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2:40 PM 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.
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 and FiveThirtyEight
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Obama signs bill to keep government open, but protects ‘czars’
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.
Discussion: Economist's View and Balloon Juice
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 …
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.
National Review:
The Trump Moment
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.
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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 …
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
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
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 …
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 and The Moderate Voice
Barbour nabs straw poll victory in South Carolina  —  Charleston, South Carolina (CNN) - Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour won a presidential straw poll in the pivotal early primary state of South Carolina on Friday night.  —  The straw poll was conducted by the Charleston County Republican Party at its annual convention.
Discussion: GOP 12 and The Page
Tina Dupuy / The Atlantic Online:
The Man Behind Paul Ryan's Budget Plan Got the Tax Cuts Wrong, Too  —  Ayn Rand fanboy and Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan (R) appears to have baffled the entire Beltway of blabbers into muttering monosyllabic loops of the words “brave” and “bold.”  Yes, the House Budget Committee Chairman released his plan …
Radley Balko / Hit & Run:
Obama: Worse Than Bush on Bulls**t Gambling Moralizing, Too  —  The Obama Justice Department has indicted executives from the three largest online poker sites—Full Tilt, Absolute Poker, and PokerStars—on charges of money laundering and bank fraud.  —  This is the by far the most serious federal attack on online poker to date.
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
Discussion: Sister Toldjah and CNN
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George Bennett / Post on Politics:
Former Gov. Crist gives $1,000 to Democrat seeking Allen West seat
Wall Street Journal:
Climate Change Heads to the Supreme Court
Discussion: Power Line and Climate Progress
Musa Hattar / Agence France Presse:
Islamists attack Jordan police with swords, daggers
Washington Post:
NATO runs short on some munitions in Libya
Ezra Klein / Washington Post:
The second worst idea in Washington
Ben Geman / The Hill:
Obama meets with young climate change activists
Discussion: The Politico, CNN and Wonk Room
 Earlier Items: 
Coming up on ‘This Week’: Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner
Discussion: The Hill
Jay Cost / Weekly Standard:
Morning Jay: Obama's Speech Was Meant to Reassure the Left
Tom Allard / Sydney Morning Herald:
Bomber detonates device as police in West Java begin Friday prayers
The_Stir / Shine:
Chivalry is dead and you killed it, ladies
Nouriel Roubini / Project Syndicate:
China's Bad Growth Bet
Jon Bershad / Mediaite:
Trump Explains Shocking Poll Results To Limbaugh: ‘People Respond To My Message’
Discussion: Althouse and Hot Air