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2:00 PM ET, April 26, 2011

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Maggie Haberman / The Politico:
Donald Trump: How did Barack Obama get into Ivies?  —  ‘How does a bad student go to Columbia and then to Harvard?’  Trump asked.  AP Photo  —  Donald Trump is upping the ante against President Barack Obama's legitimacy, raising questions on Monday night about how the president was admitted to two Ivy League schools.
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Gary Tuchman / CNN:
CNN investigation: Obama born in U.S.  —  Editor's note: Tune in to “AC360°” on Tuesday beginning at 10 p.m. ET to see the remainder of Gary Tuchman's investigation into President Barack Obama's birthplace.  —  (CNN) — Was Barack Obama really born in America?
Susan Page / USA Today:
Poll: What kind of president would Donald Trump make?  —  WASHINGTON — Republicans may be ready for a fling with Donald Trump, but a USA TODAY/Gallup Poll shows they have reservations about installing him in the White House.  —  The real estate developer and reality TV star …
Lauraklairmont / CNN:
RNC Chairman dismisses birther talk
Discussion: TPMDC
Ta-Nehisi Coates / The Atlantic Online:   Fact-Checking's Got Nothing To Do With It
Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:
Arizona governor: ‘Birther’ sentiment ‘leading our country down a path of destruction’
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
RNC chairman says he doesn't worry about ‘birthers’ in GOP
Discussion: The Politico
Ezra Klein / Washington Post:
Obama revealed: A moderate Republican  —  America is mired in three wars.  The past decade was the hottest on record.  Unemployment remains stuck near 9 percent, and there's a small, albeit real, possibility that the U.S. government will default on its debt.  So what's dominating the news?
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Andrew Samwick / Capital Gains and Games blogs:
Moderates? Republicans?
Discussion: Economist's View
Michelle Malkin:
Paul Krugman: For entitlement reform before he was against it  —  Not that you needed any more evidence that New York Times columnist Paul Krugman is a flip-flopping charlatan, but here's the latest.  —  Today, he assails GOP proposals to raise the Medicare age and, by extension, the Social Security retirement age.
Discussion: Paul Krugman and The Raw Story
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Dennis Cauchon / USA Today:
Americans depend more on federal aid than ever
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's … and Fox News
Benjamin Wallace-Wells / New York Magazine:
What's Left of the Left  —  Paul Krugman's lonely crusade.
Alyssa Rosenberg / Yglesias:
Donald Trump Loves Jefferson Davis  —  Or at least, his retirement home.  I'm doing some digging into Republican candidates' positions on and involvement in the arts, so on a whim, I Nexised “Donald Trump donated.”  Turns out the Donald ponied up $25,000 for the post-Katrina restoration of Beauvoir …
Discussion: The Blaze
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Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Behind A Major Law Firm's Decision To Ditch Its Defense Of DOMA  —  When the Atlanta-based law firm King & Spalding announced on April 18 that it would represent the Republican-controlled House of Representatives and defend the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act …
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Michael D. Shear / New York Times:
Law Firm Won't Defend Marriage Act
Wall Street Journal:
Financiers Switch to GOP  —  Hedge-Fund Titans Who Backed Democrats Open Their Wallets for Republicans  —  Hedge-fund managers made a big bet on Barack Obama and other Democrats in 2008.  Now, with the 2012 contest gearing up, some prominent fund managers have turned their backs on the party and are actively supporting Republicans.
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Don't laugh at Paul  —  Ron Paul's not as big of a joke as people think.  —  Do I think he has a serious chance at the Republican nomination?  Not really.  But I think he could play a much bigger role in the race than people might expect.  Consider some of these recent poll numbers:
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Washington Post:
High gas prices cut into driving habits — and Obama's approval rating  —  Soaring gasoline prices are biting into household incomes and nibbling at Americans' fuel consumption — and support for President Obama, according to a Washington Post-ABC News poll.
Katie Thomas / New York Times:
College Teams, Relying on Deception, Undermine Gender Equity  —  Ever since Congress passed the federal gender-equity law known as Title IX, universities have opened their gyms and athletic fields to millions of women who previously did not have chances to play.
