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Happy Hour Roundup

* Dave Weigel gets Mitt Romney’s camp to acknowledge that the “peacetime” remark was a “mistake.”

* Yes, Jay Carney was actually asked at today’s press briefing to respond to Fox’s nonsense about Obama not putting out a statement celebrating Easter.

* Sorry, a giant rabbit and egg hunt on the White House lawn just don’t count.

* Andy Kroll on the well-funded right wing network behind the national assault on labor rights.

* Obama reelection chief Jim Messina, who took a bit of heat from the left as a potential sellout, vows to let the grassroots run the whole show .

* Haley Barbour’s exit means there’s more room for Mitch Daniels or Mike Huckabee to emerge.

* ICYMI: Jonathan Bernstein cuts through the B.S.: Barbour gave it a shot, and flamed out.

* Millions shed hot tears upon hearing that they won’t get to hear Barbour’s big planned speech on race, after all.

* John Boehner was “disappointed” with Obama for finally drawing as aggressive a contrast with the GOP vision as Republicans have drawn with his vision for over two years now..

* Interesting read from Rick Perlstein on the normalization of political lying over the past three decades, and what Nixon’s plumbers and James O’Keefe have in common.

* And congrats to my friend Michael Tomasky, who is joining Newsweek and the Daily Beast. Great hire. I hear Tomasky will be a columnist for Newsweek and will write long features for the Beast. He’s leaving the Guardian officially at the end of this week.

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Greg Sargent writes The Plum Line blog, a reported opinion blog with a liberal slant -- what you might call “opinionated reporting” from the left.
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