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4:50 PM ET, April 21, 2011

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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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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 …
Meghan McCain / The Daily Beast:
Trump to McCain: 'You're Hired!'
Discussion: Wonkette
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Poll: 45 percent of Republicans think Obama born out of US
Discussion: Wake up America and FrumForum
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:   STATISTIC OF THE DAY.... A New York Times/CBS News poll released …
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
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
GOP DEMANDING RESTRICTIONS THAT WOULD BLOCK ITS OWN AGENDA. …
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
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and FrumForum
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 because Republicans voted to end Medicare.”  —  The Truth-o-Meter says: Pants on Fire!  Democrats say Republicans voted to end Medicare and charge seniors $12,000
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Knowledge Counts  —  There's always a bit of a problem …
Discussion: The Daily Dish
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.
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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Doug Powers / Michelle Malkin:
Obama: Gas Prices are High Because Climate Change Deniers Refuse to Tackle Global Warming
Discussion: The Hill and NPR
Sam Youngman / The Hill:
Obama sees his approval ratings drop after launching 2012 reelection bid
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 …
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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Helene Cooper / New York Times:
Invitation to Israeli Leader Puts Obama on the Spot  —  WASHINGTON — A Republican invitation for Israel's prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, to address Congress next month is highlighting the tensions between President Obama and Mr. Netanyahu and has kicked off a bizarre diplomatic race …
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Abdullah Gul / New York Times:
The Revolution's Missing Peace
Discussion: Power Line and Daily Kos
Office Of The Governor:
[Proclamation] Gov. Perry Issues Proclamation for Days of Prayer for Rain in Texas  —  Gov. Perry Issues Proclamation for Days of Prayer for Rain in Texas  —  Gov. Rick Perry has proclaimed the three-day period from Friday, April 22, to Sunday, April 24, as Days of Prayer for Rain in the State of Texas …
Michael Muskal / Los Angeles Times:
Former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson announces he'll seek GOP presidential nomination  —  The libertarian-leaning Gary Johnson has climbed Mt. Everest so he knows about uphill fights: In a Gallup poll released last week, he ranked last in name recognition among 14 potential Republican candidates for president.
Discussion: Daily Kos and AmSpecBlog
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David Weigel / Slate:
America's Next Top Libertarian
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
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 …
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.
David Hill / Washington Times:
Business owner casts reasonable doubt on accuracy of speed cameras  —  PG business owner gets tickets tossed  —  FIVE DOWN, 40 TO GO: Will Foreman holds the speeding tickets he successfully challenged in court.  Mr. Foreman ironically used the photos shot by speed cameras to challenge the charge of speeding.
SusanAnne Hiller / Big Journalism:
What if the Birthers Are Right?  —  Inside the political vacuum, the headline story on Drudge was none other than Obama's birth certificate.  It's the story that just won't go away-and it won't go away until Obama himself releases the long-form document.  But with the coming release on May 17 …
Ryan Grim / The Huffington Post:
Paul Ryan, Rand Paul Clash Privately Over Budget … WASHINGTON — Before releasing his budget publicly, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) gave Senate Republicans a private briefing about the plan in early April.  During that meeting, Sen. Rand Paul, a Tea Party-backed freshman from Kentucky …
Discussion: FrumForum
Colby Itkowitz / Pennsylvania Ave.:
Barletta town hall gets heated over Medicare  —  Reminiscent of the August 2009 town halls when members of Congress faced angry constituents over health care reforms, a public forum in Carbon County with Rep. Lou Barletta Wednesday night provided a glimpse of the strong emotions stirred by a Republican plan to alter Medicare benefits.
 
 
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Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
The Annoying Hypocrisy Trope
James Pethokoukis:
Budget group: New Obama budget plan would fail, could cause tax trigger to be pulled
Discussion: protein wisdom
Jordy Yager / The Hill:
White House readies ‘US Shake Out’ to prepare citizens for earthquakes
Susan Dominus / New York Times:
The Crash and Burn of an Autism Guru
Discussion: FrumForum, Feministe and Pharyngula
Associated Press:
Dollar weakens against most major currencies
Discussion: CNBC, Hot Air and Pajamas Media
Clint Brewer / In Session:
Corker on a White House bid: ‘Maybe someday’
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Koch Industries Says That Koch Political Activities Are Motivated By Considerations Of Corporate Profit
Nathan Becker / Dow Jones Newswires:
S&P Cuts Fannie, Freddie, FHLB, Farm Credit Outlooks After US Cut
Discussion: Don Surber
Ryan J. Foley / Associated Press:
Iowa professor's response to GOP prompts outrage
Discussion: Moonbattery, RedState and AmSpecBlog
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