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10:20 AM ET, April 14, 2010

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Shawn Millerick / Now! Hampshire:
Source: State Dems scrambling to deploy tea party ‘crashers’  —  New Hampshire Democrats are engaged in a statewide search for liberal activists willing to attend so-called tea parties on Thursday and carry signs expressing racist or fringe sentiments, a Democratic source with knowledge of the effort tells NowHampshire.com.
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Sean Higgins / Investor's Business Daily:
Hoyer Admits: Tea Party Spurs Members To Consider Retiring  —  House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., told reporters today that the Tea Party movement is making some members of Congress mull retirement.  —  “Do I think the negative atmosphere that has been created by the Tea Party …
Rasmussen Reports:
Tea Party Profile: Many Ways To Describe A Movement  —  The number of people who say they're part of the Tea Party Movement nationally has grown to 24%.  That's up from 16% a month ago, but the movement still defies easy description.  —  Some on the political left see nothing but hate …
Rasmussen Reports:
Election 2010: Pennsylvania Democratic Primary for Senate
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Obama's disregard for media reaches new heights at nuclear summit  —  World leaders arriving in Washington for President Obama's Nuclear Security Summit must have felt for a moment that they had instead been transported to Soviet-era Moscow.  —  They entered a capital that had become a military encampment …
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Kenneth R. Bazinet / NY Daily News:
President Obama: China not fully in our corner in crackdown …
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
Yes, 47% of Households Owe No Taxes.  Look Closer.  —  Forty-seven percent.  —  That's the portion of American households that owe no income tax for 2009.  The number is up from 38 percent in 2007, and it has become a popular talking point on cable television and talk radio.
Harold McGee / New York Times:
The Curious Cook: Why Cilantro Tastes Like Soap, for Some  —  FOOD partisanship doesn't usually reach the same heights of animosity as the political variety, except in the case of the anti-cilantro party.  The green parts of the plant that gives us coriander seeds seem to inspire …
Discussion: Whatever
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
Wave In The Soccer Moms (And Dads!)  —  I love a mystery as well as the next person, but the American Thinker is leaving me feeling shortchanged.  Cat Corben puzzled over a gap in Obama's schedule when he ditched the press pool, and came back with this: … Let's skip to the dissection:
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Cat Corben / American Thinker:
Obama Attends Non-Existent Soccer Game?  —  Reading the story about President Obama breaking tradition and ditching the presidential press pool over the weekend to watch one of his daughter's soccer games, it appears harmless, right?  Not so.  It is rather disturbing when you dissect it.
msnbc.com:
First moonwalker blasts Obama's space plan  —  NBC News: Neil Armstrong says rocket cancellation is ‘devastating’  —  The first man to walk on the moon blasted President Barack Obama's decision to cancel NASA's back-to-the-moon program on Tuesday, saying that the move is “devastating” to America's space effort.
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Geoffrey R. Stone / New York Times:
Our Fill-in-the-Blank Constitution  —  AS the Senate awaits the nomination of a new Supreme Court justice, a frank discussion is needed on the proper role of judges in our constitutional system.  For 30 years, conservative commentators have persuaded the public that conservative judges apply the law …
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Manu Raju / The Politico:
Dems: Ignore GOP in court choice
Discussion: Slate, The Hill and Wonk Room
Brian Skoloff / Associated Press:
Democrat wins Fla. US House special election  —  BOCA RATON, Fla. — Republican backlash over President Barack Obama's health care overhaul had little effect in the nation's first U.S. House race of 2010.  —  Florida Democratic state Sen. Ted Deutch handily won Tuesday's special election …
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Aharding / CNN:
Democrat wins special election in Florida
Wall Street Journal:
Crist Advisers Push Independent Bid  —  Florida Governor Insists Independent Bid Isn't in the Cards Despite Conservative Primary Opponent's Big Lead in Polls  —  Gov. Charlie Crist, right, listens to teacher Scott Whittle's views on a merit-pay bill Tuesday in Tallahassee.
