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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.
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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 …
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...
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
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
IGNORING ‘THE AMERICAN PEOPLE’.... Following up on an earlier item …
Hans Bader / Washington Examiner:
BELTWAY CONFIDENTIAL  —  Liberals attack Paul Ryan …
Heidi Przybyla / Bloomberg:
Budget Deal Forcing More Taxes, Spending Cuts Circulates in U.S. Congress
Discussion: Firedoglake
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Pawlenty to release budget plan
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 …
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and FrumForum
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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” …
Tommy Christopher / Mediaite:
Wonkette Editor Comments on Reprehensible Birthday Greeting to Trig Palin  —  Political humor website Wonkette has long been trending toward nihilistic snark for snark's sake, but Jack Stuef's column “honoring” Trig Palin's birthday is about the most irredeemably vile, unfunny thing I've ever seen.
Dana Loesch / Big Journalism:
Wonkette Makes Fun of Trig Palin, Calls Him “Retarded”  —  The Wonkette brand of Myspace satire strikes again.  Calling him the “greatest prop in history,” Wonkette proceeds to make fun of the little boy on his birthday because that's what good writers who know about politics do.
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.
C.J. Chivers / New York Times:
‘Restrepo’ Director and a Photographer Killed in Libya  —  BENGHAZI, Libya — Tim Hetherington, the conflict photographer who was a director and producer of the film “Restrepo,” was killed in the besieged city of Misurata on Wednesday, and three photographers working beside him were wounded …
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 …
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Marist Poll:
4/20: Campaign 2012: Obama's Re-election Chances
Discussion: Hot Air and The Political Carnival
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Poll: Obama at 46 percent to Romney's 45
Paul Goldman / The Politico:
You're hired: Why Trump is running
Discussion: CNN and Gothamist
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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Nathan Goulding / National Review:
Apple is Logging and Storing All Your iPhone's Location Data
Discussion: Pajamas Media, Gothamist and Vox Popoli
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 …
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: Hullabaloo
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James Pethokoukis:
The $4 trillion gap: Obama vs. Ryan, an apples-to-apples budget comparison  —  OK, let's try and actually compare the new Obama budget plan — “The Framework for Shared Prosperity and Shared Fiscal Responsibility” — with Rep. Paul Ryan's “Path to Prosperity.”
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
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.
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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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.
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Fox News:
Obama Officials Tried to Convince S&P Not to Issue Credit Warning
Associated Press:
Otter Signs Order Banning Health Care Reform  —  Order Prohibits State From Receiving Federal Funds  —  BOISE, Idaho — Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter signed an executive order on Wednesday that prohibits receiving federal funding for or otherwise implementing the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
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Christopher Rowland / Boston Globe:
Amid strained clinics, foe assails ‘Obamacare’
Discussion: TPMDC, Wonk Room and msnbc.com
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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JSOnline:
Kloppenburg requests recount in Supreme Court race
Discussion: Cubachi, Hot Air and Althouse
Felix Salmon:
Expecting an early Greek default
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Jennifer Epstein / Reuters:
U.S. pledges $25M to Libyan rebels
Discussion: ABCNEWS and Weasel Zippers
Megan McArdle / The Atlantic Online:
Just A Little Tax Hike . . .
Discussion: Mother Jones
Opinionator:
Are You Ready for the Presidential Primaries?
Discussion: Daily Kos
Michael Barone / Washington Examiner:
Mr. Obama: Taxing the rich won't increase revenues
Discussion: The Glittering Eye
Matthew L. Wald / New York Times:
NRG Abandons Project for 2 Reactors in Texas
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