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10:55 PM ET, April 16, 2011


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Andy Barr / The Politico:
Sarah Palin to GOP: ‘Fight like a girl’  —  Sarah Palin unleashed a withering critique of congressional Republicans Saturday, lambasting them for not cutting spending deeper and faster, and saying the party needs to “fight like a girl.”  —  “We didn't elect you just to rearrange the deck chairs …
Discussion: CNN
Todd Richmond / Associated Press:
Labor protesters surround tea party at Palin rally  —  MADISON, Wis. - Hundreds of pro-union labor supporters surrounded smaller groups of tea party members waiting for former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin to appear outside the Wisconsin Capitol.  —  Palin was scheduled to take the stage at noon for the tea party's annual tax day rally.
Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
SARAH PALIN - ANDREW BREITBART Join Thousands of Patriots at Madison Tea Party (Live on UStream) ...Update: Thugs Heckle Sarah Palin ...Update: Sarah to Obama, “Mr. President, Game On!”  —  The left is out in force today in Madison, Wisconsin.  —  But... So are the tea partiers.
Larry O'Connor /
Breitbart to TrumkaObama Leftist Agitators in Madison: ‘Go To Hell!’  —  Read further analysis from ANDREW BREITBART at Big Government.  —  Andrew Breitbart rallied thousands of Tea Party protesters in Wisconsin today introducing Sarah Palin in the cold April weather.
John Nolte / Big Government:
Sarah Palin Steps Into Wisconsin, Points to Left Field, and Hits a Grand Slam  —  UPDATE: Oh look, the MSM's already making thing's up.  See here.  —  If Sarah Palin's not running for president, what a terrible waste that would be of the single best stump speech I've heard since, well …
Palin set to speak at tea party rally at Capitol
Discussion: protein wisdom, Don Surber and Althouse
R. Scott Moxley / Navel Gazing:
[UPDATED: Davenport Defiant] Racist Orange County Republican Email: President Obama and His Parents Are Apes  —  UPDATE, APRIL 16, 5:55 P.M.: This afternoon, Marilyn Davenport sent an email to fellow Orange County Republican elected officials, apologizing if anyone was offended and blasted the “liberal media” for reporting the story.
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
Erik Wasson / The Hill:
Scalise says Obama violates Constitution over ‘czars’  —  Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.), the chief sponsor of the effort to defund administration-appointed advisers known as “czars,” reacted angrily Saturday to a signing statement from Obama saying he plans to keep them.
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
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 …
In 10 to 15 percent of cases, crucial heart test was rejected by firm hired to screen requests  —  Below:  —  “I gotta tell you Kathy, I can't keep living like this,” said Michael Fields, 46, who was experiencing tightness in his chest, numbness in an arm and light-headedness as he begged …
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.
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
UNMITIGATED GALT.  Whatever understandable prejudice you might have against Ayn Rand, you have to admit that the giant concrete block of her novel on which Atlas Shrugged: Part I is based could make a movie of some sort.  —  Consider all that happens in it: Dagny Taggart …
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.
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:
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and FrumForum
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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Discussion: Vox Popoli
Leslie Kaufman / New York Times:
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Discussion: Yglesias and Truthdig
James Fallows / The Atlantic Online:
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Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Jon Meacham: Let's undo the Birther “horror” by repealing the natural-born citizen clause