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9:30 AM ET, April 1, 2009

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Nina Totenberg / NPR:
Sources: Sen. Stevens Conviction To Be Voided  —  Audio for this story will be available at approx. 9:00 a.m. ET  —  · NPR's has learned that the Justice Department will drop all charges against former Sen. Ted Stevens of Alaska.  —  A jury convicted Stevens last fall of seven counts …
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Reuters:
U.S. to drop charges against former Sen. Stevens: report  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department has decided to drop all charges against former Alaskan Senator Ted Stevens amid accusations of prosecutorial misconduct, NPR reported on Wednesday, citing Justice officials.
Carrie Johnson / Washington Post:
Some in Justice Department See D.C. Vote in House as Unconstitutional  —  Holder Overrode Ruling That Measure Is Unconstitutional  —  Justice Department lawyers concluded in an unpublished opinion earlier this year that the historic D.C. voting rights bill pending in Congress is unconstitutional …
Fox News:
DOJ Files Motion to Drop Case Against Ex-Sen. Ted Stevens  —  The U.S. Justice Department has asked the federal court to dismiss its case Wednesday against former Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens, who was convicted of seven counts of corruption.  —  FOXNews.com  —  The U.S. Justice Department filed …
Discussion: Power Line and Gateway Pundit
David M. Halbfinger / New York Times:
Upstate New York House Race Is Too Close to Call  —  A mere 65 votes separated the two candidates late Tuesday in a Congressional contest in upstate New York that received national attention and was widely seen as a referendum on the Obama administration's economic recovery efforts.
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The Politico:
Obama referendum: no winner, one loser  —  SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - There's no winner yet in the Upstate New York special election and it might be mid-April before the race is settled.  But a few things are clearer after Tuesday's contest, none of it welcome news to the Republican Party.
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and Gawker
The New Republic:
Vote of Confidence: Murphy Refutes Murphy's Law
Discussion: DISSENTING JUSTICE
Josh Kraushaar / Scorecard's Blog:
Tedisco's unconventional GOTV
Discussion: FiveThirtyEight and Wonkette
Josh Kraushaar / Scorecard's Blog:
Will the race be called tonight?
Taegan Goddard's Political Wire:
Polls Closed in NY-20
Guardian:
Twitter switch for Guardian  —  • Newspaper to be available only on messaging service  —  • Experts say any story can be told in 140 characters  —  Consolidating its position at the cutting edge of new media technology, the Guardian today announces that it will become …
Pat Doyle / Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Court to count up to 400 ballots in Senate recount trial  —  The absentee ballots are far fewer than Norm Coleman sought and appear to include many that Al Franken had identified as wrongly rejected.  —  In a potentially decisive ruling, a panel of three judges today ordered up to 400 …
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Manu Raju / The Politico:
Court ruling favors Franken
Eric Kleefeld / TPMDC:
In Blow To Coleman, Minnesota Court To Review Only 400 Ballots For Possible Opening
Mark Steyn / The Corner:
The death of England (cont)  —  Jay, that fire story from Doncaster is almost unbearably sad: The characteristically moronic behavior of the braindead British coppers transformed it from a family tragedy to a national metaphor.  I have written recently in Canada of the disturbing passivity of the …
Tahman Bradley / Political Punch:
Another Obama Cabinet Official Makes Amends with the IRS  —  Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, President Obama's nominee for to be Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, has amended her 2005, 2006 and 2007 tax returns, the Obama administration disclosed Tuesday, on the even of a major world economic summit in London.
Discussion: AmSpecBlog
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Erica Werner / Associated Press:   Sebelius admits errors, pays $7,000 in back taxes
Jake Tapper / Political Punch:
Breakthrough on US-Russian Relations?  “We're Not Looking Into Anybody's Soul,” Says US Official, Previewing “Sober” Yet Optimistic Announcement  —  LONDON — Senior officials with the Obama administration tell ABC News that this morning, after a bilateral meeting between President Obama …
Jason Clayworth / Des Moines Register:
BREAKING NEWS: Hundreds of Iowans thrown out of public hearing  —  More than 500 people who are upset with a plan to change Iowa's tax laws were cleared from a hearing tonight at the Iowa House after they interrupted multiple times.  —  House Speaker Pat Murphy, D-Dubuque …
Discussion: Sweetness & Light
Bloomberg:
Obama Said to Find Bankruptcy Likely for GM, Chrysler  —  President Barack Obama believes a quick, negotiated bankruptcy is the most likely way for General Motors Corp. to restructure and become a competitive automaker, people familiar with the matter said.  —  Obama also is prepared …
David Streitfeld / New York Times:
Boats Too Costly to Keep Are Littering Coastlines  —  MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. — Boat owners are abandoning ship.  —  They often sandpaper over the names and file off the registry numbers, doing their best to render the boats, and themselves, untraceable.  Then they casually ditch the vessels …
The Hill:
Momentum grows among Dems for using rules to avoid filibuster  —  Momentum among Democrats is growing to use special budget rules to push major healthcare reform this year through the Senate with a simple majority.  —  Two possible members of a House-Senate conference committee …
Discussion: Human Events and Michelle Malkin
Neil A. Lewis / New York Times:
Storm Clouds Gather Over Obama Nominees  —  WASHINGTON — Although the parties have changed places, the nomination wars continue.  —  Senate Republicans are struggling to adapt to an altered political world when it comes to candidates for federal courts and senior Justice Department posts.
Discussion: TIME.com
Bernard Lewis / Wall Street Journal:
Israel's Election System Is No Good  —  An Anglo-American constituency model would facility accountable government.  —  On Feb. 10, Israel elected a new Knesset (or parliament) — the 18th since the establishment of the state in May 1948.  Like its predecessors, it consists of a hodgepodge of 12 different parties.
Discussion: Israel Matzav and Betsy's Page
 
 
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Ben Farmer / Telegraph:
Hamid Karzai signs law ‘legalising rape in marriage’
James M. Odato / Capitol Confidential:
Tedisco may be out as leader no matter what
The Huffington Post:
Rush Limbaugh To New York: Drop Dead
 Earlier Items: 
Erick Erickson / Erick's blog:
At What Point Do People Revolt?
Danny / The Note:
McCain to Obama: Don't Be Like LBJ
Discussion: Jules Crittenden
Pascal Fletcher / Reuters:
Miss Universe says had “lot of fun” in Guantanamo
Discussion: RedState
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
GM's Problems are 50 Years in the Making
Discussion: PoliGazette and Emptywheel
Fox News:
With GM's Wagoner Ousted, Should Union Head Have Met the Same Fate?
Discussion: Publius Forum
Michael Wolff / Vanity Fair:
The Man Who Ate the G.O.P.
Discussion: Alan Colmes' Liberaland and Gawker