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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. …
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
McConnell pledges to force Senate vote on president's budget
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: Salon and Weasel Zippers
Hollie McKay / Fox News:
EXCLUSIVE: Joey Lawrence Says Obama Didn't Bring Change, Endorses Donald Trump Run
Discussion: Mediaite, The Daily Caller 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 …
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.
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 …
Discussion: Politics and protein wisdom
Tim Pawlenty / National Review:
The Federal Government vs. Job Creation
Discussion: RedState and The Hill
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Rand Paul has ‘birther’ demand for Trump: Prove you're a Republican  —  Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) on Thursday took a swipe at billionaire businessman Donald Trump, demanding to see his “Republican registration.”  —  While speaking at a breakfast with New Hampshire Republicans one day after …
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 …
Tory Dunnan / WPBF West Palm Beach's Channel 25:
Several Tossed From Congressman's Town Hall Meeting  —  Heated Debate Stems From West's Position On Medicaid  —  BOCA RATON, Fla. — Police escorted a number of people out of a town hall meeting Wednesday night — the second night in a row that U.S. Rep. Allen West, R-Fla., held what became a heated event.
Phil Galewitz / Kaiser Health News:
Few Seniors Support GOP Plan To Restructure Medicare
Lisa Lerer / Bloomberg:
Republicans Dismiss Public Attacks on Ryan Medicare Revamp as Orchestrated
Ben Dimiero / Media Matters for America:
Eric Bolling And The Case Of The Time Traveling Doctor  —  Last night on Fox Business, Eric Bolling hosted Pamela Geller to discuss in all seriousness whether Obama's long-form birth certificate was “photoshopped.”  Geller has been making a fool of herself over Obama's birth certificate for three years now …
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
Discussion: Guardian and Capital New York
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 …
The Right Scoop:
Matthews: You'd never say that about a white person!  —  Chris Matthews was talking up the birther thing tonight as if it just started yesterday, arguing that birthers are nothing more than petty racists.  He brought Trump into the conversation, of course, noting that Trump was now suggesting …
Discussion: RedState
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 …
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
Bradley Keoun / Bloomberg:
Citigroup Drops Ben Stein Speech After Complaint Jokes Disparaged Women  —  Citigroup Inc. (C) canceled a planned keynote speech by writer, actor and TV personality Ben Stein after getting a complaint that he told jokes disparaging women at a private-equity conference in Dallas earlier this year.
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 …
Catherine Rampell / New York Times:
U.S. Economic Growth Slows to 1.8% Rate in Quarter  —  The American economy slowed to a crawl in the first quarter, but economists are hopeful that the setback will be temporary.  —  Total output grew at an annual pace of 1.8 percent last quarter, the Commerce Department said Thursday …
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Life in the slow lane
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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
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
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Matthew Yglesias / Yglesias:
New Jersey NIMBYs Mad That Photovoltaic Panels Are Marring Their Previously Pristine Utility Polls
Discussion: Modeled Behavior and Eschaton
Tristero / Hullabaloo:
How Quickly We Forget  —  While this is a pretty good editorial, this paragraph:
Mike Konczal / American Prospect:
Bernanke Gives a Press Conference