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12:15 AM ET, April 30, 2012


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John Hinderaker / Power Line:
After Last Night  —  I watched Jimmy Kimmel's monologue at last night's White House Correspondents' Association Dinner in its entirety here.  The Hill also reported on the event, including President Obama's speech.  —  Kimmel was funny in spots, but as is always the case at these events …
Jamie Klatell / The Hill:
Obama takes on the war on dogs, drunk texts from Hillary Clinton  —  The jokes covered familiar topics: The Republican primary, super-PACs, Joe Biden, the GSA scandal and even the president's admission that he ate dog as a boy.  —  What was different Saturday night was the joke teller.
Obama turns comedian-in-chief  —  Dinner and jokes in D.C.  —  Washington (CNN) — The humor at the 98th annual White House Correspondents' Association Dinner went to the dogs.  —  President Barack Obama poked fun Saturday at everything, from the Secret Service scandal to the lavish spending …
Discussion: Liberal Values
TRENDING: Boehner explains jabs at Obama as ‘help’  —  Washington (CNN) - House Speaker John Boehner on Sunday described his amped-up rhetoric toward President Barack Obama in recent days as advice.  —  “The president is getting ... some bad advice,” Boehner said on CNN's “State of the Union.”
Politics of bin Laden: ‘Fair game’ vs. ‘divisive’
Discussion: Politico
Benjamin Mann / CNA Daily News:
Sebelius says she sought religious ‘balance,’ but ignored key precedents  —  Washington D.C., Apr 27, 2012 / 06:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- HHS secretary Kathleen Sebelius says she was unaware of legal precedents confirming religious freedom, even as she sought a “balance” between believers' rights and the contraception mandate.
Toby Harnden / Daily Mail:
Obama has held more re-election fundraisers than previous five Presidents combined as he visits key swing states on ‘permanent campaign’  —  Barack Obama has already held more re-election fundraising events than all five Presidents since Richard Nixon combined, according to figures to be published in a new book.
Tjfang / CBS San Francisco:
Solyndra Not Dealing With Toxic Waste At Milpitas Facility  —  MILPITAS (CBS 5) — Three months ago, CBS 5 caught Solyndra tossing millions of dollars worth of brand new glass tubes used to make solar panels.  Now the bankrupt solar firm, once touted as a symbol of green technology, may be trying to abandon toxic waste.
Walter Russell Mead / Via Meadia:
Walker Gains in Wisconsin: NYT Shields Readers From Distressing News  —  The New York Times has a long piece on the political situation in Wisconsin this morning, and in some ways it is reasonably balanced.  The reporters note, for example, that the Koch brothers own a factory in Wisconsin …
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Wisconsin Vote Is First Shot in Wider Union War
Discussion: American Power
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Hardly a Close Ally, Clinton Teams With Obama to Raise Cash and Votes  —  WASHINGTON — Four years ago, Barack Obama wrested control of the Democratic Party after portraying Bill Clinton as a symbol of small-ball ambition and outdated politics.  Now, as president, Mr. Obama is turning …
Discussion: New York Magazine
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Senate Democrats plan another trap for Mitt Romney with female voters  —  Senate Democrats are planning a new ploy to put Mitt Romney and Republicans on the defensive with female voters.  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) will bring to the floor in coming weeks legislation …
Josh Lederman / Ballot Box:   Snowe's retirement leaves Senate Dems with tough decision
David W. Dunlap / New York Times:
1 World Trade Center Will Reclaim the Sky in Lower Manhattan  —  If the winds are forgiving enough over Lower Manhattan — up where workers can see the whole outline of the island's tip — a steel column will be hoisted into place Monday afternoon atop the exoskeleton of 1 World Trade Center …
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
E. L. Doctorow / New York Times:
Unexceptionalism: A Primer  —  TO achieve unexceptionalism, the political ideal that would render the United States indistinguishable from the impoverished, traditionally undemocratic, brutal or catatonic countries of the world, do the following:  —  PHASE ONE
New York Times:
Germany Looks to Southern Europe to Fill Jobs  —  SCHWÄBISCH HALL, Germany — While much of southern Europe is struggling with soaring unemployment rates, a robust Germany is desperate for educated workers, and it has begun to look south for the solution.
Brendan Sasso / The Hill:
Rosen: Obama criticism of Ann Romney remark was just ‘politics’  —  Democratic political strategist Hilary Rosen said on Sunday that President Obama's criticism of her controversial comment about Ann Romney was just “politics.”  —  Earlier this month, Rosen said the wife …
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