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12:35 AM ET, April 15, 2011


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Jonathon M. Seidl / The Blaze:
OLBERMANN: S.E. CUPP SHOULD HAVE NEVER BEEN BORN, PROVES ‘NECESSITY’ OF PLANNED PARENTHOOD  —  Keith Olbermann is not known for his candor.  In a sense, it's what's made him a popular figure on the left.  And sure, he makes off-the-wall comments sometimes in order to evoke a response.
Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
Defunding healthcare, Planned Parenthood passes House, fails Senate  —  The House on Thursday afternoon approved two resolutions that would amend the FY 2011 spending bill to block funding designated for Planned Parenthood and last year's healthcare law.  But House passage is largely symbolic …
Discussion: Cubachi and Weasel Zippers
Caroline May / The Daily Caller:
Olbermann says S.E. Cupp demonstrates the ‘necessity’ of Planned Parenthood  —  The leviathan of all things wise, former MSNBC host and Current TV's chief news officer Keith Olbermann, tried to cover his tracks Thursday afternoon after implying on Twitter that he wished Planned Parenthood …
Discussion: Mediaite
Discussion: Pajamas Media and The Daily Caller
John Bresnahan / The Politico:
GOP reached out to Steny Hoyer for help on budget vote
Discussion: AmSpecBlog
George Stephanopoulos / George's Bottom Line:
Obama Exclusive: I Was Born in Hawaii and I Don't ‘Have Horns’  —  I thought the president would take a pass when I asked him about Donald Trump's rise to the top of the Republican field in my exclusive interview today.  —  Far from it.  —  He grabbed at the chance with a big smile …
George Stephanopoulos / George's Bottom Line:
Obama Exclusive: Concedes Senate Vote Against Raising Debt Limit Was ‘Political’  —  In my exclusive interview with President Barack Obama, the president acknowledged that Democrats are going to bear the “burden” of extending the national debt limit later this spring - and he explained …
Juana Summers / The Politico:
Tim Pawlenty: Obama gives ‘false choice’ on debt limit  —  NASHUA, N.H. — Tim Pawlenty endeared himself to enthused Republican activists here Thursday with an impassioned attack against President Barack Obama's rhetoric on the looming debt-ceiling fight, accusing him of misleading on the issue.
Discussion: The Page
Jonathan Chait / The New Republic:
Obama's Insane Hostage Bargaining Strategy
Discussion: Mother Jones, Yglesias and Reuters
Eric Kleefeld / TPMDC:   Palin Headed To Madison, Wisconsin This Weekend
Sara Murray / Washington Wire:
Gov. Walker Gets Some Awkward Questions
Discussion: Sky Dancing, Althouse and The Hill
The Politico:
Obama puts GOP in no mood to deal  —  President Barack Obama extended a fiscal olive branch to Republicans on Wednesday.  Then he beat them up with it.  —  Obama's long-anticipated speech on the deficit at George Washington University was one of the oddest rhetorical hybrids of his presidency …
The Politico:
Labor leaders tee off on Barack Obama, Harry Reid  —  Top labor leaders excoriated President Barack Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in a closed session of the AFL-CIO's executive board meeting in Washington Wednesday, three labor sources said.  —  Furious union presidents complained …
Azi Paybarah / New York Observer:
Trump: ‘Always Had a Great Relationship With The Blacks’  —  You are missing some Flash content that should appear here!  Perhaps your browser cannot display it, or maybe it did not initialize correctly.  —  Donald Trump speaking with Fred Dicker.  —  Donald Trump shot down a report claiming …
Chris Moody / The Daily Caller:
Trump/West 2012? Allen West not closed to idea of being Donald Trump's VP
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Trump and the blacks
Discussion: TPMDC, Salon, CNN and Gawker
Washington Post:
House approves budget deal that averted shutdown  —  Alex Wong/ GETTY IMAGES - U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), chairman of the House Budget Committee, holds up a copy of the 2012 Republican budget proposal.  —  Eliminating any threat of a government shutdown until the fall …
New York Times:
Congress Passes Budget Bill, but Some in G.O.P. Balk
Steven L. Taylor / Outside the Beltway:
The Ryan Plan's Political Problem  —  I have been meaning to write about the Ryan Plan for days, but have not gotten around to it (although, in general, I think that both James Fallows and Michael Kinsely are largely on target).  This post is less about the plan itself than about the politics of the plan.
