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10:20 PM ET, April 20, 2011

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Tommy Christopher / Mediaite:
Wonkette Editor Comments on Reprehensible Birthday Greeting to Trig Palin  —  Update: Wonkette's editor responds later in the post, but also, a reader hilariously bought the domain name JackStuef.com, which now redirects to the National Down Syndrome Society donation page.  Lemons into lemonade.
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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” …
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 …
Dana Loesch / Big Journalism:
Wonkette Makes Fun of Trig Palin, Calls Him “Retarded”
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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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...
Hans Bader / Washington Examiner:
BELTWAY CONFIDENTIAL  —  Liberals attack Paul Ryan …
David Frum / FrumForum:
How to Beat Trump  —  This post by Ed Kilgore about Donald Trump seems to me very astute. … Here's the thing Republican leaders and pundits need to understand.  (I said it yesterday, but let's say it again today.)  America has not had a mass conversion to ideological libertarianism.
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Ed Kilgore / The New Republic:
Trumped  —  The GOP establishment's futile battle against Donald Trump.  —  During the 2008 election cycle, Mitt Romney was often accused of treating politics more like a consumer-focused business than an exercise in leadership.  “My view is, we ought to double Guantanamo,” he said …
Marist Poll:
4/20: Campaign 2012: Obama's Re-election Chances
Discussion: Hot Air and The Political Carnival
Paul Goldman / The Politico:
You're hired: Why Trump is running
Discussion: CNN and Gothamist
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 …
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David Friend / Vanity Fair:
Tim Hetherington, 40, Killed in Libya  —  Tim Hetherington, photojournalist, filmmaker, and Vanity Fair contributing photographer, was killed today while covering the conflict in Misrata, Libya.  “Tim died about two hours ago,” said Peter N. Bouckaert, of Human Rights Watch, in Geneva, a friend of Hetherington's.
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
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Myglesias / Yglesias:
The Right Bailing The Left Out On Spending
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Washington Post:
Poll shows Americans oppose entitlement cuts to deal with debt problem
The Huffington Post:
White House Deficit Talks Coming Apart At The Seams
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.
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 …
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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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.”
JSOnline:
Kloppenburg requests recount in Supreme Court race  —  By Patrick Marley and Mike Johnson of the Journal Sentinel  —  Madison — Assistant Attorney General JoAnne Kloppenburg requested Wednesday a statewide recount - the first in 22 years - to check the results in the April 5 election …
Discussion: Cubachi, Hot Air and Althouse
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Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Gay Marriage Opponents Now in Minority  —  A poll from CNN this week is the latest to show a majority of Americans in favor of same-sex marriage, with 51 percent saying that marriages between gay and lesbian couples “should be recognized by the law as valid” and 47 percent opposed.
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.
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.
Fox News:
Obama Officials Tried to Convince S&P Not to Issue Credit Warning  —  Even though the White House has publicly downplayed the credit warning issued Monday from a leading agency, Obama administration officials were privately trying in recent weeks to convince Standard & Poor's not to lower …
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Zachary A. Goldfarb / Washington Post:
Obama administration officials tried to keep S&P rating at ‘stable’
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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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: Wonk Room, TPMDC and msnbc.com
Megan McArdle / The Atlantic Online:
Under Protest  —  Have you noticed all the huge antiwar demonstrations in the last twelve months?  Yeah, me neither.  It turns out that a lot of the energy for the movement seems to have been provided by Democrats who are a lot less worried about wars conducted by Democratic presidents.
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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JSOnline:
8 accused of writing protest excuses now under investigation
Discussion: Pundit Press
Heidi Przybyla / Bloomberg:
Budget Deal Forcing More Taxes, Spending Cuts Circulates in U.S. Congress
Discussion: Firedoglake
Felix Salmon:
Expecting an early Greek default
Discussion: Mother Jones
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
 Earlier Items: 
Matthew L. Wald / New York Times:
NRG Abandons Project for 2 Reactors in Texas
Discussion: Swampland
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
IGNORING ‘THE AMERICAN PEOPLE’.... Following up on an earlier item …
Tim Murphy / Mother Jones:
Mitch Daniels Was Once Caught With 2 Shoeboxes Full of Weed?
Discussion: The Daily Caller and The Impolitic
Robert Costa / National Review:
Rubio's Foreign Policy
Discussion: Cubachi, Hotline On Call and AmSpecBlog