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Obama: “The Private Sector Is Doing Fine”  —  Question: What about the Republicans saying that you're blaming the Europeans for the failures of your own policies?  —  President Obama: The truth of the matter is that, as I said, we created 4.3 million jobs over the last 27 months, over 800,000 just this year alone.
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James Pethokoukis / The Enterprise Blog:
Obama is wrong.  The private sector isn't ‘doing fine’  —  In his news conference today, President Obama gave some interesting insight into his views of the state of the American economy.  —  “The private sector is doing fine.”  —  Here is the whole quote (via RealClearPolitics):
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Romney: Obama ‘doing fine’ comment will ‘go down in history’ as ‘extraordinary miscalculation’  —  Mitt Romney blasted President Obama for comments during a press conference Friday in which the president suggested the private sector was “doing fine.”  —  “He said the private sector is doing fine.
Discussion: BuzzFeed, Hot Air, Weasel Zippers and GOP 12
Devin Dwyer / ABCNEWS:
Obama Says ‘Private Sector Doing Fine,’ Calls for Aid to States  —  President Obama said today the “private sector is doing fine,” but urged Congress to send more federal aid to states and localities to boost hiring.  —  Republicans immediately seized on the presidents remark about the private sector …
Discussion: CNN, Reuters and ABCNEWS
BuzzFeed:
Obama: “The Private Sector Is Doing Fine”
John Hinderaker / Power Line:   Obama's Most Clueless Moment Yet?
Jake Tapper / ABCNEWS:
President Obama Says The Private Sector Is Doing Fine
Discussion: CNN, The Week and Swampland
BBC:
Syria Qubair: Bloody traces of massacre seen in village  —  Unverified video released on Friday is said to show the city of Homs being shelled  —  The smell of burnt flesh and evidence of bloodshed have greeted a BBC correspondent entering the village of Qubair in Syria, scene of a massacre.
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Carlo Munoz / The Hill:
Dempsey: White House's muddled Syria policy hindering military planning
New York Times:
Approval Rating for Justices Hits Just 44% in New Poll  —  WASHINGTON — Just 44 percent of Americans approve of the job the Supreme Court is doing and three-quarters say the justices' decisions are sometimes influenced by their personal or political views, according to a poll conducted by The New York Times and CBS News.
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CNN:
CNN Poll: Americans weigh in on health care, immigration  —  (CNN) - A new poll released Friday gives insight on American attitudes toward two major cases the Supreme Court could rule on as early as Monday, one involving health care reform and the other on Arizona's controversial immigration law.
Discussion: Hot Air, Politico and The Hill
Josh Margolin / New York Post:
Booker's big mouth ruins relationship with Obama, Cabinet hopes  —  It's bye-bye, Beltway for Cory Booker.  —  Newark's mayor, who was gunning for a spot in President Obama's Cabinet, lost the chance after he shot his mouth off during a blunderingly honest TV appearance last month, sources told The Post.
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Reagan Was a Keynesian  —  There's no question that America's recovery from the financial crisis has been disappointing.  In fact, I've been arguing that the era since 2007 is best viewed as a “depression,” an extended period of economic weakness and high unemployment that …
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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Democrats paralyzed on tax cuts  —  Senate Democratic leaders are politically paralyzed on how to proceed on the Bush-era tax rates.  —  With five months to go before the election, President Obama and key congressional Democrats remain at odds on whether the threshold for extending …
Discussion: The Hope For America
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Travis Waldron / ThinkProgress:
Three Democratic Senators Undecided On Extension Of Bush Tax Cuts For The Rich
Discussion: Suburban Guerrilla
Alex Pareene / Salon:
Joe Scarborough says New York Times is “thin skinned” for correcting his nonsense  —  MSNBC talker doesn't let facts get in the way of his “general impressions” of liberal media bias  —  Joe Scarborough may have been totally, utterly, completely wrong this morning, when he incorrectly argued …
Michelle Malkin:
Going dark to urge congressional action: Who will protect the freedom to blog?  —  My syndicated column today covers the crucial battle between truth-telling bloggers versus convicted bomber Brett Kimberlin and his band of malicious online thugs.  In honor of the National Day of Blogger Silence called …
Rand Paul / CNN:
Would be ‘an honor’ to be Romney's VP  —  (CNN) - A day after endorsing Mitt Romney, Sen. Rand Paul said it would be an honor to run alongside the presumptive GOP presidential nominee.  —  “A year, year and a half ago, I was a physician in a small town,” Paul, the junior Republican senator from Kentucky, told CNN's Don Lemon.
