TheDC Morning: AFL-CIO, keeping it classy since never

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1.) The AFL-CIO: keeping it classy since neverTheDC’s Michelle Fields reports on the completely apolitical, non-ideological ALF-CIO:

“AFL-CIO Executive Vice President Arlene Holt Baker told The Daily Caller that it is ‘conservative, right-wing policies that are to blame’ for Trayvon Martin‘s death …’The same folks who want to kill workers rights in the work place are the same folks who want to kill voters votes … and now they are literally supporting legislation that is literally killing our children.'”

Sure glad no one is exploiting this tragedy to make a political point.

2.) First Rubio, now Ryan? — The dominos are falling into place for Mitt Romney, TheDC’s Matt Lewis reports:

“A reliable source tells TheDC that a Paul Ryan endorsement of Mitt Romney is imminent …What is more, coming on the heels of Sen. Marco Rubio’s endorsement Wednesday night and President George H.W. Bush’s endorsement Thursday, this would be yet another example of the Republican old guard — and the up-and-coming conservative establishment — coalescing around Romney as the inevitable nominee.”

With Paul Ryan, Marco Rubio, Nikki Haley and Chris Christie in his bag, Romney now has all of the GOP’s cool kids in his corner. And from that list, his running mate may very well be drawn. That is, if Chuck Norris turns him down.

3.) Leading from behindA top scholar of the Middle East who teaches in Israel tells TheDC’s Jamie Weinstein (ME!) that Israelis don’t much trust Obama.

“‘Ha,’ renowned Middle East expert Barry Rubin replied when asked by The Daily Caller if Israelis believe President Obama has their back in the face of the Iranian nuclear threat, as he recently publicly proclaimed. ‘Of course not. And everyone knows it, even though they need to be polite in public since Israel must deal with the president that American people elected.'”

Be sure to check out Rubin’s latest book, “Israel: An Introduction.”

4.) Is this how they partied during the Great Depression? —  TheDC’s Alex Pappas reports on a special party happening next week in Alabama (and no, despite rumors to the contrary, Pappas, Alabama’s favorite son, is not hosting it):

“A nightclub in Montgomery, Ala. is raising eyebrows by hosting a ‘Food Stamp Friday’ party on April 6 that seems to glamorize life on the federal government’s food assistance program. An invitation for the April 6 party obtained by The Daily Caller tells patrons of the Rose Supper Club in North Montgomery that the Friday night cover charge will be just $5 if a ‘food stamp card’ is shown upon arrival.”

5.) Poll of the Day: Romney rollin’ in Maryland — Rasmussen Reports poll of Maryland GOP presidential primary: Mitt Romney 45%, Rick Santorum 28%, Newt Gingrich 12%, Ron Paul 7%. The primary takes place Tuesday.

6.) Tweet of Yesterday — @KenJenningsI try to make sure all my one-star Yelp reviews have the phrase “worse than the Mogadishu Applebee’s” in there somewhere.

VIDEO: How the border between India and Pakistan is closed every day. Seriously. 

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