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9:45 AM ET, May 1, 2011

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Patrick Gavin / Reuters:
In his speech, Barack Obama trumps adversaries  —  On his way into the White House Correspondents' Dinner Saturday night, Donald Trump made a bold prediction: “I wouldn't think [Obama] would address me.”  —  That forecast held up for about 10 seconds.  —  Trump, who continues to boast …
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The Politico:
WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENTS' DINNER 2011: SCENES FROM THE RED CARPET  —  POLITICO Slideshows require the Adobe Flash Player.  —  POLITICO brings you minute-by-minute coverage of the White House Correspondents' Dinner and the events leading up to Washington's biggest night below:
Discussion: Firedoglake, The Note and The Reaction
The Politico:
SETH MEYERS SKEWERS D.C.  —  “SNL” head writer Seth Meyers spared no one in his star turn at the White House Correspondents Dinner, pivoting from jokes about the oddball crop of 2012 presidential contenders to members of Congress to President Barack Obama.  He mocked the White House …
Helene C. Cooper / The Caucus:
Obama Zings Trump at White House Correspondents' Dinner  —  Joe Biden.  Michele Bachmann.  Tim Pawlenty.  Donald Trump.  —  Many of President Obama's friends and foes alike got shellacked — as expected — on Saturday night when Mr. Obama took to the stage at the gussied …
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
The White House Correspondents' Dinner weekend, via Twitter
Discussion: The Politico
BBC:
Nato strike ‘kills Saif al-Arab Gaddafi’, Libya says  —  Libya's government took journalists to the site where they said Saif al-Arab Gaddafi was killed  —  A Nato air strike in the Libyan capital, Tripoli, has killed the son of the Libyan leader, Colonel Gaddafi, a government spokesman has said.
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Associated Press:
Gadhafi's youngest son killed but Libyan leader survives NATO missile strike, spokesman says  —  TRIPOLI, Libya — Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi escaped a NATO missile strike in Tripoli on Saturday, but his youngest son and three grandchildren under the age of 12 were killed, a government spokesman said.
New York Times:
Qaddafi Is Said to Survive NATO Airstrike That Kills Son  —  BENGHAZI, Libya — The government of Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi said he survived an airstrike in Tripoli late Saturday night that killed one of his sons and three grandchildren, in the sharpest intensification yet of the NATO air campaign intended …
Dan Mitchell / International Liberty:
Obama's Medicare Appointee Has Accidental Encounter with Reality, Learns Nothing  —  I just read something that unleashed my inner teenager, because I want to respond with a combination of OMG, LMAO, and WTF.  —  Donald Berwick, the person appointed by Obama to be in charge of Medicare …
New York Times:
The High Cost of Low Teacher Salaries  —  WHEN we don't get the results we want in our military endeavors, we don't blame the soldiers.  We don't say, “It's these lazy soldiers and their bloated benefits plans!  That's why we haven't done better in Afghanistan!”  No, if the results aren't there, we blame the planners.
Discussion: Daily Kos and Prairie Weather
John McCormack / Weekly Standard:
How Paul Ryan Won the Recess  —  Racine, Wisc.  —  Did you hear the news?  Wisconsin congressman Paul Ryan, the architect of the House Republicans' budget, was booed!  By his own constituents!  —  The video of said town hall booing was clipped by the liberal blog ThinkProgress …
maannews.net:
Haniyeh calls on PLO to withdraw Israel recognition  —  GAZA CITY (Ma'an) — Gaza Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh on Friday called on the Palestinian Liberation Organization to withdraw its recognition of Israel.  —  On Wednesday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu responded …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Atlas Shrugs
Mark Steyn / National Review:
Discredited  —  The other day Paul O'Neill said that . . .  Oh, wait.  I suppose I ought to explain who Paul O'Neill is.  A decade ago, he was President Bush's first Treasury secretary.  I have no very clear memory of him except that he toured Africa with Bono and they were photographed …
Discussion: ParaPundit
Alexander Burns / The Politico:
Mitt Romney trips over ‘hang’ metaphor  —  MANCHESTER, N.H. — Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney stumbled over an explosive turn of phrase Friday night, telling an audience here that Republicans would figuratively “hang” President Barack Obama with bad economic news.
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New York Times:
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Roger Lowenstein / New York Times:
Be Careful Wishing for the Fed's End
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Niccolo Machiavelli / Big Peace:
Russia: Would ‘Enthusiastically Embrace’ Obama Second Term; ‘Completely Free Of Cold War Thinking’
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Cameron McWhirter / Wall Street Journal:
The Big Spill Over ‘Three Cups of Tea’
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Kevin Bogardus / The Hill:
House GOP to hold hearing on White House visitor records
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Clinton: Supreme Court could rule against healthcare law
Discussion: Sky Dancing and CNN
David Dayen / Firedoglake:
Geithner Pries Away $30 Trillion Forex Derivative Market from Regulation
Larry O'Connor / Breitbart.tv:
Breitbart Punches Back on Maher's ‘Real Time’
Discussion: Big Hollywood and Weasel Zippers
Blazing Cat Fur:
You Know Jack!
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