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Posted at 07:45 AM ET, 04/17/2012

Morning Bits

Most misleading headline of the day? “GOP to Mitt Romney: Own your Mormonism.”

Most polling this early out is essentially meaningless. “Two general election polls came out this afternoon, each showing a different front-runner: Gallup has Mitt Romney leading, and CNN has President Obama ahead.”

Most of her foreign policy escapades (yelling at Benjamin Netanyahu, telling China that human rights was on the back burner) were a lot worse than this.: “Hillary Clinton parties in Colombia: Photos of dancing, beer-slugging secretary of state cause stir.”

Most member countries understood there was nothing to be gained by annoying the biggest donor nation. “The World Bank on Monday picked Dartmouth College President Jim Yong Kim as its new director despite pressure to break the long-stranding precedent of awarding the job to an American.”

Most of this was entirely predictable. “Thus far, the Iranians have been very clear: They are not going to stop enriching uranium to 20 percent purity, and they are not going to close the Fordo enrichment facility. Those are the two goals for the talks set forth by the Obama administration and its allies. There is no evidence the Iranians are willing to agree to either. Iran’s top negotiator, Saeed Jalili, has even rejected the prospect of a quid pro quo, saying after the talks that ‘suspending Iran’s nuclear activities in return for the removal of sanctions is a literature which belongs to the past.’ ” The only question is how long the charade drags on.

Most pathetic election year economic stunt ever? “The total intellectual collapse of Obama’s Buffett Rule.”

Most ludicrous waste of the president’s international credibility and stature? The Middle East “peace process.” Mahmoud Abbas dashes off a threatening letter to the Israeli prime minister. “The best guess is that it means he’s in a difficult corner and an angry letter seemed like a good idea at the time. For American officials anxiously watching Iran’s nuclear program, the death toll in Syria, and the mess in Egypt, the Abbas letter will be just another reminder that the ‘peace process’ is frozen solid.”

Most harebrained idea from Big Labor since spending millions of its members’ money on card check? “A new Public Policy Polling poll in Wisconsin shows that neither of the main Democratic challengers to Gov. Scott Walker are leading him — Walker holds a 5-point lead over Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett and a 7-point lead over labor-backed former Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk. . . . Organized labor is mostly behind Falk, as the two largest public sector unions in Wisconsin— WEAC and AFSCME — have supported her, as well as a number of other major unions. But even in a race that hinges on labor issues, that doesn’t seem to be enough to move the numbers.”

Most excuses by any incumbent running for reelection? An effective ad from the RNC makes the case.

By  |  07:45 AM ET, 04/17/2012

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