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12:15 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.
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Obama signs bill to keep government open, but protects ‘czars’  —  President Obama signed into law on Friday the hard-fought legislation to fund government and keep it running through the end of September.  —  The president signed the legislation he negotiated last week with House Speaker John Boehner …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Right Wing News
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
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.
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
William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
Game Over - Kloppenburg Loses to Prosser (and Truman)(and Palin)
Discussion: Cubachi and The Gateway Pundit
Associated Press:
Canvass shows conservative wins Wis. court race
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
How Democrats Railroaded Republicans Into Almost Passing A Budget Too Conservative For Them  —  When House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD) heard Republicans were going to hold a vote on the extremely conservative Republican Study Committee budget, a lightbulb turned on in his head.
Philip Klein / Washington Examiner:
BELTWAY CONFIDENTIAL  —  GOP and Tea Party deserve kudos …
Discussion: Hot Air and AmSpecBlog
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 …
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
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
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 …
Musa Hattar / Agence France Presse:
Islamists attack Jordan police with swords, daggers  —  AMMAN — Islamist protesters armed with swords, daggers and clubs attacked police in the city of Zarqa on Friday, wounding 51 of them, as 32 more suffered from tear gas inhalation, Jordan's police chief said.
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 …
Discussion: Eunomia, Foreign Policy and FrumForum
The_Stir / Shine:
Chivalry is dead and you killed it, ladies  —  Sitting in traffic sucks, but it's the ultimate observation capsule for people-watching.  Might as well scrutinize while you're stuck between a ditzy chick in a monster SUV and a tourist trying to snap pictures of the White House from the driver's seat.
Lee Ferran / ABCNEWS:
FBI Counter-Terror Official: Al Qaeda ‘Thrives’ After Dictators Fall  —  Al Qaeda Releases New Web Video, Official Says Al Qaeda in Yemen More Dangerous Than Osama Bin Laden's ‘Core’ Group  —  On the same day reports emerged of a new al Qaeda video that praised the revolutions sweeping the Arab world …
Ben Geman / The Hill:
Obama meets with young climate change activists  —  A dozen young climate change activists expecting a discussion with White House staffers Friday instead got a meeting with President Obama himself.  —  The surprise meeting came hours ahead of the April 15-18 Power Shift 2011 conference …
Discussion: The Politico, CNN and Wonk Room
Ezra Klein / Washington Post:
The second worst idea in Washington  —  (Ezra Klein/Center on Budget and Policy Priority data) There's talk that the McCaskill-Corker spending cap will be the cost of raising the debt ceiling.  This would be, to put it simply, completely insane.  Spending caps are bad policy …
Associated Press:
Obama: Raise debt ceiling or risk global recession
Discussion: Ballot Box
Tom Allard / Sydney Morning Herald:
Bomber detonates device as police in West Java begin Friday prayers  —  JAKARTA: A bomber detonated an explosive device just as police officers were about to start Friday prayers yesterday at their mosque in a compound in West Java, killing himself and injuring up to 25 others, some gravely.
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Wall Street Journal:
Climate Change Heads to the Supreme Court
Discussion: Power Line and Climate Progress
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
Nouriel Roubini / Project Syndicate:
China's Bad Growth Bet
Aman Ali / Reuters:
Bacteria in grocery meat resistant to antibiotics
 Earlier Items: 
Jon Bershad / Mediaite:
Trump Explains Shocking Poll Results To Limbaugh: ‘People Respond To My Message’
Discussion: Hot Air and Outside the Beltway
Megan McArdle / The Atlantic Online:
Atlas Winced  —  Ayn Rand's work has been described as …
Discussion: Time and Outside the Beltway
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Boehner responds to Obama's ‘hot mic’ jab
Discussion: CBS News, MyDD, Yahoo! News and Taylor Marsh