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11:20 AM ET, April 16, 2011


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Jake Tapper / Political Punch:
President Obama Issues “Signing Statement” Indicating He Won't Abide by Provision in Budget Bill  —  In a statement issued Friday night, President Obama took issue with some provisions in the budget bill - and in one case simply says he will not abide by it.
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Obama signs bill to keep government open, but protects ‘czars’  —  President Obama signed into law on Friday the hard-fought legislation to fund government and keep it running through the end of September.  —  The president signed the legislation he negotiated last week with House Speaker John Boehner …
Discussion: Right Wing News and Weasel Zippers
Rachel Rose Hartman / Yahoo! News:
Obama caught on audio slamming GOP
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Pandemonium!  Dems Jam Republicans With Even More Conservative Budget  —  What was supposed to be a routine vote in the House — to knock down an amendment authored by conservative Republicans — turned into pandemonium on the House floor Friday, as Democrats tried to jam the plan through, and hang it around the GOP's necks.
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
How Democrats Railroaded Republicans Into Almost Passing A Budget Too Conservative For Them
Philip Klein / Washington Examiner:
BELTWAY CONFIDENTIAL  —  GOP and Tea Party deserve kudos …
Discussion: Hot Air and AmSpecBlog
ESeifert / Democracy Corps:
Paul Ryan to seniors: Drop Dead.
Ballots are now totaled: Prosser wins by 7,316  —  Final margin is under threshold for free recount  —  By Mike Johnson and Larry Sandler of the Journal Sentinel  —  State Supreme Court Justice David Prosser emerged as the winner Friday over challenger JoAnne Kloppenburg in a heated election …
Jennifer Epstein / The Politico:
Labor falls short in Wisconsin race  —  Liberal and pro-union groups failed to oust a conservative judge from Wisconsin's Supreme Court in an April 5 election, according to state vote totals finalized Friday.  —  Based on county canvassing totals, Judge David Prosser leads challenger JoAnne Kloppenburg …
Discussion: CNN
William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
Game Over - Kloppenburg Loses to Prosser (and Truman)(and Palin)
Discussion: Cubachi and The Gateway Pundit
Associated Press:
Canvass shows conservative wins Wis. court race
The Right Scoop:
Levin rips Donald Trump to shreds  —  Levin points out many things about Trump that show he is no conservative, but a few of the glaring ones are the fact that he support Charlie Crist over Marco Rubio twice, as well as calling for the impeachment of George W. Bush, accusing him of lying to get us in the war.
Charlie Cook /
The Cook Report: Trump's a Joke
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Jon Meacham: Let's undo the Birther “horror” by repealing the natural-born citizen clause  —  In case you were wondering what the guy who used to edit Newsweek is up to these days, wonder no longer.  I agree with him about the natural-born requirement, incidentally: It's one of the most antiquated …
Coming up on ‘This Week’: Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner  —  Plus, the Tea Party Congress, and Gov. Deval Patrick Joins the Roundtable  —  As the budget battle heats up in Washington, will the stand-off over the debt limit push the country into an economic Armageddon?
Discussion: The Hill
Ben Geman / The Hill:
Obama meets with young climate change activists  —  A dozen young climate change activists expecting a discussion with White House staffers Friday instead got a meeting with President Obama himself.  —  The surprise meeting came hours ahead of the April 15-18 Power Shift 2011 conference …
Discussion: The Politico, CNN and Wonk Room
Tiffany Hsu / Money & Company:
Three largest online poker sites indicted and shut down by FBI  —  The founders of the three largest online poker sites were indicted on Friday in what could serve as a death blow to a thriving industry.  —  Eleven executives at PokerStars, Full Tilt Poker, Absolute Poker and a number …
Tom Allard / Sydney Morning Herald:
Bomber detonates device as police in West Java begin Friday prayers  —  JAKARTA: A bomber detonated an explosive device just as police officers were about to start Friday prayers yesterday at their mosque in a compound in West Java, killing himself and injuring up to 25 others, some gravely.
Peter Berkowitz / Wall Street Journal:
Is Yale University Sexist?  —  Allegations about a ‘hostile environment’ for women could cost the university a half-billion in federal funding.  —  Last month, 16 Yale students and recent graduates filed a confidential complaint with the Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights alleging …
Discussion: Instapundit and FrumForum
Vik Jolly / Orange County Register:
‘Irvine 11’ plead not guilty to disrupting UCI speech  —  SANTA ANA - Eleven current and former university students pleaded not guilty Friday to misdemeanor charges for disrupting the speech of an Israeli diplomat at UC Irvine last year.  —  Seven of the so-called “Irvine 11” …
Discussion: Pajamas Media and Jihad Watch
John / Power Line:
Contango Confusion  —  The Think Progress web site is a Soros-funded mouthpiece for the Obama administration.  Someone at Think Progress or its parent, the Center for American Progress, has instructed cub reporter Lee Fang to devote full time to attacking Charles and David Koch and their company, Koch Industries.
Discussion: THE EXILED
Adam Gabbatt / Guardian:
Hundreds attend kiss-in outside John Snow pub after venue closes its doors  —  Soho pub which ejected gay couple for ‘obscene’ kissing closes in bid to thwart protest - but kiss-in continues right outside  —  • Follow today's developments in our kissing in public live blog
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Jay Cost / Weekly Standard:
Morning Jay: Obama's Speech Was Meant to Reassure the Left
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Chivalry is dead and you killed it, ladies
Nouriel Roubini / Project Syndicate:
China's Bad Growth Bet
Aman Ali / Reuters:
Bacteria in grocery meat resistant to antibiotics
Jon Bershad / Mediaite:
Trump Explains Shocking Poll Results To Limbaugh: ‘People Respond To My Message’
Discussion: Hot Air and Outside the Beltway
Benedict Carey / New York Times:
Study Ties Suicide Rate in Work Force to Economy
Discussion: Firedoglake and AOL News
 Earlier Items: 
Free exchange:
Not yet time to worry about inflation
Discussion: Yglesias and Economist's View
Megan McArdle / The Atlantic Online:
Atlas Winced  —  Ayn Rand's work has been described as …
Discussion: Time and Outside the Beltway
Ed Hornick / CNN:
Political Circus: Barney Frank in Playboy
Discussion: Washington Post and Mediaite
Daily Mail:
'I didn't know what they were doing to me': Boy, 8, on trip to Disneyland given full body search by TSA agents
Discussion: Right Wing News