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4:05 AM ET, April 20, 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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Damian Paletta / Washington Wire:   Obama Slips Up on ‘$4 Trillion’ Remark
Brad Watson / WFAA-TV:
News 8 goes one-on-one with President Obama
James Oliphant / Los Angeles Times:
Obama to Texas reporter: ‘Let me finish my answers’
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and FrumForum
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
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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Club for Growth:
Trump Abuses Eminent Domain  —  Club for Growth: Trump tried to boot elderly widow to make way for limousine parking lot; said he agreed “100%” with Kelo v. New London decision  —  Washington, DC - The Club for Growth today noted that Donald Trump once tried to use eminent domain to evict …
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Biden pines for 2012 election, ‘hopefully’ against Trump
Discussion: The Politico, Weasel Zippers and CNN
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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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 …
Kerry Picket / Washington Times:
(video) Left wing DC activist to TWT: ‘Drop dead’  —  During a press conference last Thursday held by D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray regarding his opposition to Congress's re-authorization of DC's school voucher program, an anti-school voucher activist became angry with me over questions I asked Mr. Gray.
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.
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
Igor Volsky / Wonk Room:
VIDEO: New Hampshire Tea Party Activists Don't See Harm From State Same-Sex Marriage Law  —  ThinkProgress filed this report from Concord, New Hampshire.  —  During a recent trip to Concord, New Hampshire, to cover a Tax Day Tea Party sponsored by Americans for Prosperity …
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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 …
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
McCain applauds veto of ‘birther’ bill  —  Arizona Sen. John McCain (R) applauded his state's governor, Jan Brewer (R), Monday for vetoing a controversial “birther” bill.  —  The legislation, the first of its kind in the nation, would have required presidential candidates to prove …
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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  —  If a fictional character in a piece of literature from an author you admire commits some acts that would likely result in a felony conviction, does that mean you're a proponent of felonious acts?
Agence France Presse:
Obama blames speculators for high gasoline prices  —  ANNANDALE, Virginia — US President Barack Obama blamed oil “speculators” on Tuesday for soaring gasoline prices that risk weighing down the US recovery and could dampen his 2012 election hopes.  —  “It is true that a lot …
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 …
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.
Deborah Arthurs / Daily Mail:
‘I wanted to be free’: Muslim model upsets family by posing nude for Playboy cover  —  Sila Sahin, a 25-year-old Turkish German living in Berlin, had until now been regarded as a glowing example of how a modern Muslim girl should behave in a multicultural society.
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
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,” …
Tanya Somanader / ThinkProgress:
Indiana GOP Senator Slams Her Party For Cutting Planned Parenthood Funding: This ‘Will Increase Abortions’  —  Dubbing it a “moral imperative,” the Indiana Senate voted yesterday to prohibit state funding for Planned Parenthood or any organization that provides abortion services.
Discussion: nwitimes.com
Stephen Gutowski / The Blast:
Liberals Dance in Protest of Target  —  There once was a day where an organized demonstration in support of the Teamsters union was something to be feared if you did not agree with them.  That day, my friends, is no more.  —  “You'd better unionize or we will come to your stores and perform a choreographed dance routine!!”.
Discussion: Power Line
Steve Kornacki / Salon:
The decade the GOP hopes you've forgotten  —  (updated below)  —  If there's one aspect of the deficit reduction plan that President Obama outlined last week that congressional Republicans most object to, it's probably his call for higher income tax rates on the wealthiest Americans.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
 
 
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Rod Nordland / New York Times:
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Catherine Rampell / Economix:
Rich People Still Don't Realize They're Rich
Discussion: National Review and Salon
Alan S. Blinder / Wall Street Journal:
Paul Ryan's Reverse Robin Hood Budget
Discussion: The Gavel
Sam Youngman / The Hill:
Obama urges activists to pressure Congress on immigration reform
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
The Independent:
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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
Discussion: Firedoglake and Guardian
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Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:
Club for Growth to Sen. Lugar: Retire
Discussion: The Note and FrumForum
Benjy Sarlin / TPMDC:
Arab American Group Praises Mitch Daniels As ‘The Adult In The Room’
Sal Bommarito / PolicyMic.com:
A Sense Of Entitlement  —  The federal government offers …