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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 …
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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:
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 …
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Gov. Brewer: White House snubbed me
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and The Foundry
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 …
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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” …
Steve Kornacki / Salon:
A reminder: Obama could easily lose next year
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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Christian Heinze / Ballot Box:
Bachmann's bid: The what-if game
Discussion: ABCNEWS and GOP 12
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.
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.
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Gschwarzcnn / CNN:   Gingrich's light fundraising
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
New Jersey voters label Christie a ‘bully’?  —  (CNN) - He says he's not, but if Republican Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey runs for the White House, he will face some stiff competition from President Barack Obama, according to a new poll of Garden State voters.
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Jordan Fabian / The Hill:   Gov. Christie's approval rating slips
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.
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.
Alex Alvarez / Mediaite:
Report: Rep. Michele Bachmann's Son Invited To Pose For Playgirl  —  Lucas Bachmann, the aesthetically pleasing son of Congresswoman Michele Bachmann, was recently invited to pose for Playgirl magazine (which, in the interest of disclosure, I interned for in college), continuing in the magazine's recent …
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Eric W. Dolan / The Raw Story:   Rep. Bachmann's hot son refuses to pose nude for Playgirl
Rob Shuter / PopEater:
Playgirl Woos Michele Bachmann's Son; He Says ‘No’
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.
New York Times:
A Rational Budget for the Pentagon  —  In their budget-cutting zeal, Republicans are demanding harsh sacrifices from the country's most vulnerable citizens.  At the same, they are determined to leave one of the biggest areas of wasteful government spending untouched: the Pentagon budget.
Discussion: BLACKFIVE, Pirate's Cove and The Hill
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.
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Kenneth P. Vogel / The Politico:
W.H. mulls limits to anonymous gifts
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 …
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.
Club for Growth:
Trump Abuses Eminent Domain  —  Club for Growth: Trump tried to boot elderly widow to make way for limousine parking lot; said he agreed “100%” with Kelo v. New London decision  —  Washington, DC - The Club for Growth today noted that Donald Trump once tried to use eminent domain to evict …
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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 …
John / Power Line:
“Amazon.com 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 Amazon.com:
Discussion: Ricochet.com and UrbanGrounds
Wall Street Journal:
Facebook Seeking Friends in Beltway  —  President Barack Obama will travel to Facebook Inc.'s Silicon Valley headquarters Wednesday to hold a “town hall” meeting on the economy with users of the social-networking site.  —  But Facebook is still trying to find a path to Washington …
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: ThinkProgress and Pundit Press
 
 
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Alex Isenstadt / The Politico:
Primary looms for Dem health bill foe
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Democrats seek funds to air Medicare ad in Boehner's district
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Kbh / Keith Hennessey:
Understanding the S&P report
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BBC:
Fidel Castro at Cuba congress alongside Raul
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Andrew Restuccia / The Hill:
One year later, Allen says offshore drilling will never be ‘risk-free’
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Associated Press:
Bradley Manning, suspect in WikiLeaks breach, to be moved to Fort Leavenworth, Kan.
Agence France Presse:
Obama blames speculators for high gasoline prices
Stephen Gutowski / The Blast:
Liberals Dance in Protest of Target
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