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5:55 PM ET, April 24, 2011

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Binyamin Appelbaum / New York Times:
Stimulus by Fed Is Disappointing, Economists Say  —  WASHINGTON — The Federal Reserve's experimental effort to spur a recovery by purchasing vast quantities of federal debt has pumped up the stock market, reduced the cost of American exports and allowed companies to borrow money at lower interest rates.
Jill Rosen / Baltimore Sun:
Victim of McDonald's beating speaks out  —  Transgender woman calls attack ‘hate crime,’ has been afraid to be seen in public  —  A transgender woman beaten at a Baltimore County McDonald's spoke out on Saturday, saying that the attack was “definitely a hate crime” and that she's been afraid to go out in public ever since.
Jaimee Rose / Arizona Republic:
Gabrielle Giffords' doctors, husband share details on her progress  —  HOUSTON - Rep. Gabrielle Giffords is left-handed now.  —  Her handwriting looks different in the letter she recently wrote to her husband, astronaut Mark Kelly, than it did the last time he went into space.
Washington Post:
Guantanamo Bay: Why Obama hasn't fulfilled his promise to close the facility  —  John Moore/ GETTY IMAGES - Only a small fraction of detainees can be prosecuted, President Obama has been told.  In many cases, court-worthy evidence is lacking.  —  The sputtering end of the Obama administration's plans …
Mark Steyn / National Review:
Choc and Awe  —  I am looking this bright Easter morn at a Department of Homeland Security “Custody Receipt for Seized Property and Evidence”.  Late last night, crossing the Quebec/Vermont border, my children had two boxes of “Kinder Eggs” ("Est. Dom.  Value $7.50″) confiscated by Customs & Border Protection.
Janet Daley / Telegraph:
Welfare handouts aren't fair - and the public knows it  —  A new survey shows that despite years of propaganda from the Left, Britons retain a deep-seated sense of fairness and individual responsibility, says Janet Daley.  —  Like a mythical traveller seeking truth, a think tank has asked a profound question: what is fairness?
David A. Stockman / New York Times:
The Bipartisan March to Fiscal Madness  —  IT is obvious that the nation's desperate fiscal condition requires higher taxes on the middle class, not just the richest 2 percent.  Likewise, entitlement reform requires means-testing the giant Social Security and Medicare programs …
Discussion: The Big Picture
Tanya Somanader / ThinkProgress:
Rick Santorum: I Would ‘Absolutely’ Let The Country Default Over Defunding The Health Care Law  —  As the U.S. steps closer to the economic ledge, a litany of Republican lawmakers are holding the debt ceiling hostage over unpopular priorities like lowering the corporate tax rate or cutting entitlement programs.
Glenn Thrush / The Politico:
Bloomberg to Obama: Schmooze or lose!  —  New York Michael Bloomberg, who loves a good party, thinks President Barack Obama needs to loosen up.  —  Bloomberg, on on-again, off-again admirer of Obama rumored to have called Obama the most arrogant man on the planet, says Obama needs to schmooze …
Discussion: CNN and JammieWearingFool
Elise Foley / The Huffington Post:
Lindsey Graham: U.S. Should Ignore U.N. Mandate In Libya … WASHINGTON — Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said the United States should take a more aggressive approach in Libya to oust dictator Muammar Gaddafi, bombing the capital city so members of Gaddafi's inner circle “wake up every day wondering, ‘will this be my last?’”
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Jamie Klatell / The Hill:
McCain: The US is NATO, should retake control of Libyan operation
Discussion: CNN
Jason Lewis / Telegraph:
Lobbyists who cleared ‘Climategate’ academics funded by taxpayers and the BBC  —  A shadowy lobby group which pushes the case that global warming is a real threat is being funded by the taxpayer and assisted by the BBC.  —  The little-known not-for-profit company works behind the scenes …
Discussion: Biased BBC and Watts Up With That?
Yair Altman / Ynetnews:
Witness: Shooters yell Allahu Akbar  —  Breslov Hassid injured in shooting tells Ynet: They were shooting to kill, It was crazy.  Incident fatality Ben-Yosef Livnat will be buried today in Jerusalem  —  A group of Breslov Hassidim's regular twilight visit to Palestinian controlled Joseph's Tomb …
msnbc.com:
Transcripts on  —  Below:  —  MR. DAVID GREGORY: On this Easter Sunday there is a dark mood in the country about high unemployment, soaring gas prices, and Washington's constant bickering over how to solve pressing problems.  In this climate, our politics is taking unexpected turns as well …
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and Althouse
 
 
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