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4:55 AM ET, April 29, 2011


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Patrick O'Connor / Washington Wire:
McConnell Turns the Tables on Budget Vote  —  Two can play this budget game. … A day after Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.) put Republicans on the spot by saying he will bring the House Republicans' budget proposal up for a vote, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R. …
Discussion: MyFox Philadelphia
Robin Bravender / The Politico:
Ryan calls for ending oil subsidies  —  House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan called for ending oil subsidies Thursday, further complicating Republican efforts to stay on message about rising gas prices.  —  The Wisconsin Republican told constituents at a Waterford, Wis. …
Igor Volsky / Wonk Room:
Paul Ryan Endorses Ending Oil Subsidies, Even Though He Voted For Them  —  ThinkProgress filed this report from Wisconsin.  —  Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) agreed to end subsidies to oil companies during a town hall in Waterford, Wisconsin, this morning, eliciting great applause from an overflow crowd …
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
McConnell pledges to force Senate vote on president's budget
Discussion: The Politico and CNN
U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell:
McConnell: Senate Will Vote on the President's Budget
Meredith Shiner / The Politico:   McConnell wants vote on W.H. budget
Donald Trump Bristles at Claim He's a Racist  —  Donald Trump says it's “terrible” the host of CBS' “Face the Nation” accused him of racism.  —  Trump tells TMZ ... “That is a terrible statement for a newscaster to make.  I am the last person that such a thing should be said about.”
Judd Legum / ThinkProgress:
Trump To Black Journalist: 'I Know You're A Big Obama Fan'  —  Yesterday during his press conference in New Hampshire — after the cable news networks cut to President Obama's remarks regarding the release of his long form birth certificate — potential GOP presidential candiate Donald Trump spent …
Discussion: Firedoglake, Salon, NPR and Weasel Zippers
Hollie McKay / Fox News:
EXCLUSIVE: Joey Lawrence Says Obama Didn't Bring Change, Endorses Donald Trump Run
Discussion: The Daily Caller, Mediaite and PopEater
CBS News:
Schieffer: Racism underlying Trump's assertions
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
CBS Reporter Recounts a ‘Merciless’ Assault  —  Lara Logan thought she was going to die in Tahrir Square when she was sexually assaulted by a mob on the night that Hosni Mubarak's government fell in Cairo.  —  Ms. Logan, a CBS News correspondent, was in the square preparing a report for …
Phil Bronstein / SFGate:
Obama Administration punishes reporter for using multimedia  —  The hip, transparent and social media-loving Obama administration is showing its analog roots.  And maybe even some hypocrisy highlights.  —  White House officials have banished one of the best political reporters in the country …
Sen. Marco Rubio / Foreign Policy:
How America Must Respond to the Massacre in Syria  —  It's time for President Obama to back up his rhetoric with firm action.  The first step: Recall the U.S. ambassador from Damascus.  —  In recent days, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime has used its army to murder hundreds …
Brian Wedemeyer / AZ-Independent:
EXCLUSIVE: Dad's Immigration File Offers More Evidence Of Obama's Birthplace
Scott Keyes / ThinkProgress:
Frank Gaffney Accuses General David Petraeus Of ‘Submission’ To Sharia Law  —  This afternoon, President Obama announced a shakeup of his national security team, with CIA Director Leon Panetta tapped to head the Department of Defense and Gen. David Petraeus, commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, to take his vacated intelligence spot.
