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3:50 PM ET, April 30, 2011

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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.
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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 and The Note
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.
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.
Alexander Burns / The Politico:
Mitt Romney trips over ‘hang’ metaphor
Discussion: Runnin' Scared and The Raw Story
James Hohmann / The Politico:
Mitt Romney video fires blanks at NRA convention
Discussion: Hot Air
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
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
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.
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 …
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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
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!”
Alex Seitz-Wald / ThinkProgress:
GOP Freshman Ends First Town Hall After Tough Questions On Tax Cuts For The Wealthy: 'We're Done'  —  Freshman Rep. Rick Crawford (R-AR) became the latest Republican to face the ire of his own constituents for voting for the Medicare-ending GOP budget when he was repeatedly challenged …
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
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
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
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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John H. Tucker / Daily RFT:
U.S. Attorney: Feds Could Challenge Missouri Anti-Sharia Legislation
Discussion: Jihad Watch and Weasel Zippers
Eugene Volokh / The Volokh Conspiracy:
Will Calls for Distribution “According to Islamic Laws and Sharia”; Pennsylvania Court Gives Twice …
Discussion: Atlas Shrugs, Jihad Watch and Althouse
Barkley Rosser / EconoSpeak:
Did Keynes Support Having a “Central Plan”?
Amy Kellogg / Fox News:
Ahmadinejad Reportedly Not Showing Up for Work, Sparking Rumors of a Possible Power Shift
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Hot Air
Frank Newport / Gallup:
Americans Blame Wasteful Government Spending for Deficit
Discussion: Wake up America and Yglesias
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Voice of America:
East Asia and Pacific
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Shiv Malik / Guardian:
Activists claim Facebook page purge
Discussion: Harry's Place and The Raw Story
Ben Rooney / CNNMoney.com:
Big Oil's $38 billion defense
Discussion: AMERICAblog News and Mediaite
Investor's Business Daily:
A Tale Of Two Recessions And Two Presidents
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Tea Party's Armey on 2012: Daniels would be ‘perfect pick for us’
Discussion: Washington Post
Brad Johnson / ThinkProgress:
Top Climate Scientist On The Monster Tornadoes: ‘It Is Irresponsible Not To Mention Climate Change’