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6:50 PM ET, April 19, 2011


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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 …
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 …
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 …
Jeff Zeleny / The Caucus:
Is Obama Messing With Texas?  —  President Obama's political advisers often talk about how population shifts in the country could create new electoral battlegrounds, pointing specifically to Arizona, Georgia and Texas.  —  There are several signs that aides to the president have Texas on their minds.
Doug Powers / Michelle Malkin:
‘Let Me Finish My Answers’  —  President Obama did sit …
Discussion: Weekly Standard
Damian Paletta / Washington Wire:
Obama Slips Up on ‘$4 Trillion’ Remark
Discussion: Economist's View
James Oliphant / Los Angeles Times:
Obama to Texas reporter: ‘Let me finish my answers’
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and FrumForum
Ed Hornick / CNN:
Political Circus: Obama to reporter: ‘Let me finish’
Discussion: Pundit Press
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 …
Washington Post:
Economic anxiety threatens Obama in 2012, but in poll he edges GOP rivals  —  Deepening economic pessimism has pushed down President Obama's approval rating to a near record low, but he holds an early advantage over prospective 2012 rivals in part because of widespread dissatisfaction …
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 …
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 …
Alex Seitz-Wald / ThinkProgress:
ANALYSIS: Taxed Enough Already? Tea Party Rallies Significantly Smaller This Year Than Last
Jennifer Epstein / The Politico:
Poll: Majority supports gay marriage
Discussion: CNN, ABCNEWS and Poll Watch Daily
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.
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 …
David Dayen / Firedoglake:
Proper Reaction to S&P Credit Downgrade Threat: Bursting Out Laughing  —  Dave Lindorff managed to scrounge up the best quote from an economist in reaction to S&P's threatened US credit downgrade: … That's about the right reaction to have.  As James Fallows points out …
Questions for S&P on Its Potential Downgrade of U.S. Debt
Discussion: Oliver Willis and Guardian
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.
CBS News:
Obama invokes bridge collapse in criticizing GOP budget plan
Discussion: Pajamas Media and Moe Lane
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.
Andy Rathbun /
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 …
Judd Legum / ThinkProgress:
Donald Trump: Reagan Was A Con Man Who Couldn't ‘Deliver The Goods’  —  Today, real estate mogul Donald Trump proudly declares that Ronald Reagan is the President he admires most.  Here's Trump on the April 14 edition of Hannity: … Watch it:  —  But in his bestselling book, Art of the Deal …
Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:
Club for Growth to Sen. Lugar: Retire  —  The president of the Club for Growth encouraged longtime Sen. Dick Lugar (R-Ind.) to retire Tuesday rather than seek another term in 2012, warning that the group could get involved in the effort to oust Lugar in a primary.
Discussion: The Note
The Note:
Club for Growth President on Lugar: ‘Best if He Would Retire’
Discussion: George's Bottom Line and FrumForum
George Stephanopoulos / George's Bottom Line:
Trump: I'll Release My Tax Returns When Obama Releases His Birth Certificate  —  Donald Trump has promised to disclose the details of his finances if he decides to run for president, but not necessarily his tax returns.  In our interview yesterday, he laid out a new condition for their release.
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.
Sal Bommarito /
A Sense Of Entitlement  —  The federal government offers numerous entitlement programs to assist the needy and the aged.  The principal ones include Social Security (which is self-funded for the most part), Medicare, and Welfare.  These programs have been installed by acts of Congress motivated …
Benjy Sarlin / TPMDC:
Arab American Group Praises Mitch Daniels As ‘The Adult In The Room’  —  While some GOP presidential contenders ratchet up their anti-Muslim rhetoric to toxic levels, Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniel (R) is set to accept a prestigious award next month from the Arab American Institute.
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,” …
Glenn Blain / NY Daily News:
Classic kids games like kickball deemed unsafe by state in effort to increase summer camp regulation  —  State bureaucrats have created a list of ‘risky activities’ for kids at summer camp.  The list includes freeze tag, Wiffle Ball and kickball, among other games and activities.
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Amanda Terkel / The Huffington Post:
Paul LePage Under Fire In New Ad For ‘Roll Back’ Of Child Labor Laws (VIDEO)
David Weigel / Weigel:
Pay Attention to Sarah Palin!
Discussion: Los Angeles Times
Wes Leonard / Associated Press:
WikiLeaks suspect Manning to leave Quantico
Discussion: Firedoglake and Guardian
Des Moines Register:
‘Koch brothers’ confusion results in death threat for Iowa company
Myglesias / Yglesias:
Kay Hymowitz Warns That Increased Female Educational Attainment Will Lead To Spinster Surge
Rob Shuter / PopEater:
Playgirl Woos Michele Bachmann's Son; He Says ‘No’
Steve Kornacki / Salon:
The decade the GOP hopes you've forgotten
Discussion: Washington Monthly
 Earlier Items: 
Victor Davis Hanson / Pajamas Media:
Patient Obama  —  Last week the president gave a speech …
Discussion: The Other McCain
Myglesias / Yglesias:
People Want To Tax The Rich
Discussion: Economix and The New Republic
Monty Pelerin / American Thinker:
It's All Coming Apart
Discussion: FrumForum
Rasmussen Reports:
61% Oppose U.S. Citizenship for Children Born to Illegal Immigrants
Mark McDonald / New York Times:
Grete Waitz, Marathon Champion, Dies at 57
Discussion: Gothamist and Runnin' Scared
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Durbin warns Gang of Six deficit plan could produce Social Security cuts
“How much more black could this be? And the answer is none. None more black.”
Discussion: Rising Hegemon