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10:25 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” …
Caitlin Dickson / NationalJournal.com:
Wonkette Dukes It Out With Papa John's Pizza
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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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.
The Politico:
GOP escalates debt-limit demands  —  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
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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CNN:
Santorum beefs up staff in Iowa
Discussion: The Page
Michael Walsh / National Review:
The Tolerant Left
Discussion: Moe Lane and iOwnTheWorld.com
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 …
Discussion: Betsy's Page and Hot Air
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NLRB:
National Labor Relations Board issues complaint against Boeing Company for unlawfully transferring work …
Discussion: RedState and Weasel Zippers
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.)
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Sara Jerome / The Hill:
Obama gets warm reception from Facebook crowd
Discussion: American Power
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.
Discussion: msnbc.com, The Agonist and The Politico
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:   STATISTIC OF THE DAY.... A New York Times/CBS News poll released …
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 …
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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Associated Press:
SC Gov. Haley: Trump is calling, he's serious  —  COLUMBIA, S.C. — Real estate tycoon Donald Trump has called South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley and is serious about a White House bid, the Republican governor said Wednesday.  —  “Anybody that thinks he's doing this for name recognition — that's just not true.
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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.
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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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
Gail Collins / New York Times:
The New Anti-Abortion Math  —  One of my favorite stories about the Texas State Legislature involves the time Senator Wendy Davis was trying to ask a colleague, Troy Fraser, some questions about a pending bill.  Fraser deflected by saying, “I have trouble hearing women's voices.”
Patrick Goodenough / CNSNews:
Almost 10 Years After 9/11, U.N. Still Grappling to Define Terrorism  —  (CNSNews.com) - As the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks approaches, the United Nations is no closer to reaching a universal definition of terrorism than it was in 2001 - or indeed than it was five years before then …
Victoria Ward / Telegraph:
Energy saving light bulbs ‘contain cancer causing chemicals’  —  Fears have been reignited about the safety of energy saving light bulbs after a group of scientists warned that they contain cancer causing chemicals.  —  Their report advises that the bulbs should not be left on for extended periods …
Discussion: Verum Serum
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).
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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Jason Hancock / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Missouri House votes to ban Sharia law
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Peter Finn / Washington Post:
Capital charges brought against Guantanamo detainee Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri in USS Cole attack
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New York Times:
How Not to Plan for the Future  —  The agreement between Congress …
Discussion: TalkLeft
Jeff Cox / CNBC:
$6 Gas? Could Happen if Dollar Keeps Getting Weaker
Juana Summers / The Politico:
Pataki won't run, will tackle debt
Discussion: FrumForum and Gothamist
 Earlier Items: 
Jon Terbush / TPMDC:
Poll: 70% Of Tea Partiers Oppose Cuts To Medicare, Medicaid
Discussion: Balloon Juice and Newshoggers.com
JSOnline:
8 accused of writing protest excuses now under investigation
Discussion: Sister Toldjah and Sky Dancing
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