Discussion: GOP 12
Jay Cost / Weekly Standard:
Morning Jay: The Media Doesn't Understand Races in the States  —  This write-up from the Hill on a recent Pennsylvania poll is pretty similar to many others these days: … And polls like these are producing frames like these, from Charles Babington of the AP:
Discussion: GOP 12
Rene Stutzman / Orlando Sentinel:
Orlando man with Zimmerman's old phone number slammed by threatening calls  —  At age 49, Junior Alexander Guy got his first cell phone last month.  The calls started immediately.  —  Strangers called at all hours.  Some were insulting.  Others angry.  Sometimes, they threatened him.
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Mormons Widely Favor Romney; Jewish Voters Back Obama  —  Mormons prefer Romney by 84% to 13%  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Mormon registered voters overwhelmingly support the candidacy of the first major-party presidential candidate of the Mormon faith, with 84% saying they would vote for Mitt Romney …
Seth / GLAAD:
American Apparel features its first transgender model, GLAAD staff  —  Clothing giant American Apparel has teamed up with GLAAD on a new line of equality tees, just in time for LGBT Pride Month.  And in a company first, AA is featuring an openly transgender model in its ad campaign!
Discussion: Towleroad News #gay
Paul Bond / Hollywood Reporter:
'Schindler's List' Producer Claims Graduation Speech Censorship  —  A controversy erupted in a small Montana town after a high school principal prevented Oscar winner Gerald Molen from delivering his planned speech because he's “a right-wing conservative.”  —  Gerald Molen won a best picture Oscar …
Discussion: The Jawa Report and Campaign 2012
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
NPR: Criticism of President Coming from ‘GOP Dope’  —  National Public Radio has a blog post about President Obama's statement this morning on the private sector—and how conservatives reacted to the president's assertion that"the private sector is doing fine."  The title of the post?
Discussion: National Review
Arnie Seipel / NPR:
PAC Behind GOP Candidate For Gabby Giffords Seat Shows Gun In Email Appeal  —  A PAC supporting Jesse Kelly, a former Marine running to replace Rep. Gabrielle Giffords in a special election on Tuesday, is using an image Kelly's campaign has avoided thus far — the candidate holding a gun.
Elizabeth Harrington / CNSNews:
Pelosi: Catholic Archdioceses Were Not ‘Speaking’ for Catholic Church When They Sued Administration  —  (CNSNews.com) - House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D.-Calif.) said on Thursday that the 43 Catholic institutions—including the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C., the Archdiocese of St. Louis …
Discussion: Hot Air and Weasel Zippers
patriotvoices.com:
SANTORUM LAUNCHES PATRIOT VOICES TO DEFEAT PRESIDENT OBAMA AND MOBILIZE ONE MILLION CONSERVATIVES  —  Chicago, IL - Former Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum announced today the launch of a new organization, Patriot Voices, which will mobilize one million conservatives around …
Nicholas Ballasy / The Daily Caller:
Labor Dept. counts oil lobbyists, garbage men, bus drivers as ‘green jobs’ [VIDEO]  —  Under questioning by House oversight committee chairman Darrell Issa, senior U.S. Labor Department officials revealed that the Obama administration counts oil lobbyists, bus drivers, garbage men …
 
 
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