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4:15 PM ET, April 22, 2011


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Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Patients Are Not Consumers  —  Earlier this week, The Times reported on Congressional backlash against the Independent Payment Advisory Board, a key part of efforts to rein in health care costs.  This backlash was predictable; it is also profoundly irresponsible, as I'll explain in a minute.
Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:   Medicine Is Not a Consumer Good  —  Conservatives frequently argue …
Shadowfax / Movin' Meat:
Why Patients are Not Consumers  —  Republican budget guru Paul Ryan …
New York Times:
Nation's Mood at Lowest Level in Two Years, Poll Shows  —  Americans are more pessimistic about the nation's economic outlook and overall direction than they have been at any time since President Obama's first two months in office, when the country was still officially ensnared in the Great Recession …
Brian Montopoli / CBS News:
Poll: Most Americans oppose raising debt limit  —  CBS News Poll analysis by the CBS News Polling Unit: Sarah Dutton, Jennifer De Pinto, Fred Backus and Anthony Salvanto.  —  Despite Obama administration warnings that failing to do so would devastate the economy, a clear majority of Americans …
Sen. Pat Toomey / Real Clear Politics:
The Truth About the Debt Ceiling and Default
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Huckabee, Trump, Romney Set Pace for 2012 GOP Field  —  Trump leads among liberal and moderate Republicans  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Donald Trump debuts in a first-place tie in Gallup's latest update of Republicans' preferences for the party's 2012 presidential nomination among potential contenders.
Alexander Burns / The Politico:
Mitt Romney tops weak Barack Obama in New Hampshire, poll shows
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Poll finds Romney would beat Obama in New Hampshire
Discussion: CNN
Henry / Crooked Timber:
The Anniversary  —  And so the year rolls around yet again to Krauthammer Day, the day on which we all celebrate Charles Krauthammer's confident assertion eight years ago that: … Or nearly all of us celebrate it anyway.  Charles Krauthammer himself seems to prefer to mark the occasion …
Maggie Haberman / The Politico:
Krauthammer: Trump is running  —  Conservative columnist Charles Krauthammer says Donald Trump reached out to him after a piece he wrote that laced into the developer's potential 2012 bid — a phone call he said convinced him The Donald is running for president.
Myglesias / Yglesias:   Happy Krauthammer Day  —  Henry Farrell reminds us that today …
Paul Bedard / US News:
Earth Day Ends Obama's 53,300 Gallon Trip  —  President Obama declared today's 41st annual Earth Day proof of America's ecological and conservation spirit—then completed a three-day campaign-style trip logging 10,666 miles on Air Force One, eating up some 53,300 gallons at a cost of about $180,000.
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Obama speaks to the stars; Tom Hanks suggests ‘five-and-a-half more years’  —  President Obama asked for support Thursday from a small Los Angeles audience dotted with Hollywood stars.  —  Speaking in a tiny room of the Italian restaurant Tavern to a an audience of 60 that included Steven Spielberg …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and FrumForum
Michael McAuliff / The Huffington Post:
9/11 Responders To Be Warned They Will Be Screened By FBI's Terrorism Watch List (EXCLUSIVE) … WASHINGTON — A provision in the new 9/11 health bill may be adding insult to injury for people who fell sick after their service in the aftermath of the 2001 Al Qaeda attacks, The Huffington Post has learned.
Attaturk / Firedoglake:   A trio of self-proclaimed GOP heroes
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Obama makes ‘birther’ joke at fundraiser  —  President Obama on Thursday lightened up talk of high gas prices and the budget deficit on his West Coast swing with a joke about those who question his citizenship.  —  “A lot of you got involved when the prospect of electing Barack Hussein Obama to the Oval Office was slim.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Obama suggests low poll numbers due to high gas prices
David Jackson / USA Today:
Obama: We will end ‘manipulation’ of gas prices
Remy Melina /
Earth Day co-founder killed, composted girlfriend  —  Ira Einhorn preached against Vietnam War and violence, but had dark side  —  Below:  —  Ira Einhorn was on stage hosting the first Earth Day event at the Fairmount Park in Philadelphia on April 22, 1970.
