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4:20 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.
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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?
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Obama signs bill to keep government open, but protects ‘czars’
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:
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Peter Berkowitz / Wall Street Journal:
Is Yale University Sexist?
Discussion: FrumForum
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: Balloon Juice and Economist's View
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 …
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
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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.
Discussion: pandagon.net and PoliPundit.com
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
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 …
Discussion: newsfeed.time.com
host.madison.com:
Palin set to speak at tea party rally at Capitol  —  MADISON - The scene at the Wisconsin state Capitol could be a wild one on Saturday.  —  Former GOP vice presidential candidate-turned-celebrity Sarah Palin is set to speak at the tea party's annual tax day rally in front of the building.
Discussion: protein wisdom, Don Surber and Althouse
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
Myglesias / Yglesias:
The Spending Debate  —  Richard Stevenson writes that “What is under way now is the most fundamental reassessment of the size and role of government — of the balance between personal responsibility and private markets on the one hand and public responsibility and social welfare on the other …
Leslie Kaufman / New York Times:
G.O.P. Push in States to Deregulate Environment  —  Weeks after he was sworn in as governor of Maine, Paul LePage, a Tea Party favorite, announced a 63-point plan to cut environmental regulations, including opening three million acres of the North Woods for development and suspending a law meant …
Discussion: Yglesias and Truthdig
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
 
 
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Sally Kohn / Washington Post:
Liberals pride themselves on being tolerant. Are they really just suckers?
Discussion: Booman Tribune and Prairie Weather
CNN:
Barbour nabs straw poll victory in South Carolina
Discussion: GOP 12 and The Page
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
Wall Street Journal:
Climate Change Heads to the Supreme Court
Discussion: Power Line and Climate Progress
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Musa Hattar / Agence France Presse:
Islamists attack Jordan police with swords, daggers
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
ABCNEWS:
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
Discussion: PoliPundit.com
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