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9:40 AM ET, April 20, 2011


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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 …
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” …
Vaughn Ververs /
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:
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 …
Jennifer Epstein / The Politico:
Jan Brewer: White House snubbed me on immigration talks  —  Fresh off her veto of her state's “birther” bill, Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer says that the White House gave her a “snub” by leaving her off the guest list for a meeting about immigration reform.  —  “I wish I would have been invited …
Damian Paletta / Washington Wire:
Obama Slips Up on ‘$4 Trillion’ Remark
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
Sam Youngman / The Hill:
Obama urges activists to pressure Congress on immigration reform
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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 …
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.
Patrick Gavin / The Politico:
CHARLIE SHEEN PERFORMS IN D.C.  —  During Charlie Sheen's Tuesday performance at Washington, D.C.'s DAR Constitution Hall, the actor-turned-sideshow confessed that he's one of those who are unconvinced of President Barack Obama's citizenship.  —  Sheen cited a Huffington Post presidential poll that …
Discussion: Pundit Press
Fidel Castro at Cuba congress alongside Raul  —  Fidel Castro, left, looked frail as he appeared alongside his brother, Raul  —  Former Cuban President Fidel Castro has made an unannounced appearance at a Communist Party Congress alongside his brother, current President Raul Castro.
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
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 …
Christian Heinze / Ballot Box:
Bachmann's bid: The what-if game  —  Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) has gained considerable momentum over the past few weeks.  —  She raised more money than any of her presidential rivals in 2011's first quarter, her presence at political events regularly swells crowds …
Discussion: CNN, ABCNEWS and GOP 12
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:
“ 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
Kenneth P. Vogel / The Politico:
Newt Gingrich struggles to raise hard money  —  Newt Gingrich raised a meager $53,000 into his political action committee in the first three months of the year, highlighting potential fundraising difficulties as the former House Speaker girds for a campaign for the GOP presidential nomination.
Discussion: MyDD and The Page
Arthur Delaney / The Huffington Post:
Extended Unemployment Benefits Expire In These States Next … Robin St. Louis of Charlotte, N.C. lost her job as a sales rep just before Christmas in 2009 and said she hasn't had much luck with her job search since then.  —  “Looking for a job, it seems your résumé goes into a black hole …
Des Moines Register:
‘Koch brothers’ confusion results in death threat for Iowa company  —  A case of mistaken identity has entangled a small family-owned Des Moines company in union protests and led to a death threat.  —  Angry callers are mistaking Koch Brothers, a Des Moines office supply firm …
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
A Star Is Born  —  Did the Roe effect sink JoAnne Kloppenburg?
Discussion: Moe Lane, Wizbang and Moonbattery
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Video: Obama uses false bridge-collapse argument to argue for more taxes
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?
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.
Andrew Restuccia / The Hill:
One year later, Allen says offshore drilling will never be ‘risk-free’  —  Retired Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen, the public face of the Obama administration's response to last year's Gulf of Mexico oil spill, said policymakers will never be able to completely reduce the risk of another major drilling accident.
Discussion: The Democratic Daily
Agence France Presse:
GM stock lower amid report of quick govt sale  —  NEW YORK — A report that the US government plans to sell off much of its remaining stake in General Motors this year despite the firm's lackluster share price caused investors to flee the stock Tuesday.  —  After the Wall Street Journal reported …
Palestinians counting on Obama for state  —  Mahmoud Abbas says he has confidence in US president's vision ahead of meeting with Nicolas Sarkozy, while Israeli state officials believe Europe won't endorse recognition of Palestinian state in UN  —  Elior Levy
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 …
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
Associated Press:
Bradley Manning, suspect in WikiLeaks breach, to be moved to Fort Leavenworth, Kan.  —  WASHINGTON — The Army private suspected of giving classified data to WikiLeaks is being moved to a state-of-the-art facility at Fort Leavenworth in Kansas, where Pentagon officials said more extensive mental …
Discussion: Prairie Weather and FrumForum
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Discussion: Guardian, Big Peace and FrumForum
Catherine Rampell / Economix:
Rich People Still Don't Realize They're Rich
Tanya Somanader / ThinkProgress:
Indiana GOP Senator Slams Her Party For Cutting Planned Parenthood Funding: This ‘Will Increase Abortions’
Alan S. Blinder / Wall Street Journal:
Paul Ryan's Reverse Robin Hood Budget
Discussion: Left Coast Rebel and The Gavel
Alyssa Rosenberg / ThinkProgress:
Catholic League's Bill Donohue To Lady Gaga: ‘Go Pick On Muslims’
Discussion: Big Hollywood
The Independent:
Kate Middleton jelly bean expected to fetch £500
Discussion: Barcepundit
 Earlier Items: 
Steve Kornacki / Salon:
The decade the GOP hopes you've forgotten
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Greg Mitchell / The Nation:
Rago Against the Machine? ‘WSJ’ Pulitzer Winner Simply Blasted ‘ObamaCare’