Susan Page / USA Today:
GOP's gamble on the budget pays off, so far  —  WASHINGTON — A new USA TODAY/Gallup Poll finds that House Republicans, who took a political risk in passing a controversial budget blueprint last week, have survived so far with some key advantages intact as Congress moves toward the debate …
Discussion: Hullabaloo, AmSpecBlog and GayPatriot
Matthew Yglesias / Yglesias:
Reducing Health Costs With Voluntary Death Panels  —  Andrew Sullivan notes that if people were a little more responsible about planning for our own demise that this could reduce health care spending: … Of course put in terms of “everyone” it's creepy and totalitarian.
Jordan Fabian / Ballot Box:
Scott Brown gets Democratic challenger  —  Democratic activist Alan Khazei announced Tuesday that he will vie for his party's nomination to face Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown (R).  —  Khazei, co-founder of the non-profit group City Year, posted the announcement on his website and said he is holding a kickoff event in Boston.
Andrew Restuccia / The Hill:
'I'm a Shell Oil creation,' says EPA chief  —  EPA chief Lisa Jackson said Tuesday that Shell Oil — which has butted heads with the Environmental Protection Agency over a range of issues — financed her undergraduate education.  —  The company gave Jackson a scholarship to Tulane University, where she got her undergraduate degree.
Alicia Mundy / Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Effort to Remove Drug CEO Jolts Firms  —  A government attempt to oust a longtime drug-company chief executive over his company's marketing violations is raising alarms in that industry and beyond about a potential expansion of federal involvement in the business world.
Discussion: Hot Air and protein wisdom
Matt Negrin / The Politico:
For local TV, 7 minutes in heaven … No comments yet.  Be the first!
Discussion: Michelle Malkin and Weasel Zippers
Henry / Crooked Timber:
Hard Keynesianism in the European Union  —  John Quiggin and I have a piece on the eurozone mess in the new issue of Foreign Affairs.  The piece is subscriber-only, but we're allowed to post it (in Web format) for six months or so on a personal or institutional website.  Accordingly, the piece can be found below the fold.
Discussion: Yglesias and The Atlantic Online
Foreign Policy:
More Than 1 Billion People Are Hungry in the World  —  But what if the experts are wrong?  —  For many in the West, poverty is almost synonymous with hunger.  Indeed, the announcement by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization in 2009 that more than 1 billion people are suffering …
Michelle Malkin:
Another life line for Death Row cop-killer Mumia abu Jamal  —  1980s Death Row cop-killer Mumia abu Jamal, darling of the progressive Left, will get yet another day in court: … Yes, they called him a “death row activist.”  —  Only marginally less obnoxious than when AFP called him a “human rights campaigner.”
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Messina: Obama 2012 will be run as ‘an insurgent campaign’ — Barbour feared race about race that GOP couldn't win - Boehner to Obama: ‘Grow up’ — Marc Short joins Team Koch - Rob Collins free agent  —  Good Tuesday morning.  Mississippi Gov. HALEY BARBOUR's decision not to seek …
Discussion: msnbc.com
Associated Press:
Campaign to bar Syria from UN human rights body  —  UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Human rights groups and a growing number of governments are working to prevent Syria from being elected to the U.N.'s top human rights body, as President Bashar Assad's security forces crack down on pro-democracy protesters.
John Bresnahan / The Politico:
Hal Rogers's ‘empire’ of nonprofits under scrutiny  —  Rep. Hal Rogers (R-Ky.), the new chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, has funneled more than $236 million in federal funds since 2000 to a web of nonprofit groups he created back home in the Bluegrass State, according to a new report by an ethics watchdog group.
 
 
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Michael A. Fletcher / Washington Post:
States face $1.26 trillion shortfall in funds to pay retiree benefits
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Maura Dolan / Los Angeles Times:
Proposition 8 supporters say ruling should be voided
Joe Nocera / New York Times:
The Limits of School Reform
Discussion: Firedoglake and Eduwonk
James M. Dubik / New York Times:
Finish the Job  —  PRESIDENT OBAMA insists that protecting civilians …
Discussion: The Nation and Outside the Beltway
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Where Did All the Anti-War Protestors Go?  —  The anti-war movement …
Discussion: Wizbang
Paul Krugman:
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Daily Mail:
The end of the line: Last typewriter factory left in the world closes its doors
New York Times:
Public Pensions, Once Off Limits, Face Budget Cuts
David Corn / Mother Jones:
White House to Franklin Graham: You're “Preposterous”
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