Discussion: American Power
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
The Electoral Implications of Ensign's Resignation  —  Gov. Brian Sandoval of Nevada is expected to appoint Dean Heller, currently the Republican incumbent in the state's Second Congressional District, to replace Senator John Ensign, who is resigning.  —  Mr. Heller was already expected …
Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:
Sharron Angle could face party insiders in Nevada
Eric Boehlert / Media Matters for America:
The New York Times' Disappearing Birther Scoop  —  It was perhaps the most talked-about paragraph in the political press yesterday.  And then just like that, it was gone.  —  From the New York Times article that appeared on the newspaper's website Thursday morning, came this passage [emphasis added]:
Discussion: ECHIDNE of the snakes
Zaid Jilani / ThinkProgress:
GOP Rep. Patrick Meehan Faces Constituent Anger After Breaking Campaign Promise To Not Privatize Medicare  —  CNN reports this morning that freshman GOP Rep. Patrick Meehan (PA) faced a “tough crowd” back home after voting for Rep. Paul Ryan's (R-WI) budget proposal that would effectively end Medicare …
EXCLUSIVE: MEL GIBSON FINALLY TALKS  —  EXCLUSIVE: On May 6th, Mel Gibson's much-delayed comeback picture, The Beaver, will open in limited release.  It's directed by his longtime friend and co-star Jodie Foster.  The movie has already garnered reviews praising Gibson's performance as …
New York Times:
Bright, Careful and Sadistic: Profiling Long Island's Mystery Serial Killer  —  He is most likely a white male in his mid-20s to mid-40s.  He is married or has a girlfriend.  He is well educated and well spoken.  He is financially secure, has a job and owns an expensive car or truck.
The Politico:
Birtherism: Where it all began  —  Just when it appeared that public interest was fading, celebrity developer Donald Trump has revived the theory that President Barack Obama was born overseas and helped expose the depth to which the notion has taken root—a New York Times poll Thursday found that a plurality of Republicans believe it.
Mary Grabar / Originals:
Writing Teachers: Still Crazy After All These Years  —  After spending four depressing days this month at a meeting of 3,000 writing teachers in Atlanta, I can tell you that their parent group, the Conference on College Composition and Communication, is not really interested in teaching students to write and communicate clearly.
Discussion: TigerHawk and protein wisdom
David Brooks / New York Times:
Creed or Chaos  —  You can feel a jolt of energy surge through the audience of “The Book of Mormon” about a quarter of the way into the show's first musical number.  It's a jolt of joy, gratitude and laughter — a confirmation that this Broadway production is going to live up to its rave reviews.
Discussion: The Daily Dish
Christian Heinze / GOP 12:
Beck: I couldn't vote for Huckabee  —  On his radio show today, Glenn Beck ripped Mike Huckabee over taxes, immigration, pardons, and Michelle Obama's anti-obesity program. … The feud has its roots in an April 19 Beck program, when Glenn attacked Huckabee's support for Michelle Obama's anti-obesity program.
Discussion: Ballot Box, Weigel and TVNewser
Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
Ayn Rand's adult-onset adolescence  —  The movie “Atlas Shrugged,” adapted from Ayn Rand's 1957 novel by the same name, is a triumph of cinematic irony.  A work that lectures us endlessly on the moral superiority of heroic achievement is itself a model of mediocrity.
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John Fund / Wall Street Journal:
California Dreamin'—of Jobs in Texas
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New York Times:
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Andrew Restuccia / The Hill:
Stormy weather forces cancellation of Michelle Obama's Earth Day event
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Matt Hadro /
Penitent CNN Anchor Confesses ‘Eco-Sins’ for Earth Day
Discussion: Hot Air
Michael Whitney / Firedoglake:
Obama on Manning: “He Broke the Law” - So Much for That Trial?
Jonathan Weisman / Washington Wire:
Jared Bernstein, Biden's Economic Adviser, to Leave
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and Firedoglake
Delaware politics: Christine O'Donnell amends campaign financing reports
Discussion: Wonkette and The Politico
Debra Cassens Weiss / ABA Journal Daily News:
What Is the Cost of a Law Review Article by a Top Prof? Estimate Is $100K
Discussion: Clayton Cramer's Blog
 Earlier Items: 
Washington Post:
D.C. police escort of Charlie Sheen motorcade under investigation, official says
Discussion: Mediaite, DCist and The BLT
Anna M. Tinsley / Fort Worth Star-Telegram:
Ron Paul's son all but rules out bid for U.S. Senate
Discussion: Fox News and Ballot Box
Washington Examiner:
Federal labor board seeks to ground Boeing
Discussion: Sweetness & Light
New York Times:
New York Times/CBS News Poll: 2012 Republicans, Obama and the Economy
Discussion: Weigel, Wonkette and CNN
Megan McArdle / The Atlantic Online:
Large Tax Increases Are Not a Semantic Question
Discussion: TBogg, The Daily Dish and Instapundit