macleans.ca
Mike Scarcella / The BLT: The Morning Wrap — Torture Probe: The Senate Intelligence Committee …
Gabriela Perdomo / Macleans.ca: No more pot for you: Dutch court ruling could end “pot tourism”
Former Edwards aide says he was intimidated by donors — Greensboro, North Carolina (CNN) — A former campaign aide for John Edwards said in court Friday that he had been intimidated in his dealings with the former senator and two high-priced donors. — “I was scared for my life,” …
Discussion: Guardian and Clayton Cramer's Blog
Alex Pareene / Salon:
Tucker Carlson's downward spiral — Once a promising young magazine writer, the bow-tied Daily Caller pundit has come to epitomize right-wing hackdom … In many ways Tucker Carlson's a better symbol of the pathetic state of what passes for conservative journalism than even Glenn Beck …
Discussion: The Other McCain and Eschaton
Robert Stacy McCain / The Other McCain: Amid a Steaming Heap of Predictable Liberal Snark, Two Important Sentences
Atrios / Eschaton: In Defense Of The Spin Room
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 …
Discussion: Bloomberg, Firedoglake, The Enterprise Blog, Hot Air, New York Times, Ezra Klein, msnbc.com, Campaign 2012, Outside the Beltway, The League of Ordinary …, Guardian, The Gateway Pundit, Business Insider, Wake up America, Daily Kos, Weasel Zippers, Economix, The Maddow Blog, American Power, americanthinker.com and Theo Spark
Shobhana Chandra / Bloomberg: Economy in U.S. Grew Less Than Forecast in First Quarter
James Pethokoukis / The Enterprise Blog: Weak GDP report clouds Obama's reelection chances
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air: GDP drops to 2.2% in Q1
Shaila Dewan / New York Times: U.S. Growth Slows to 2.2%, Report Says
Brad Plumer / Ezra Klein: Don't get too worked up about today's GDP numbers
John W. Schoen / msnbc.com: Consumers prop up slowest recovery in memory
Philip Klein / Campaign 2012: Q1 GDP numbers bode poorly for Obama historically
Elias Isquith / The League of Ordinary Gentlemen: First Quarter 2012 GDP At 2.2% — News on the economy today …
Dominic Rushe / Guardian: US economic growth slows to 2.2% rate, official figures show
Eric Platt / Business Insider: US GDP MISSES EXPECTATIONS—GROWS 2.2%
Meteor Blades / Daily Kos: GDP growth slows to 2.2% in first quarter of 2012
Floyd Norris / Economix: The Service-Sector Mystery
Steve Benen / The Maddow Blog: More underwhelming economic growth
Donald Douglas / American Power: First Quarter GDP Growth Slows to 2.2 Percent, Dampening Democrat Reelection Prospects
Rick Moran / americanthinker.com: First quarter growth slows to 2.2%
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Expected Retirement Age in U.S. Up to 67 — Average expected retirement age was 60 in mid-1990s — PRINCETON, NJ — The average nonretired American now expects to retire at age 67, up from age 63 a decade ago and age 60 in the mid-1990s. — The results are from Gallup's annual Economy …
Discussion: Firedoglake, Via Meadia, HotAirPundit and americanthinker.com
Jon Walker / Firedoglake: Now Is the Time to Increase Social Security
Walter Russell Mead / Via Meadia: Gallup Finds Americans Expect To Retire Later And With Less Money
HotAirPundit: A New Record Low: Number of Americans Who Say They Have Enough Money To Live Comfortably Down To 60%
Mitt Romney for President of the United States …:
MEMO: An Incumbent With No Rationale For Candidacy — Location — MEMORANDUM — To: Interested Parties — Elections are about choices. — This past week previewed the stark contrast facing voters in this election. Governor Romney's speech Tuesday night …
Discussion: The New Republic and GOP 12
Noam Scheiber / The New Republic: The Case for Queasiness on the Economy
Christian Heinze / GOP 12: Romney campaign: Teens text; they don't vote
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.
Rick Moran / americanthinker.com: Spain in crisis after debt downgrade
Tom Harper / This Is London:
Koo Stark sues Murdoch in US courts over phone hacking — Former actress Koo Stark is set to launch a phone-hacking claim against News Corporation in the US courts, bringing the scandal across the Atlantic to Rupert Murdoch's base. — Scotland Yard has told Ms Stark, 55 …
Discussion: New York Magazine, more at Mediagazer »
Joe Coscarelli / New York Magazine: Phone-Hacking Lawsuits Against News Corp. Finally Landing in U.S.