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9:15 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
Tim Cavanaugh / Hit & Run:
Was Obama's SCOTUS Attack Good Politics? (Special Dumbth Edition)
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
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
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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: Weekly Standard
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 …
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.
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.
Discussion: Firedoglake and NewsHounds blog
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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.
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.)
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Newt Gingrich: I'm ‘Slightly Less Than’ $4.5 Million In Debt … REACT:  —  FOLLOW:  —  Gingrich 2012, Newt Gingrich, Video, Campaign 2012, Romney Campaign, Gingrich Campaign, Gingrich Debt, Gingrich Delaware, Gingrich Millions, Newt Gingrich Campaign Debt, Newt Gingrich Mitt Romney, Politics News
Discussion: ThinkProgress
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Karen Tumulty / Washington Post:
Why is Newt Gingrich still running?
Tim Weiner / New York Times:
Mike Wallace, CBS Pioneer of ‘60 Minutes,’ Dies at 93  —  Mike Wallace, the CBS reporter who became one of America's best-known broadcast journalists as an interrogator of the famous and infamous on “60 Minutes,” died on Saturday.  He was 93.  —  On its Web site, CBS said Mr. Wallace died …
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Adam Bernstein / Washington Post:
Mike Wallace dies: Veteran journalist and former ‘60 Minutes’ correspondent was 93
CBS News:
“60 Minutes” icon Mike Wallace dies at 93
CBS News:
Remembering Mike Wallace 1918-2012
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
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
Motoko Rich / New York Times:
Federal Funds to Train the Jobless Are Drying Up  —  With the economy slowly reviving, an executive from Atlas Van Lines recently visited Louisville, Ky., with good news: the company wanted to hire more than 100 truck drivers ahead of the summer moving season.
Discussion: Booman Tribune
 
 
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