9:54 AM, April 12th, 2012

Frontpage: Thursday, April 12th

  1. Romney Struggles to Close Gender Gap: In the wake of Rick Santorum’s departure from the presidential race, Mitt Romney’s campaign contended with the former Massachusetts governor’s struggle to win female voters. On the first day of the campaign’s strategy to turn criticism of Romney back on Obama, Romney repeatedly touted the misleading claim that 92 percent of job losses under Obama affected women. 
  2. U.N. Ceasefire Holds in SyriaA U.N.-brokered peace agreement appeared to hold Thursday after the government of Bashar al-Assad halted attacks on rebel forces ahead of the planned deadline. But the country’s defense ministry reserved the right to retaliate against “armed terrorist groups,” casting doubt on the agreement’s longer-term viability. 
  3. Ann Romney Joins Twitter to Respond to Hilary Rosen’s Comments: Solid Storify from the Washington Post
  4. Zimmerman Due in Court Thursday: A lawyer for George Zimmerman, the Florida man who killed the unarmed Trayvon Martin during a neighborhood watch patrol, said his client will plead not guilty to second degree murder charges announced Wednesday. 
  5. Weekly Jobless Claim Up: The number of Americans filing for unemployment rose in the first week in April, bringing the total number of jobless claims up to the highest levels since January. The news came shortly after the economy showed signs of slowing March, with only 120,000 jobs added.

Photo: Orlando based attorney Mark O’Mara (left) has just stepped in a blinding public spotlight as the new lead defense attorney for the man sensationally charged with murdering 17 year old Trayvon Martin, George Zimmerman (right). Here’s are our article on O’Mara. (AP Photo)

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