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Abby Phillip / The Politico:
The outburst heard 'round the world  —  Drudge Report broadcasted word of the interview on their website's banner spot.  POLITICO Screengrab  —  When the even-keeled and cool President Obama gets prickly in public, it never goes unnoticed.  —  For Obama, who has carefully cultivated …
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Damian Paletta / Washington Wire:
Obama Slips Up on ‘$4 Trillion’ Remark
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
James Oliphant / Los Angeles Times:
Obama to Texas reporter: ‘Let me finish my answers’
David Weigel / Weigel:
Pay Attention to Sarah Palin!  —  In the two years and eight months that Sarah Palin has been a political celebrity, I've never heard a conservative complain about the media ignoring her.  Not until last night.  That was when Palin's web consigliere Rebecca Mansour loaded up Twitter …
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Andy Barr / The Politico:
Sarah Palin: Don't pick on Donald Trump
Discussion: FrumForum, The Page and alicublog
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Biden pines for 2012 election, ‘hopefully’ against Trump
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and CNN
Vaughn Ververs / msnbc.com:
The Donald trumped on abortion question?  —  Vaughn Ververs writes:In his lengthy interview with NBC's Savannah Guthrie, Donald Trump appeared stumped when asked about the legal principle that served as the cornerstone for the Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion.  Here's the key part of the interview:
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Ashley Halsey III / Washington Post:
Plane with Michelle Obama had to abort landing because of mistake  —  A White House plane carrying Michelle Obama came dangerously close to a 200-ton military cargo jet and had to abort its landing at Joint Base Andrews on Monday as the result of an air traffic controller's mistake …
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Video: Obama uses false bridge-collapse argument to argue for more taxes  —  The headline really doesn't do justice to the actual offensive nature of this video from today's town hall in Annandale.  Obama keeps mentioning “potholes” on roads, but unless he's referring to interstate highways, the federal government doesn't fix potholes.
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Kerry Picket / Washington Times:
(video) Left wing DC activist to TWT: ‘Drop dead’  —  During a press conference last Thursday held by D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray regarding his opposition to Congress's re-authorization of DC's school voucher program, an anti-school voucher activist became angry with me over questions I asked Mr. Gray.
Hans A. von Spakovsky / Pajamas Media:
LEAKED: Obama Executive Order Intends to Implement Portions of DISCLOSE Act  —  Download the PDF here.  —  An impeccable source has provided me with a copy of a draft Executive Order that the White House is apparently circulating for comments from several government agencies.
Christian Heinze / Ballot Box:
Bachmann's bid: The what-if game  —  Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) has gained considerable momentum over the past few weeks.  —  She raised more money than any of her presidential rivals in 2011's first quarter, her presence at political events regularly swells crowds …
Discussion: ABCNEWS
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Alex Seitz-Wald / ThinkProgress:
ANALYSIS: Taxed Enough Already? Tea Party Rallies Significantly Smaller This Year Than Last
John / Power Line:
“Amazon.com Is Doomed!”  —  Tom Friedman isn't the worst pundit at the New York Times.  On the contrary, in that group he may be above average.  Still, Friedman must be one of the most overrated people in the world.  —  At Ricochet, Rob Long resurrects a 1999 column in which Friedman predicted the demise of Amazon.com:
Discussion: Ricochet.com
Jeff Poor / The Daily Caller:
Does Paul Ryan's admiration for Ayn Rand make him pro-terrorist?  Possibly, warns MSNBC guest  —  If a fictional character in a piece of literature from an author you admire commits some acts that would likely result in a felony conviction, does that mean you're a proponent of felonious acts?
Rob Shuter / PopEater:
Playgirl Woos Michele Bachmann's Son; He Says ‘No’  —  EXCLUSIVE: You can't make this stuff up, kids.  Following their successful partnership with Levi Johnston, Playgirl magazine informs me they've set their sights on another young man with a Republican media star in his life: Lucas Bachmann …
Deborah Arthurs / Daily Mail:
‘I wanted to be free’: Muslim model upsets family by posing nude for Playboy cover  —  Sila Sahin, a 25-year-old Turkish German living in Berlin, had until now been regarded as a glowing example of how a modern Muslim girl should behave in a multicultural society.
