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11:25 AM ET, April 28, 2012

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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.
Discussion: Balloon Juice and Yahoo! News
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McCain Goes Nuclear: “Shame On Barack Obama”  —  Republicans amp up attacks on Obama for campaigning on Bin Laden's slaying.  “Shamelessly turning the one decision he got right into a pathetic political act of self-congratulation,” says McCain.  —  McCain and Mitt Romney last week in Arizona.
Discussion: Hullabaloo
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:
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
Investor's Business Daily:
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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Linda Feldmann / Christian Science Monitor:   Obama's cool factor: what Romney can do to counter it (+video)
Paul Waldman / American Prospect:
Cool Kids Versus Squares, Continued
Discussion: Balloon Juice and Booman Tribune
Alexander Burns / Politico:
American Action Network pulls out of Lugar race  —  The American Action Network is pulling out of the Indiana GOP Senate primary, dropping its efforts on behalf of embattled Sen. Dick Lugar less than two weeks before the May 8 election, sources told POLITICO.
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Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Super-PAC cuts off Lugar in Indiana  —  The American Action Network, a super-PAC that backs establishment Republicans, has pulled out of Indiana's Senate race, the latest bad omen for Sen. Richard Lugar (R-Ind.).  —  “We've decided we're going to let this race play out,” AAN spokesman Dan Conston told The Hill Friday evening.
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.”
Washington Post:
Let's just say it: The Republicans are the problem.  —  Rep. Allen West, a Florida Republican, was recently captured on video asserting that there are “78 to 81” Democrats in Congress who are members of the Communist Party.  Of course, it's not unusual for some renegade lawmaker from either side …
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Obama bashes Romney, GOP as ‘being in a time machine’ on women's issues  —  President Barack Obama said Friday that Republican positions on women's health issues were “appalling” and “offensive” and equated an effort to block his regulation to mandate free contraception to like …
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Jennifer Epstein / Politico:
Obama: Mitt Romney ‘backward’ on women  —  President Barack Obama told a group of women on Friday that he has been their fiercest advocate and warned that Mitt Romney's positions on women's issues represent a step back in time.  —  “The choice between going backward or moving forward has never been so clear …
ABCNEWS:
Obama Warns Women That Romney, GOP Will ‘Close Doors of Opportunity’
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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
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 …
Gil Hoffman / Jerusalem Post:
Poll shows that Israelis are split on Barack Obama  —  Smith Research poll sponsored by ‘The Jerusalem Post’ shows that numbers saying US president is pro-Israel has doubled; significant drop in those calling him pro-Palestinian.  —  The same proportion of Israelis believe US President …
Discussion: Power Line and Israel Matzav
Matthew J. Franck / National Review:
Who Is Richard Grenell Anyway?  —  A couple days ago, Kevin Williamson blogged here that there is nothing of interest in the fact that Richard Grenell, a former Bush administration staffer at the U.N. mission and now appointed foreign-policy spokesman for the Romney campaign, is gay.
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Washington Wire:
Romney Charters Jet From Campaign Treasurer
Discussion: Politico
 
 
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