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10:55 PM ET, April 19, 2011

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Abby Phillip / The Politico:
The outburst heard 'round the world  —  Drudge Report broadcasted word of the interview on their website's banner spot.  POLITICO Screengrab  —  When the even-keeled and cool President Obama gets prickly in public, it never goes unnoticed.  —  For Obama, who has carefully cultivated …
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Brad Watson / WFAA-TV:
News 8 goes one-on-one with President Obama  —  NEWS 8 EXCLUSIVE  —  WASHINGTON — News 8 sat down with President Barack Obama at the White House Monday afternoon to discuss the economy, immigration and his approval rating.  —  The president this week is talking up his deficit reduction plan …
Colby Hall / Mediaite:
Barack Obama Chides Local Reporter For His Interruptive And Combative Interview  —  President Barack Obama conducted interviews with a number of reporters yesterday at the White House, talking up his administration's efforts to reduce the budget deficit.  One lucky reporter to get the plum assignment …
Damian Paletta / Washington Wire:
Obama Slips Up on ‘$4 Trillion’ Remark
Discussion: Economist's View
Doug Powers / Michelle Malkin:
‘Let Me Finish My Answers’  —  President Obama did sit …
Discussion: Weekly Standard and UrbanGrounds
Ed Hornick / CNN:
Political Circus: Obama to reporter: ‘Let me finish’
Discussion: Pundit Press
James Oliphant / Los Angeles Times:
Obama to Texas reporter: ‘Let me finish my answers’
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and FrumForum
Vaughn Ververs / msnbc.com:
The Donald trumped on abortion question?  —  Vaughn Ververs writes:In his lengthy interview with NBC's Savannah Guthrie, Donald Trump appeared stumped when asked about the legal principle that served as the cornerstone for the Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion.  Here's the key part of the interview:
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David Brooks / New York Times:
Why Trump Soars  —  Very few people have the luxury of being freely obnoxious.  Most people have to watch what they say for fear of offending their bosses and colleagues.  Others resist saying anything that might make them unpopular.  —  But, in every society, there are a few rare souls …
John Springer / msnbc.com:
Trump: I'm ‘last person Obama wants to run against’
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Biden pines for 2012 election, ‘hopefully’ against Trump
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and CNN
Jan Moller / New Orleans Times-Picayune:
Gov. Jindal will sign ‘birther’ bill if it reaches his desk  —  BATON ROUGE — Gov. Bobby Jindal would sign a bill requiring presidential candidates to provide a copy of their birth certificate to qualify for the Louisiana ballot if it reaches his desk, a spokesman said Monday.
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Fox News:
Why Gov. Brewer Vetoed Arizona's ‘Birther’ Bill: ‘It Serves No Purpose’ | On the Record
Discussion: Ballot Box and Washington Wire
Ashley Halsey III / Washington Post:
Plane with Michelle Obama had to abort landing because of mistake  —  A White House plane carrying Michelle Obama came dangerously close to a 200-ton military cargo jet and had to abort its landing at Joint Base Andrews on Monday as the result of an air traffic controller's mistake …
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Video: Obama uses false bridge-collapse argument to argue for more taxes  —  The headline really doesn't do justice to the actual offensive nature of this video from today's town hall in Annandale.  Obama keeps mentioning “potholes” on roads, but unless he's referring to interstate highways, the federal government doesn't fix potholes.
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Hans A. von Spakovsky / Pajamas Media:
LEAKED: Obama Executive Order Intends to Implement Portions of DISCLOSE Act  —  Download the PDF here.  —  An impeccable source has provided me with a copy of a draft Executive Order that the White House is apparently circulating for comments from several government agencies.
