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9:40 AM ET, April 9, 2012

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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 …
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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” …
Discussion: TalkLeft and Daily Kos
Tim Cavanaugh / Hit & Run:
Was Obama's SCOTUS Attack Good Politics? (Special Dumbth Edition)
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
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 …
Discussion: JustOneMinute
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Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
The BS Runs Deep At MSNBC  —  All credit to Les Jones blog, which has uncovered a pattern of problematic production practices at NBC.  —  NBC has already fired an unnamed producer over the slanted editing of the George Zimmerman 911 call, which was clipped by NBC to be “This guy looks like he's up to no good.
Discussion: Les Jones
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.
Discussion: Hot Air and Weekly Standard
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.
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 …
Jennifer Bisram / Orlando and Central Florida News …:
Civil rights group patrolling Sanford  —  Florida members of the Detroit-based National Socialist Movement tells FOX35 they are patrolling the streets of Sanford.  —  The white rights organization says several Sanford citizens have called on them fearing their safety.
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Daily Mail:
Click to rate Rating (0)  —  This Country and the administration of it just makes me want to cry!  I would so like to up and leave to somewhere without all these silly rules and plans.  As it says in the article; how does fitting a boiler, a new green high efficiency one warrant enrollment …
Discussion: Right Wing News
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
Matt Welch / Reason:
When Losers Write History  —  Why legacy-newspaper media reporters get their own industry so wrong  —  (Editor's note: This article is adapted from a chapter in Will the Last Reporter Please Turn out the Lights: The Collapse of Journalism and What Can Be Done To Fix It, published by The New Press in 2011.)
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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Alissa J. Rubin / New York Times:
U.S. Transfers Control of Special Operations to Afghans
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The Gallup Organization / Gallup:
Obama's Monthly Job Approval Edges Higher in March
Discussion: Ballot Box
Motoko Rich / New York Times:
Federal Funds to Train the Jobless Are Drying Up
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Ian Cobain / Guardian:
Special report: Rendition ordeal that raises new questions about secret trials
Discussion: emptywheel and The Agonist
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Newt Gingrich: I'm ‘Slightly Less Than’ $4.5 Million In Debt
Discussion: ThinkProgress
The White House:
WEEKLY ADDRESS: Easter and Passover Greetings from President Obama
Matthew Larotonda / ABCNEWS:
Obamas Attend Easter Worship at Historic DC Church
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Rick Warren: ‘Inability to Delay Gratification’ at Heart of Economic Woes
 

 
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