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11:55 AM ET, April 25, 2011

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Peter Finn / Washington Post:
WikiLeaks discloses new details on whereabouts of al-Qaeda leaders on 9/11  —  On Sept. 11, 2001, the core of al-Qaeda was concentrated in a single city: Karachi, Pakistan.  —  At a hospital, the accused mastermind of the bombing of the USS Cole was recovering from a tonsillectomy.
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New York Times:
Classified Files Offer New Insights Into Detainees  —  WASHINGTON — A trove of more than 700 classified military documents provides new and detailed accounts of the men who have done time at the Guantánamo Bay prison in Cuba, and offers new insight into the evidence against the 172 men still locked up there.
Guardian:
Massive leak reveals Guantánamo's secrets  —  • Innocent people interrogated for years on slimmest pretexts  —  • Children, elderly and mentally ill among those wrongfully held  —  • 172 prisoners remain, some with no prospect of trial or release
Mark Sherman / Associated Press:
High court rejects quick review of health care law  —  WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court rejected a call Monday from Virginia's attorney general to depart from its usual practice and put review of the health care law on a fast track.  Instead, judicial review of President Barack Obama's signature legislation …
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Lyle Denniston / SCOTUSblog:
Court takes a pass on health care  —  Choosing, for now, to remain on the sidelines of the national constitutional debate over the new health care law, the Supreme Court refused on Monday to put Virginia's challenge to the law on a fast track with review by the Justices ahead of any appeals court decisions.
First Read / msnbc.com:
Supreme Court won't fast track Va. challenge to health law
Discussion: Daily Kos
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Supreme Court turns down Virginia's request to expedite review of health-care law
Discussion: Weigel and FrumForum
Lauraklairmont / CNN:
Justices say now is not the time to consider health care reform appeal
Discussion: The Note
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Clement firm drops DOMA case  —  In a real victory for supporters of same-sex marriage — and marking what seems like real marginalization for its foes — a major law firm has reversed course and will refuse to represent the House of Representatives in defending the Defense of Marriage Act.
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Glenn Thrush / The Politico:
Coburn takes on Norquist  —  Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.), arguably the most prominent fiscal conservative in the Senate, is declaring his independence from one of the country's leading anti-tax groups, Americans for Tax Reform - and its fiery founder, Grover Norquist.
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Glenn Thrush / The Politico:
Norquist: Coburn ‘lied his way’ into office  —  Grover Norquist, founder of Americans for Tax Reform, just emailed a response to Oklahoma GOP Sen. Tom Coburn's claim that his group is a narrow “special interest” that doesn't represent American conservatives.  And it's memorable.
Discussion: The Caucus and CNN
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Let's Take a Hike  —  When I listen to current discussions of the federal budget, the message I hear sounds like this: We're in crisis!  We must take drastic action immediately!  And we must keep taxes low, if not actually cut them further!  —  You have to wonder: If things are that serious …
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Dems seek leverage by forcing GOP split on Ryan's budget plan  —  Senate Democratic aides expect Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) to force Senate Republicans to vote on the Paul Ryan budget plan.  —  Reid hasn't made a formal decision yet, and won't until he returns from an overseas trip.
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:   THE PLAN TO PUT THE SENATE GOP ON THE SPOT.... When congressional …
Bernie Becker / The Hill:
With an eye on the polls, Dems to push tax hikes for the wealthy
Discussion: The New Republic
Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
Couric Is Expected to Say She's Leaving CBS  —  This week, Ms. Couric is planning to acknowledge one of the worst-kept secrets in television: that she is leaving the “CBS Evening News” after five years.  Then, as soon as she returns from London, where she will be anchoring the network's coverage …
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CBS News:
Doctors clear Giffords to attend shuttle launch
Discussion: The Hill and Associated Press
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
Mitch Daniels sounds fiscal alarm, but Indiana Republican hesitant to run in 2012  —  No prospective Republican presidential candidate has done more to highlight the issue of debt and deficits than Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels.  He calls it the “new red menace,” an ocean of red ink …
New York Post:
Heaven can wait  —  Don't call him Father Jim just yet.  —  Former New Jersey Gov. Jim McGreevey — who shocked the nation in 2004 when he announced he was a “gay American” and stepped down from office — has been denied his bid to join the priesthood of the Episcopal Church, The Post has learned.
Brett Arends / MarketWatch:
IMF bombshell: Age of America nears end  —  Commentary: China's economy will surpass the U.S. in 2016  — Front Page - News Viewer - Commentary - Markets - Investing - Personal Finance - Community - Games  —  BOSTON (MarketWatch) — The International Monetary Fund has just dropped a bombshell, and nobody noticed.
Robert Costa / National Review:
Haley Pressures Obama, '12 Field on NLRB  —  Across the country, from Wisconsin to Ohio, Republican governors are battling Big Labor.  Gov. Nikki Haley of South Carolina, in an interview with National Review Online, says that her state is the next front.  But Haley's foes are not graybeard professors …
Discussion: The Hill and Ben Smith's Blog
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Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Gov. Haley's advice to GOP presidential hopefuls: Change your message
Discussion: CNN
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Royal Event / Hollywood Reporter:   Robert De Niro Slams Donald Trump Over Obama Comments
Kenneth P. Vogel / The Politico:
The anti-Palin crusaders  —  She is a promiscuous, petty and unintelligent, yet deviously conniving warmonger intent on capturing the Oval Office and, from there, the world.  —  Those are just some of the opinions about Sarah Palin held by members of a small, but extremely active network of gadflies …
 
 
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Bcook / Fox Nation:
WH Fails to Release Easter Proclamation
Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:
The Republicans' Really Thin Gruel
Discussion: Washington Monthly
BREITBART.COM:
Second computer worm ‘hits Iran’
New York Times:
Taliban Help Hundreds Tunnel Out of Prison's Political Wing
Discussion: Firedoglake, Aljazeera, TalkLeft and Gawker
Ryan Lizza / New Yorker:
THE CONSEQUENTIALIST
 Earlier Items: 
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Significant New Progressive Ad Campaign Targets Republicans For Voting To End Medicare (VIDEO)
Erin McPike / Real Clear Politics:
Jon Huntsman and the Politics of Titles
Discussion: GOP 12
Laura Myers / Las Vegas Review-Journal:
Ensign's resignation leads to GOP free-for-all
Washington Examiner:
Libya, Syria expose Obama's foreign policy incoherence
Discussion: NewsBusters.org and Jihad Watch
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Rand and Ron Paul: The libertarian Kennedys
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
Jill Lepore / New York Times:
Poor Jane's Almanac
Discussion: Concurring Opinions and Daily Kos