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4:10 AM ET, April 24, 2011


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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.
Discussion: FrumForum
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.
Syria protests: Security forces shoot at mourners  —  The BBC's Owen Bennett-Jones says people are defying police requests to stay inside  —  Security forces in Syria have shot dead at least 12 people at funerals for anti-government protesters killed on Friday, reports say.
Gautham Nagesh / The Hill:
White House condemns Syrian government
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.
Peter Wallsten / Washington Post:
Republicans facing tough questions over Medicare overhaul in budget plan  —  Video: All but four GOP House members voted for the budget plan devised by Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.).  The proposal puts the future of Medicare in jeopardy and could be risky political move.  (April 15)
Libya: US confirms first Predator strike  —  Two Predators were already being used above Libya for intelligence and reconnaissance missions  —  The US military has confirmed the first strike by an unmanned Predator drone aircraft in Libya.  —  Nato said the drone destroyed …
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 …
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 …
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.
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
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 …
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 …
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 …
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The Atlantic Online:
Robots at Work and Play
Discussion: Gizmodo
Marjorie Connelly / New York Times:
Royal Wedding Is Drawing a Yawn From Many Americans
Discussion: The Raw Story, Mediaite and Guardian
Charles M. Blow / New York Times:
Of Donald, Dunces and Dogma
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Ann Althouse / Althouse:
Paul Krugman says “So, let's try another shot to the head.”

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Aaron Fritschner / @fritschner:
[Thread] Uri Berliner's essay on NPR bias has significant problems, including verifiable falsehoods, flawed arguments, and questionable voter registration data

Dylan Byers / @dylanbyers:
Sources: former Disney TV chief Ben Sherwood and former Hearst Magazines exec Joanna Coles will buy a 49% stake in The Daily Beast; Barry Diller will retain 51%

Matthew Keys / The Desk:
Federal prosecutors charge Marco Gaudino with one count of conspiracy for allegedly giving Tim Burke credentials to access systems used by Fox News and others

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