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6:50 PM ET, April 26, 2011

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Gary Tuchman / CNN:
CNN investigation: Obama born in U.S.  —  Editor's note: Tune in to “AC360°” on Tuesday beginning at 10 p.m. ET to see the remainder of Gary Tuchman's investigation into President Barack Obama's birthplace.  —  (CNN) — Was Barack Obama really born in America?
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Ta-Nehisi Coates / The Atlantic Online:
Fact-Checking's Got Nothing To Do With It  —  Again, via Gawker, (hey, when you're hot...) CNN launches yet another investigation of Obama's birth-certificate, revealing—again— that Obama was born in Hawaii.  Expect this investigation to convince about four people, total.
Maggie Haberman / The Politico:
Donald Trump: How did Barack Obama get into Ivies?  —  ‘How does a bad student go to Columbia and then to Harvard?’  Trump asked.  AP Photo  —  Donald Trump is upping the ante against President Barack Obama's legitimacy, raising questions on Monday night about how the president was admitted to two Ivy League schools.
Susan Page / USA Today:
Poll: What kind of president would Donald Trump make?  —  WASHINGTON — Republicans may be ready for a fling with Donald Trump, but a USA TODAY/Gallup Poll shows they have reservations about installing him in the White House.  —  The real estate developer and reality TV star …
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Knowledge Counts Pt. 3  —  I've noted several times that when it comes to issues like Medicare and Social Security, establishment journalism is most focused on whether political rhetoric is inflammatory than on whether it might be true.  Or put a different way, the details …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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Rick Klein / ABCNEWS:
Scare Tactics Dim Hopes of Medicare Compromise: ‘World News’ Political Insights
Discussion: The Politico and Ben Smith's Blog
Jennifer Haberkorn / The Politico:   Overflow crowds for Paul Ryan town halls
The Note:
Boehner on Paul Ryan Budget: 'An Idea ... I'm Not Wedded to One Single Idea'
Discussion: Washington Post
Bernie Becker / The Hill:
Geithner: Debt-ceiling debate is ‘ridiculous’
Michael D. Shear / The Caucus:
Why Republicans May Be Skipping 2012 Presidential Run  —  Haley Barbour's decision to forego a run for the presidency in 2012 puts him in the company of a half dozen top Republicans who have considered — and rejected — a challenge to President Obama next year.  —  The question is: why?
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James Pethokoukis:
Why Paul Ryan could enter the 2012 presidential race  —  It's not just Bill Kristol, gang.  There's desire at the highest ranks of the Republican Party, according to my reporting and sources, to see House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan seek the 2012 presidential nomination.  Here's why:
Mark Schlueb / Orlando Sentinel:
Dan Webster confronted by angry town hall crowd  —  (Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel / April 26, 2011)  —  A town hall meeting held in Orlando by U.S. Rep. Dan Webster degenerated into bedlam Tuesday, with members of the crowd shouting down the freshman Republican congressman and yelling at one another.
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Ezra Klein / Washington Post:
Obama revealed: A moderate Republican  —  America is mired in three wars.  The past decade was the hottest on record.  Unemployment remains stuck near 9 percent, and there's a small, albeit real, possibility that the U.S. government will default on its debt.  So what's dominating the news?
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Andrew Samwick / Capital Gains and Games blogs:
Moderates? Republicans?
Michelle Malkin:
Paul Krugman: For entitlement reform before he was against it  —  Not that you needed any more evidence that New York Times columnist Paul Krugman is a flip-flopping charlatan, but here's the latest.  —  Today, he assails GOP proposals to raise the Medicare age and, by extension, the Social Security retirement age.
Discussion: NetRight Daily
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Paul Krugman:
Raising the Medicare Age
Discussion: The Raw Story
Maura Dolan / Los Angeles Times:
Proposition 8 supporters say ruling should be voided  —  A group opposed to gay marriage says Judge Vaughn R. Walker should have disclosed that he was in a long-term same-sex relationship and recused himself from presiding over the Proposition 8 case.  —  Vaughn R. Walker presided over a 12 …
Discussion: Mother Jones
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Lisa Leff / Associated Press:
Judge's relationship at issue in gay marriage case
Discussion: Firedoglake
Signorile / The Gist:
Conversation with a Birther  —  This call to the show from Winston in Alabama confirms why the birther conspiracy will never go away, a fascinating look at why crazy beliefs endure.  Even after all the facts were explained to Winston, and after he appeared to agree that the facts were right …
Josh Gerstein / The Politico:
Eric Holder rejects attacks on Paul Clement over DOMA defense  —  Attorney General Eric Holder is coming to the defense of former Solicitor General Paul Clement, after gay rights advocates criticized his decision to take on the defense of the Defense of Marriage Act in court.
