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11:05 AM 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.
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and The Page
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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.
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?  —  Donald Trump on Monday suggested he had broadened the scope of his investigation regarding President Obama's background, arguing that - in addition to making inquiries into Mr. Obama's citizenship - he was “looking into” the president's college career.
Discussion: Mediaite and AMERICAblog News
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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Dan Balz / Washington Post:
With Barbour out, new questions for 2012 Republican field
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
On the Largely Irrelevant News About Barbour Not Running for President
Discussion: GOP 12 and Democracy in America
Governor Haley Barbour:
STATEMENT OF GOV. BARBOUR  —  “I will not be a candidate for president next year.
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 …
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Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Pressure from Left causes law firm to abdicate responsibility
Discussion: Betsy's Page and Ben Smith's Blog
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.
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?
Jake Sherman / The Politico:
Boehner: No promises on debt vote  —  GREENVILLE, Ohio —Speaker John Boehner won't guarantee a vote on raising the debt limit, the latest threat in an increasingly high stakes game of chicken with the White House over whether Congress will inch closer to letting the nation default on its credit.
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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.
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.
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Bob Braun:
Expert with ties to N.J. says if pensions aren't protected, nation will suffer
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
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 …
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
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.
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: Yglesias and Mother Jones
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
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Wonk Room and AMERICAblog News
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 …
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 …
Dina ElBoghdady / Washington Post:
Affordable rental housing scarce in U.S., study finds  —  The share of renters who spend more than half their income on housing is at its highest level in half a century and it's no longer just low-income tenants who are feeling the pain, according to a Harvard University study scheduled for release Tuesday.
Discussion: Wonk Room and Calculated Risk
 
 
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George Russell / Fox News:
Former Obama Adviser Van Jones Helping to Push ‘Human’ Rights for Mother Nature
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John Stossel:
Where Did All the Anti-War Protestors Go?  —  The anti-war movement …
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Brian X. Chen / Gadget Lab:
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Joe Scarborough / Reuters:
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Paul Krugman:
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Susie Madrak / Crooks and Liars:
Joint Chiefs Staffers Issue Paper Saying America Has Overreacted To Islamic Extremism
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Sara Jerome / The Hill:
House Republicans question Google, Apple on consumer privacy
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Gas Pump Activism
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Bad Education  —  Image: Plans for a new athletic center at Ithaca College.