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6:40 PM ET, April 16, 2011


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The Right Scoop:
Sarah Palin to Obama: You ignored us in 2010, but you cannot ignore us in 2012!  —  ***UPDATED with Andrew Breitbart's speech***  —  Sarah Palin, affirming her union connections, gave one of the best speeches I've heard her give today at a Tea Party event in Madison, WI.
Palin set to speak at tea party rally at Capitol
Discussion: protein wisdom, Don Surber and Althouse
Bachmann assails Obama over Libya  —  Bluffton, South Carolina (CNN) - Addressing a crowd of Tea Party activists in South Carolina on Saturday, Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann called President Obama's decision to intervene in Libya “foolish” and said the NATO mission could end up boosting al Qaeda.
Latest S.C. straw poll win goes to Ron Paul  —  Bluffton, South Carolina (CNN) - Texas Rep. Ron Paul won the latest in a string of presidential straw polls being conducted in key South Carolina counties this month ahead of the state Republican Party convention in May.
Barbour nabs straw poll victory in South Carolina
Discussion: GOP 12 and The Page
Paul Krugman:
Civility is the Last Refuge of Scoundrels  —  At the beginning of last week, the commentariat was in raptures over the Serious, Courageous, Game-Changing Ryan plan.  But now that the plan has been exposed as the cruel nonsense it is, what we're hearing a lot about is the need for more civility in the discourse.
Glenn Reynolds / Instapundit:
SO I GOT AN EMAIL FROM YALE PRESIDENT RICHARD LEVIN LAST NIGHT about the “sexual harassment” claims involving Yale.  Here's the key bit: … It's worth noting that — as Wendy Kaminer pointed out in The Atlantic last week — this is a claim based almost entirely on free expression that some don't like:
Peter Berkowitz / Wall Street Journal:
Is Yale University Sexist?
Discussion: FrumForum
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 …
James Joyner / Foreign Policy:
Back in the Saddle  —  How Libya helped NATO get its groove back.
Discussion: Eunomia and New Atlanticist
Monster Hunter Nation:
HAPPY TAX DAY!  —  So this year I was molested more than ever before.  Hooray for success!  —  I've got two sources of income.  By day, I'm the finance manager for a defense contractor.  Like most of you I do the whole withholding thing where they, oh so very subtly, yank a small portion of my paycheck.
Peter Wood / Innovations:
Unearthing Matriarchy  —  Ten years ago, Cynthia Eller offered a useful and long-overdue demolition of a mistaken idea that gained widespread currency in women's studies and in some sectors of popular culture.  In The Myth of Matriarchal Prehistory: Why An Invented Past Will Not Give Women a Future …
Discussion: Vox Popoli
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 …
James Fallows / The Atlantic Online:
Undoing Medicare: The Real ‘Death Tax’  —  From my days as a school kid I remember the original debate over creating Medicare.  At the time, my dad — a small-town doctor and at that stage a conservative — was, like most doctors and the AMA as a whole, strongly against the plan, as a step toward “socialized medicine.”
Discussion: GoozNews
David Bernstein / The Volokh Conspiracy:
Stripping Congress of its Power of the Purse?  —  Via Althouse, I learn the following from Jake Tapper: … This raises an extremely serious constitutional question: if Congress has refused to fund the “czars,” where exactly does President Obama get the authority and funding to pay them?
Joe Nocera / New York Times:
About My Support for Natural Gas  —  Oh, puh-leeze!  —  Some readers of The New York Times are unimpressed with the idea of substituting natural gas for imported oil, even though such a move would help wean the country from its dependence on OPEC.  Or so it appears after I made that argument …
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
RealClearPolitics Video Log:
Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. Blames The iPad For Killing Jobs  —  Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-IL), who admits to owning an iPad, blames the Apple Inc. product for “eliminating thousands of American jobs.”  “A few short weeks ago I came to the House floor after having purchased an iPad and said that I happened …
Fox News:
Exclusive: Donald Trump Talks 2012, Calls Obama the ‘Worst President Ever’ |  Hannity  —  This is a rush transcript from “Hannity,” April 14, 2011.  This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.  —  SEAN HANNITY, HOST: And tonight, the road to 2012 takes us …
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Alex Knott / Roll Call:
FEC Launches Audit of Obama's 2008 Campaign
Discussion: CNN
Myglesias / Yglesias:
The Spending Debate  —  Richard Stevenson writes that …
Leslie Kaufman / New York Times:
G.O.P. Push in States to Deregulate Environment
Discussion: Yglesias and Truthdig
George Bennett / Post on Politics:
Former Gov. Crist gives $1,000 to Democrat seeking Allen West seat
Tina Dupuy / The Atlantic Online:
The Man Behind Paul Ryan's Budget Plan Got the Tax Cuts Wrong, Too
Musa Hattar / Agence France Presse:
Islamists attack Jordan police with swords, daggers
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Russell Berman / The Hill:
Budget votes turn from dissent to unity for House Republicans
Discussion: Booman Tribune and FiveThirtyEight
Ezra Klein / Washington Post:
The second worst idea in Washington
John / Power Line:
Contango Confusion  —  The Think Progress web site …
Coming up on ‘This Week’: Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner
Discussion: The Hill
Tom Allard / Sydney Morning Herald:
Bomber detonates device as police in West Java begin Friday prayers
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Jon Meacham: Let's undo the Birther “horror” by repealing the natural-born citizen clause
The_Stir / Shine:
Chivalry is dead and you killed it, ladies