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11:20 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
Adweek:
Wonkette Editor, Slate's Weigel Duke it Out in Emails to Adweek Request for comment on controversial …
Dana Loesch / Big Journalism:
Papa Johns, Huggies Pulls Advertising From Wonkette After Trig Taunts *UPDATE Holland America …
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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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.
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.
Karl Rove / Wall Street Journal:
How Republicans Can Win the Debt Limit Fight
Discussion: The New Republic
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 this morning doesn't exactly portray rank-and-file Republicans in a positive light. … I might be able to spin this into a less-depressing result, noting that many of these Republican voters aren't aware of the natural-born citizen language …
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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Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Obama: Mistakes? Can't think of any.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Pajamas Media
Sara Jerome / The Hill:
Obama gets warm reception from Facebook crowd
Discussion: American Power
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
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: Wall Street Journal
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 …
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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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E.J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
RNC bests DNC in March fundraising  —  The Republican National Committee (RNC) outraised the Democratic National Committee (DNC) in March, but the DNC won the quarter by almost $3 million.  —  The DNC, in its monthly filing Wednesday with the Federal Election Commission (FEC), reported $6.7 million in donations for the month of March.
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and CNN
Michael Walsh / National Review:
The Tolerant Left  —  One thing you have to say about the Left: They never miss an opportunity to let the mask of hatred slip.  It's practically Pavlovian; they are so invested in the myth of their own righteousness that their “tolerance” fetish goes right out the window whenever they suffer …
Discussion: Moe Lane and iOwnTheWorld.com
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Alexander Mooney / CNN:
TRENDING: 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 …
Discussion: Wonkette
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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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: Althouse and Verum Serum
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Trump expresses affection for Reid as he seeks to soothe conservatives  —  Real estate mogul Donald Trump expressed some measure of affection for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), while seeking to explain contributions to the top Senate Democrat.  —  Trump, who's mulling a run …
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.
Keith Laing / The Hill:
Obama will attend last Endeavour launch; Rep. Giffords also expected  —  President Obama will attend the final launch of the Space Shuttle Endeavour, according to media reports Wednesday.  —  Obama, who will already be in Florida for a commencement address at Miami Dade College on April 29 …
 
 
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Felicity Carus / Guardian:
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New York Post:
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Helene Cooper / New York Times:
Invitation to Israeli Leader Puts Obama on the Spot
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Missouri House votes to ban Sharia law
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Almost 10 Years After 9/11, U.N. Still Grappling to Define Terrorism
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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
The Hill:
Divided government hasn't paid off for the influence industry
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
Scott Keyes / ThinkProgress:
VIDEO: Paul Ryan Booed At Town Hall For Defending Tax Breaks For The Wealthy