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9:40 AM ET, April 27, 2011

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Douglas Stanglin / USA Today:
AP: Panetta to take over Pentagon, Petraeus picked for CIA chief  —  CIA director Leon Panetta will be named to succeed Robert Gates as secretary of defense and Gen. David Petraeus will be nominated to replace him as CIA director, The Associated Press reports, quoting unidentified sources.
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Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Reports: Panetta to be tapped for Pentagon, Petraeus for CIA  —  CIA Director Leon Panetta will be nominated to head the Defense Department and Gen. David Petraeus is the pick to replace him at the intelligence agency, according to reports Wednesday.  —  The Associated Press and ABC News reported the news, citing anonymous sources.
Discussion: The Politico and The Page
New York Times:
Panetta and Petraeus in Line for Top Security Posts  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama is expected this week to name Leon E. Panetta, the director of central intelligence, as defense secretary and Gen. David H. Petraeus, the top American commander in Afghanistan, as director of the C.I.A., administration officials said Wednesday.
Discussion: Balloon Juice
David Jackson / USA Today:
AP: Panetta to Pentagon, Petraeus to CIA  —  AP is reporting that President Obama is planning to make major changes to his national security team.  —  CIA Director Leon Panetta is slated to move to the Pentagon to be Defense Secretary, while Afghanistan commander David Petraeus would be nominated …
Jennifer Epstein / The Politico:   Panetta to succeed Gates at Defense
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Report: Obama's new Afghanistan ambassador is ... Bush's old Iraq ambassador
Discussion: Washington Post and New York Times
Dan Eggenand T.W. Farnam / Washington Post:
Trump's donation history shows Democratic favoritism  —  Billionaire Donald J. Trump, an early presidential favorite among tea party activists, has a highly unusual history of political contributions for a prospective Republican candidate: He has given most of his money to the other side.
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Washington Post:
From gulf spills to White House frills, Trump has it covered
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
Michael Falcone / ABCNEWS:
Donald Trump Parachutes Into New Hampshire for Whirlwind Visit
Discussion: The Note and CNN
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Matthew Boyle / The Daily Caller:
Local police arrested a woman who appears to be former liberal …
Discussion: Post on Politics and Verum Serum
James Pethokoukis:
Why Paul Ryan could enter the 2012 presidential race  —  It's not just Bill Kristol, gang.  There's desire at the highest ranks of the Republican Party, according to my reporting and sources, to see House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan seek the 2012 presidential nomination.  Here's why:
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The Politico:
Paul Ryan's plan puts 2012 elderly vote in play
Discussion: ABCNEWS
Jennifer Steinhauerand Carl Hulse / New York Times:
House G.O.P. Members Face Voter Anger Over Budget
Jennifer Haberkorn / The Politico:
Overflow crowds for Paul Ryan town halls
Discussion: CNN, Prairie Weather and The Note
Mark Schlueb / Orlando Sentinel:
Dan Webster confronted by angry town hall crowd  —  (Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel / April 26, 2011)  —  A town hall meeting held in Orlando by U.S. Rep. Dan Webster degenerated into bedlam Tuesday, with members of the crowd shouting down the freshman Republican congressman and yelling at one another.
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Ben Evansky / Fox News:
Despite Reports of Brutality Toward Civilians, Syria to Join U.N.'s Human Rights Council  —  Oct. 2: Syrian President Bashar Assad, right, gestures, after he is awarded with Iran's highest national medal by his Iranian counterpart Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, in Tehran, Iran.
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BBC:
Libya: UN team to start probe of human rights abuses
Discussion: Sky Dancing and Guardian
Alexander Mooney / CNN:
White House releases Obama birth certificate  —  (CNN) - The White House released President Obama's original birth certificate Wednesday.  —  The surprise release follows recent and sustained remarks by businessman Donald Trump, among others, that raised doubts as to whether the president was born in the United States.
Nick Paton Walsh / CNN:
Afghan pilot opens fire on military base  —  Kabul, Afghanistan (CNN) — At least six American service members were killed Wednesday when a man opened fire on troops and a “gunfight” ensued at an airport in the Afghan capital, military officials said.  —  A NATO official backed off earlier reports …
Discussion: The Page
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Matthew Rosenberg / Wall Street Journal:
Karzai Told to Dump U.S.
Discussion: The Page
Tdickens / WISGOP:
Dems Committing Fraud, Harassment in Green Bay  —  [Madison] - The Democrat Party of Wisconsin is using a fraudulent tactic to harass and intimidate constituents who favor recalling Democrat Senator Dave Hansen of Green Bay.  —  The Democratic Party has targeted for harassment people …
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Michael Levenson / Boston Globe:
House votes to restrict unions  —  Measure would curb bargaining on health care  —  Robert J. Haynes, president of the Massachusetts AFL-CIO, said the union would fight the legislation “to the bitter end.”  (M. McDonald for The Boston Globe)  —  House lawmakers voted overwhelmingly …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
The Hill:
White House seizes on Boehner's words  —  President Obama seized on a rare opening by Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and urged Congress to eliminate subsidies for major oil companies.  —  With voters anxious over rising gas prices, the president fired off a letter Tuesday calling on congressional leaders to …
Discussion: Balloon Juice and The Note
Ace / minx.cc:
Hmmm: Harvard Adopted Affirmative Action Policy For Law Review Well Before Obama Matriculated There  —  This has been discussed, but I haven't seen a citation for it.  (Then again, I never really investigated it.)  —  JeffB. sends this along.  This is the Harvard Crimson, which should know about its own law school's policies.
Dan Riehl / Big Government:
College Course: US Flag Is Racist, How-To Defeat America In Iraq And Afghanistan  —  While claiming the American flag represents racism and discussing today's Progressive Movement's efforts to defeat America both at home and abroad, including on the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan to help …
Sarah Palin / Facebook:
America Deserves Libya Explanation  —  Please make up your mind, Mr. President.  You can't vacillate when spending America's human and fiscal resources in yet another foreign country without good reason.  You said that Libyan leader Gaddafi has got to go.  Many of us heard that as your call to action and agreed, “Okay, you're right.
Christian Heinze / The Hill:
Mitt Romney's primary problem  —  Mitt Romney is seizing the right kind of momentum at the wrong kind of time.  —  Over the past month, the former governor of Massachusetts has seen a dramatic rise in general-election match-ups with President Obama, even as he continues to underwhelm in GOP primary polls.
Discussion: AnyoneButMitt.com
Alex Pareene / Salon:
Donald Trump's personal experience with questionable Ivy League admittance standards  —  Donald Trump added a blatantly race-baiting component to his already racially charged campaign against Barack Obama's Americanness this week when he claimed — based on things he's “heard” — that Obama was a …
Jordy Yager / The Hill:
Lawmakers facing more threats  —  Lawmakers received more threats of violence in 2010 than any other year on record, according to interviews and FBI documents obtained by The Hill.  —  The surge of threats is mostly attributable to the contentious healthcare reform debate last year.
Discussion: USA Today
 
 
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