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3:30 PM ET, April 26, 2011

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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?
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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.
Lauraklairmont / CNN:
RNC Chairman dismisses birther talk  —  Washington (CNN) - Donald Trump has spent weeks raising questions about President Barack Obama's birth certificate, but Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus said Tuesday that so-called “birther” claims are a distraction from more pressing issues facing the nation.
Ta-Nehisi Coates / The Atlantic Online:
Fact-Checking's Got Nothing To Do With It  —  Again, via Gawker, (hey, when you're hot...) CNN launches yet another investigation of Obama's birth-certificate, revealing—again— that Obama was born in Hawaii.  Expect this investigation to convince about four people, total.
Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:
Arizona governor: ‘Birther’ sentiment ‘leading our country down a path of destruction’
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
RNC chairman says he doesn't worry about ‘birthers’ in GOP
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 …
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Susan Page / USA Today:
GOP's gamble on the budget pays off, so far  —  WASHINGTON — A new USA TODAY/Gallup Poll finds that House Republicans, who took a political risk in passing a controversial budget blueprint last week, have survived so far with some key advantages intact as Congress moves toward the debate …
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  —  Jonathan Cohn rightly slams a little-noticed feature of the Republican plan — a rise in the Medicare eligibility age.  —  In general, the fervor with which Washington types call for raising eligibility ages is a “tell”: it shows how disconnected they are from the way the other half lives (and dies).
Discussion: The Raw Story and The New Republic
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?
Discussion: Yglesias and Economist's View
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.
Jesse Lee / White House.gov Blog:
President Obama to Congress: “I Hope We Can All Agree That, Instead of Continuing to Subsidize Yesterday's Energy Sources, We Need to Invest in Tomorrow's”  —  This afternoon the President wrote a letter to leaders of both parties in Congress on the subject of tax breaks for oil companies.
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JoAnne Allen / Reuters:
Boehner opens door to cutting U.S. oil tax breaks
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?
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 and Eschaton
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Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Sen. Manchin breaks with Democratic leaders, backs strict spending caps
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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Michael D. Shear / New York Times:
Law Firm Won't Defend Marriage Act
Emma Brown / Washington Post:
‘Hub’ Schlafly, TV engineer who helped invent teleprompter, dies at 91  —  Hubert J.  “Hub” Schlafly Jr., a television engineer who aided countless politicians and performers when he helped invent the scrolling public-speaking crutch known as a teleprompter, died April 20 of undisclosed causes …
Discussion: The Note and Weasel Zippers
James Richardson / Guardian:
Haley Barbour, the GOP's best candidate not to run |  James Richardson  —  My boss's decision not to pursue the 2012 Republican nomination is a big disappointment - to many Americans  —  Just as the campaign season was squared to launch in earnest, the rumoured Republican presidential primary field lost …
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.
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: Pajamas Media and Hot Air
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.”
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.
Thom Shanker / New York Times:
NATO Says It Is Stepping Up Attacks on Libya Targets  —  WASHINGTON — NATO planners say the allies are stepping up attacks on palaces, headquarters, communications centers and other prominent institutions supporting the Libyan government in a further attempt to weaken Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi's grip …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Balloon Juice
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.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Joe Nocera / New York Times:
The Limits of School Reform  —  I find myself haunted by a 13-year-old boy named Saquan Townsend.  It's been more than two weeks since he was featured in The New York Times Magazine, yet I can't get him out of my mind.  —  The article, by Jonathan Mahler, was about the heroic efforts …
Discussion: Firedoglake and Eduwonk
Matt Negrin / The Politico:
For local TV, 7 minutes in heaven … No comments yet.  Be the first!
Discussion: Michelle Malkin and Weasel Zippers
Jordan Fabian / Ballot Box:
Scott Brown gets Democratic challenger  —  Democratic activist Alan Khazei announced Tuesday that he will vie for his party's nomination to face Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown (R).  —  Khazei, co-founder of the non-profit group City Year, posted the announcement on his website and said he is holding a kickoff event in Boston.
Jamelle Bouie / American Prospect:
“The Confederacy is Cool!”  Says Large Number of Southern Republicans  —  For the last few weeks, Public Policy Polling has been questioning GOP voters in the South on a variety of issues, from their thoughts on Republican presidential candidates, to their views on interracial marriage.
 
 
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Lisa Leff / Associated Press:
Judge's relationship at issue in gay marriage case
Discussion: Firedoglake
Josh Gerstein / The Politico:
Wiretapping leak probe dropped
Discussion: Atlas Shrugs and Emptywheel
Alyssa Rosenberg / Yglesias:
Donald Trump Loves Jefferson Davis
Discussion: The Blaze
Henry / Crooked Timber:
Hard Keynesianism in the European Union
Discussion: Yglesias and The Atlantic Online
Michael A. Fletcher / Washington Post:
States face $1.26 trillion shortfall in funds to pay retiree benefits
Discussion: The Foundry and Swampland
Andrew Restuccia / The Hill:
'I'm a Shell Oil creation,' says EPA chief
Foreign Policy:
More Than 1 Billion People Are Hungry in the World
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John Tierney / New York Times:
A Generation's Vanity, Heard Through Lyrics
Discussion: The Agonist
John Stossel:
Where Did All the Anti-War Protestors Go?  —  The anti-war movement …
Discussion: Wizbang
Lucy Madison / CBS News:
Trump: How did Obama get into the Ivy League?
Discussion: Mediaite and AMERICAblog News
Daily Mail:
The end of the line: Last typewriter factory left in the world closes its doors
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Messina: Obama 2012 will be run as ‘an insurgent campaign’ …
Discussion: msnbc.com
Benjamin Wallace-Wells / New York Magazine:
What's Left of the Left  —  Paul Krugman's lonely crusade.
David Corn / Mother Jones:
White House to Franklin Graham: You're “Preposterous”
Discussion: Firedoglake, ABCNEWS and Daily Kos