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2:32 AM ET, April 21, 2011

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Tommy Christopher / Mediaite:
Wonkette Editor Comments on Reprehensible Birthday Greeting to Trig Palin  —  Update: Wonkette's editor responds later in the post, but also, a reader hilariously bought the domain name JackStuef.com, which now redirects to the National Down Syndrome Society donation page.  Lemons into lemonade.
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David Weigel / Weigel:
Boycotting Wonkette [UPDATE: Probation]  —  UPDATE: Wonkette editor Ken Layne looped me in on an e-mail to AdWeek, in which he wrote that Steuf has been admonished. … Behold the new media.  On Monday evening, Wonkette's Jack Steuf posted a “children's treasury of Trig [Palin] crap” …
Steven Ertelt / LifeNews.com:
Papa Johns, Huggies, Vanguard Drop Ads on Blog Attacking Trig Palin  —  Three large companies have dropped their advertisements on the liberal, pro-abortion Wonkette blog after it ran a post earlier today bashing pro-life former Republican vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin.
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 …
Dana Loesch / Big Journalism:
Wonkette Makes Fun of Trig Palin, Calls Him “Retarded”
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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...
Hans Bader / Washington Examiner:
BELTWAY CONFIDENTIAL  —  Liberals attack Paul Ryan …
Discussion: National Review
David Frum / FrumForum:
How to Beat Trump  —  This post by Ed Kilgore about Donald Trump seems to me very astute. … Here's the thing Republican leaders and pundits need to understand.  (I said it yesterday, but let's say it again today.)  America has not had a mass conversion to ideological libertarianism.
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Ed Kilgore / The New Republic:
Trumped  —  The GOP establishment's futile battle against Donald Trump.  —  During the 2008 election cycle, Mitt Romney was often accused of treating politics more like a consumer-focused business than an exercise in leadership.  “My view is, we ought to double Guantanamo,” he said …
Marist Poll:
4/20: Campaign 2012: Obama's Re-election Chances
Discussion: Hot Air and The Political Carnival
Paul Goldman / The Politico:
You're hired: Why Trump is running
Discussion: Gothamist and CNN
Kat Stoeffel / New York Observer:
‘Glenn Beck Threw Me Under the Bus’: Breakfast with Andrew Breitbart … Over crème brûlée oatmeal on Monday, conservative blogger Andrew Breitbart talked sting videos.  Mr. Breitbart explained to the Transom that Breitbart blog protocol requires undercover video kingpin James O'Keefe …
Discussion: Wonkette and Mediaite
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Larry O'Connor / Breitbart.tv:
MSNBC Host Gets Hostile with Breitbart; Uses Media Matters Talking Points  —  The attack begins during the INTRODUCTION!  The irony, of course, is that Mr. Bashir has had to suffer his own, very public accusations of selective editing.
C. J. Chivers / New York Times:
‘Restrepo’ Director and a Photographer Are Killed in Libya  —  BENGHAZI, Libya — Tim Hetherington, a conflict photographer who was a director and producer of the Afghan war documentary “Restrepo,” was killed in the besieged city of Misurata, Libya, on Wednesday, and three photographers working beside …
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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 …
JSOnline:
Kloppenburg requests recount in state Supreme Court race  —  By Patrick Marley and Larry Sandler of the Journal Sentinel  —  Madison — Assistant Attorney General JoAnne Kloppenburg asked Wednesday for a statewide recount - the first in 22 years - to check the results in the April 5 state Supreme Court race …
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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.
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John / Power Line:
Communicating With Employees? The Horror!
Discussion: Erick's blog and ThinkProgress
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.
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: The Politico and Hullabaloo
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The Huffington Post:
White House Deficit Talks Coming Apart At The Seams
Glenn Reynolds / Instapundit:
MEGAN MCARDLE: “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.
Discussion: Firedoglake, Moe Lane and Althouse
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Megan McArdle / The Atlantic Online:
Under Protest  —  Have you noticed all the huge antiwar demonstrations …
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Gay Marriage Opponents Now in Minority  —  A poll from CNN this week is the latest to show a majority of Americans in favor of same-sex marriage, with 51 percent saying that marriages between gay and lesbian couples “should be recognized by the law as valid” and 47 percent opposed.
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Elizabeth MacDonald / FoxBusiness.com:
Government Cash Handouts Now Top Tax Revenues  —  U.S. households are now getting more in cash handouts from the government than they are paying in taxes for the first time since the Great Depression.  —  Households received $2.3 trillion in some kind of government support in 2010.
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.
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
 
 
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Heidi Przybyla / Bloomberg:
Budget Deal Forcing More Taxes, Spending Cuts Circulates in U.S. Congress
Discussion: Firedoglake
Jennifer Epstein / Reuters:
U.S. pledges $25M to Libyan rebels
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and ABCNEWS
Megan McArdle / The Atlantic Online:
Just A Little Tax Hike . . .
Discussion: Mother Jones
Opinionator:
Are You Ready for the Presidential Primaries?
Discussion: Firedoglake
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Michael Barone / Washington Examiner:
Mr. Obama: Taxing the rich won't increase revenues
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Mark K. Matthews / Orlando Sentinel:
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Matthew L. Wald / New York Times:
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Tim Murphy / Mother Jones:
Mitch Daniels Was Once Caught With 2 Shoeboxes Full of Weed?
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