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9:25 PM ET, April 22, 2011


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Evan Harris / ABCNEWS:
Franklin Graham: Trump Might be Candidate of Choice  —  The Rev. Franklin Graham, whose family has served as spiritual advisers to numerous prominent political figures, told “This Week” anchor Christiane Amanpour that businessman Donald Trump might be his candidate of choice in 2012 …
Justin Elliott / Salon:
Trump to Salon: “You will be very surprised”  —  Donald Trump has written me a personal note promising that he will release information about his net worth — and that he'll even do it earlier than is required by federal election law.  —  Trump's assistant sent me an email earlier today with the heading …
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Franklin Graham would consider backing Trump
Discussion: Michelle Malkin, Hot Air and ABCNEWS
Josiah Ryan / The Hill:
Collins is first GOP senator to oppose Ryan budget proposal  —  Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine.) said Friday that she will not support the 2012 budget passed by the House last week.  —  “I don't happen to support Congressman Ryan's plan but at least he had the courage to put forth a plan …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers, Hot Air, Guardian and TPMDC
David Weigel / Slate:
If the Ryan budget is so unpopular, where are the town-hall meltdowns?  —  These are good days to be a member of Congress.  Your job is not popular, per se, and neither is the institution you work for.  But at least you're not getting yelled at.  A controversial Republican budget just passed the House …
Pat Callaghan / WCSH-TV:
In The Arena: Sen. Susan Collins
Discussion: The Raw Story and FrumForum
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 …
Discussion: The Daily Dish
Myglesias / Yglesias:
Happy Krauthammer Day  —  Henry Farrell reminds us that today is Charles Krauthammer Day, marking the eight anniversary of one of the greatest remarks of all time: … In a related development, Krauthammer continues to be employed as a major television commentator and newspaper columnist.
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 …
Discussion: The Politico and American Power
Sen. Pat Toomey / Real Clear Politics:
The Truth About the Debt Ceiling and Default  —  As we have been approaching the $14.3 trillion statutory limit to federal borrowing, I and many of my colleagues have insisted on real spending reforms now as part of any agreement to allow still more government borrowing.
Brian Montopoli / CBS News:
Poll: Most Americans oppose raising debt limit
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Statements on Syria  —  Obama, in what Crowley describes as a “bind” on today's violence, says:  —  The United States condemns in the strongest possible terms the use of force by the Syrian government against demonstrators.  This outrageous use of violence to quell protests must come to an end now.
Discussion: CNN and Swampland
Syria unrest: ‘Bloodiest day’ as troops fire on rallies
Discussion: Washington Post
Bassem Mroue / Reuters:
Syria Protests Spread As Forces Open Fire On Demonstrators
Discussion: Swampland
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
More than half of Democrats believed Bush knew  —  I've been looking for a good analogue to the willingness of Republicans to believe, or say they believe, that Obama was born abroad, and one relevant number is the share of Democrats willing to believe, as they say, that “Bush knew.”
Discussion: American Power
Michael Whitney / Firedoglake:
Obama on Manning: “He Broke the Law” - So Much for That Trial?  —  President Barack Obama made stunning accusations about accused Wikileaks whistleblower PFC Bradley Manning, directly asserting that Manning “broke the law.”  Apparently the President of the United States of America …
Naomi / UK Friends of Bradley Manning:
Barack Obama on Bradley Manning - “We're a nation of laws!”
Discussion: Firedoglake and Corrente
Justin Fenton / Baltimore Sun:
Video of beating in a Baltimore County McDonald's goes viral  —  A video of a vicious beating at a Baltimore County McDonald's restaurant went viral Friday, garnering hundreds of thousands of views on various websites and prompting the fast food giant to issue a statement condemning the incident.
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.
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
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]:
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.
Justin Elliott / Salon:
Trig Trutherism: The definitive debunker  —  Trig Trutherism, the surprisingly resilient conspiracy theory that Sarah Palin is not actually the mother of 3-year-old Trig Palin, is experiencing a boomlet thanks to a new academic paper that endorses the concept.
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.
The Politico:
John Ensign bolted to avoid more public embarrassment  —  Sen. John Ensign abruptly announced his resignation after it grew increasingly clear to him that he would not be able to avoid a public review of the sordid allegations surrounding his sex scandal, including the open airing of details …
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 …
Matt Hadro /
Penitent CNN Anchor Confesses ‘Eco-Sins’ for Earth Day  —  In a bizarre wrap-up to the 2 p.m. EDT hour of CNN “Newsroom” Thursday, anchor T.J. Holmes confessed his “eco-sins” to the audience.  Commemorating the eve of “Earth Day,” Holmes admitted to his “green” faults which included driving …
Discussion: Hot Air and Pajamas Media
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Voice of America:
Listen to what VOA's Cecily Hilleary and Steve Bangley discovered after talking to Syrian eyewitnesses …
Discussion: Guardian and The Gateway Pundit
Charles Krauthammer / NY Daily News:
Krauthammer: The GOP's racing form for 2012
Joel Meares / CJR:
Testing the Truth-o-Meter  —  PolitiFact's editor on those fiery pants
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Daily Kos
MyFOX Detroit:
Gun Belonging to Pastor Terry Jones Goes Off Outside FOX 2 Studios
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and Wonkette
Alexander Burns / The Politico:
Mitt Romney tops weak Barack Obama in New Hampshire, poll shows
Discussion: The Atlantic Online and TPMDC
John Fund / Wall Street Journal:
California Dreamin'—of Jobs in Texas
New York Times:
Deadly Drone Strike by U.S. May Fuel Anger in Pakistan
 Earlier Items: 
Christian Heinze / GOP 12:
Beck: I couldn't vote for Huckabee
Discussion: Salon, Ballot Box and Weigel
Jonathan Weisman / Washington Wire:
Jared Bernstein, Biden's Economic Adviser, to Leave
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
Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:
Sharron Angle could face party insiders in Nevada
Mary Grabar / Originals:
Writing Teachers: Still Crazy After All These Years
The Politico:
Birtherism: Where it all began
Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
Ayn Rand's adult-onset adolescence

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Sara Fischer / Axios:
NPR affiliate WAMU is shutting down local news site Dcist and laying off 15 employees to focus on audio and plans to add 10 new positions

Chris Thompson / Defector:
Vice leadership failed to act as responsible stewards of a good product, and instead paid themselves lavish salaries and burned through hundreds of millions

Brian Steinberg / Variety:
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