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3:20 PM ET, April 20, 2011

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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:
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 …
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
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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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.
Discussion: TPMDC, The Politico and Raw Replay
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 …
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
Megan McArdle / The Atlantic Online:
Under Protest  —  Have you noticed all the huge antiwar demonstrations …
Discussion: Instapundit and Althouse
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
Bachmann: Obama's certification of live birth ‘should settle’ birther issue
Discussion: The Politico
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.
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 …
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: Mother Jones, The Hill and Betsy's Page
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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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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Paul Goldman / The Politico:
You're hired: Why Trump is running
Discussion: Gothamist
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.
C.J. Chivers / New York Times:
‘Restrepo’ Director Is Killed in Libya  —  BENGHAZI, Libya — Tim Hetherington, the Oscar-nominated film director and conflict photographer who produced the film “Restrepo,” was killed in the besieged city of Misurata on Wednesday, and three photographers working beside him were wounded.
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
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 …
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.
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.
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
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 …
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.
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: Cubachi, Hotline On Call and AmSpecBlog
Founding Blogger / Founding Bloggers:
CONFIRMED: CBS Editors Refuse To Release Full Audio Of Obama Hot Mic Recording!  —  Last weekend, His Presidency Barack Obama was captured making potentially offensive comments to a group of big money donors who had paid large sums of money for special access to His Presidency.
Christopher Rowland / Boston Globe:
Amid strained clinics, foe assails ‘Obamacare’  —  Miss. governor's criticism raises profile  —  Dr. Jasmin Chapman, chief of a Mississippi clinic (left), says uninsured “are falling through the cracks” in getting care.  (James Patterson for The Boston Globe)
Discussion: Wonk Room
Zaid Jilani / ThinkProgress:
Citizens Group Files Petition To Recall Power-Hungry Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder  —  Michigian Gov. Rick Snyder (R) has been raising the ire of Michiganders across his state recently as he has rammed through his radical agenda.  This agenda first consisted of advocating for and passing giant …
Discussion: Eclectablog
 
 
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David Harsanyi / Real Clear Politics:
If Washington Is So Great, Let's All Pay for It
Discussion: Maggie's Farm
James Pethokoukis:
The $4 trillion gap: Obama vs. Ryan, an apples-to-apples budget comparison
Matthew L. Wald / New York Times:
NRG Abandons Project for 2 Reactors in Texas
Discussion: Swampland
Myglesias / Yglesias:
Senator Bob Corker Holds Debt Ceiling Hostage To Arbitrary Spending Ceiling
Discussion: CNBC and Guardian
Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:
DSCC tops NRSC in first-quarter fundraising
Discussion: CNN
Matt Hickey / CNET News:
ACLU: Michigan cops stealing drivers' phone data
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Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Pawlenty to release budget plan
Salman Rushdie / New York Times:
Dangerous Arts  —  THE great Turbine Hall at London's Tate Modern …
Discussion: FrumForum
New York Times:
A Rational Budget for the Pentagon
Discussion: Pirate's Cove, BLACKFIVE and The Hill
Patrick Gavin / The Politico:
CHARLIE SHEEN PERFORMS IN D.C.
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Pundit Press