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10:30 AM ET, April 26, 2011

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Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
Trump claims Obama birth certificate ‘missing’  —  Washington (CNN) - Real estate mogul Donald Trump's latest claim about President Obama's birth certificate is that it's missing.  —  “Well I've been told very recently, Anderson, that the birth certificate is missing,” Trump told CNN's Anderson Cooper Monday.
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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.
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and The Page
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 …
Lucy Madison / CBS News:
Trump: How did Obama get into the Ivy League?
Discussion: Mediaite and AMERICAblog News
John / Power Line:
The Left Politicizes the Practice of Law  —  One of the saddest stories in the news today is King & Spalding's withdrawal, after only a week, from its representation of the U.S. House of Representatives in connection with the Defense of Marriage Act.  —  In February, Barack Obama's Department …
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Michael D. Shear / New York Times:
Law Firm Won't Defend Marriage Act  —  WASHINGTON — The law firm hired by Republicans in the House of Representatives to defend the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act withdrew Monday amid pressure from gay-rights groups.  The decision prompted the resignation of a prominent partner …
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Pressure from Left causes law firm to abdicate responsibility
Discussion: Betsy's Page and Ben Smith's Blog
Washington Post:
High gas prices cut into driving habits — and Obama's approval rating  —  Soaring gasoline prices are biting into household incomes and nibbling at Americans' fuel consumption — and support for President Obama, according to a Washington Post-ABC News poll.
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The Politico:
Why Haley Barbour pulled the plug  —  Haley Barbour had his presidential announcement plan lined up: A May 2 launch, followed by a fly-around to Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, Nevada and Florida, before winding up in in Jackson on Saturday the 7th for a big home-state fundraising bash.
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Governor Haley Barbour:
STATEMENT OF GOV. BARBOUR  —  “I will not be a candidate for president next year.  This has been a difficult, personal decision, and I am very grateful to my family for their total support of my going forward, had that been what I decided.  —  “Hundreds of people have encouraged me to run …
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
With Barbour out, new questions for 2012 Republican field
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.
Cameron Joseph / NationalJournal.com:
Ron Paul Launches Presidential Campaign  —  Rep. Ron Paul's long-held advocacy of smaller government and less taxes has made him a tea party hero.  —  Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, whose outspoken libertarian views and folksy style made him a cult hero during two previous presidential campaigns …
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Tanya Somanader / ThinkProgress:
Allen West: Liberal Women Are ‘Neutering American Men’  —  Last week, Tea Party favorite Rep. Allen West (R-FL) addressed his base at a Women Impacting Nation (WIN) meeting in Boca Raton, FL.  WIN's mission is to “educate and equip women with knowledge of God's truth” and …
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?
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Messina: Obama 2012 will be run as ‘an insurgent campaign’ — Barbour feared race about race that GOP couldn't win - Boehner to Obama: ‘Grow up’ — Marc Short joins Team Koch - Rob Collins free agent  —  Good Tuesday morning.  Mississippi Gov. HALEY BARBOUR's decision not to seek …
Discussion: msnbc.com and Taegan Goddard's …
Hadley Freeman / Guardian:
Rachel Maddow: 'I'm definitely not an autocutie'  —  The top US news anchor on why she prefers jokes to anger and why she is proud to be gay  —  It's 10.05pm on a rainy Tuesday night in the MSNBC studio in the now famous New York address, 30 Rock, and Rachel Maddow - one of the highest profile news anchors …
David Corn / Mother Jones:
White House to Franklin Graham: You're “Preposterous”  —  After the evangelist (and son of legendary Billy Graham) played the birther card on ABC, Jay Carney curtly notes that he abused Easter Sunday.  —  Post Comment  —  The day after Easter, the Obama White House took a shot …
Discussion: Daily Kos
Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:
Arizona governor: ‘Birther’ sentiment ‘leading our country down a path of destruction’  —  Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (R), who vetoed a bill last week that would have required presidential candidates to prove they were born in the U.S. to get on the state's ballot, implored members of her party Monday to move on.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
New York Times:
Public Pensions, Once Off Limits, Face Budget Cuts  —  When an arbitrator ruled this month that Detroit could reduce the pensions being earned by its police sergeants and lieutenants, it put the struggling city at the forefront of a growing national debate over whether the pensions of current public workers can or should be reduced.