Associated Press:
Bradley Manning, suspect in WikiLeaks breach, to be moved to Fort Leavenworth, Kan.  —  WASHINGTON — The Army private suspected of giving classified data to WikiLeaks is being moved to a state-of-the-art facility at Fort Leavenworth in Kansas, where Pentagon officials said more extensive mental …
Discussion: Prairie Weather and FrumForum
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Wes Leonard / Associated Press:
WikiLeaks suspect Manning to leave Quantico
Discussion: Firedoglake and Guardian
Kenneth P. Vogel / The Politico:
Newt Gingrich struggles to raise hard money  —  Newt Gingrich raised a meager $53,000 into his political action committee in the first three months of the year, highlighting potential fundraising difficulties as the former House Speaker girds for a campaign for the GOP presidential nomination.
Discussion: MyDD and The Page
Agence France Presse:
Obama blames speculators for high gasoline prices  —  ANNANDALE, Virginia — US President Barack Obama blamed oil “speculators” on Tuesday for soaring gasoline prices that risk weighing down the US recovery and could dampen his 2012 election hopes.  —  “It is true that a lot …
BBC:
Libya: Abdul Ati al-Obeidi warns UK plan may worsen war  —  The civilian death toll has been high in Misrata, the rebels' last stronghold in western Libya  —  Libya's foreign minister says a British plan to send a military team to advise rebels fighting Col Gaddafi would harm chances of peace in the country.
Discussion: Guardian and FrumForum
Stephen Gutowski / The Blast:
Liberals Dance in Protest of Target  —  There once was a day where an organized demonstration in support of the Teamsters union was something to be feared if you did not agree with them.  That day, my friends, is no more.  —  “You'd better unionize or we will come to your stores and perform a choreographed dance routine!!”.
Discussion: Power Line
Alyssa Rosenberg / ThinkProgress:
Catholic League's Bill Donohue To Lady Gaga: ‘Go Pick On Muslims’  —  Sometimes it seems like pop stars and Catholic League head Bill Donohue must have a promotional deal: they use controversial religious imagery, and he gets on television to complain about it.
Discussion: Big Hollywood
Andy Rathbun / TwinCities.com:
Petition to recall Wisconsin GOP Sen. Sheila Harsdorf to be filed Tuesday  —  More than enough signatures have been collected in an effort to recall Republican Wisconsin state Sen. Sheila Harsdorf, organizers announced Monday.  —  Democratic Party of Wisconsin spokesman Graeme Zielinski …
Tanya Somanader / ThinkProgress:
Indiana GOP Senator Slams Her Party For Cutting Planned Parenthood Funding: This ‘Will Increase Abortions’  —  Dubbing it a “moral imperative,” the Indiana Senate voted yesterday to prohibit state funding for Planned Parenthood or any organization that provides abortion services.
Discussion: nwitimes.com
Jim Stratton / Orlando Sentinel:
State launches probe into campaign to provide superhero capes to jobless  —  State labor officials asked their inspector general Monday to investigate why a Central Florida agency wants to spend public money to furnish the unemployed with capes.  —  Dubbed the “Cape-A-Bility Challenge,” …
Zoe Tillman / The BLT:
Andrew Breitbart Argues for Dismissal, Challenges Venue in Sherrod Lawsuit  —  In a slew of new filings yesterday in the libel lawsuit brought by former U.S. Department of Agriculture official Shirley Sherrod against conservative blogger Andrew Breitbart, Breitbart and one of his co-defendants argued …
 
 
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Catherine Rampell / Economix:
Rich People Still Don't Realize They're Rich
Discussion: National Review and Salon
Alan S. Blinder / Wall Street Journal:
Paul Ryan's Reverse Robin Hood Budget
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Sam Youngman / The Hill:
Obama urges activists to pressure Congress on immigration reform
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
The Independent:
Kate Middleton jelly bean expected to fetch £500
Discussion: Barcepundit
John Wonderlich / Sunlight Foundation Blog:
Senate Expenses to be PDF'd
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
Amanda Terkel / The Huffington Post:
Paul LePage Under Fire In New Ad For ‘Roll Back’ Of Child Labor Laws (VIDEO)
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Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:
Club for Growth to Sen. Lugar: Retire
Discussion: The Note and FrumForum
Steve Kornacki / Salon:
The decade the GOP hopes you've forgotten
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Benjy Sarlin / TPMDC:
Arab American Group Praises Mitch Daniels As ‘The Adult In The Room’
Steven Thomma / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Poll: Best way to fight deficits: Raise taxes on the rich