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1:05 PM ET, April 20, 2011

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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:
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Gov. Brewer: White House snubbed me
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and The Foundry
Abby Phillip / The Politico:
The outburst heard 'round the world
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.
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  —  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 …
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
Bachmann: Obama's certification of live birth ‘should settle’ birther issue
Discussion: The Politico
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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Lauraklairmont / CNN:
Trump headed to another early voting state
Discussion: The Politico
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 …
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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
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
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.
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
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 …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and HotAirPundit
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Steve Kornacki / Salon:
A reminder: Obama could easily lose next year
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.
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.
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.
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?
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Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Pawlenty to release budget plan  —  Likely GOP presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty said Tuesday he plans to unveil his own budget proposal — one that would tackle Social Security reform.  —  The former Minnesota governor echoed his previous praise of Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) …
Discussion: FrumForum and AmSpecBlog
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 …
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.
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
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.
Robert Costa / National Review:
Rubio's Foreign Policy  —  Sen. Marco Rubio sailed into office on the tea-party wave, wagging his finger at the Obama administration's fiscal mischief.  But in the Senate, foreign policy has become his passion.  —  Rubio, in an interview with National Review Online, says that the late senator Jesse Helms …
Discussion: Hotline On Call and AmSpecBlog
 
 
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Ben Geman / The Hill:
Obama lauds progress after Gulf spill but says 'the job isn't done'
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Patrick Gavin / The Politico:
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Discussion: Pundit Press
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