David Weigel / Weigel:
Pay Attention to Sarah Palin!  —  In the two years and eight months that Sarah Palin has been a political celebrity, I've never heard a conservative complain about the media ignoring her.  Not until last night.  That was when Palin's web consigliere Rebecca Mansour loaded up Twitter …
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Alex Seitz-Wald / ThinkProgress:
ANALYSIS: Taxed Enough Already? Tea Party Rallies Significantly Smaller This Year Than Last
Juana Summers / The Politico:
Poll: Iowa GOP wary of Obama's birth  —  Donald Trump's birther crusade could be a boon in Iowa, and “Romneycare” could dog the former Massachusetts governor in the first-in-the-nation caucus, a new poll shows.  —  A whopping 48 percent of Iowa Republicans said they don't believe that Obama …
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Washington Post:
Economic anxiety threatens Obama in 2012, but in poll he edges GOP rivals
Andy Rathbun / TwinCities.com:
Petition to recall Wisconsin GOP Sen. Sheila Harsdorf to be filed Tuesday  —  More than enough signatures have been collected in an effort to recall Republican Wisconsin state Sen. Sheila Harsdorf, organizers announced Monday.  —  Democratic Party of Wisconsin spokesman Graeme Zielinski …
John / Power Line:
“Amazon.com Is Doomed!”  —  Tom Friedman isn't the worst pundit at the New York Times.  On the contrary, in that group he may be above average.  Still, Friedman must be one of the most overrated people in the world.  —  At Ricochet, Rob Long resurrects a 1999 column in which Friedman predicted the demise of Amazon.com:
Discussion: Ricochet.com
Josh Gerstein / The Politico:
House sets $500K, $520-an-hour contract for DOMA defense  —  Leaders in the House have agreed to pay up to $520 an hour and up to $500,000 to a law firm retained to defend the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act after President Barack Obama instructed the Justice Department not to defend a key part of the law.
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Steven Thomma / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Poll: Best way to fight deficits: Raise taxes on the rich  —  WASHINGTON — Alarmed by rising national debt and increasingly downbeat about their country's course, Americans are clear about how they want to attack the government's runway budget deficits: raise taxes on the wealthy and keep hands off of Medicare and Medicaid.
Rob Shuter / PopEater:
Playgirl Woos Michele Bachmann's Son; He Says ‘No’  —  EXCLUSIVE: You can't make this stuff up, kids.  Following their successful partnership with Levi Johnston, Playgirl magazine informs me they've set their sights on another young man with a Republican media star in his life: Lucas Bachmann …
Jim Stratton / Orlando Sentinel:
State launches probe into campaign to provide superhero capes to jobless  —  State labor officials asked their inspector general Monday to investigate why a Central Florida agency wants to spend public money to furnish the unemployed with capes.  —  Dubbed the “Cape-A-Bility Challenge,” …
Alyssa Rosenberg / ThinkProgress:
Catholic League's Bill Donohue To Lady Gaga: ‘Go Pick On Muslims’  —  Sometimes it seems like pop stars and Catholic League head Bill Donohue must have a promotional deal: they use controversial religious imagery, and he gets on television to complain about it.
Discussion: Big Hollywood and HyperVocal
Paul Bignell / The Independent:
Secret memos expose link between oil firms and invasion of Iraq  —  Plans to exploit Iraq's oil reserves were discussed by government ministers and the world's largest oil companies the year before Britain took a leading role in invading Iraq, government documents show.
 
 
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Jeff Poor / The Daily Caller:
Does Paul Ryan's admiration for Ayn Rand make him pro-terrorist? Possibly, warns MSNBC guest
Kerry Picket / Washington Times:
(video) Left wing DC activist to TWT: ‘Drop dead’
Discussion: JammieWearingFool and Hot Air
Sam Youngman / The Hill:
Obama urges activists to pressure Congress on immigration reform
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
The Independent:
Kate Middleton jelly bean expected to fetch £500
Discussion: Guardian and Barcepundit
John Wonderlich / Sunlight Foundation Blog:
Senate Expenses to be PDF'd
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
Amanda Terkel / The Huffington Post:
Paul LePage Under Fire In New Ad For ‘Roll Back’ Of Child Labor Laws (VIDEO)
Wes Leonard / Associated Press:
WikiLeaks suspect Manning to leave Quantico
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Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:
Club for Growth to Sen. Lugar: Retire
Discussion: The Note and FrumForum
Steve Kornacki / Salon:
The decade the GOP hopes you've forgotten
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Benjy Sarlin / TPMDC:
Arab American Group Praises Mitch Daniels As ‘The Adult In The Room’
Sal Bommarito / PolicyMic.com:
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