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8:20 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
Serafin Gomez / Fox News:
At Tea Party Rally, Rubio Blasts Obama: He'd rather get Re-Elected than Lead
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.
CNN:   Latest S.C. straw poll win goes to Ron Paul
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.
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?
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
Alex Knott / Roll Call:
FEC Launches Audit of Obama's 2008 Campaign  —  The Federal Election Commission has launched an audit into President Barack Obama's record-breaking 2008 campaign.  —  Individuals familiar with the campaign told Roll Call Friday that the FEC has been investigating the financial records of Obama's previous campaign.
Discussion: CNN
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 …
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.
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 …
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
Ian Urbina / New York Times:
Chemicals Were Injected Into Wells, Report Says  —  WASHINGTON — Oil and gas companies injected hundreds of millions of gallons of hazardous or carcinogenic chemicals into wells in more than 13 states from 2005 to 2009, according to an investigation by Congressional Democrats.
Ben Geman / The Hill:
Gore to young advocates: Battle industry lobbyists to turn the tide on climate  —  Al Gore told young green energy advocates Friday that progress on global warming must come from a strong grassroots movement that can counter the oil and coal lobbies, which he alleged have “paralyzed” governments.
Ben Geman / The Hill:
Obama meets with young climate change activists
Discussion: The Politico, CNN and Wonk Room
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Exclusive: Donald Trump Talks 2012, Calls Obama the ‘Worst President Ever’ | Hannity
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
James Fallows / The Atlantic Online:
Undoing Medicare: The Real ‘Death Tax’
Discussion: GoozNews
Tina Dupuy / The Atlantic Online:
The Man Behind Paul Ryan's Budget Plan Got the Tax Cuts Wrong, Too
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Musa Hattar / Agence France Presse:
Islamists attack Jordan police with swords, daggers
Russell Berman / The Hill:
Budget votes turn from dissent to unity for House Republicans
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