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11:40 AM ET, April 16, 2011

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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: Weasel Zippers and Right Wing News
Russell Berman / The Hill:
Budget votes turn from dissent to unity for House Republicans  —  For House Republicans, what a difference a day makes.  —  On Thursday, 59 members of the GOP conference broke with leadership to oppose a 2011 spending compromise, ignoring pleas for support from Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio).
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Rachel Rose Hartman / Yahoo! News:
Obama caught on audio slamming GOP
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Boehner responds to Obama's ‘hot mic’ jab
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
How Democrats Railroaded Republicans Into Almost Passing A Budget Too Conservative For Them  —  When House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD) heard Republicans were going to hold a vote on the extremely conservative Republican Study Committee budget, a lightbulb turned on in his head.
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Philip Klein / Washington Examiner:
BELTWAY CONFIDENTIAL  —  GOP and Tea Party deserve kudos …
Discussion: Hot Air and AmSpecBlog
JSOnline:
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 …
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Jennifer Epstein / The Politico:
Labor falls short in Wisconsin race
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.
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 …
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
Colin Firth / CBS News:
Questions over Greg Mortenson's stories  —  He has written inspiring best sellers, including “Three Cups of Tea,” but are the stories all true?  —  Some of the most inspiring and dramatic stories in the best-selling book, “Three Cups of Tea,” by Greg Mortenson, are not true, multiple sources tell …
ABCNEWS:
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
Musa Hattar / Agence France Presse:
Islamists attack Jordan police with swords, daggers  —  AMMAN — Islamist protesters armed with swords, daggers and clubs attacked police in the city of Zarqa on Friday, wounding 51 of them, as 32 more suffered from tear gas inhalation, Jordan's police chief said.
Washington Post:
NATO runs short on some munitions in Libya  —  Gallery: Conflict and chaos in Libya: As international airstrikes continue against forces loyal to Moammar Gaddafi, rebels face difficult battles.  —  Less than a month into the Libyan conflict, NATO is running short of precision bombs …
Discussion: Eunomia, Foreign Policy and FrumForum
Ezra Klein / Washington Post:
The second worst idea in Washington  —  (Ezra Klein/Center on Budget and Policy Priority data) There's talk that the McCaskill-Corker spending cap will be the cost of raising the debt ceiling.  This would be, to put it simply, completely insane.  Spending caps are bad policy …
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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
Jay Cost / Weekly Standard:
Morning Jay: Obama's Speech Was Meant to Reassure the Left  —  Lately, I've been staying up late at night because I'm just too stressed over the state of the union.  Unable to sleep, I often find myself toggling between scores of Excel spreadsheets, crunching all sorts of numbers …
Discussion: PoliPundit.com
 
 
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