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12:25 AM ET, April 24, 2011


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Myglesias / Yglesias:
Pity For The Rich  —  You can tell something's happening in the economic policy debate when you start reading more things like AEI's Arthur Brooks explaining that it would simply be unfair to raise taxes on the rich.  Harvard economics professor and former Council of Economics Advisor chairman Greg Mankiw has said the same thing.
Arthur C. Brooks / Washington Post:
Obama says it's only ‘fair’ to raise taxes on the rich. He's wrong.
Discussion: Modeled Behavior
Barry Ritholtz / The Big Picture:
Dollar's Biggest Decline?  2001-08  —  The hand-wringing about the US dollar is rather late to the party.  —  Where were all you concerned dollar bulls earlier in the decade?  It strikes me that like the late-to-discover inflation, you folks cannot spot a trend until it bites you in your collective asses.
Discussion: Historinhas and Paul Krugman
Tom Lauricella / Wall Street Journal:
Dollar's Decline Speeds Up, With Risks for U.S.  —  The U.S. dollar's downward slide is accelerating as low interest rates, inflation concerns and the massive federal budget deficit undermine the currency.  —  With no relief in sight for the dollar on any of those fronts …
Discussion: FrumForum
Eugene Volokh / The Volokh Conspiracy:
ACLU Fighting Attempts to Suppress Anti-Islam Speech  —  By the way, I should stress — especially given the criticism that I've seen of the ACLU from some commenters — that ACLU chapters deserve praise for defending the anti-Islam speech in the two incidents I blogged about today …
Discussion: The Other McCain
Gautham Nagesh / The Hill:
Florida Pastor says protest at Islamic Center will go on  —  Controversial Florida Pastor Terry Jones said he will follow through on his plan to protest outside an Islamic center in Michigan next week despite a judge's order to stay away from the mosque for three years, according to a report from the Detroit Free Press.
Michael Eisen / it is NOT junk:
Amazon's $23,698,655.93 book about flies  —  A few weeks ago a postdoc in my lab logged on to Amazon to buy the lab an extra copy of Peter Lawrence's The Making of a Fly - a classic work in developmental biology that we - and most other Drosophila developmental biologists - consult regularly.
Ian Swanson / The Hill:
Battered by gas prices White House starts attacks on oil companies  —  The White House has joined congressional Democrats in targeting oil companies with criticism for nearly $4 per gallon gas.  —  President Obama lashed out at oil companies — and the tax breaks they get from the government …
Discussion: Doug Ross and FrumForum
Todd A. Heywood / Michigan Messenger:
Foster children would be allowed to get clothing only from second hand stores  —  Under a new budget proposal from State Sen. Bruce Casswell, children in the state's foster care system would be allowed to purchase clothing only in used clothing stores.  —  Casswell, a Republican representing Branch …
Charles Lane / Washington Post:
China's train wreck  —  Video: Is China's high-speed rail a model for U.S. transportation?  Based on his travels in China, Washington Post editorial writer Charles Lane thinks not.  —  For the past eight years, Liu Zhijun was one of the most influential people in China.
Discussion: Hot Air and Power Line
John Shiffman /
Airport passenger screener charged in distributing child pornography  —  A passenger screener at Philadelphia International Airport is facing charges that he distributed more than 100 images of child pornography via Facebook, records show.  —  Federal agents also allege …
Kase Wickman / The Raw Story:
NY allows conjugal visits for inmates in same-sex marriages  —  The New York state prison system recently changed its regulations to allow inmates in same-sex marriages or civil unions conjugal visits from their partners, as well as a tweak that will allow inmates to visit their partners if they are terminally ill.
Discussion: Pam's House Blend
Ann Althouse / Althouse:
Paul Krugman says “So, let's try another shot to the head.”  —  I realize he's talking about a misconception, and he has designated the misconception a “zombie,” and according to zombie lore, zombies are destroyed by shooting them in the head.  But still.  That's quite a violent way to talk …
Discussion: Firedoglake and JustOneMinute
Paul Krugman:
Zombie Tax Lies
Discussion: The Mahablog and The New Republic
New York Times:
President of Yemen Offers to Leave, With Conditions  —  CAIRO — Yemen's embattled president, Ali Abdullah Saleh, said Saturday that he accepted a proposal by Arab mediators that would shift power to his deputy 30 days from the signing of a formal agreement and grant him and his family …
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Marjorie Connelly / New York Times:
Royal Wedding Is Drawing a Yawn From Many Americans
Discussion: Mediaite, The Raw Story and Guardian
Gautham Nagesh / The Hill:
White House condemns Syrian government
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Of Donald, Dunces and Dogma
Discussion: The Democratic Daily
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
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Derek Fenton, Koran-burning transit worker fired from his job after Ground Zero protest, re-hired