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1:55 PM ET, April 17, 2011


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Larry O'Connor /
Leftist Thugs Taunt, Harass and Insult Black Tea Party Member  —  The man is called an “Uncle Tom,” and a “Token” interspersed with calls for “Solidarity”.  Just off camera in the Tea Party is a Mom with her two small children who are black.
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 …
Discussion: TBogg and Jewish Americans …
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 …
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
Andrew Breitbart / Big Government:
I Repeat to the TrumkaObama Class War Cult: Go To Hell
Discussion: Althouse
Larry O'Connor /
Palin Wows Wisconsin Tea Partiers With Blistering Speech; To Obama: 'You Ignored Us in 2010 …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
John Nolte / Big Government:   Sarah Palin Steps Into Wisconsin, Points to Left Field, and Hits a Grand Slam
Larry O'Connor /
Breitbart to TrumkaObama Leftist Agitators in Madison: ‘Go To Hell!’
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and Mediaite
Todd Richmond / Associated Press:
Labor protesters surround tea party at Palin rally
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
Paul: Both sides need to give in  —  Washington (CNN) - To reach a deal in Congress over the national debt, Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky said both political parties need to make concessions, excluding higher tax rates.  —  “The compromise is for conservatives to admit …
Imtiyaz Delawala / ABCNEWS:
Geithner: ‘Congress Will Raise the Debt Ceiling’
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Japan nuclear crisis ‘over in nine months’  —  The BBC's Roland Buerk says that people are pleased that they have been given some idea of how long the crisis could last  —  The operator of Japan's crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant has said it expects to bring the crisis under control by the end of the year.
Discussion: Outside the Beltway, MyDD and FrumForum
Mark Steyn / National Review:
Losing the Future  —  I always enjoy the bit in Planet of the Apes where a loinclothed Charlton Heston falls to his knees as he comes face to face with a shattered Statue of Liberty poking out of the sand and realizes that the eponymous simian planet is, in fact, his own — or was.
Natasha Mozgovaya / Haaretz:
Helen Thomas to address anti-Israel protests during Netanyahu's visit to U.S.  —  A series of anti-Israel protests, lectures and meetings are scheduled to coincide with the PM's visit and the AIPAC conference in Washington DC in May; BDS founder meets Friday night with 250 activists calling Israel apartheid state.
Nick Mottern /
Lobbying Report: Drones Fly Through Congress to Enter US Skies  —  Within weeks and possibly days, President Obama is likely to sign into law a bill that will bring unmanned aerial vehicles - drones - into US general airspace, crisscrossing the country in company with passenger planes and other human-carrying aircraft.
Discussion: Emptywheel
Gail Collins / New York Times:
Mitt!  Mitt!  Mitt!  —  This was the week we've been waiting for!  Decades into the future, you will be able to tell your grandchildren where you were when Mitt Romney announced that he had formed a presidential exploratory committee.  —  Who knew he needed to explore?
Tyler Cowen / New York Times:
Euro vs. Invasion of the Zombie Banks  —  IS a euro held in an Irish bank in Dublin, or in a Portuguese bank in Lisbon, as sound and secure as a euro in a German bank in Berlin?  That apparently simple question holds the key to understanding why the euro zone may splinter and bring a new financial crisis.
Discussion: EconLog
Clare Coleman / Washington Post:
Five myths about Planned Parenthood  —  I was a Planned Parenthood affiliate chief executive, supervising a network of clinics in Upstate New York, during the early days of this terrible recession.  We ran deficits, cut hours, closed centers and laid off staff members.
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.
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Jackie Calmes / New York Times:
‘Gang of Six’ in the Senate Seeking a Plan on Debt
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Rod Nordland / New York Times:
Libyan Rebels Say They're Being Sent Weapons
Discussion: FrumForum and Firedoglake
Rajiv Chandrasekaran / Washington Post:
In Afghanistan's south, signs of progress in three districts signal a shift
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The White House:
Statement by the President on H.R. 1473
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Alex Knott / Roll Call:
FEC Launches Audit of Obama's 2008 Campaign
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