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2:55 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?
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
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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Dennis Cauchon / USA Today:
Americans depend more on federal aid than ever
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's … and Fox News
Matthew Yglesias / Yglesias:
Reducing Health Costs With Voluntary Death Panels
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Paul Krugman:
Raising the Medicare Age
Discussion: The Raw Story and The New Republic
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 …
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: Economist's View
Alyssa Rosenberg / Yglesias:
Donald Trump Loves Jefferson Davis  —  Or at least, his retirement home.  I'm doing some digging into Republican candidates' positions on and involvement in the arts, so on a whim, I Nexised “Donald Trump donated.”  Turns out the Donald ponied up $25,000 for the post-Katrina restoration of Beauvoir …
Discussion: The Blaze
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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.
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
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?
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
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 …
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.
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Jay Bookman
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CREW:
Pork Parade Rep. Rogers' Neighborhood
Discussion: Washington Wire
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.
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.”
Andrew Restuccia / The Hill:
'I'm a Shell Oil creation,' says EPA chief  —  EPA chief Lisa Jackson said Tuesday that Shell Oil — which has butted heads with the Environmental Protection Agency over a range of issues — financed her undergraduate education.  —  The company gave Jackson a scholarship to Tulane University, where she got her undergraduate degree.
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
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
 
 
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JoAnne Allen / Reuters:
Boehner opens door to cutting U.S. oil tax breaks
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
Jordan Fabian / Ballot Box:
Scott Brown gets Democratic challenger
Maura Dolan / Los Angeles Times:
Proposition 8 supporters say ruling should be voided
Foreign Policy:
More Than 1 Billion People Are Hungry in the World
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James M. Dubik / New York Times:
Finish the Job  —  PRESIDENT OBAMA insists that protecting civilians …
Discussion: The Nation and Outside the Beltway
John Stossel:
Where Did All the Anti-War Protestors Go?  —  The anti-war movement …
Discussion: Wizbang
Paul Krugman:
John Taylor and the Zombies
Daily Mail:
The end of the line: Last typewriter factory left in the world closes its doors
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