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4:10 PM ET, April 28, 2012

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It's Cool To Be In The Tank For Obama  —  Media Bias: Reporters normally cast a jaundiced eye at a political campaign's PR strategy.  Yet they are eagerly parroting the Obama campaign's talking point about how “cool” the president is.  —  In early February, Politico reported that the Obama campaign …
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Romney Aides: Obama Is Too Cool  —  In Washington, Romney's top advisers gird for the late-night wars.  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — Mitt Romney likes a good late-night laugh as much as the next presidential candidate — but he draws the line at slow-jamming the news.
Discussion: The Raw Story
Linda Feldmann / Christian Science Monitor:   Obama's cool factor: what Romney can do to counter it (+video)
Jennifer Epstein / Politico:
Obama: Mitt Romney ‘backward’ on women
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Obama bashes Romney, GOP as ‘being in a time machine’ on women's issues
William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
Obama got Osama, but lost the Middle East  —  The successful Navy SEAL raid which killed Osama bin Laden is becoming one of the central themes of the Obama campaign.  —  Almost every other sentence out of the mouth of Joe Biden (who opposed the raid) is about “bin Laden.”
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New York Times:
Obama Trumpets Killing of Bin Laden, and Critics Pounce  —  WASHINGTON — Presidents running for re-election typically boast of programs they created, people they helped or laws they signed.  They talk about rising test scores or falling deficits or expanding job rolls.
Joe Nocera / New York Times:
My Faith-Based Retirement  —  My 60th birthday is less than a week and a half away, and if there is one thing I can say with certainty it's that 60 is not the new 50.  —  My body creaks and groans.  My eyes aren't what they used to be.  I don't sleep as soundly as I did just a few years ago.
Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Cantor-allied group slams Mourdock as ‘extreme’  —  Here's the rest of the mailer I wrote about earlier, in which the Young Guns Network targets Democrats and independents who can vote in the GOP primary and hits Indiana state treasurer Richard Mourdock for taking an ‘extreme’ stand on wanting …
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Alexander Burns / Politico:
American Action Network pulls out of Lugar race
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Super-PAC cuts off Lugar in Indiana
Toddstarnes / Fox News:
Anti-Bullying Speaker Curses Christian Teens  —  As many as 100 high school students walked out of a national journalism conference after an anti-bullying speaker began cursing, attacked the Bible and reportedly called those who refused to listen to his rant “pansy assed.”
Arthur Delaney / The Huffington Post:
Food Stamps In Crosshairs Of Republicans' Plan To Save Military … REACT:  —  FOLLOW:  —  Budget Cuts, Republican Party, Video, Temporary Assistance For Needy Families, Budget Reconciliation, Food Stamp Cuts, Food Stamps, Snap, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, Tanf, War On Food Stamps, Politics News
Joe Romm / ThinkProgress:
American Enterprise Institute And Brookings Must-Read: ‘The Republicans Are The Problem’ … Two leading political scholars — representing the conservative American Enterprise Institute and the centrist Brookings Institution - have published a must-read article, “Let's just say it: The Republicans are the problem.”
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Mark Steyn / National Review:
Cuisines from My Stepfather  —  A couple of days ago, Obama-campaign top dog David Axelrod threw in the towel on the dog war.  “I thought it was a little absurd to talk about what the president had done as a ten-year-old boy,” he sniffed to MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell, which is as near …
Discussion: Pundit & Pundette
Natasha Singer / New York Times:
With Komen Image Hurt, Support for Affiliates Lags  —  Susan G. Komen for the Cure may have popularized the color pink as a universal symbol of breast cancer fund-raising.  But these days, many of the breast cancer foundation's local affiliates are singing the blues.
Discussion: Balloon Juice
The Times of Israel:
Obama lifts freeze on $192 million aid package to Palestinian Authority  —  Congress blocked it after Abbas's bid for UN recognition of ‘Palestine’  —  U  —  S President Barack Obama has lifted a ban on financial aid to the Palestinian Authority.  —  Obama stated that the aid was …
Discussion: Israel Matzav and National Review
 
 
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Michael S. Schmidt / New York Times:
Secret Service Tightens Rules for Traveling Employees
Gil Hoffman / Jerusalem Post:
Poll shows that Israelis are split on Barack Obama
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Landon Thomas, Jr / New York Times:
Spain Is Still Waiting for the Payoff From Austerity
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