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10:20 AM ET, April 9, 2012

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E.J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
Obama levels straight shots at Supreme Court and Ryan budget  —  ELON, N.C.  —  Conservatives are not accustomed to being on the defensive.  —  They have long experience with attacking the evils of the left and the abuses of activist judges.  They love to assail “tax-and-spend liberals” …
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Nicole Debevec / UPI:
Under the Supreme Court: High court agrees to consider corporate free speech post-Citizen United  —  The U.S. Supreme Court agreed to consider taking another bite of the corporate political free speech apple recently, accepting a petition asking justices to summarily overturn …
Tim Cavanaugh / Hit & Run:
Was Obama's SCOTUS Attack Good Politics? (Special Dumbth Edition)
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Stephen J. Rose / The Atlantic Online:
How We Spend  —  And what that tells us about the economy  —  EVEN AMERICANS WHO think they know where their money goes probably have no idea how their spending compares with that of their parents or grandparents.  But such figures yield a surprising picture of how our economy works—and how it's changing.
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Sam Baker / The Hill:
White House has diverted $500M to IRS to implement healthcare law  —  The Obama administration is quietly diverting roughly $500 million to the IRS to help implement the president's healthcare law.  —  The money is only part of the IRS's total implementation spending, and it is being provided outside the normal appropriations process.
Jeralyn / TalkLeft:
NBC's Bad Edit Pre-dated Today Show And Still Appears on NBC News Sites  —  Saturday and Sunday, Reuters reported it had interviewed MSNBC News President Steve Capus and others at NBC and got “the fullest explanation yet” of the network's racially-charged, misleading edit of George Zimmerman's 911 call …
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New York Times:
Major Republican Super PAC Prepares to Take On Obama  —  American Crossroads, the biggest of the Republican “super PACs,” is planning to begin its first major anti-Obama advertising blitz of the year, a moment the Obama re-election campaign has been girding for and another sign that the general election is starting in earnest.
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
The Gullible Center  —  So, can we talk about the Paul Ryan phenomenon?  —  And yes, I mean the phenomenon, not the man.  Mr. Ryan, the chairman of the House Budget Committee and the principal author of the last two Congressional Republican budget proposals, isn't especially interesting.
Judd Legum / ThinkProgress:
Fox Orlando Affiliate Calls Neo-Nazis ‘A Civil Rights Group’  —  The National Socialist Movement flag, as featured on their website  —  A Fox Orlando affiliate decribed Neo-Nazis as “a civil rights group” on a television broadcast and online.  The group of Neo-Nazis, known …
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BuzzFeed:
It's “Game On” In Chicago  —  One year in, the Obama campaign unleashes itself on America.  Confident, cool, digitally dynamic.  But are they getting cocky?  —  Amy Sly for BuzzFeed  —  CHICAGO, Ill. — On the evening of April 4, campaign manager Jim Messina gathered more than 300 staffers …
The Gallup Organization / Gallup:
Obama's Monthly Job Approval Edges Higher in March  —  Approval high among core supporters; still lags with Hispanics, low-income adults  —  PRINCETON, NJ — President Barack Obama's job approval rating averaged 46% in March, up from 45% in January and February, and significantly improved …
Discussion: Ballot Box
Adam Peck / ThinkProgress:
GOP Rep. Vicky Hartzler: ‘I Have Doubts That It Is Really His Real Birth Certificate’  —  Another Republican member of Congress has stepped forward as a birther, calling into question President Obama's birth certificate at a town hall meeting.  Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-MO) …
James Hohmann / Politico:
Morning Score: Will Lugar fall?  —  CONSERVATIVES INTENSIFY ATTACKS ON LUGAR - As early voting begins today, there's growing excitement on the right that Indiana Sen. Richard Lugar could really be toppled in the Republican primary on May 8.  Two deep-pocketed groups will announce plans today …
James Hohmann / Politico:
President Obama leads among ‘swing independents’  —  Independents like President Barack Obama better but feel ideologically closer to Mitt Romney, according to a new poll of a dozen battleground states released Monday.  —  The survey, conducted by Global Strategy Group for the moderate Democratic …
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
Adam Bernstein / Washington Post:
Mike Wallace dies: Veteran journalist and former ‘60 Minutes’ correspondent was 93  —  Advertisements for the CBS newsmagazine show “60 Minutes” once boasted that for anyone hiding a secret, four of the most dreaded words in the English language were “Mike Wallace is here.”
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CBS News:
“60 Minutes” icon Mike Wallace dies at 93
 
 
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Ian Cobain / Guardian:
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Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
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The White House:
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