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1:35 PM ET, April 30, 2011

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Alexander Burns / The Politico:
‘Sorry’ state of affairs at GOP forum  —  MANCHESTER, N.H. - There were no punches thrown, no barbs traded and no shots fired at the Americans for Prosperity presidential candidate forum here Friday evening.  —  But Tim Pawlenty did apologize.  —  Asked in a public question-and-answer session …
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The Atlantic Online:
Mitt Romney's Rusty Debut  —  Tonight's Republican gathering in Manchester, New Hampshire was touted as a “summit” on jobs and the economy by its sponsor, the local chapter of Americans for Prosperity, and it included five Republican presidential hopefuls.  Unofficially, it was Mitt Romney's debut as a 2012 candidate.
Discussion: TPMDC and Booman Tribune
Glen Johnson / Boston Globe:
Romney clarifies as he proposes to ‘hang’ Obama with misery index  —  UPDATED  —  MANCHESTER, N.H. — Expected Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney tread on socially dangerous ground last night as he talked about “hanging” a misery index around the neck of Barack Obama, the nation's first black president.
Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:
Romney on healthcare: Obama should have asked me if it worked  —  Speaking before a crowd of conservative activists in New Hampshire Friday, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney again faced questions about the healthcare plan he championed as Bay State governor.
Discussion: CNN, The Note and Weasel Zippers
James Hohmann / The Politico:
Mitt Romney video fires blanks at NRA convention
Discussion: Hot Air
The Note:
Mitt Romney Attacks Obama On Gas Prices In New Hampshire: ‘People Are Hurting’
Aliyah Shahid / NY Daily News:
Rick Perry, Texas governor, rips Obama's trip to tornado-devastated Alabama: What about our fires?  —  As President Obama meets with Alabama families affected by deadly tornados that swept through the South earlier this week, Texas Gov. Rick Perry is asking: What about us?
Discussion: Washington Monthly and News One
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Ben Smith / CNN:
Southern tornado outbreak nation's deadliest in 86 years
Discussion: The Hill, This Just In and The Hill
New York Times:
Storms' Toll Rises as Scale of Damage Becomes Clear
Discussion: Firedoglake and Close Read
Andrew C. McCarthy / National Review:
'Here's to al-Qaeda'  —  Nearly 20 years ago, I asked the late William Kunstler about his philosophy of lawyering.  A flamboyant leftist who proudly represented jihadists just as he proudly represented many other anti-American radicals, Bill succinctly replied, “Everybody's entitled to a lawyer, but nobody's entitled to me!”
Discussion: Riehl World View and AmSpecBlog
Noah / Noahpinion:
What I learned in econ grad school  —  I always find it interesting that criticisms of economics education focus more on the graduate side than the undergrad.  Consider this broadside by Brad DeLong and Larry Summers: … This is interesting because, as someone who never studied econ as an undergrad …
Discussion: Paul Krugman and EconLog
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J. Bradford DeLong / Project Syndicate:   Economics in Crisis  —  print recommend Send link clip secure rights
Associated Press:
Wis. Supreme Court recount at a glance  —  Justice David Prosser held a 7,316-vote lead over challenger JoAnne Kloppenburg before a statewide recount began on Wednesday.  The state Government Accountability Board is providing daily updates on the recount's progress by precinct.
Discussion: Althouse
Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
Feds sting Amish farmer selling raw milk locally  —  Cite interstate commerce violation  —  Bloomberg News The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) headquarters stand in Silver Spring, Maryland.  —  A yearlong sting operation, including aliases, a 5 a.m. surprise inspection and surreptitious purchases …
Zach Carter / The Huffington Post:
Treasury Blocks Regulation Of Market That Sparked $5.4 Trillion Fed Bailout … The Treasury Department plans to exempt foreign exchange derivatives from new Wall Street reform regulations, a Treasury official said Friday, dismissing concerns that the market prompted $5.4 trillion …
Discussion: Firedoglake
Catalina Camia / USA Today:
Indiana Gov. Daniels to sign Planned Parenthood bill  —  Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels said today he will sign a controversial bill that cuts off government funding to Planned Parenthood, the nation's largest abortion provider.  —  Indiana will become the first state to take such action.
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Tea Party's Armey on 2012: Daniels would be ‘perfect pick for us’
Discussion: Washington Post
Jennifer / Cubachi:
Mitch Daniels expected to sign bill to defund Planned Parenthood
Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:
Indiana Gov. Daniels to sign bill defunding Planned Parenthood
Discussion: CNN
Blazing Cat Fur:
You Know Jack!  —  What have we learned?  —  Jack Layton was found naked in a whorehouse.  Jack Layton was found with, though not in, a 3rd World Sex Trade Worker.  —  Jack Layton alleges he frequented this whorehouse for “therapeutic massage”.  —  Jack's 3rd World Sex Trade Worker/Therapeutic Masseuse came from China.
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Neither Party Has Big Edge on Most Major U.S. Issues  —  Americans see Republicans as better able to handle the budget  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Of six key issues facing the United States, the federal budget is the only one for which Americans express a clear preference as to which party can better handle it.
Discussion: Power Line
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The United States Senate Committee on Finance:
Baucus Unveils Plan to End Tax Breaks for Largest Oil and Gas Companies, Invest in Cleaner, Cheaper American Energy  —  Finance Chair Says Skyrocketing Gas Prices Necessitate Action to Address Energy Costs  —  Washington, DC - Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.) …
Brad Johnson / ThinkProgress:
Top Climate Scientist On The Monster Tornadoes: ‘It Is Irresponsible Not To Mention Climate Change’  —  Throughout human history, the climate system has been a source of life and death, the sun and rain capable of feeding our crops and bringing us comfort, or unleashing terrible devastation in wind, fire, drought, storm, and flood.
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Palin: ‘Hells no’ I wouldn't raise debt limit  —  Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) on Friday doubled down on her opposition to raising the nation's debt ceiling.  —  “Hells no. I would not vote to increase that debt ceiling,” she said during an interview on Fox News, where she is a paid contributor.
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Brent Budowsky / Pundits Blog:
Republican Treasury secretary warns against Republican debt-ceiling terrorism
Discussion: The Politico
 
 
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Amy Kellogg / Fox News:
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