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9:25 PM ET, April 14, 2011


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The Politico:
Nancy Pelosi snaps at White House adviser Gene Sperling  —  In a tense moment that may well have encapsulated the frustrations of three-plus months in the minority, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi snapped at a top presidential economic adviser, Gene Sperling, during a closed-door meeting …
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 …
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 …
John Bresnahan / The Politico:
GOP reached out to Steny Hoyer for help on budget vote
Discussion: AmSpecBlog
Sara Murray / Washington Wire:
Gov. Walker Gets Some Awkward Questions
Discussion: The Hill, Sky Dancing and Althouse
Eric Kleefeld / TPMDC:   Palin Headed To Madison, Wisconsin This Weekend
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 …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Trump and the blacks  —  Donald Trump was asked just now on Fred Dicker's radio show about African-American support for President Obama.  —  “I have a great relationship with the blacks,” he said, continuing to call the overwhelming black support for President Obama “frightening.”
Discussion: TPMDC, CNN, Salon and Gawker
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.
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Pajamas Media
Caroline May / The Daily Caller:
Olbermann says S.E. Cupp demonstrates the ‘necessity’ of Planned Parenthood
Discussion: Mediaite
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 …
Ezra Klein / Washington Post:
How do $38.5 billion in cuts become $350 million?  —  (By Mark Wilson/Getty Images) So how do the $38.5 billion in 2011 cuts become $352 million when the CBO looks at them?  Well, they don't, not really.  They become more like $20-$25 billion.  But that's still a lot less than $38.5 billion.
Jonathan Chait / The New Republic:
Obama's Insane Hostage Bargaining Strategy
Discussion: Mother Jones, Reuters and Yglesias
Dennis Cauchon / USA Today:
Share of population working  —  Roll over each state to see the share of the population working in 2010:  —  Sources: USA TODAY, Census, Bureau of Labor Statistics  —  The share of the population that is working fell to its lowest level last year since women started entering the workforce …
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 …
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.
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
Derek Tang / Macroadvisers:
The Economic Effects of the Ryan Plan: Assuming the Answer?  —  Last week the House Budget Committee, chaired by Congressman Paul Ryan (R, WI) issued a Budget Resolution for fiscal year 2012 along with a Republican blueprint for addressing the nation's long-term fiscal imbalance.
Ramesh Ponnuru / National Review:
Paul Ryan vs. the Mythmakers
Reid Wilson / Hotline On Call:
McCarthy Aide Compares Members To “Hanoi Jane”  —  A top aide to House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy on Thursday suggested Republicans who have problems with the continuing resolution hitting the floor Thursday are committing a sin akin to Jane Fonda heading to Vietnam.
Robert Costa / National Review:
West: Boehner Needs to ‘Come to Jesus’  —  The House will vote on the Boehner-White House spending deal this afternoon.  Outside of the chamber, Republicans predict that the measure will pass, though numerous defections are expected, according to aides.  One tells us that some members …
Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
Just the Simple Truth  —  Have I mentioned my favorite part of Obama's speech yesterday?  Here it is: … Translation: F**k you, Republicans.  —  And I'd say it's a well deserved flip of the bird.  Republicans, as you can imagine, are less enthusiastic, and this bit of the speech undoubtedly accounts …
Donald L. Luskin / Wall Street Journal:
Remembering the Real Ayn Rand  —  The author of “Atlas Shrugged” was an individualist, not a conservative, and she knew big business was as much a threat to capitalism as government bureaucrats.  —  Tomorrow's release of the movie version of “Atlas Shrugged” is focusing attention …
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 …
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
New York Times:
In Financial Crisis, No Prosecutions of Top Figures  —  It is a question asked repeatedly across America: why, in the aftermath of a financial mess that generated hundreds of billions in losses, have no high-profile participants in the disaster been prosecuted?
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Daily Mail:
Briton ‘beaten to death’ in a Dubai police cell after being arrested for swearing
Taxes on the wealthy have gone down dramatically
David Ingram / The BLT:
Senator Says Goldman Sachs Misled Congress, Plans DOJ Referral
Joan Biskupic / USA Today:
Health care law gets day in court
Washington Post:
Tim Pawlenty picks a pollster
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
Jordan Fabian / Ballot Box:
Palin to attend Wisconsin Tax Day rally
Discussion: Cubachi, CNN and Liberty Pundits Blog
 Earlier Items: 
J. Christian Adams / Washington Examiner:
Bringing the outside in at Eric Holder's Justice Department
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Ron Paul also starts ‘testing the waters’ organization for 2012
Laurence J. Kotlikoff / CNN:
Obama kicks budget can down the road
Discussion: Scared Monkeys and Hot Air
Kelly Chernenkoff / Fox News:
GWU Suicide Tragically Coincides with Obama Speech
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Myglesias / Yglesias:
The False Promise of Class Size Reduction
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Discussion: Israel Matzav and Pajamas Media