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4:40 PM ET, April 20, 2011

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Scott Keyes / ThinkProgress:
VIDEO: Paul Ryan Booed At Town Hall For Defending Tax Breaks For The Wealthy  —  ThinkProgress filed this report from a town hall meeting in Milton, WI.  —  Earlier this week, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) embarked on a series of town halls across his southern Wisconsin congressional district.
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Washington Post:
Poll shows Americans oppose entitlement cuts to deal with debt problem  —  Despite growing concerns about the country's long-term fiscal problems and an intensifying debate in Washington about how to deal with them, Americans strongly oppose some of the major remedies under consideration …
The Hill:
Dems needn't negotiate  —  Shudders went through the Beltway on Monday on the news that Standard & Poor's had lowered its outlook for U.S. debt because of its “fears” that the Democrats and Republicans wouldn't be able to come together to eliminate the deficit.
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
IGNORING ‘THE AMERICAN PEOPLE’.... Following up on an earlier item …
Myglesias / Yglesias:
The Right Bailing The Left Out On Spending  —  I wrote about this earlier in the specific context of Grover Norquist, but Elise Foley's account of the Obama administration's rapidly unraveling deficit reduction initiative is another illustration of the fact that at the moment the right is big government's best friend:
Discussion: TalkLeft
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The Huffington Post:
White House Deficit Talks Coming Apart At The Seams … WASHINGTON — The White House's proposed deficit talks with Congress appear to be unraveling before they've even begun.  —  House and Senate Republican leaders announced Tuesday that their sole appointees to the May 5th meeting …
George Stephanopoulos / George's Bottom Line:
Bachmann Says Obama's Certificate ‘Settles’ Birther Issue  —  For the first time, Rep. Michele Bachmann - who is actively considering a run for the White House in 2012 — has said that the birth certificate President Obama has released to the public puts an end to the “birther” issue.
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Megan McArdle / The Atlantic Online:
Under Protest  —  Have you noticed all the huge antiwar demonstrations in the last twelve months?  Yeah, me neither.  It turns out that a lot of the energy for the movement seems to have been provided by Democrats who are a lot less worried about wars conducted by Democratic presidents.
Christian Heinze / Ballot Box:
Bachmann's bid: The what-if game
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
Bachmann: Obama's certification of live birth ‘should settle’ birther issue
Discussion: The Politico
Janny Scott / New York Times:
Obama's Young Mother Abroad  —  The photograph showed the son, but my eye gravitated toward the mother.  That first glimpse was surprising — the stout, pale-skinned woman in sturdy sandals, standing squarely a half-step ahead of the lithe, darker-skinned figure to her left.
C.J. Chivers / New York Times:
‘Restrepo’ Director Is Killed in Libya  —  BENGHAZI, Libya — Tim Hetherington, the Oscar-nominated film director and conflict photographer who produced the film “Restrepo,” was killed in the besieged city of Misurata on Wednesday, and three photographers working beside him were wounded.
Charles Arthur / Guardian:
iPhone keeps record of everywhere you go  —  Privacy fears raised as researchers reveal file on iPhone that stores location coordinates and timestamps of owner's movements  —  Security researchers have discovered that Apple's iPhone keeps track of where you go - and saves every detail …
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Alasdair Allan / O'Reilly Radar:
Got an iPhone or 3G iPad? Apple is recording your moves
Nathan Goulding / National Review:
Apple is Logging and Storing All Your iPhone's Location Data
Discussion: Pajamas Media and Vox Popoli
Daily Kos:
Entitlement-hating Paul Ryan collected Social Security benefits until he was 18  —  I guess it's only when social programs help other people that they're bad, because I haven't seen Paul Ryan acknowledging how Social Security benefits helped him and his family in trying times: … Continued below...
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Hans Bader / Washington Examiner:
BELTWAY CONFIDENTIAL  —  Liberals attack Paul Ryan …
Discussion: National Review
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Pawlenty to release budget plan
Dahlia Lithwick / Slate:
The Death of Roe v. Wade  —  Supporters and opponents of abortion seem to agree: It's no longer the law of the land.  —  Supporters and opponents of abortion agree on nothing.  One side says this is a conversation about fertilized eggs; the other says it's about fetuses.
Geoffrey Dunn / The Business Insider:
Sarah Palin's Version Of Trig's Birth May Be More Troubling Than The Hoax  —  This past week, the draft of an academic paper that focuses on the 2008 birth of Sarah Palin's son, Trig Paxson Van Palin, and the various theories that surround his birth, was made public prior to publication through …
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and FrumForum
Zachary A. Goldfarb / Washington Post:
Obama administration officials tried to keep S&P rating at ‘stable’  —  The Obama administration privately urged Standard & Poor's in recent weeks not to lower its outlook on the United States — a suggestion the ratings agency ignored Monday, two people familiar with the matter said.
