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9:15 PM ET, April 26, 2011

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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:
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 …
Jennifer Haberkorn / The Politico:
Overflow crowds for Paul Ryan town halls
Discussion: ABCNEWS
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
FACTS VS FEELINGS.... Democrats are, not surprisingly …
Discussion: Balloon Juice
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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Scott Keyes / ThinkProgress:
VIDEO: Bedlam Erupts At Town Hall In Orlando As GOP Rep. Defends Ending Medicare, Tax Breaks For Rich  —  ThinkProgress filed this report from a town hall in Orlando, FL.  —  During a town hall in Orlando earlier today, Rep. Daniel Webster (R-FL) faced a barrage of questions from outraged constituents about the Republican budget.
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
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 …
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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?
WCAX-TV:
Vt. Senate approves single-payer plan  —  The Vermont Senate gave final approval to health care reform legislation Tuesday.  —  The vote came after lengthy debate on amendments— many of them aimed at making the bill more palatable for businesses.  Republicans introduced several amendments …
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Zaid Jilani / ThinkProgress:   The Vermont Senate Passes Bill Establishing A Single Payer Health Care System In The State
Jonathan Karl / ABCNEWS:
President Obama Urges Congress to Eliminate Oil Company Subsidies  —  President Obama sent a letter to Congressional leaders today, saying he was “heartened” by House Speaker John Boehner's statement that he was willing to consider cutting multi-billion dollar subsidies to oil companies, and urging lawmakers to act.
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Jesse Lee / White House.gov Blog:
President Obama to Congress: “I Hope We Can All Agree That, Instead of Continuing to Subsidize …
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
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Don't laugh at Paul  —  Ron Paul's not as big of a joke as people think.  —  Do I think he has a serious chance at the Republican nomination?  Not really.  But I think he could play a much bigger role in the race than people might expect.  Consider some of these recent poll numbers:
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Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Trump, Huckabee tie in West Virginia
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 …
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Behind A Major Law Firm's Decision To Ditch Its Defense Of DOMA  —  When the Atlanta-based law firm King & Spalding announced on April 18 that it would represent the Republican-controlled House of Representatives and defend the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act …
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Josh Gerstein / The Politico:
Eric Holder rejects attacks on Paul Clement over DOMA defense
Alex Pareene / Salon:
Donald Trump's personal experience with questionable Ivy League admittance standards  —  Donald Trump added a blatantly race-baiting component to his already racially charged campaign against Barack Obama's Americanness this week when he claimed — based on things he's “heard” — that Obama was a …
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
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 …
Sarah Palin / Facebook:
America Deserves Libya Explanation  —  Please make up your mind, Mr. President.  You can't vacillate when spending America's human and fiscal resources in yet another foreign country without good reason.  You said that Libyan leader Gaddafi has got to go.  Many of us heard that as your call to action and agreed, “Okay, you're right.
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 …
Byron Tau / Ben Smith's Blog:
Jackson: Trump birth talk is race “code”  —  Rev. Jesse Jackson told POLITICO today that the birther movement is part of a larger pattern of rollbacks against civil rights and and an attack on the legitimacy of the nation's first African-American president — reserving special ire …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Wayne Allyn Root / Washington Times:
The Marxist in the mirror  —  Obama publicly declares war on capitalism  —  It's official.  President Obama has declared war on capitalism, which is funny because he never officially declared war on Libya.  But our fearless Marxist-in-chief reserves a special brand of hatred for capitalism, entrepreneurship and rich people.
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
MANCHIN KNOWS NOT OF WHAT HE SPEAKS.... Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), after about six months on the job, has struggled at times, occasionally badly.  But on fiscal issues, the center-right Democrat appears to be getting worse.  —  Today, Machin will formally endorse a Republican proposal …
Discussion: Roll Call, The Hill, Wonk Room and Eschaton
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 …
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.
Jan Crawford / CBS News:
GOP pollster: Trump “very serious” about 2012 bid  —  Billionaire Donald Trump laughs while speaking to a crowd at the 2011 Palm Beach County Tax Day Tea Party on April 16, 2011 at Sanborn Square in Boca Raton, Florida.  (Credit: John W. Adkisson/Getty Images)
Discussion: Hot Air and Taegan Goddard's …
 
 
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Hal G.P. Colebatch / American Spectator:
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Benjamin Weinthal / Weekly Standard:
Europeans Blame Israel for Murders Committed by Islamists
Bernie Becker / The Hill:
Geithner: Debt-ceiling debate is ‘ridiculous’
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Jindal's big haul
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Kevin Bogardus / Ballot Box:
Firefighters union to stop federal-level campaign contributions
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Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Berkley pulling closer to Heller
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Google Survey: 39 Percent Of Smartphone Owners Use Their Devices In The Bathroom
Jamelle Bouie / American Prospect:
“The Confederacy is Cool!” Says Large Number of Southern Republicans
Jordan Fabian / Ballot Box:
Scott Brown gets Democratic challenger
Katie Thomas / New York Times:
College Teams, Relying on Deception, Undermine Gender Equity