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6:05 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 …
Discussion: Reuters, Hot Air and The Note
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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.
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.
Evan McMorris-Santoro / TPMDC:
Romney Stumbles Over ‘Hang Him’ Gaffe Aimed At Obama (VIDEO)  —  In New Hampshire Friday, Mitt Romney stumbled over a line about pinning the nation's melancholy on President Obama that found him scrambling to back away from a quote suggesting Republicans are going to “hang” Obama with America's problems in 2012.
Alexander Burns / The Politico:
Mitt Romney trips over ‘hang’ metaphor
Discussion: Runnin' Scared and The Raw Story
David Dayen / Firedoglake:
Geithner Pries Away $30 Trillion Forex Derivative Market from Regulation  —  Zach Carter reports on a blow to efforts to regulate the runaway derivatives market.  Just as most derivatives are set to be put onto clearinghouses, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner exempted a large group of derivatives …
Discussion: Corrente
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Zach Carter / The Huffington Post:   Treasury Blocks Regulation Of Market That Sparked $5.4 Trillion Fed Bailout
Larry O'Connor / Breitbart.tv:
Breitbart Punches Back on Maher's ‘Real Time’  —  Andrew Breitbart was confronted on HBO's Real Time with Bill Maher by liberal political analyst Laura Flanders.  Ignoring Maher's questions and moving on her own agenda for the show she challenged Breitbart to apologize to Shirley Sherrod.
Discussion: Big Hollywood and Weasel Zippers
Cameron McWhirter / Wall Street Journal:
The Big Spill Over ‘Three Cups of Tea’  —  Nonprofits working in the developing world are now under intense scrutiny; a revamp in charity ratings  —  Rye Barcott (in Nairobi, above) has found it harder to raise money for his work in Kenya after questions were raised about author Greg Mortenson.
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Ryan J. Reilly / tpmmuckraker.talkingpointsmemo.com:
23rd Richest Member Of Congress: I'm ‘Struggling Like Everyone Else’  —  Rep. Denny Rehberg (R-MT), the 23rd richest member of Congress who owns millions of dollars in farm and ranch land, told an audience member at a town hall in Missoula yesterday that he and his wife “are struggling like everyone else” …
Discussion: Yglesias and Washington Monthly
Associated Press:
Bachmann uses Holocaust to illustrate tax point  —  MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann on Saturday described the loss of “economic liberty” that young Americans face today as a “flash point of history” in which the younger generation will ask what their elders did to stop it.
Discussion: Mediaite and Ben Smith's Blog
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.
Discussion: Jay Currie
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Clinton: Supreme Court could rule against healthcare law  —  There's a chance that the Supreme Court could rule the so-called “individual mandate” in the healthcare reform law unconstitutional, but on the whole the bill will stay in tact, former President Bill Clinton said.
Discussion: CNN
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!”
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?
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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
Kevin Bogardus / The Hill:
House GOP to hold hearing on White House visitor records  —  House Republicans plan to probe the White House policy on disclosing its visitor records.  —  On Tuesday of next week, a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee will hold a hearing titled “White House Transparency, Visitor Logs and Lobbyists.”
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Detroit Free Press:
Tempers flare at Pastor Terry Jones' Dearborn rally  —  Amid a heavy police presence, Pastor Terry Jones delivered a rambling speech Friday from the steps of Dearborn City Hall that lashed out at Islam and President Barack Obama, but much of his words were drowned out by the voices of a swarm …
Charles M. Blow / New York Times:
Silliness and Sleight of Hand  —  President Obama buckled.  —  On Wednesday, he released his long-form birth certificate, but not without chiding the media and his detractors for their “silliness” in forcing the issue.  —  No sooner had he released it than Donald Quixote was off to his next windmill: the president's college grades.
Discussion: Daily Kos and Balloon Juice
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
 
 
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John H. Tucker / Daily RFT:
U.S. Attorney: Feds Could Challenge Missouri Anti-Sharia Legislation
Eugene Volokh / The Volokh Conspiracy:
Will Calls for Distribution “According to Islamic Laws and Sharia”; Pennsylvania Court Gives Twice …
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Did Keynes Support Having a “Central Plan”?
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Americans Blame Wasteful Government Spending for Deficit
Discussion: Yglesias and Wake up America
Shiv Malik / Guardian:
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Big Oil's $38 billion defense
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