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6:50 PM ET, April 27, 2012

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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:
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ABCNEWS:
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 …
Dylan Byersand Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Obama talks bin Laden in rare sit room interview
Josh Lederman / Ballot Box:
McCain: Shame on Obama for hyping the death of bin Laden
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Obama Campaign Trots Out Bin Laden, Spikes the Football (Updated: Romney Responds)
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
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.
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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 …
CBS News:
New code of conduct issued for Secret Service agents  —  (CBS News) The U.S. Secret Service is laying down the law with tough new standards of conduct for its employees.  —  Today deputy director AT Smith e-mailed a memo to all employees reminding them of the five core values of the Secret Service …
Discussion: HotAirPundit
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Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:   More Secret Service sexcapades coming to light
Bill Plante / CBS News:
Secret Service probing foreign hard-partying allegations going back to 2000
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 …
Discussion: The Impolitic
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 …
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Fox News:
Issa, Chaffetz confirm contempt plans for Holder over Fast and Furious
Discussion: Campaign 2012 and protein wisdom
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 …
Washington Wire:
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.
Discussion: Politico
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Matthew J. Franck / National Review:   Who Is Richard Grenell Anyway?
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 …
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 …
CNN:
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 …
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
Don Hudson / KTVX-TV:
Gun carrying man ends stabbing spree at Salt Lake grocery store  —  SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) - A citizen with a gun stopped a knife wielding man as he began stabbing people Thursday evening at the downtown Salt Lake City Smith's store.  —  Police say the suspect purchased a knife inside the store and then turned it into a weapon.
Discussion: UrbanGrounds
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
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
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 …
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
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
CNN:
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
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 …
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 …
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
 
 
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Russell Lewis / NPR:
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Washington Free Beacon:
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Discussion: Politico and Hot Air
Tom Harper / This Is London:
Koo Stark sues Murdoch in US courts over phone hacking
Steven Jiang / CNN:
Chinese activist says he escaped cruel house arrest, calls for investigation
Discussion: Guardian
Scott Neuman / NPR:
Is Moderate Growth Good For The Economy?
Rasmussen Reports:
Florida Senate: Nelson (D) 47%, Mack (R) 36%
Erica Martinson / Politico:
Jackson: ‘Crucify’ disappointing
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Bill Ong Hing / The Huffington Post:
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Jim Forsyth / Reuters:
U.S. ban sought on cell phone use while driving
Felix Salmon:
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David Brooks / New York Times:
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