Morning Briefing: April 12, 2012

The new Washington Post/ABC News poll finds, for the first time, that a majority of Republicans think that the war in Afghanistan was not worth fighting. Fifty five percent of GOP respondents said that the cost of the war has not been worth the return.

The military reported a record number of brain injuries from the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq last year, but most of this is due to improved battlefield diagnosis. The new numbers suggest “countless brain injuries [were] missed when there were far more casualties during 2005 through 2007.”

Forget appealing to independents, Mitt Romney has major gaps in his base, a new Gallup poll finds. The presumed GOP presidential nominee is struggling among Midwesterners, young voters, the highly religious, and conservative Republicans.

A fundraising email from Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) paints a bleak picture of his presidential campaign. “I won’t mince words,” Paul wrote. “If we don’t reach our $2.5 million goal, I am not sure our campaign can go on.”

Jury selection begins today in the trial for former presidential candidate John Edwards, who is accused of six-counts of conspiracy to violate campaign finance laws and accepting illegal contributions.

Fighting in the 13-month uprising against Syrian President Bashar Assad was quiet Thursday, activisits said, which suggests that a U.N.-negotiated truce has taken hold and the regime will stop its assault on the opposition. But in a sign of a continuing clampdown, troops and tanks were still seen patrolling areas in violation of the plan.

Vice President Biden will coin a new term — “The Romney Rule” — at a speech in New Hampshire today. “The Romney Rule says the very wealthy should keep the tax cuts and loopholes they have, and get an additional, new tax cut every year that is worth more than what the average middle class family makes in an entire year,” Biden will say.

Three lawsuits will be filed in federal courts today against New Corporation on behalf of three people who were the alleged targets of phone hacking. News Corporation has been dealing with the phone hacking scandal in England for months, but these three targets — Princess Diana, a member of a British soccer team, and a person associated with a celebrity — are the first to claim hacking took place on US soil.

And finally: What’s the worst thing a politician from New Jersey could do? Maybe fall asleep at a Bruce Springsteen concert? Well, that’s exactly what Gov. Chris Christie (R) did during a Boss concert in Madison Square Garden Monday night.