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9:35 AM ET, April 21, 2011

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Tommy Christopher / Mediaite:
Wonkette Editor Comments on Reprehensible Birthday Greeting to Trig Palin  —  Update: Wonkette's editor responds later in the post, but also, a reader hilariously bought the domain name JackStuef.com, which now redirects to the National Down Syndrome Society donation page.  Lemons into lemonade.
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David Weigel / Weigel:
Boycotting Wonkette [UPDATE: Probation]  —  UPDATE: Wonkette editor Ken Layne looped me in on an e-mail to AdWeek, in which he wrote that Steuf has been admonished. … Behold the new media.  On Monday evening, Wonkette's Jack Steuf posted a “children's treasury of Trig [Palin] crap” …
Dana Loesch / Big Journalism:
Wonkette Makes Fun of Trig Palin, Calls Him “Retarded”
Geoffrey Dunn / The Business Insider:
Sarah Palin's Version Of Trig's Birth May Be More Troubling Than The Hoax
Terence P. Jeffrey / CNSNews:
Federal Borrowing on Pace to Hit Debt Limit in Less Than Week  —  (CNSNews.com) - Federal borrowing is on pace to hit the legal limit on the national debt in less than a week.  —  As set in a law passed by Congress and signed by President Barack Obama on Feb. 12, 2010, the legal limit on the national debt is $14.2940 trillion.
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The Politico:
GOP escalates demands on debt limit  —  One day after being named to a presidential task force to negotiate deficit reduction, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor fired off a stark warning to Democrats that the GOP “will not grant their request for a debt limit increase” without major spending cuts or budget process reforms.
Karl Rove / Wall Street Journal:
How Republicans Can Win the Debt Limit Fight  —  Democrats will have the upper hand if the GOP waits too long to move a budget through the House.  —  The debate over this year's budget is over.  Next up: an even more contentious battle over raising the debt ceiling.
Discussion: The New Republic
Matt Miller / Washington Post:
‘The Shining’ — national debt edition
Kat Stoeffel / New York Observer:
‘Glenn Beck Threw Me Under the Bus’: Breakfast with Andrew Breitbart … Over crème brûlée oatmeal on Monday, conservative blogger Andrew Breitbart talked sting videos.  Mr. Breitbart explained to the Transom that Breitbart blog protocol requires undercover video kingpin James O'Keefe …
Discussion: Wonkette and Mediaite
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Larry O'Connor / Breitbart.tv:
MSNBC Host Gets Hostile with Breitbart; Uses Media Matters Talking Points  —  The attack begins during the INTRODUCTION!  The irony, of course, is that Mr. Bashir has had to suffer his own, very public accusations of selective editing.
C. J. Chivers / New York Times:
‘Restrepo’ Director and a Photographer Are Killed in Libya  —  BENGHAZI, Libya — Tim Hetherington, a conflict photographer who was a director and producer of the Afghan war documentary “Restrepo,” was killed in the besieged city of Misurata, Libya, on Wednesday, and three photographers working beside …
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Washington Post:
Tim Hetherington, Chris Hondros are killed documenting Libya fighting
David Frum / FrumForum:
How to Beat Trump  —  This post by Ed Kilgore about Donald Trump seems to me very astute. … Here's the thing Republican leaders and pundits need to understand.  (I said it yesterday, but let's say it again today.)  America has not had a mass conversion to ideological libertarianism.
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Associated Press:
SC Gov. Haley: Trump is calling, he's serious
JSOnline:
Kloppenburg requests recount in state Supreme Court race  —  By Patrick Marley and Larry Sandler of the Journal Sentinel  —  Madison — Assistant Attorney General JoAnne Kloppenburg asked Wednesday for a statewide recount - the first in 22 years - to check the results in the April 5 state Supreme Court race …
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Craig Robinson / The Iowa Republican:
University of Iowa Professor Tells College Republicans to “F” Off  —  A University of Iowa professor felt the need to reply to a blast email by the College Republicans on Monday morning.  Ellen Lewin, a professor of Anthropology and Gender, Women's & Sexuality Studies in the Department of Gender …
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Michael Walsh / National Review:
The Tolerant Left
Discussion: iOwnTheWorld.com
Scott Keyes / ThinkProgress:
VIDEO: Paul Ryan Booed At Town Hall For Defending Tax Breaks For The Wealthy  —  ThinkProgress filed this report from a town hall meeting in Milton, WI.  —  Earlier this week, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) embarked on a series of town halls across his southern Wisconsin congressional district.
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Ben Geman / The Hill:
Obama jabs ‘climate change deniers’  —  President Obama called out Capitol Hill's “climate change deniers” Wednesday night at a Democratic fundraiser in California.  —  Obama, speaking at a San Francisco event for donors, called rising gasoline prices an economic drain on drivers …
John / Power Line:
Communicating With Employees?  The Horror!  —  The Nation joins the Koch-bashing that has become obligatory on the Left with an “expose” of the fact that last year, Koch Industries sent information to some of its employees on the November elections that included identification of candidates …
Discussion: Erick's blog and ThinkProgress
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Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
How Apple tracks your location without consent, and why it matters  —  If you haven't yet enabled encrypted backups for your iPhone or iPad, now's definitely the time to start.  Two security researchers have discovered a simple way to map out where you've been almost anywhere in the world—without any hacking involved.
The Hill:
Divided government hasn't paid off for the influence industry  —  Divided government hasn't been too great for K Street.  —  On Wednesday, lobby firms began to disclose their first quarterly revenue for 2011 as required under the Lobbying Disclosure Act (LDA).
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Juana Summers / The Politico:
Pataki won't run, will tackle debt  —  George Pataki said no to a White House bid Wednesday night, opting instead to launch an advocacy group that will take up the cause of deficit reduction.  —  The former New York governor said his new group, No American Debt, will put pressure …
Discussion: FrumForum and Gothamist
New York Times:
How Not to Plan for the Future  —  The agreement between Congress and the White House to virtually eliminate money for high-speed rail is harebrained.  France, China, Brazil, even Russia, understand that high-speed rail is central to future development.  Not Washington.
Discussion: TalkLeft
Glenn Reynolds / Instapundit:
MEGAN MCARDLE: “Have you noticed all the huge antiwar demonstrations in the last twelve months?  Yeah, me neither.  It turns out that a lot of the energy for the movement seems to have been provided by Democrats who are a lot less worried about wars conducted by Democratic presidents.
Discussion: Firedoglake, Moe Lane, Wizbang and Althouse
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Megan McArdle / The Atlantic Online:
Under Protest  —  Have you noticed all the huge antiwar demonstrations …
 
 
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Wall Street Journal:
The Death of Right to Work
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Gail Collins / New York Times:
The New Anti-Abortion Math
Victoria Ward / Telegraph:
Energy saving light bulbs ‘contain cancer causing chemicals’
Discussion: Verum Serum
Jeff Cox / CNBC:
$6 Gas? Could Happen if Dollar Keeps Getting Weaker
Sara Jerome / The Hill:
Obama gets warm reception from Facebook crowd
Discussion: American Power
Jon Terbush / TPMDC:
Poll: 70% Of Tea Partiers Oppose Cuts To Medicare, Medicaid
Discussion: Balloon Juice and Newshoggers.com
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JSOnline:
8 accused of writing protest excuses now under investigation
Megan McArdle / The Atlantic Online:
Just A Little Tax Hike . . .
Discussion: Ross Douthat and Mother Jones
Michael Barone / Washington Examiner:
Mr. Obama: Taxing the rich won't increase revenues
Discussion: The Glittering Eye