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12:20 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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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: Swampland and The New Republic
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]
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 …
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 …
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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: CNN
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
The DNC's money  —  Even as Reince Priebus returns …
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
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 …
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Kat Stoeffel / New York Observer:
‘Glenn Beck Threw Me Under the Bus’: Breakfast with Andrew Breitbart
Discussion: Wonkette and Mediaite
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:
E.J. Dionne Jr.
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.
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.
Discussion: James Pethokoukis
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Coburn: Gang of Six won't call for any ‘significant’ tax hikes to cut debt  —  The bipartisan group of senators working on a long-term fiscal plan won't call for any significant tax hikes, one of its Republican members said Thursday.  —  Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.), a member of the Gang …
Discussion: AmSpecBlog
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 …
Discussion: ThinkProgress and The Daily Caller
Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:
Former NM Gov. Gary Johnson launches presidential bid  —  Calling for a “reassessment of American government,” former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson (R) launched his 2012 bid for president Thursday on the steps of the New Hampshire state capitol.  —  In an email to supporters sent …
Discussion: CNN and GOP 12
Amanda Terkel / The Huffington Post:
Wisconsin Recall Fight Heats Up As Democrats Complain Of ‘Shots For Signatures’ Deals (AUDIO) … WASHINGTON — In an effort to gather enough signatures to trigger recall elections of state senators in Wisconsin, some backers are turning to peculiar, unconventional and, it appears, even intoxicating means.
Discussion: Yglesias, TPMDC and Weigel
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 …
 
 
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Bob Sechler / Wall Street Journal:
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Helene Cooper / New York Times:
Invitation to Israeli Leader Puts Obama on the Spot
Jason Hancock / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Missouri House votes to ban Sharia law
Discussion: Jihad Watch
Patrick Goodenough / CNSNews:
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 …
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The Hill:
Divided govt. hasn't paid off for K St.
Jon Terbush / TPMDC:
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