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Obama’s Comedy Routine; Apple Avoids Billions in Taxes; DSK Blames Sarkozy


Good morning! Start your Sunday off with some comedy, courtesy of your commander-in-chief. Last night was the annual White House Correspondents’ Association dinner, which gave President Obama an opportunity to poke fun at himself, Donald Trump, the Secret Service, and of course, his rival Mitt Romney.

Some of our favorites:

“Four years ago I was locked in a brutal primary battle with Hillary Clinton. Four years later she won’t stop drunk-texting me from Cartagena,” Obama said.

“Last year at this time, in fact on this very weekend, we finally delivered justice to one of the world’s most notorious individuals,” Obama said, before a giant screen flashed an image of Donald Trump.

On Romney: “He and I actually have a lot in common,” Obama said. “We both have degrees from Harvard. I have one. He has two. What a snob.”

The president also used “The Hunger Games” to make fun of Romney, saying, “It’s a movie about people who court wealthy sponsors and then brutally savage each other until one contestant is left standing. I’m sure this was really a great change of pace for him.”

He ended his speech saying, “I have to get the Secret Service home in time for their new curfew.” Watch a clip here. [NYT, NYP, DN, AP]

Celebs and others used Instagram at the event, because, why not? [dcist]

In other news, the New York Times is reporting that Apple sidesteps billions in taxes by setting up an office in Reno to collect and invest the company’s profits. In California, the corporate tax rate is 8.84. In Nevada, it’s zero.

Dominique Strauss-Kahn is blaming his downfall on French President Nicolas Sarkozy, charging that the scandal and resulting political collapse was choreographed by his longtime rival. Sarkozy denies the claim, saying, “Mr. Strauss-Kahn starts to give morality lessons and indicate that I am the one responsible for what happened to him. It’s too much.” [NYP, Guardian]

The wife of the Secret Service agent at the center of the prostitution scandal is sticking by her husband. Neighbors were surprised, saying that Arthur Huntington is a churchgoer who loves his family. [DN]

The New York Post reports that “rowdy kids” are disabling city buses by flipping an unlocked “kill switch” that is accessible to riders and causes the bus to come to a halt. [NYP]

Occupy Guitarmy, an OWS effort to enlist musicians to come out for May Day on Tuesday, is rehearsing today from 2-5 p.m. at Tompkins Square Park in the East Village. [OWS]

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