Discussion: Balloon Juice
NBC New York:
Bill Clinton Recalls “Romantic” Days of Prostitutes in Times Square  —  Former President Bill Clinton fondly remembers a “romantic” time when you could still get a prostitute in Times Square.  —  Clinton was at a news conference in Times Square with Mayor Bloomberg on Wednesday when a reporter asked …
Jon Terbush / TPMDC:
Poll: Floridians Have Strong Buyers Remorse After Electing GOP Gov. Scott  —  Only three months removed from Governor Rick Scott's (R) inauguration, a majority of Florida voters now say the state is headed in the wrong direction and that, if they could do it all over again …
Alan J. Kuperman / Boston Globe:
False pretense for war in Libya?  —  EVIDENCE IS now in that President Barack Obama grossly exaggerated the humanitarian threat to justify military action in Libya.  The president claimed that intervention was necessary to prevent a “bloodbath” in Benghazi, Libya's second-largest city and last rebel stronghold.
Aaron Morrissey / DCist:
D.C. Abortion Funding Ban Begins To Rear Its Ugly Head  —  The compromise reached last week by President Barack Obama and Speaker of the House John Boehner to reinstate a ban on D.C.'s ability to fund abortions for low-income women has, so far, been enveloped inside a bubble of political rhetoric.
Discussion: Balloon Juice and Wonk Room
Henry Blodget / The Business Insider:
PROFESSOR: Sarah Palin Probably Staged A Gigantic Hoax About Being Trig's Mother  —  An interesting footnote has emerged to a theory that raged around the Internet during Sarah Palin's candidacy for Vice President:  —  The theory is that Sarah Palin is actually the grandmother of her purported son Trig …
Phonemic Diversity Supports a Serial Founder Effect Model of Language Expansion from Africa  —  1Department of Psychology, University of Auckland, Private Bag 92019, Auckland, New Zealand.  —  2Institute of Cognitive and Evolutionary Anthropology, University of Oxford, 64 Banbury Road, Oxford OX2 6PN, UK.
Discussion: New York Times and Washington Post
U.S., allies see Libyan rebels in hopeless disarray  —  (Reuters) - Too little is known about Libya's rebels and they remain too fragmented for the United States to get seriously involved in organizing or training them, let alone arming them, U.S. and European officials say.
Discussion: Guardian and Blog
Georgia blogger claims hate letter sent to Ball, says he is ‘using Muslims’  —  A Georgia grandmother who says she sent state Sen. Greg Ball a Curious George monkey with a label saying it was bound for Auschwitz, cheap perfume and an anger-filled, anti-Semitic letter also laid claim Wednesday …
Gaza fighter died in ‘jihad mission’  —  GAZA CITY (Ma'an) — The armed wing of the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine said one of the group's fighters was killed Thursday morning, when an explosive device detonated while the young man was on a “jihad mission,” a statement said.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Elder of Ziyon
Conor Friedersdorf / The Atlantic Online:
The Torture Apologists Who Corrupted America's Youth  —  3 in 5 teens believes it's acceptable to abuse captive enemy soldiers - and a long list of Americans shares blame for a generation less enlightened than their elders … Three-in-five teenagers thinks it's sometimes acceptable …
Discussion: Guardian
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George Stephanopoulos / George's Bottom Line:
Exclusive Interview with President Barack Obama: Transcript Part One
Discussion: Washington Wire
Scott Whitlock /
Joy Behar Bizarrely Blames Reagan in 1981 for Sleeping Air Traffic Controllers in 2011
Daily Mail:
Briton ‘beaten to death’ in a Dubai police cell after being arrested for swearing
Taxes on the wealthy have gone down dramatically
Joan Biskupic / USA Today:
Health care law gets day in court
Ezra Klein / Washington Post:
How do $38.5 billion in cuts become $350 million?
Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
Just the Simple Truth  —  Have I mentioned my favorite part of Obama's speech yesterday?
Discussion: SEIU and The White House
 Earlier Items: 
Laurence J. Kotlikoff / CNN:
Obama kicks budget can down the road
Discussion: Hot Air and Scared Monkeys
Kelly Chernenkoff / Fox News:
GWU Suicide Tragically Coincides with Obama Speech
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Dennis Cauchon / USA Today:
Share of population working
New York Times:
In Financial Crisis, No Prosecutions of Top Figures