Sara Jerome / The Hill:
House Republicans question Google, Apple on consumer privacy  —  House Republicans on the Energy and Commerce Committee raised concerns about consumer privacy policies at major technology companies in the aftermath of reports that smart phones collect, store, and sometimes even transmit data about users' whereabouts.
Benjamin Wallace-Wells / New York Magazine:
What's Left of the Left  —  Paul Krugman's lonely crusade.  —  If you are looking not only for clues into Barack Obama's character but for a definition of what his presidency will mean to the country, then the speech on fiscal policy that he delivered at George Washington University …
Discussion: Washington Post and Mother Jones
ESPN:
Judge ends lockout; owners file appeal  —  MINNEAPOLIS — Seven weeks into the NFL lockout, players have an early triumph over the owners in court.  —  U.S. District Judge Susan Richard Nelson ordered an immediate end to the lockout Monday, siding with the players in their bitter fight …
Susie Madrak / Crooks and Liars:
Joint Chiefs Staffers Issue Paper Saying America Has Overreacted To Islamic Extremism  —  Hmm.  As I was just saying recently, imagine if we as a country defined national security as the health, well-being, education and gainful employment of our citizens, and not as the ability to deliver bombs on targets.
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Suburban Guerrilla
Daily Mail:
The end of the line: Last typewriter factory left in the world closes its doors  —  It's an invention that revolutionised the way we work, becoming an essential piece of office equipment for the best part of a century.  —  But after years of sterling service, that bane for secretaries has reached the end of the line.
Brian / Right Wing Watch:
Robertson: Left Backs Abortion Rights To Make Straight Women More Like Lesbians  —  Pat Robertson has figured out why President Obama supports the funding of Planned Parenthood and believes in a woman's right to choose: because progressives want women to have abortions as a way to achieve equality for lesbians.
Telegraph:
WikiLeaks: Guantánamo Bay terrorists radicalised in London to attack Western targets  —  At least 35 terrorists incarcerated at Guantánamo Bay were sent to fight against the West after being indoctrinated by extremist preachers in Britain, secret files obtained by The Daily Telegraph disclose.
Scott Wilson / Washington Post:
Syrian tanks, soldiers lay siege to southern towns  —  View Photo Gallery — Funeral for Lt. Fadi Ismail in Jableh, coastal city on the Mediterranean, following days of unrest.  Demonstrations are part of recent shows of political strength throughout North Africa and the Middle East.  (Getty Images).
Discussion: Hot Air and Outside the Beltway
 
 
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John Stossel:
Where Did All the Anti-War Protestors Go?  —  The anti-war movement …
Discussion: Wizbang
Dina ElBoghdady / Washington Post:
Affordable rental housing scarce in U.S., study finds
Discussion: Wonk Room and Calculated Risk
Brian X. Chen / Gadget Lab:
Customers Sue Apple Over iPhone Location-Data Collection
Joe Scarborough / Reuters:
Cameron's rise offers clues for D.C.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Paul Krugman:
John Taylor and the Zombies
Discussion: The New Republic
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Romney: Unemployment will get Obama ‘tossed from ofice’
Discussion: Fox News and CNN
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
DCCC chairman: Targeting Republicans on Ryan plan will win back seniors and independents
Discussion: Ballot Box and JammieWearingFool
Alexis Tereszcuk / RADAR:
Levi Johnston Tell-All To Have ‘Good Stuff’ About Sarah Palin
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Holly Watt / Telegraph:
Wikileaks: British aid budget funded key aide to al-Qaeda
Discussion: Jihad Watch
Marc Lacey / New York Times:
Crowd to Join as Giffords Views Shuttle Launching
Cristina Rendon / KRGV-TV:
Improvised Explosive Device Discovered On An Overpass In Brownsville
n+1:
Bad Education  —  Image: Plans for a new athletic center at Ithaca College.
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Obama campaign manager: 2008 model won't be enough to win second term