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The Roundup for April 12, 2012

Need to get some things done this afternoon. I’m going to be on RT’s The Alyona Show later today talking about that SIGTARP report on the Hardest Hit Fund.

• I’m going to go with big miscalculation on the Administration’s nixing of an LGBT protection executive order.

• Don’t look now, but the first-time jobless claims jumped up, and the previous two weeks revised up as well. Maybe Janet Yellen is right that we’ll still be in economic trouble in 2014. But hey, at least the deficit’s going down, that’s the important thing, right?

• The activists who stopped SOPA have turned their attention to CISPA. More on this in the coming days.

• The Connecticut legislature completed work on a death penalty repeal bill, which the Governor will sign. So that’s 17 states now that have banned the death penalty.

• A huge drop in support for the war in Afghanistan; even Republican want us to get out. Someone else who wants to get out of Afghanistan? Hamid Karzai.

• Meanwhile, the Pakistani Parliament voted UNANIMOUSLY for a call to end the Obama Administration’s drone program inside its country.

• The report on the UC Davis pepper spraying incident fully blamed University administration for the incident.

• JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon is in the anger stage of development.

• The House wants to go on record on tax cuts for the rich? Bring it on!

• Matt Yglesias has it in for manufacturing and thinks the entire US can be turned into Austin and the Research Triangle in North Carolina. Mark Thoma offers a more nuanced view.

• The judiciary does matter, which is why the inability to confirm or even nominate judges has been such a problem.

• The leading Democrats in the Wisconsin recall haven’t figured out how to restore collective bargaining rights. Meanwhile, Scott Walker’s investing some of his war chest into bashing both of them.

• The Kansas City Fed joins the Dallas Fed in advocating for an end to Too Big to Fail.

• Looks like the Romney campaign will outsource their GOTV to outside groups. This did not work for John Kerry in ’04.

• Testimony at Gitmo from a detainee tortured by the CIA has been avoided for now.

• Joe Arpaio will go down at the hands of the Civil Rights Division of the Justice Department, the one shining light in that agency.

• Dick Lugar is in trouble in his primary in Indiana.

• If you didn’t catch Kevin Gosztola’s amazing report on the Michigan Department of Corrections and its humiliating treatment of women, here it is.

• Expert legislator Ron Johnson wants to fire his entire legislative staff.

Fascinating piece on how Robert Caro does his work on LBJ.

• An investigative report on Iran, uranium and Kazakhstan, from Steve Horn.

• More animal abuse at factory farms.

• The MPAA wants to stop embedded video on websites? They all want to strangle themselves, don’t they?

• The Fox mole got caught. Ah well, it was fun while it lasted. By the way, don’t use your company account to do things detrimental to the company if you don’t want to get caught, that would be the moral of the story. The Mole is still dishing out scoops, however.

• The latest in my Silvio Berlusconi obsession. Of course that €127,000 paid to three witnesses in his trial has nothing to do with their testimony!

• Hilary Rosen was the chief lobbyist for the RIAA when they wanted to sue me and anyone else who loves music. That’s the last I’ll say on the Rosen/Ann Romney “scandal.”

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