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11:00 AM ET, April 30, 2011

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The Atlantic Online:
Mitt Romney's Rusty Debut  —  Tonight's Republican gathering in Manchester, New Hampshire was touted as a “summit” on jobs and the economy by its sponsor, the local chapter of Americans for Prosperity, and it included five Republican presidential hopefuls.  Unofficially, it was Mitt Romney's debut as a 2012 candidate.
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Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:
Romney on healthcare: Obama should have asked me if it worked  —  Speaking before a crowd of conservative activists in New Hampshire Friday, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney again faced questions about the healthcare plan he championed as Bay State governor.
Discussion: The Note and Weasel Zippers
James Hohmann / The Politico:
Mitt Romney video fires blanks at NRA convention  —  PITTSBURGH—Mitt Romney's pre-recorded video greeting for the National Rifle Association's annual meeting received a lukewarm response here Friday, a reminder of his weakness on an issue important to the Republican base that at times dogged his 2008 campaign.
Discussion: Hot Air
The Note:
Mitt Romney Attacks Obama On Gas Prices In New Hampshire: ‘People Are Hurting’
Catalina Camia / USA Today:
Indiana Gov. Daniels to sign Planned Parenthood bill  —  Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels said today he will sign a controversial bill that cuts off government funding to Planned Parenthood, the nation's largest abortion provider.  —  Indiana will become the first state to take such action.
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Tea Party's Armey on 2012: Daniels would be ‘perfect pick for us’  —  Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels (R) would be the “perfect pick” for the Republican presidential nominee in 2012, said Tea Party figurehead and former House Majority Leader Dick Armey (R-Texas).
Discussion: Washington Post
Jennifer / Cubachi:
Mitch Daniels expected to sign bill to defund Planned Parenthood
Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:
Indiana Gov. Daniels to sign bill defunding Planned Parenthood
Discussion: CNN
Brad Johnson / ThinkProgress:
Top Climate Scientist On The Monster Tornadoes: ‘It Is Irresponsible Not To Mention Climate Change’  —  Throughout human history, the climate system has been a source of life and death, the sun and rain capable of feeding our crops and bringing us comfort, or unleashing terrible devastation in wind, fire, drought, storm, and flood.
Aliyah Shahid / NY Daily News:
Rick Perry, Texas governor, rips Obama's trip to tornado-devastated Alabama: What about our fires?  —  As President Obama meets with Alabama families affected by deadly tornados that swept through the South earlier this week, Texas Gov. Rick Perry is asking: What about us?
Discussion: Washington Monthly and News One
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New York Times:
Storms' Toll Rises as Scale of Damage Becomes Clear
Discussion: Firedoglake and Close Read
Jim Forsyth / Reuters:   Governor says Obama leaving Texas in the dust
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Neither Party Has Big Edge on Most Major U.S. Issues  —  Americans see Republicans as better able to handle the budget  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Of six key issues facing the United States, the federal budget is the only one for which Americans express a clear preference as to which party can better handle it.
Discussion: Power Line
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Associated Press:
Wis. Supreme Court recount at a glance  —  Justice David Prosser held a 7,316-vote lead over challenger JoAnne Kloppenburg before a statewide recount began on Wednesday.  The state Government Accountability Board is providing daily updates on the recount's progress by precinct.
Discussion: Althouse
The United States Senate Committee on Finance:
Baucus Unveils Plan to End Tax Breaks for Largest Oil and Gas Companies, Invest in Cleaner, Cheaper American Energy  —  Finance Chair Says Skyrocketing Gas Prices Necessitate Action to Address Energy Costs  —  Washington, DC - Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.) …
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Palin: ‘Hells no’ I wouldn't raise debt limit  —  Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) on Friday doubled down on her opposition to raising the nation's debt ceiling.  —  “Hells no. I would not vote to increase that debt ceiling,” she said during an interview on Fox News, where she is a paid contributor.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Hit & Run
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Brent Budowsky / Pundits Blog:
Republican Treasury secretary warns against Republican debt-ceiling terrorism
Discussion: The Politico
Mark Landler / New York Times:
U.S. Moves Cautiously Against Syrian Leaders  —  WASHINGTON - A brutal Arab dictator with a long history of enmity toward the United States turns tanks and troops against his own people, killing hundreds of protesters.  His country threatens to split along sectarian lines …
Frank Newport / Gallup:
Americans Blame Wasteful Government Spending for Deficit  —  Prefer cutting spending over raising taxes as way for Congress to reduce deficit  —  PRINCETON, NJ — The large majority of Americans say spending too much money on unneeded or wasteful federal programs is to blame for the federal budget deficit …
Discussion: Yglesias and GayPatriot
Ben Rooney / CNNMoney.com:
Big Oil's $38 billion defense  —  NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) — The first three months of the year were good to the oil industry — although American drivers and their elected leaders are not offering congratulations.  —  This week, the world's six largest publicly traded oil companies reported …
Discussion: AMERICAblog News and Mediaite
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Ryan says constituents ‘overwhelmingly’ support budget plan  —  Contrary to some of the angry scenes at certain of his town-hall meetings, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said Friday that the crowds are “overwhelmingly supportive” of his budget plan.  —  Ryan claims that his constituents …
Karoli / Crooks and Liars:
Breitbarted Again?  BigGovernment Uses Deceptively Edited Video To Smear University Professors - UPDATED  —  In yet another installment of the Breitbart sagas, a bit of controversy has erupted over the veracity of two videos posted on BigGovernment's site under the careful editorial eye of Dana Loesch, et al.
Edwin Mora / CNSNews:
Three Convicted in Terror-Related Cases Later Granted U.S. Citizenship by Obama Administration  —  (CNSNews.com) — Three people convicted of crimes as a result of a terrorism-related investigation by the Department of Justice (DOJ) were later naturalized as U.S. citizens by the Obama administration, according to federal auditors.
 
 
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Ariane De Vogue / ABCNEWS:
Court Lifts Federal Stem Cell Ban
Discussion: The Politico
Associated Press:
Okla. pol's comments on blacks, women draw fire
Discussion: The Atlanta Post
Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:
NY Republican: Trump's an SOB
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Google Exposes Senator (Sloppily) Trying to Delete History for Birthers
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