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1:45 PM ET, April 10, 2010

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New York Times:
President of Poland Killed in Plane Crash in Russia  —  MOSCOW - A plane carrying the Polish president, Lech Kaczynski, and dozens of the country's top political and military leaders crashed in a heavy fog in western Russia on Saturday morning, killing everyone aboard.
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Reliapundit / THE ASTUTE BLOGGERS:
POLAND'S PRESIDENT AND 132 OTHERS DIE IN PLANE CRASH ON WAY TO COMMEMORATE THE KATYN MASSACRE  —  UPDATED - SCROLL DOWN...  BBC: … PICTURES AND VIDEO OF THE CRASH SITE.  HERE.  —  SAD.  HORRIBLE.  RIP.  —  MORE ON THE KATYN MASSACRE: … THE MASSACRE WAS NOT ATYPICAL; IT WAS AN S.O.P. - FOR AND STALIN AND THE USSR.
Daily Mail:
A nation in mourning: Polish president and wife among 88 confirmed dead as plane crashes in Russia  —  Polish president Lech Kaczynski and his wife Maria have been killed after their plane crashed on approach to Smolensk airport in western Russia.  —  There were conflicting reports today of the number of people on board the flight.
Discussion: Scared Monkeys
BBC:
Polish president dies in plane crash  —  Footage from the scene shows firefighters at work amid the wreckage  —  Polish President Lech Kaczynski and scores of others have been killed in a plane crash in Russia.  —  Polish and Russian officials said no-one had survived after the plane apparently hit trees …
Discussion: Mediaite
CNN:
Polish president killed in plane crash  —  (CNN) — Polish President Lech Kaczynski was killed early Saturday along with his wife, several top military officials, and the head of the national bank when their plane crashed at a western Russian airport, officials said.
Discussion: RedState and TheFourthBranch.com
ABC News:
Putin to head investigation into Polish president's death
The Politico:
Polish president dies in plane crash
Discussion: CNN
Amy Gardner / Washington Post:
Palin fires up GOP on Obama, midterm elections at annual conference  —  NEW ORLEANS — Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin captivated a crowd of more than 3,000 Republican Party activists here Friday with a speech featuring the same blend of folksiness and anti-Obama fire that has made her an icon within …
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Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Haley Barbour's growing influence  —  A self-described “fat redneck” is the most influential Republican in the country in our latest Friday Line.  —  Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour is that rare combination of effective politician and savvy strategist, popular in his home state and revered among …
Discussion: Riehl World View
The Politico:
Base stirred by Palin, but not sure she's ready yet
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
Faiz Shakir / Think Progress:   Jindal: ‘It Hurts Our Feelings’ To Be Called The ‘Party of No’
Lyle Denniston / SCOTUSblog:
The “Kennedy Court,” only more so  —  Analysis  —  If it has been so that the Supreme Court could properly be called the “Kennedy Court,” because of Justice Anthony M. Kennedy's grip on a tie-breaking vote much of the time, that may well be even more so when the Justices open a new Term next October.
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The Politico:
Right gears for court fight, not filibuster
Slate:
Who Should Replace Justice Stevens?
Adam C. Smith / St. Petersburg Times:
Junior Florida Republican Party staffer had $1.3 million charged to party credit card  —  She was a 25-year-old junior staffer when the Florida Republican Party gave her an American Express card.  —  Over the next 2½ years, nearly $1.3 million in charges wound up on Melanie Phister's AmEx …
M.C. Tracey / The Perspective:
Huckabee Rips Steele, Romney, LGBT Activists  —  Calls Romney's Healthcare Plan “Dismal Failure,” Compares Same-Sex Marriage to Incest  —  In an interview Wednesday, former Arkansas governor and Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee weighed in on embattled Republican National …
Discussion: The Huffington Post
The Huffington Post:
Dawn Johnsen, Key Obama Justice Nominee, Withdraws Her Nomination  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  Dawn Johnsen, the president's appointment to the Office of Legal Counsel whose nomination has lingered in Congressional limbo for more than a year, has officially withdrawn her candidacy for the post …
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Gus Lubin / The Business Insider:
15 Mind-Blowing Facts About Wealth And Inequality In America  —  The rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer.  Cliché, sure, but it's also more true than at any time since the Gilded Age.  —  The poor are getting poorer, wages are falling behind inflation, and social mobility is at an all-time low.
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
“Bias”  —  Not to nitpick too much, but the decision by Andrew Golis and Chris Lehman to kick off their new Yahoo News venture with lame efforts at even-handedness kind of annoyed me: … I think it's important to note that on the Media Matters “about us” page they don't once mention bias.
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Tax day: $160-billion relief, and counting  —  More than $160 billion in tax relief has been granted to families and businesses under the American Recovery and Reinvetment Act signed into law last year, Presdent Barack Obama announced today with a radio address near the eve of Tax Day.
Discussion: CNN, The Politico and The Hill
JammieWearingFool:
MSNBC Colleagues Laugh at Dimwit Norah O'Donnell  —  MSNBC laughingstock Norah O'Donnell broke out the racial radar this morning by making some lame assertions that Newt Gingrich's criticism of Barack Obama was somehow racist.  Yes, it's come to this in America.
Fouad Ajami / Wall Street Journal:
Afghanistan and the Decline of American Power  —  President Karzai's anti-American shift is a statement about the standing of the Obama administration in the region.  —  President Obama's “war of necessity” in Afghanistan increasingly has to it the mark of a military campaign disconnected from a bigger political strategy.
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New York Times:
U.S. Tries Softer Approach to Afghan Leader
David Damron / Orlando Sentinel:
Grayson crashes local GOP meeting, tells Orange mayoral critic “take a walk”  —  U.S. Rep Alan Grayson, D-Orlando, walked in on an Orange County Republican Executive Committee meeting Thursday night at a Perkins restaurant and got into a confrontation with county mayoral candidate Matthew Falconer …
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Roger Hickey / ourfuture.org/blogs_chrono/*:
URGENT: Stop CNN From Airing Deficit Propaganda  —  This weekend, CNN is giving four hours of free airtime to the leading propagandist fanning the flames of deficit hysteria, Pete Peterson, along with his lackeys.  Bloggers and online activists are joining today to promote this action:
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CEPR:
Deficits and Spending  —  Taking a deeper look at the film IOUSA.
 
 
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