The Nation:
Big Brothers: Thought Control at Koch  —  On the eve of the November midterm elections, Koch Industries sent an urgent letter to most of its 50,000 employees advising them on whom to vote for and warning them about the dire consequences to their families, their jobs and their country should they choose to vote otherwise.
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Sarah Palin: Don't pick on Donald Trump  —  Even though Donald Trump has wholeheartedly embraced the wall-to-wall media coverage that's come with his promotion of the widely discredited “birther” issue, Sarah Palin argued Tuesday that the press is treating him “unfairly” …
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Paul Goldman / The Politico:
You're hired: Why Trump is running
Discussion: Gothamist
Robert Pear / New York Times:
Obama Panel to Curb Medicare Finds Foes in Both Parties  —  WASHINGTON — Democrats and Republicans are joining to oppose one of the most important features of President Obama's new deficit reduction plan, a powerful independent board that could make sweeping cuts in the growth of Medicare spending.
Pew Research Center for the People and the Press:
Trump Most Visible Among Possible GOP Contenders  —  Most View News about Deficit as Unchanging  —  SUMMARY OF FINDINGS  —  Donald Trump has drawn a lot of attention in a slow-starting race for the GOP nomination.  Roughly a quarter of all Americans (26%) name Trump as the possible …
Mark K. Matthews / Orlando Sentinel:
Obama coming to KSC for shuttle Endeavour launch  —  WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama plans to attend the April 29 launch of space shuttle Endeavour, adding even more star power to NASA's second-to-last shuttle launch, according to a White House official.
Discussion: Washington Post and FrumForum
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.
James Pethokoukis:
The $4 trillion gap: Obama vs. Ryan, an apples-to-apples budget comparison  —  OK, let's try and actually compare the new Obama budget plan — “The Framework for Shared Prosperity and Shared Fiscal Responsibility” — with Rep. Paul Ryan's “Path to Prosperity.”
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Poll: Obama at 46 percent to Romney's 45  —  President Obama would face a statistical tie against former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (R) if the 2012 election were held today, a new poll found Wednesday.  —  A Marist/McClatchy News Poll released this morning suggested that the race between Obama …
Tim Murphy / Mother Jones:
Mitch Daniels Was Once Caught With 2 Shoeboxes Full of Weed?  —  When it comes to pot, we've come a long way from the days of “I did not inhale.”  Fifteen states (plus the District of Columbia) currently permit the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes, and according to a recent Pew survey …
Discussion: The Daily Caller and The Impolitic
Army Court-Martial Defense Specialist / The Law Office …:
Why Was PFC Manning Moved to Fort Leavenworth?  —  Like many others, the defense first learned of PFC Manning's move to Fort Leavenworth, Kansas by reading that a government official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, leaked the information to the Associated Press.
Kirit Radia / ABCNEWS:
Libya Rebels: US to Send Gadhafi Opponents $25 Million in Aid  —  Libyan rebels walk past a destroyed tank near the western gate of the strategic rebel-held eastern crossroads town of Ajdabiya, in this April 18, 2011 photo.  After spending weeks trying to determine the Libyan opposition? …
Discussion: Reuters
Craig Robinson / The Iowa Republican:
University of Iowa Professor Tells College Republicans to “F” Off  —  A University of Iowa professor felt the need to reply to a blast email by the College Republicans on Monday morning.  Ellen Lewin, a professor of Anthropology and Gender, Women's & Sexuality Studies in the Department of Gender …
Discussion: National Review
 
 
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Keith Koffler / White House Dossier:
Obama Skips Tornado Destruction, Heads West to Raise Money
Discussion: msnbc.com and Weasel Zippers
David Harsanyi / Real Clear Politics:
If Washington Is So Great, Let's All Pay for It
Discussion: Maggie's Farm
Matthew L. Wald / New York Times:
NRG Abandons Project for 2 Reactors in Texas
Discussion: Swampland
Myglesias / Yglesias:
Senator Bob Corker Holds Debt Ceiling Hostage To Arbitrary Spending Ceiling
Discussion: CNBC and Guardian
Christopher Rowland / Boston Globe:
Amid strained clinics, foe assails ‘Obamacare’
Discussion: Wonk Room and msnbc.com
Jeff Poor / The Daily Caller:
Napolitano backs 6-year old's pat-down: ‘Done professionally according to the protocols’
Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:
DSCC tops NRSC in first-quarter fundraising
Discussion: CNN
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Robert Costa / National Review:
Rubio's Foreign Policy
Discussion: Cubachi, Hotline On Call and AmSpecBlog
Matt Hickey / CNET News:
ACLU: Michigan cops stealing drivers' phone data
New York Times:
A Rational Budget for the Pentagon
Discussion: Pirate's Cove, BLACKFIVE and The Hill