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8:00 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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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.
Maggie Haberman / The Politico:
Donald Trump: How did Barack Obama get into Ivies?
Alex Pareene / Salon:
Donald Trump's personal experience with questionable Ivy League admittance standards
Discussion: Wonkette and The Moderate Voice
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Knowledge Counts Pt. 3  —  I've noted several times that when it comes to issues like Medicare and Social Security, establishment journalism is most focused on whether political rhetoric is inflammatory than on whether it might be true.  Or put a different way, the details …
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Rick Klein / ABCNEWS:
Scare Tactics Dim Hopes of Medicare Compromise: ‘World News’ Political Insights  —  The “adult conversation” around Medicare reform has taken a detour in the land of adult diapers.  —  President Obama warned at the start of the great debate over spending and the role of government …
Discussion: CNN, The Politico and Ben Smith's Blog
Jennifer Haberkorn / The Politico:   Overflow crowds for Paul Ryan town halls
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
FACTS VS FEELINGS.... Democrats are, not surprisingly …
Discussion: Balloon Juice
The Note:
Boehner on Paul Ryan Budget: 'An Idea ... I'm Not Wedded to One Single Idea'
Discussion: Swampland and Washington Post
Mark Schlueb / Orlando Sentinel:
Dan Webster confronted by angry town hall crowd  —  (Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel / April 26, 2011)  —  A town hall meeting held in Orlando by U.S. Rep. Dan Webster degenerated into bedlam Tuesday, with members of the crowd shouting down the freshman Republican congressman and yelling at one another.
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Scott Keyes / ThinkProgress:
VIDEO: Bedlam Erupts At Town Hall In Orlando As GOP Rep. Defends Ending Medicare, Tax Breaks For Rich  —  ThinkProgress filed this report from a town hall in Orlando, FL.  —  During a town hall in Orlando earlier today, Rep. Daniel Webster (R-FL) faced a barrage of questions from outraged constituents about the Republican budget.
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?
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James Pethokoukis:
Why Paul Ryan could enter the 2012 presidential race  —  It's not just Bill Kristol, gang.  There's desire at the highest ranks of the Republican Party, according to my reporting and sources, to see House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan seek the 2012 presidential nomination.  Here's why:
Tdickens / WISGOP:
Dems Committing Fraud, Harassment in Green Bay  —  [Madison] - The Democrat Party of Wisconsin is using a fraudulent tactic to harass and intimidate constituents who favor recalling Democrat Senator Dave Hansen of Green Bay.  —  The Democratic Party has targeted for harassment people …
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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?
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Andrew Samwick / Capital Gains and Games blogs:
Moderates? 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: NetRight Daily
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Paul Krugman:
Raising the Medicare Age
Signorile / The Gist:
Conversation with a Birther  —  This call to the show from Winston in Alabama confirms why the birther conspiracy will never go away, a fascinating look at why crazy beliefs endure.  Even after all the facts were explained to Winston, and after he appeared to agree that the facts were right …
Josh Gerstein / The Politico:
Eric Holder rejects attacks on Paul Clement over DOMA defense  —  Attorney General Eric Holder is coming to the defense of former Solicitor General Paul Clement, after gay rights advocates criticized his decision to take on the defense of the Defense of Marriage Act in court.
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Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Behind A Major Law Firm's Decision To Ditch Its Defense Of DOMA
Alicia Dennis / People.com:
Katie Couric: I Am Leaving CBS Evening News  —  After weeks of widespread speculation about her future, Katie Couric is finally ready to go on the record.  —  “I have decided to step down from the CBS Evening News,” Couric tells PEOPLE exclusively.  “I'm really proud of the talented team …
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 …
Discussion: EconLog
Byron Tau / Ben Smith's Blog:
Jackson: Trump birth talk is race “code”  —  Rev. Jesse Jackson told POLITICO today that the birther movement is part of a larger pattern of rollbacks against civil rights and and an attack on the legitimacy of the nation's first African-American president — reserving special ire …
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: The Hill, Roll Call, Wonk Room and Eschaton
Patrick Seybold / PlayStation Blog:
Update on PlayStation Network and Qriocity  —  Thank you for your patience while we work to resolve the current outage of PlayStation Network & Qriocity services.  We are currently working to send a similar message to the one below via email to all of our registered account holders regarding …
Ben Birnbaum / Washington Times:
Giuliani leaving ‘door open’ to White House run  —  Former New York Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani told The Washington Times on Tuesday that he is keeping “the door open” to a 2012 presidential bid, saying he might jump into the race if he believes the other candidates are unelectable.
Lisa M. Krieger / Mercury News:
SETI Institute to shut down alien-seeking radio dishes  —  If E.T. phones Earth, he'll get a “disconnect” signal.  —  Lacking the money to pay its operating expenses, Mountain View's SETI Institute has pulled the plug on the renowned Allen Telescope Array, a field of radio dishes that scan …
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.
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.
Maura Dolan / Los Angeles Times:
Proposition 8 supporters say ruling should be voided  —  A group opposed to gay marriage says Judge Vaughn R. Walker should have disclosed that he was in a long-term same-sex relationship and recused himself from presiding over the Proposition 8 case.  —  Vaughn R. Walker presided over a 12 …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Google Survey: 39 Percent Of Smartphone Owners Use Their Devices In The Bathroom  —  Google recently commissioned a survey (in partnership with market research firm Ipsos OTX) to gain insight into the usage and behavior of U.S. consumers with regard to their smartphones.
Benjamin Weinthal / Weekly Standard:
Europeans Blame Israel for Murders Committed by Islamists  —  Berlin—Many European reactions to the recent murders by radical Islamists of pro- Palestinian Israeli filmmaker Juliano Mer-Khamis and Italian activist Vittorio Arrigoni replicate the typical recurrence of the same …
Kevin Bogardus / Ballot Box:
Firefighters union to stop federal-level campaign contributions  —  The International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) announced Tuesday it would stop giving political contributions to federal candidates and campaigns.  —  In a statement, IAFF General President Harold Schaitberger …
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and Don Surber
 
 
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Wayne Allyn Root / Washington Times:
The Marxist in the mirror  —  Obama publicly declares war on capitalism
Jordan Fabian / Ballot Box:
Ron Paul officially announces 2012 presidential exploratory committee
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CNN:
Jindal's big haul
Discussion: Cubachi and Liberty Pundits Blog
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Berkley pulling closer to Heller
Discussion: Swing State Project and Ballot Box
Emma Brown / Washington Post:
‘Hub’ Schlafly, TV engineer who helped invent teleprompter, dies at 91
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and The Note
Jesse Lee / White House.gov Blog:
President Obama to Congress: “I Hope We Can All Agree That, Instead of Continuing to Subsidize …
James Richardson / Guardian:
Haley Barbour, the GOP's best candidate not to run | James Richardson
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Jamelle Bouie / American Prospect:
“The Confederacy is Cool!” Says Large Number of Southern Republicans
Alyssa Rosenberg / Yglesias:
Donald Trump Loves Jefferson Davis
Discussion: The Blaze
Matt Negrin / The Politico:
For local TV, 7 minutes in heaven
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Michelle Malkin
Matthew Yglesias / Yglesias:
Reducing Health Costs With Voluntary Death Panels
Discussion: Sister Toldjah and Weasel Zippers
Joe Nocera / New York Times:
The Limits of School Reform
Discussion: Eduwonk and Firedoglake
Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:
Arizona governor: ‘Birther’ sentiment ‘leading our country down a path of destruction’