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2:45 PM ET, April 21, 2011

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Matt Miller / Washington Post:
‘The Shining’ — national debt edition  —  Remember that great scene in the 1980 film classic, “The Shining,” when the wife comes upon the typewriter of the Jack Nicholson character, who's supposed to have been working night and day for months on his novel?  To her horror, she finds thousands …
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Karl Rove / Wall Street Journal:
How Republicans Can Win the Debt Limit Fight
Jim Rutenberg / New York Times:
Poll Finds Lack of Passion for Republican Candidates  —  With less than a year to go before the Iowa caucuses, Republican voters have yet to form strong opinions about most of their potential candidates for president in 2012, according to the latest New York Times/CBS News poll.
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:   STATISTIC OF THE DAY.... A New York Times/CBS News poll released …
Wall Street Journal:
The Death of Right to Work  —  After 17 months and $2 billion, the NLRB sandbags Boeing.  —  We knew that Big Labor had political pull at the Obama-era National Labor Relations Board, but yesterday's complaint against Boeing is one for the (dark) ages.  By challenging Boeing's right …
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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 …
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Sam Youngman / The Hill:
Obama sees his approval ratings drop after launching 2012 reelection bid
Discussion: CNN and Wall Street Journal
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Obama Calls Out ‘Climate Change Deniers In Congress’
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Wonk Room
Mike Huckabee / Huck PAC:
Response to Glenn Beck  —  This week Glenn Beck has taken to his radio show to attack me as a Progressive, which he has said is the same as a “cancer” and a “Nazi.”  What did I do that apparently caused him to link me to a fatal disease and a form of government that murdered millions of innocent Jews?
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Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:
Huckabee: Glenn Beck called me a Nazi  —  Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee accused conservative talk host Glenn Beck Thursday of likening him to a “Nazi” over his support for first lady Michelle Obama's anti-obesity campaign.  —  On his radio show earlier this week, Beck labeled Huckabee a …
Discussion: FrumForum
Steven Ertelt / LifeNews.com:
More Companies Pull Ads From Wonkette After Trig Palin Post  —  More companies have joined Papa Johns, Huggies and Vanguard in dropping ads from the liberal, pro-abortion blog Wonkette after it ran a crass post mocking Sarah Palin and her son trig, who has Down Syndrome.
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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.
Sabato's Crystal Ball:
The Map  —  The Crystal Ball's First 2011 Take on 2012's Electoral College  —  Larry J. Sabato, Director, U.Va. Center for Politics  —  With 18 months to go until November 2012, there is exactly one use for a current projection of the 2012 Electoral College results.
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
WHEN POLITIFACT BECOMES POLITIFALSE.... Independent fact-checking outlets play an important part of the political discourse, or at least have the potential to.  With a lot of figures making all kinds of claims, voters should have reliable sources they can turn to in order to help separate fact from fiction.
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Politifact.com Truth-O-Meter rulings from National:
Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee: “Seniors will have to find $12,500 for health care …
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Obama: Mistakes?  Can't think of any.  —  Chief Political Correspondent Follow Him @ByronYork  —  Seven years ago, in April 2004, President George W. Bush held a formal news conference in which he was asked, “What would your biggest mistake be...and what lessons have you learned from it?”
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The White House:
Remarks by the President at a Facebook Town Hall  —  Facebook Headquarters  —  THE PRESIDENT: Well, thank you so much, Facebook, for hosting this, first of all.  (Applause.)  My name is Barack Obama, and I'm the guy who got Mark to wear a jacket and tie.  (Applause.)  Thank you.  (Laughter.)
New York Post:
Trump blasts Seinfeld pullout  —  Donald Trump wasn't laughing when funnyman Jerry Seinfeld canceled an upcoming appearance at a benefit for his son's Eric Trump Foundation.  —  Seinfeld pulled out of the Sept. 13 event benefiting the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital because he disagrees …
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Key Republican in deficit talks rules out significant tax increases  —  Republican senators trying to hash out a bipartisan deal to reduce the deficit will refuse any significant tax hikes, Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) said Thursday.  —  Coburn, one of six senators involved in behind …
Abdullah Gul / New York Times:
The Revolution's Missing Peace  —  THE wave of uprisings in the Middle East and North Africa is of historic significance equal to that of the revolutions of 1848 and 1989 in Europe.  The peoples of the region, without exception, revolted not only in the name of universal values but also to regain …
Discussion: Power Line
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JSOnline:
Recall beat gets hot; anti-Darling group filing signatures  —  Heck's a poppin' on the recall beat Thursday.  —  Organizers of the recall campaign against Sen. Alberta Darling (R-River Hills) announced they have about 30,000 signatures, which they said they would file with the state Government …
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Alexander Mooney / CNN:
Trump says he'll reveal ‘interesting things’ on Obama  —  (CNN) - Possibly-serious Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is giving few details about the investigation he claims to have launched in Hawaii to get to the bottom of where President Obama was born, but the business mogul …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
The DNC's money  —  Even as Reince Priebus returns the Republican National Committee to something resembling a normal fundraising situation, and brings back a large cadre of major donors who had departed during the Steele era, the RNC may struggle to compete with the president's party committee.
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
RNC bests DNC in March fundraising
Discussion: CNN
Kombiz / AMERICAblog Elections:
The easily debunked lies of Matt K Lewis  —  Matt Lewis is a right-wing “reporter” for the daily caller.  He used to work for AOL but left at least partly because the Huffington Post was bought out by AOL.  He's previously written for Townhall.com and Human Events.
 
 
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Nathan Becker / Dow Jones Newswires:
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Missouri House votes to ban Sharia law
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