Morning Briefing: April 10, 2012

A new Washington Post/ABC News poll finds President Obama leading Mitt Romney in almost every category. The poll finds Obama with a double digit lead on protecting the middle class and handling of international affairs and health care. Obama is seen as better on women’s health, and women favor him heavily. On the economy, people think the recovery is moving too slowly.

Obama and his advisers are doubling down this week on their push for the Buffett Rule, which would ensure that millionaires don’t pay a lower tax rate than middle- and working-class Americans. Republicans will almost certainly block the legislation when it comes up for a vote, but Obama plans to us the GOP’s opposition against Romney in the fall campaign.

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Anti-tax activist Grover Norquist is confident that Mitt Romney will side with him over the American people and oppose the Buffet Rule.

President Obama is facing increasing pressure within his party to declare his support for marriage equality. Gay rights groups think having marriage equality on the platform will help shape the debate in a way that is similar to how the 1948 Democratic platform shaped the civil rights movement.

Despite Senate Republicans’ efforts to destroy the agency, the Obama administration’s new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is at work planning an overhaul of the mortgage industry, pledging to “put the ‘service’ back in mortgage servicing.”

The Syrian peace treaty orchestrated by UN Envoy Kofi Annan is flailing. Violence is spilling over into Turkey as the Assad regime continues its attacks on the Syrian people.

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Rick Santorum’s three-year-old daughter was released from the hospital this morning. The campaign canceled two morning events so that Santorum could help Bella “settle in at home.”

The U.S. deployed a second aircraft carrier to the Persian Gulf as tensions with Iran escalate. It “marks only the fourth time in the past decade that the Navy has had two aircraft carriers operating at the same time in the Persian Gulf.”

And finally: Obama and the first lady read the childrens’ classic Where the Wild Things Are to a group of kids at yesterday’s White House Easter Egg Roll, acting out the growls and and hoots along the way.