Fred Kaplan / Slate:
Same Guys, New Jobs
Josh Gerstein / The Politico:
Barack Obama unveils national security team
Discussion: The Hill
Nikki Haley / Wall Street Journal:
Obama's Silence on Boeing Is Unacceptable  —  The president's appointees have moved to block the company from building planes in my state.  He owes us an explanation.  —  In October 2009, Boeing, long one of the best corporations in America, made an announcement that changed the economic outlook …
Tim Pawlenty / National Review:
The Federal Government vs. Job Creation
Discussion: The Hill and RedState
Media Matters for America:
Right-Wing Media Hype Conspiracies About Obama's Long-Form Birth Certificate  —  Right-Wing Media Hype Conspiracy Theories About Obama's Original Birth Certificate  —  Bolling: “[G]reen Border” On Birth Certificate “Had To Be Photoshopped In.”  On the April 27 edition of Fox Business' Follow the Money …
Grocers prepare for anti-Walker stickering  —  By Doris Hajewski of the Journal Sentinel  —  The Wisconsin Grocers Association has alerted members to an anti-Walker product sticker campaign planned for May 1.  —  Opponents of Gov. Scott Walker for months have been urging people …
Phil Galewitz / Kaiser Health News:
Few Seniors Support GOP Plan To Restructure Medicare  —  Senior citizens, whose fierce opposition to the 2010 health overhaul law helped propel Republicans' midterm election gains, have little appetite for the House GOP's plans to turn Medicare into a voucher-type program that sends beneficiaries …
Lisa Lerer / Bloomberg:
Republicans Dismiss Public Attacks on Ryan Medicare Revamp as Orchestrated
Michael Levenson / Boston Globe:
House votes to restrict unions  —  Measure would curb bargaining on health care  —  House lawmakers voted overwhelmingly last night to strip police officers, teachers, and other municipal employees of most of their rights to bargain over health care, saying the change would save millions …
John Bingham / Telegraph:
Calling animals ‘pets’ is insulting, academics claim  —  Animal lovers should stop calling their furry or feathered friends “pets” because the term is insulting, leading academics claim.  —  The researchers say ‘pet’ is demeaning  —  Domestic dogs, cats, hamsters or budgerigars should be rebranded as …
Hamil R. Harris / Washington Post:
Shiloh Baptist Church receives threats after comments from Sean Hannity  —  Shiloh Baptist Church in the District said it has received threatening phone calls and e-mails after an Easter visit from President Obama and a conservative television commentator's subsequent playing of a videotape …
Populism is Not Conservatism  —  BEGIN TRANSCRIPT  —  RUSH: Libby in Miami.  Great to have you.  I'm glad you waited.  —  CALLER: Hey, Rush.  A pleasure speaking to you.  Thanks for taking my call.  —  RUSH: Yes, sir.  —  CALLER: Rush, I have to make a quick comment getting back to Trump.
Discussion: The Daily Dish and INSTAPUTZ
Parija Kavilanz /
Wal-Mart: Our shoppers are ‘running out of money’  —  NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — Wal-Mart's core shoppers are running out of money much faster than a year ago due to rising gasoline prices, and the retail giant is worried, CEO Mike Duke said Wednesday.  —  “We're seeing core consumers under a lot of pressure …
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Spencer Ackerman /
Unfollowed: How a (Possible) Social Network Spy Came Undone
Discussion: Gawker and Yglesias
Keach Hagey / The Politico:
O'Donnell: “NBC has created a monster” in Trump
Discussion: Weekly Standard
Life in the slow lane
Discussion: Yglesias
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Boehner rejects Dems' request for vote to end subsidies for oil firms
Garrett Epps / The Atlantic Online:
The Speech Obama Could Give: ‘The Constitution Forbids Default’
Ann Friedman / GOOD:
Flowchart: Should You Pay Attention to the Royal Wedding?
Discussion: Yglesias and Lawyers, Guns & Money
 Earlier Items: 
Lee Fang / ThinkProgress:
Another GOP Congressman Touts Millions In Health Reform Money He Called ‘Socialized Medicine’ Last Year
Discussion: Daily Kos
Charles V. Bagli / New York Times:
Deal Is Reached to Revive and Expand Xanadu Project
Matthew Yglesias / Yglesias:
New Jersey NIMBYs Mad That Photovoltaic Panels Are Marring Their Previously Pristine Utility Polls
Discussion: Modeled Behavior and Eschaton