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Douglas Stanglin / USA Today:
AP: Panetta to take over Pentagon, Petraeus picked for CIA chief  —  CIA director Leon Panetta will be named to succeed Robert Gates as secretary of defense and Gen. David Petraeus will be nominated to replace him as CIA director, The Associated Press reports, quoting unidentified sources.
Discussion: Washington Post and Oliver Willis
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David Jackson / USA Today:
AP: Panetta to Pentagon, Petraeus to CIA  —  AP is reporting that President Obama is planning to make major changes to his national security team.  —  CIA Director Leon Panetta is slated to move to the Pentagon to be Defense Secretary, while Afghanistan commander David Petraeus would be nominated …
Jennifer Epstein / The Politico:
Panetta to succeed Gates at Defense Secretary  —  The long-awaited shakeup of President Barack Obama's national security advisers could be about to get under way, as reports indicate that he'll announce picks to fill the top jobs at the Pentagon and the Central Intelligence Agency.
Discussion: The Page
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Report: Obama's new Afghanistan ambassador is ... Bush's old Iraq ambassador  —  That would be Ryan Crocker, of course.  Please don't confuse him with David Petraeus, Obama's top Afghanistan commander who used to be ... Bush's top Iraq commander.  Or with Robert Gates …
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Reports: Panetta to be tapped for Pentagon, Petraeus for CIA  —  CIA Director Leon Panetta will be nominated to head the Defense Department and Gen. David Petraeus is the pick to replace him at the intelligence agency, according to reports Wednesday.  —  The Associated Press and ABC News reported the news, citing anonymous sources.
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.
Dan Eggenand T.W. Farnam / Washington Post:
Trump's donation history shows Democratic favoritism  —  Billionaire Donald J. Trump, an early presidential favorite among tea party activists, has a highly unusual history of political contributions for a prospective Republican candidate: He has given most of his money to the other side.
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Michael Falcone / ABCNEWS:
Donald Trump Parachutes Into New Hampshire for Whirlwind Visit
Discussion: The Note
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:
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Jennifer Haberkorn / The Politico:
Overflow crowds for Paul Ryan town halls
Discussion: Prairie Weather, The Note and CNN
The Politico:
Paul Ryan's plan puts 2012 elderly vote in play
Discussion: New York Times and ABCNEWS
Ben Evansky / Fox News:
Despite Reports of Brutality Toward Civilians, Syria to Join U.N.'s Human Rights Council  —  Oct. 2: Syrian President Bashar Assad, right, gestures, after he is awarded with Iran's highest national medal by his Iranian counterpart Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, in Tehran, Iran.
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BBC:
Libya: UN team to start probe of human rights abuses
Discussion: Sky Dancing and Guardian
The Shark Tank:
Allen West- “You're Not Going to Intimidate Me”, Heckler Arrested at Townhall  —  Immediately after Allen West took the stage at his Town Hall meeting on Tuesday Evening in Fort Lauderdale, several hecklers who were planted in the crowd began to jeer and interrupt his remarks …
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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Christian Heinze / The Hill:
Mitt Romney's primary problem  —  Mitt Romney is seizing the right kind of momentum at the wrong kind of time.  —  Over the past month, the former governor of Massachusetts has seen a dramatic rise in general-election match-ups with President Obama, even as he continues to underwhelm in GOP primary polls.
Discussion: AnyoneButMitt.com
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Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Trump, Huckabee tie in West Virginia
Zaid Jilani / ThinkProgress:
The Vermont Senate Passes Bill Establishing A Single Payer Health Care System In The State  —  As ThinkProgress previously reported, the Vermont legislature, led by Gov. Peter Shumlin (D), has been considering a proposal to establish some sort of single payer health care system …
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WCAX-TV:
Vt. Senate approves single-payer plan
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
FACTS VS FEELINGS.... Democrats are, not surprisingly, hammering Republicans over the GOP budget proposal, with most of the attacks focused on the Republican plan to end Medicare and replace it with a privatized voucher system.  —  The typical Republican response is that Dems are relying on “scare tactics.”
Discussion: Balloon Juice
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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Knowledge Counts Pt. 3
Discussion: The Politico
Dan Riehl / Big Government:
College Course: US Flag Is Racist, How-To Defeat America In Iraq And Afghanistan  —  While claiming the American flag represents racism and discussing today's Progressive Movement's efforts to defeat America both at home and abroad, including on the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan to help …
The Hill:
White House seizes on Boehner's words  —  President Obama seized on a rare opening by Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and urged Congress to eliminate subsidies for major oil companies.  —  With voters anxious over rising gas prices, the president fired off a letter Tuesday calling on congressional leaders to …
Discussion: The Note
Sarah Palin / Facebook:
America Deserves Libya Explanation  —  Please make up your mind, Mr. President.  You can't vacillate when spending America's human and fiscal resources in yet another foreign country without good reason.  You said that Libyan leader Gaddafi has got to go.  Many of us heard that as your call to action and agreed, “Okay, you're right.
Alex Pareene / Salon:
Donald Trump's personal experience with questionable Ivy League admittance standards  —  Donald Trump added a blatantly race-baiting component to his already racially charged campaign against Barack Obama's Americanness this week when he claimed — based on things he's “heard” — that Obama was a …
David Catanese / The Politico:
Angle commits to run as a Republican  —  Sharron Angle knocked down a Las Vegas Review-Journal story that suggested she was considering running as an independent in the anticipated special Nevada House election.  —  The former Reno assemblywoman and 2010 candidate for Senate released …
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 …
The Huffington Post:
Largest Banks Likely Profited By Borrowing From Federal Reserve, Lending To Federal Government … A newly-released study from the Congressional Research Service bolsters claims that the nation's largest banks profited off the Federal Reserve's financial crisis-era programs by borrowing cash …
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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Brad Cooper / Wichita Eagle:
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