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1:20 PM 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.
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BuzzFeed:
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
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)  —  Instead of just ignoring Obama cool, the Republicans are taking it on and arguing why he should be voted out.  A ‘super PAC’ supporting the Romney campaign has produced a new video for this purpose.  —  WASHINGTON
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.”
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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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
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
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
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Michael S. Schmidt / New York Times:
Secret Service Tightens Rules for Traveling Employees  —  WASHINGTON — The Secret Service on Friday tightened the rules for staff members traveling in foreign countries, announcing a series of restrictions in an internal memo.  Personnel will not be permitted to have foreigners in their rooms …
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CBS News:
New code of conduct issued for Secret Service agents
Discussion: HotAirPundit and KIRO-TV
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: National Review
 
 
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Gil Hoffman / Jerusalem Post:
Poll shows that Israelis are split on Barack Obama
Discussion: Power Line and Israel Matzav
Landon Thomas, Jr / New York Times:
Spain Is Still Waiting for the Payoff From Austerity
Discussion: The Raw Story and Balloon Juice
Ismail Sameem / Reuters:
Elite Afghan soldier kills U.S. special forces mentor
Russell Lewis / NPR:
Can Helmets Cut Tornado Deaths? CDC Isn't So Sure
Washington Free Beacon:
Carney: ‘I Never Lie’
Discussion: Politico and Hot Air
 Earlier Items: 
Tom Harper / This Is London:
Koo Stark sues Murdoch in US courts over phone hacking
Matthew J. Franck / National Review:
Who Is Richard Grenell Anyway?
CNN:
Edwards aide: ‘I was scared for my life’
Discussion: Guardian and Clayton Cramer's Blog