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6:00 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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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...
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
Hans Bader / Washington Examiner:
BELTWAY CONFIDENTIAL  —  Liberals attack Paul Ryan …
Discussion: POWIP and National Review
C.J. Chivers / New York Times:
‘Restrepo’ Director Is Killed While Working in Libya  —  BENGHAZI, Libya — Tim Hetherington, the conflict photographer who was a director and producer of the film “Restrepo,” was killed in the besieged city of Misurata on Wednesday, and three photographers working beside him were wounded.
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 …
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.”
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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.
Fox News:
Obama Officials Tried to Convince S&P Not to Issue Credit Warning
Discussion: National Review and HotAirPundit
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
WH tried to keep S&P from issuing bond warning
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.
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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Nathan Goulding / National Review:
Apple is Logging and Storing All Your iPhone's Location Data
Discussion: Pajamas Media and Vox Popoli
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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Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:   Bachmann on ‘birther’ issue: Let's move on
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
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Noel Sheppard / NewsBusters.org:
Liberal Website Wonkette Disgracefully Attacks Trig Palin On His Birthday
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 …
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Marist Poll:
4/20: Campaign 2012: Obama's Re-election Chances
Discussion: The Political Carnival and Hot Air
Paul Goldman / The Politico:
You're hired: Why Trump is running
Discussion: CNN and Gothamist
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 …
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.
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Wall Street Journal:
The Other Medicare Cutters  —  Obama's plan relies …
Discussion: The Hill, Mother Jones and Betsy's Page
Associated Press:
Otter Signs Order Banning Health Care Reform  —  Order Prohibits State From Receiving Federal Funds  —  BOISE, Idaho — Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter signed an executive order on Wednesday that prohibits receiving federal funding for or otherwise implementing the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
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Christopher Rowland / Boston Globe:
Amid strained clinics, foe assails ‘Obamacare’
Discussion: Wonk Room and msnbc.com
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.
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.
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 …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
IGNORING ‘THE AMERICAN PEOPLE’.... Following up on an earlier item, several recent national polls have shown overwhelming opposition to the Republican agenda, most notably GOP plans to eliminate Medicare and replace it with a privatized voucher system.  —  My question for Republicans, then …
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.
Michael Barone / Washington Examiner:
Mr. Obama: Taxing the rich won't increase revenues  — TAGS: - 1970s - ABC - Barack Obama - Boris Bittker - Capital Gains Tax - capital gains tax rate - charlie gibson - Federal Budget - Federal Budget Deficit - federal government - George Washington University - government revenues …
Discussion: The Glittering Eye
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.
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
 
 
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Tina Korbe / The Foundry:
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Jennifer Epstein / Reuters:
U.S. pledges $25M to Libyan rebels
Discussion: ABCNEWS and Weasel Zippers
Megan McArdle / The Atlantic Online:
Just A Little Tax Hike . . .
Discussion: Mother Jones
Opinionator:
Are You Ready for the Presidential Primaries?
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Mark K. Matthews / Orlando Sentinel:
Obama coming to KSC for shuttle Endeavour launch
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Keith Koffler / White House Dossier:
Obama Skips Tornado Destruction, Heads West to Raise Money
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David Harsanyi / Real Clear Politics:
If Washington Is So Great, Let's All Pay for It
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Matthew L. Wald / New York Times:
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Robert Costa / National Review:
Rubio's Foreign Policy
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Matt Hickey / CNET News:
ACLU: Michigan cops stealing drivers' phone data
Patrick Gavin / The Politico:
CHARLIE SHEEN PERFORMS IN D.C.