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4:00 AM ET, April 17, 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.
Monica Davey / New York Times:
Palin Speaks at Tea Party Rally in Madison  —  MADISON, Wis. — At first, the prospect drew mildly worried looks from people on both sides of this state's giant political divide: Sarah Palin, the former Republican vice-presidential candidate, was to appear on the steps of this state's Capitol …
James Pethokoukis:
Palin in Madison: Veni, Vidi, Vici  —  Sarah Palin rides to the sound of the guns.  It was a chilly, wet and blustery afternoon in Madison, Wisconsin — one more appropriate for a late-season Packers game than a springtime political rally.  The stirring NFL Films theme, “The Classic Battle …
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 …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Dan / Riehl World View:
Sarah Palin Goes Where The Battle Is  —  It's ironic to watch so many so called establishment Republicans who seem to want to be leader of the free world dance their way around the more serious political battles of our time.  They criticize, they pontificate, or editorialize …
Discussion: HazZzMat
Larry O'Connor /
Palin Wows Wisconsin Tea Partiers With Blistering Speech; To Obama: 'You Ignored Us in 2010, You Cannot Ignore Us in 2012′  —  Read further analysis from John Nolte at Big Government.  —  RELATED VIDEO: Breitbart to TrumkaObama Leftist Agitators in Madison: ‘Go To Hell!’
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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.
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Palin rallies Madison tea party crowd  —  By Tom Kertscher of the Journal Sentinel  —  Madison — In the same venue where Gov. Scott Walker was pilloried for weeks, Sarah Palin on Saturday defended Walker's legislative move against public employee unions, excoriated President Barack Obama and even baited fellow Republicans.
Andrew Breitbart / Big Government:
I Repeat to the TrumkaObama Class War Cult: Go To Hell
Discussion: Althouse
Palin set to speak at tea party rally at Capitol
Discussion: protein wisdom, Althouse and Don Surber
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.
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 …
Discussion: Firedoglake
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
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 …
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.
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 …
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John Rossomando / The Daily Caller:
EPA official says jobs don't matter
Discussion: Watts Up With That? and Hot Air
The White House:
Statement by the President on H.R. 1473
Discussion: New York Times and Firedoglake
Serafin Gomez / Fox News:
At Tea Party Rally, Rubio Blasts Obama: He'd rather get Re-Elected than Lead
Ian Urbina / New York Times:
Chemicals Were Injected Into Wells, Report Says
Alex Knott / Roll Call:
FEC Launches Audit of Obama's 2008 Campaign
Discussion: Sky Dancing and CNN
Myglesias / Yglesias:
The Spending Debate  —  Richard Stevenson writes that …
Glenn Reynolds / Instapundit:
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and FrumForum
 Earlier Items: 
Leslie Kaufman / New York Times:
G.O.P. Push in States to Deregulate Environment
Discussion: Yglesias and Truthdig
James Fallows / The Atlantic Online:
Undoing Medicare: The Real ‘Death Tax’
Discussion: Washington Monthly and GoozNews
Paul Krugman:
Civility is the Last Refuge of Scoundrels
John / Power Line:
Contango Confusion  —  The Think Progress web site …