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12:50 PM ET, April 26, 2011

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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.
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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?
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 …
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.
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
RNC chairman says he doesn't worry about ‘birthers’ in GOP
Discussion: The Politico and CNN
Lucy Madison / CBS News:
Trump: How did Obama get into the Ivy League?
Discussion: Mediaite and AMERICAblog News
Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:
Arizona governor: ‘Birther’ sentiment ‘leading our country down a path of destruction’
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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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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.
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:
Discussion: LewRockwell.com Blog
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Andy Barr / The Politico:
Ron Paul ‘exploring’ W.H. bid
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: Paul Krugman and The Raw Story
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Benjamin Wallace-Wells / New York Magazine:
What's Left of the Left  —  Paul Krugman's lonely crusade.
CREW:
Pork Parade Rep. Rogers' Neighborhood  —  Rep. Hal Rogers (R-KY), the Prince of Pork, has publicly sworn off earmarking, even if it hurts his district.  Nevertheless, CREW has found other ways Rep. Rogers has steered millions of federal dollars to a complicated web of pet recipients.
Discussion: Washington Wire
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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?
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.
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 …
Matthew Yglesias / Yglesias:
Reducing Health Costs With Voluntary Death Panels  —  Andrew Sullivan notes that if people were a little more responsible about planning for our own demise that this could reduce health care spending: … Of course put in terms of “everyone” it's creepy and totalitarian.
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.
Discussion: Feministing, Althouse and Balloon Juice
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 …
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 …
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.”
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Sen. Manchin breaks with leaders, backs strict spending caps  —  Freshman Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) on Tuesday announced his support for strict spending caps that put him at odds with his party's leadership and President Obama.  —  Manchin told an audience in South Charleston …
Karen Gullo / Bloomberg:
Apple Accused in Suit of Tracking IPad, IPhone User Location  —  Apple Inc. (AAPL) was accused of invasion of privacy and computer fraud by two customers who claim in a lawsuit that the company is secretly recording movements of iPhone and iPad users.  —  Vikram Ajjampur, an iPhone user in Florida …
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Brian X. Chen / Gadget Lab:
Customers Sue Apple Over iPhone Location-Data Collection
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.
Amanda Terkel / The Huffington Post:
Paul LePage Voices Support For Loosening Maine's Child Labor Laws … Paul Lepage , Child Labor , Child Labor Laws , Maine Child Labor , Maine Child Labor Laws , Maine Women's Lobby , Paul Lepage Child Labor Laws , Paul Lepage Maine , Paul Lepage Maine Governor , Politics News
Discussion: Main Street and Daily Kos
David Catanese / The Politico:
Florida pol follows Rubio's lead  —  He's a young, little-known former state lawmaker who is steadily piling up praise from the chattering class as the most authentic conservative candidate in the race for Florida's Senate seat.  —  Adam Hasner announced his candidacy on Mark Levin's …
Discussion: National Review
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.
Discussion: protein wisdom
Eugene Robinson / Washington Post:
Eugene Robinson  —  The word most politicians ignore: Jobs  —  What is it about the word “jobs” that our nation's leaders fail to understand?  How has the most painful economic crisis in decades somehow escaped their notice?  Why do they ignore the issues that Americans care most desperately about?
James M. Dubik / New York Times:
Finish the Job  —  PRESIDENT OBAMA insists that protecting civilians is the only military objective in Libya and air power is the only means we will use to achieve it.  But the Libyan government's attacks on civilians continue, and air power alone will not stop them.
Discussion: The Nation and Outside the Beltway
 
 
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Susan Page / USA Today:
GOP's gamble on the budget pays off, so far
Discussion: AmSpecBlog
Joe Nocera / New York Times:
The Limits of School Reform
Discussion: Firedoglake and Eduwonk
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
Paul Krugman:
John Taylor and the Zombies
New York Times:
Public Pensions, Once Off Limits, Face Budget Cuts
 Earlier Items: 
Susie Madrak / Crooks and Liars:
Joint Chiefs Staffers Issue Paper Saying America Has Overreacted To Islamic Extremism
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Suburban Guerrilla
Sara Jerome / The Hill:
House Republicans question Google, Apple on consumer privacy
David Corn / Mother Jones:
White House to Franklin Graham: You're “Preposterous”
Discussion: Daily Kos