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12:15 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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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 …
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?
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
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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Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Behind A Major Law Firm's Decision To Ditch Its Defense Of DOMA
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.
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.
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Ron Paul ‘exploring’ W.H. bid  —  Ron Paul will move one step closer to a long-shot presidential bid Tuesday, when he announces the formation of an exploratory committee in Iowa.  —  The Texas congressman confirmed his plans Monday night on Fox News, after news reports of his plans …
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David Weigel / Slate:   Ron Paul Will Launch Presidential Exploratory Committee Tomorrow
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
RNC chairman says he doesn't worry about ‘birthers’ in GOP  —  Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairman Reince Priebus said that concerns within his party about President Obama's birthplace don't concern him, because he has more important things to worry about.
Discussion: The Politico
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Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:
Arizona governor: ‘Birther’ sentiment ‘leading our country down a path of destruction’
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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.
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?
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
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
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
On the Largely Irrelevant News About Barbour Not Running for President  —  I haven't spent very much time writing about Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour, who announced today that he would not be a candidate for president.  But the record will show that I noted both directly and indirectly …
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Dan Balz / Washington Post:
With Barbour out, new questions for 2012 Republican field
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 …
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.
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 better 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 …
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 …
John Bresnahan / The Politico:
Hal Rogers's ‘empire’ of nonprofits under scrutiny  —  Rep. Hal Rogers (R-Ky.), the new chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, has funneled more than $236 million in federal funds since 2000 to a web of nonprofit groups he created back home in the Bluegrass State, according to a new report by an ethics watchdog group.
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
 
 
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Joe Nocera / New York Times:
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James M. Dubik / New York Times:
Finish the Job  —  PRESIDENT OBAMA insists that protecting civilians …
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Eugene Robinson / Washington Post:
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John Stossel:
Where Did All the Anti-War Protestors Go?  —  The anti-war movement …
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Dina ElBoghdady / Washington Post:
Affordable rental housing scarce in U.S., study finds
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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
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Suburban Guerrilla
David Corn / Mother Jones:
White House to Franklin Graham: You're “Preposterous”
Discussion: Daily Kos
Holly Watt / Telegraph:
Wikileaks: British aid budget funded key aide to al-Qaeda
Discussion: Jihad Watch
Cristina Rendon / KRGV-TV:
Improvised Explosive Device Discovered On An Overpass In Brownsville