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Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Behind A Major Law Firm's Decision To Ditch Its Defense Of DOMA
Alicia Dennis / People.com:
Katie Couric: I Am Leaving CBS Evening News  —  After weeks of widespread speculation about her future, Katie Couric is finally ready to go on the record.  —  “I have decided to step down from the CBS Evening News,” Couric tells PEOPLE exclusively.  “I'm really proud of the talented team …
Wall Street Journal:
Financiers Switch to GOP  —  Hedge-Fund Titans Who Backed Democrats Open Their Wallets for Republicans  —  Hedge-fund managers made a big bet on Barack Obama and other Democrats in 2008.  Now, with the 2012 contest gearing up, some prominent fund managers have turned their backs on the party and are actively supporting Republicans.
Tdickens / WISGOP:
Dems Committing Fraud, Harassment in Green Bay  —  [Madison] - The Democrat Party of Wisconsin is using a fraudulent tactic to harass and intimidate constituents who favor recalling Democrat Senator Dave Hansen of Green Bay.  —  The Democratic Party has targeted for harassment people …
Patrick Seybold / PlayStation Blog:
Update on PlayStation Network and Qriocity  —  Thank you for your patience while we work to resolve the current outage of PlayStation Network & Qriocity services.  We are currently working to send a similar message to the one below via email to all of our registered account holders regarding …
Lisa M. Krieger / Mercury News:
SETI Institute to shut down alien-seeking radio dishes  —  If E.T. phones Earth, he'll get a “disconnect” signal.  —  Lacking the money to pay its operating expenses, Mountain View's SETI Institute has pulled the plug on the renowned Allen Telescope Array, a field of radio dishes that scan …
Foreign Policy:
More Than 1 Billion People Are Hungry in the World  —  But what if the experts are wrong?  —  For many in the West, poverty is almost synonymous with hunger.  Indeed, the announcement by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization in 2009 that more than 1 billion people are suffering …
Discussion: EconLog
Jesse Lee / White House.gov Blog:
President Obama to Congress: “I Hope We Can All Agree That, Instead of Continuing to Subsidize Yesterday's Energy Sources, We Need to Invest in Tomorrow's”  —  This afternoon the President wrote a letter to leaders of both parties in Congress on the subject of tax breaks for oil companies.
Alicia Mundy / Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Effort to Remove Drug CEO Jolts Firms  —  A government attempt to oust a longtime drug-company chief executive over his company's marketing violations is raising alarms in that industry and beyond about a potential expansion of federal involvement in the business world.
Kevin Bogardus / Ballot Box:
Firefighters union to stop federal-level campaign contributions  —  The International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) announced Tuesday it would stop giving political contributions to federal candidates and campaigns.  —  In a statement, IAFF General President Harold Schaitberger …
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and Don Surber
Susan Page / USA Today:
GOP's gamble on the budget pays off, so far  —  WASHINGTON — A new USA TODAY/Gallup Poll finds that House Republicans, who took a political risk in passing a controversial budget blueprint last week, have survived so far with some key advantages intact as Congress moves toward the debate …
Jamelle Bouie / American Prospect:
“The Confederacy is Cool!”  Says Large Number of Southern Republicans  —  For the last few weeks, Public Policy Polling has been questioning GOP voters in the South on a variety of issues, from their thoughts on Republican presidential candidates, to their views on interracial marriage.
Katie Thomas / New York Times:
College Teams, Relying on Deception, Undermine Gender Equity  —  Ever since Congress passed the federal gender-equity law known as Title IX, universities have opened their gyms and athletic fields to millions of women who previously did not have chances to play.
Jordan Fabian / Ballot Box:
Scott Brown gets Democratic challenger  —  Democratic activist Alan Khazei announced Tuesday that he will vie for his party's nomination to face Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown (R).  —  Khazei, co-founder of the non-profit group City Year, posted the announcement on his website and said he is holding a kickoff event in Boston.
Michelle Malkin:
Another life line for Death Row cop-killer Mumia abu Jamal  —  1980s Death Row cop-killer Mumia abu Jamal, darling of the progressive Left, will get yet another day in court: … Yes, they called him a “death row activist.”  —  Only marginally less obnoxious than when AFP called him a “human rights campaigner.”
 
 
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Jindal's big haul
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Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Berkley pulling closer to Heller
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
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Emma Brown / Washington Post:
‘Hub’ Schlafly, TV engineer who helped invent teleprompter, dies at 91
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Josh Gerstein / The Politico:
Wiretapping leak probe dropped
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Donald Trump Loves Jefferson Davis
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Hard Keynesianism in the European Union
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Matt Negrin / The Politico:
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Andrew Restuccia / The Hill:
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Matthew Yglesias / Yglesias:
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Joe Nocera / New York Times:
The Limits of School Reform
Discussion: Eduwonk and Firedoglake
Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:
Arizona governor: ‘Birther’ sentiment ‘leading our country down a path of destruction’