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9:00 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 …
Laura MacInnis / Reuters:
Obama and Bill Clinton campaign together on economy
Discussion: HotAirPundit and New York Magazine
Peter Baker / New York Times:   Hardly a Close Ally, Clinton Teams With Obama to Raise Cash and Votes
Jamie Klatell / The Hill:
Obama takes on the war on dogs, drunk texts from Hillary Clinton
Obama dishes it out at annual dinner
Discussion: Liberal Values
Jeff Himmelman / New York Magazine:
The Red Flag in the Flowerpot  —  Four decades after Watergate, there's something that still nags at Ben Bradlee about Deep Throat.  —  One day in early 2007, Bob Woodward poked his head into my office.  He and his wife, Elsa, had been out for dinner the night before with Ben Bradlee and his wife, Sally Quinn.
Anne Blythe / Raleigh News & Observer:
Young's wife returns to stand on Monday  —  Andrew and Cheri Young in a Hillsborough courtroom.  —  GREENSBORO — Cheri Young, the wife of former political aide Andrew Young, will resume testifying in John Edwards' trial Monday and might add new wrinkles to a story that veers between tragedy and farce with each disclosure.
Discussion: Washington Post
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.
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Wasting Our Minds  —  In Spain, the unemployment rate among workers under 25 is more than 50 percent.  In Ireland almost a third of the young are unemployed.  Here in America, youth unemployment is “only” 16.5 percent, which is still terrible — but things could be worse.
Discussion: Prairie Weather and Daily Kos
Henry / Crooked Timber:
The Economist fails the Turing Test again  —  Five years ago I linked to a Bill Emmott column on the impending election of Nicholas Sarkozy thusly: … Now, his successor as editor at the Economist plays the same tune again, but even more crudely, deploring Sarkozy's probable successor.
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
The Legendary Paul Ryan  —  Mitt who?  —  The implosion of the Newt Gingrich presidential campaign—the first implosion, before the weird resurrection and inevitable second implosion—came because he used four words: right-wing social engineering.  He used the phrase, last May …
Oliver Wright / The Independent:
Eurozone crisis has a long way to go, warns Cameron  —  Risk of confrontation with Continent's leaders as PM spreads blame for double-dip recession  —  NOTE: WE DO NOT STORE YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS(ES) BUT YOUR IP ADDRESS WILL BE LOGGED TO PREVENT ABUSE OF THIS FEATURE.  PLEASE READ OUR LEGAL TERMS & POLICIES
Washington Examiner:
Medicare slush fund shows Obama's abuse of power  —  President Obama regularly misuses executive power, often nakedly in the service of his political interests.  —  Last week, two examples of his imperial ways drew public attention.  First, a Government Accountability Office study knocked …
Discussion: Power Line and Betsy's Page
Dana Loesch / Twitchy:
Twitter, you have a problem: An infestation of radical flag-spam abusers … Hat tip to @Ed: … He is not alone.  —  And you will not be surprised to learn that at least one of the Twitter libs identified as a flag-spam ringleader also happens to be spearheading a Stop Rush Limbaugh effort online.
Discussion: Washington Times, Hot Air and Nice Deb
States could be in a bind on mandate  —  If the Supreme Court strikes down the health reform law's individual mandate, the states at the forefront of implementing the law could find themselves like Wile E. Coyote in the Road Runner cartoons: racing ahead only to discover there's no ground underneath their feet.
Discussion: Right Wing News
New York Times:
Dissident's Fate at Issue as U.S. Diplomat Talks With China  —  WASHINGTON — The Obama administration rushed to contain a growing diplomatic crisis between the United States and China, sending a senior diplomat to Beijing to discuss the fate of a blind dissident who fled house arrest last week.
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and New York Magazine
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Lawrence Summers / Financial Times:
Growth not austerity is best remedy for Europe
France President Nicolas Sarkozy snaps at Strauss-Kahn
Discussion: Firedoglake, Wonkette and Guardian
Frank Bruni / New York Times:
The Imperiled Promise of College
Walter Russell Mead / Via Meadia:
Walker Gains in Wisconsin: NYT Shields Readers From Distressing News
Discussion: American Power and New York Times
New York Times:
Germany Looks to Southern Europe to Fill Jobs
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E. L. Doctorow / New York Times:
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Discussion: Sky Dancing
Brendan Sasso / The Hill:
Rosen: Obama criticism of Ann Romney remark was just ‘politics’
David W. Dunlap / New York Times:
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