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6:45 PM ET, April 29, 2012


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John Hinderaker / Power Line:
After Last Night  —  I watched Jimmy Kimmel's monologue at last night's White House Correspondents' Association Dinner in its entirety here.  The Hill also reported on the event, including President Obama's speech.  —  Kimmel was funny in spots, but as is always the case at these events …
Discussion: National Review
Jamie Klatell / The Hill:
Obama takes on the war on dogs, drunk texts from Hillary Clinton  —  The jokes covered familiar topics: The Republican primary, super-PACs, Joe Biden, the GSA scandal and even the president's admission that he ate dog as a boy.  —  What was different Saturday night was the joke teller.
Discussion: Politico and Booman Tribune
Obama turns comedian-in-chief at annual dinner  —  Washington (CNN) — The humor at the 98th annual White House Correspondents' Association Dinner went to the dogs.  —  President Barack Obama poked fun Saturday at everything, from the Secret Service scandal to the lavish spending …
Discussion: Liberal Values
Michele Salcedo / Associated Press:
Romney, Secret Service, GOP: Obama mocks them all
TRENDING: Boehner explains jabs at Obama as ‘help’  —  Washington (CNN) - House Speaker John Boehner on Sunday described his amped-up rhetoric toward President Barack Obama in recent days as advice.  —  “The president is getting ... some bad advice,” Boehner said on CNN's “State of the Union.”
Discussion: Politico
Politics of bin Laden: ‘Fair game’ vs. ‘divisive’
Discussion: Politico
President Obama on Palin: What's the difference between a hockey mom and a pit bull?
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Senate Democrats plan another trap for Mitt Romney with female voters  —  Senate Democrats are planning a new ploy to put Mitt Romney and Republicans on the defensive with female voters.  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) will bring to the floor in coming weeks legislation …
Josh Lederman / Ballot Box:   Snowe's retirement leaves Senate Dems with tough decision
Toby Harnden / Daily Mail:
Obama has held more re-election fundraisers than previous five Presidents combined as he visits key swing states on ‘permanent campaign’  —  Barack Obama has already held more re-election fundraising events than all five Presidents since Richard Nixon combined, according to figures to be published in a new book.
David W. Dunlap / New York Times:
1 World Trade Center Will Reclaim the Sky in Lower Manhattan  —  If the winds are forgiving enough over Lower Manhattan — up where workers can see the whole outline of the island's tip — a steel column will be hoisted into place Monday afternoon atop the exoskeleton of 1 World Trade Center …
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
New York Times:
The iEconomy: Apple's Tax Strategy Aims at Low-Tax States and Nations  —  RENO, Nev. — Apple, the world's most profitable technology company, doesn't design iPhones here.  It doesn't run AppleCare customer service from this city.  And it doesn't manufacture MacBooks or iPads anywhere nearby.
Jeffrey Goldberg / The Atlantic Online:
TSA to My Mother-in-Law: 'There's an Anomaly in the Crotch Area'  —  Okay, I now have definitive proof that al Qaeda has actually won.  It hasn't achieved the dissolution of the United States, or succeeded in murdering millions of Americans, or re-established the Caliphate …
Benjamin Mann / CNA Daily News:
Sebelius says she sought religious ‘balance,’ but ignored key precedents  —  Washington D.C., Apr 27, 2012 / 06:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- HHS secretary Kathleen Sebelius says she was unaware of legal precedents confirming religious freedom, even as she sought a “balance” between believers' rights and the contraception mandate.
Amanda Coyne / Alaska Dispatch:
Ron Paul supporters team with Joe Miller to take over Alaska Republican Party  —  “There's always someone pointing out that the world would be a better place if they were in charge,” said Randy Ruedrich, longtime and outgoing chairman of the Alaska Republican Party.
Brendan Sasso / The Hill:
Rosen: Obama criticism of Ann Romney remark was just ‘politics’  —  Democratic political strategist Hilary Rosen said on Sunday that President Obama's criticism of her controversial comment about Ann Romney was just “politics.”  —  Earlier this month, Rosen said the wife …
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