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Adam C. Smith / St. Petersburg Times:
Rubio touts conservative perspective at Central Florida rallies
Discussion: The Buzz, Commentary and GOP 12
Wall Street Journal:
U.S.: Syria Gave Scuds to Hezbollah  —  JERUSALEM—Syria has transferred long-range Scud missiles to the Lebanese Shiite militant group Hezbollah, Israeli and U.S. officials alleged, in a move that threatens to alter the Middle East's military balance and sets back a major diplomatic outreach effort …
Peter Elkind / Fortune:
Eliot Spitzer's flameout  —  (Fortune) — It was one of America's most shocking political sex scandals, instantly transforming New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer — who had terrified Wall Street during his political climb — into the infamous “Client 9.”  —  In Rough Justice, his new book out April 20 …
Joan Walsh / Salon:
Breitbart peddles misleading video, again  —  His “proof” that black congressmen lied about being called “nigger” is as useless as his ACORN clips  —  Andrew Breitbart isn't fit to spit-shine the shoes of civil rights hero and Congressman John Lewis.  It's ludicrous to think that the right …
Elie Mystal / Above the Law:
U.S. News Rankings Leaked?  This Happens Every Year.  —  We anticipated that the new U.S. News Law School Rankings would come out this week.  That means we anticipated that the new rankings would be leaked beforehand.  It happened last year; apparently U.S. News has more moles than Jack Bauer's office at CTU.
Discussion: Law Librarian Blog
Peter Wagner / Prison Policy Initiative:
Maryland enacts law to count incarcerated people at their home addresses  —  First-in-nation law will improve fairness and accuracy of the Census data used for redistricting  —  Contact: Peter Wagner, PPI, (413) 527-0845  —  Brenda Wright, Demos, 617 232 5885 ext. 13
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Robert Wright / Opinionator:
The Price of Assassination  —  I wouldn't have believed you if you'd told me 20 years ago that America would someday be routinely firing missiles into countries it's not at war with.  For that matter, I wouldn't have believed you if you'd told me a few months ago that America would soon …
Discussion: Balkinization and Newshoggers.com
Jay Sorgi / 620WTMJ:
Thompson Denies Report He Will Not Run for US Senate  —  MILWAUKEE - According to a source who has spoken with TODAY'S TMJ4 HD's Charles Benson, former Wisconsin Governor Tommy Thompson says he will not run for Senator Russ Feingold's seat.  —  Thompson is set to announce his future at a “tea party” rally in Madison on Thursday.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
76 Senators sign on to Israel letter  —  More than three quarters of the U.S. Senate, including 38 Democrats, have signed on to a letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton implicitly rebuking the Obama Administration for its confrontational stance toward Israel.
Discussion: Commentary, Israel Matzav and RADAMISTO
The Anchoress:
Obama: Makin' Friends!  —  Obama wags his finger in the face of Canadian PM Harper  —  When people wag a finger in my face, I reach out and cover their hand and say some variation of “don't say another word to me until you put that finger away.”  The variations are not always courtly, but they get the point across.
Michael Howard Saul / Wall Street Journal:
Pataki Declines to Join New York Senate Race  —  Former New York Republican Gov. George E. Pataki has decided not to mount an election challenge against Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand this fall.  —  Instead, he said in an interview Tuesday that he would create a new national organization aimed …
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Obama Puts His Own Mark on Foreign Policy Issues  —  WASHINGTON — When he took office last year, President Obama told his foreign policy advisers that he had two baskets of issues to deal with.  The first would be the legacy issues left from his predecessor, like Iraq, Afghanistan and America's image in the world.
Discussion: Commentary
The Politico:
Hawaii special has Dems in knots  —  Sen. Daniel Inouye (D-Hawaii) has transferred $100,000 to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, money that will be used to bash the GOP candidate in next month's House special election in the Aloha State.  —  Inouye's action complicates …
 
 
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Hundreds Dead in Western China Quake
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The Ninth Justice:
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George P. Shultz / Wall Street Journal:
Debating Obama's New Nuclear Doctrine
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Melissa Bartick / The Huffington Post:
Peaceful Revolution: Motherhood and the $13 Billion Guilt
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Andrew Porter / Telegraph:
General Election 2010: we need people power not state power, says David Cameron
Carl Hulse / The Caucus:
Reid Hits Pause Button on Immigration
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John Podhoretz / Commentary:
What “Unacceptable” Is  —  David P. Goldman, who wrote …
Discussion: Below The Beltway and GayPatriot
Spencer S. Hsu / Washington Post:
Miss. county schools ordered to comply with desegregation order
Larry Kudlow / Money & Politics Blog:
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