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10:10 AM ET, April 30, 2012


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Glen Johnson / Boston Globe:
Bill Clinton says economic recovery ahead of pace looking back up to 500 years in history  —  Former President Bill Clinton defended President Obama and his handling of the nation's economic recovery Sunday night, saying “we are beating the clock” historically in comparison to Japan …
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Obama web video touts successes, unveils new 2012 slogan: ‘Forward’  —  The Obama campaign released a seven-minute long web video on Monday highlighting the president's first term accomplishments, contrasting them with the challenges he inherited from the prior administration.
Meghashyam Mali / The Hill:
One year later, Obama team looks for lasting bin Laden bounce
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Hardly a Close Ally, Clinton Teams With Obama to Raise Cash and Votes
Discussion: 2012 Decoded
Jeff Himmelman / New York Magazine:
The Red Flag in the Flowerpot  —  Four decades after Watergate, there's something that still nags at Ben Bradlee about Deep Throat.  —  One day in early 2007, Bob Woodward poked his head into my office.  He and his wife, Elsa, had been out for dinner the night before with Ben Bradlee and his wife, Sally Quinn.
Dylan Byers / Politico:   Woodward rejects New York mag piece
Dana Loesch / Twitchy:
Twitter suspends another conservative account; Update: Chris Loesch free, flag-spam prog brigade still loose; Update: Loesch suspended again … Just as with @FreeMarket_US last week, Twitter has suspended the account of conservative Chis Loesch.  Chis is the husband of talk radio host …
Discussion: BuzzFeed, Washington Times and Hot Air
Dana Loesch / Twitchy:
Twitter, you have a problem: An infestation of radical flag-spam abusers … Hat tip to @Ed: … He is not alone.  —  And you will not be surprised to learn that at least one of the Twitter libs identified as a flag-spam ringleader also happens to be spearheading a Stop Rush Limbaugh effort online.
Discussion: protein wisdom
Dana Loesch / BREITBART.COM:
Discussion: The Mental Recession
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
The Legendary Paul Ryan  —  Mitt who?  —  The implosion of the Newt Gingrich presidential campaign—the first implosion, before the weird resurrection and inevitable second implosion—came because he used four words: right-wing social engineering.  He used the phrase, last May …
Jonathan Weisman / New York Times:
The Ticket: Paul Ryan's Kinetic Rise in G.O.P.
Discussion: GOP 12, ABCNEWS and Hotline On Call
Alex Pareene / Salon:
No one gets lucky at Washington's prom  —  The White Correspondents' Dinner isn't what's wrong with politics.  It's what's wrong with DC  —  Every year the White House Correspondents' Dinner inspires two competing varieties of coverage: Celebrity-obsessed fawning and angry tirades …
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Wasting Our Minds  —  In Spain, the unemployment rate among workers under 25 is more than 50 percent.  In Ireland almost a third of the young are unemployed.  Here in America, youth unemployment is “only” 16.5 percent, which is still terrible — but things could be worse.
Henry / Crooked Timber:
The Economist fails the Turing Test again  —  Five years ago I linked to a Bill Emmott column on the impending election of Nicholas Sarkozy thusly: … Now, his successor as editor at the Economist plays the same tune again, but even more crudely, deploring Sarkozy's probable successor.
Tjfang / CBS San Francisco:
Solyndra Not Dealing With Toxic Waste At Milpitas Facility  —  MILPITAS (CBS 5) — Three months ago, CBS 5 caught Solyndra tossing millions of dollars worth of brand new glass tubes used to make solar panels.  Now the bankrupt solar firm, once touted as a symbol of green technology, may be trying to abandon toxic waste.
New York Times:
Bigotry on the Ballot  —  North Carolina already has a law barring same-sex marriage, but the state's Republican-controlled Legislature is not satisfied.  It devised a measure to enshrine this obvious discrimination in the State Constitution and placed it on the ballot of the state's …
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
Mitt Romney's road to presidency this fall looks narrow on electoral map  —  It's no secret that former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney has a narrow path to win the presidency this fall.  Nowhere is that reality more apparent than when examining the electoral map on which Romney and President Obama will battle in November.
States could be in a bind on mandate  —  If the Supreme Court strikes down the health reform law's individual mandate, the states at the forefront of implementing the law could find themselves like Wile E. Coyote in the Road Runner cartoons: racing ahead only to discover there's no ground underneath their feet.
Discussion: Right Wing News
Stephen Gandel / Fortune:
Large layoffs loom on Wall Street  —  Latest wave of financial industry cuts could eliminate 21,000 jobs, rivaling the financial crisis.  —  FORTUNE —Perhaps the only thing more broken than Wall Street's business model is its staffing strategy.  —  After adding thousands bankers in the past two years …
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James Risen / New York Times:
Chances of Iran Strike Receding, U.S. Officials Say
Discussion: Swampland, Mother Jones and Mondoweiss
Washington Examiner:
Medicare slush fund shows Obama's abuse of power
Discussion: Power Line and Betsy's Page
Lawrence Summers / Financial Times:
Growth not austerity is best remedy for Europe
Oliver Wright / The Independent:
Eurozone crisis has a long way to go, warns Cameron
Discussion: Reuters
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Young's wife returns to stand on Monday
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New York Times:
Dissident's Fate at Issue as U.S. Diplomat Talks With China
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and New York Magazine
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Walker Gains in Wisconsin: NYT Shields Readers From Distressing News
New York Times:
Germany Looks to Southern Europe to Fill Jobs
Brendan Sasso / The Hill:
Rosen: Obama criticism of Ann Romney remark was just ‘politics’
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