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9:30 PM ET, April 1, 2009

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Barack Obama's gift for the Queen: an iPod, your Majesty  —  Barack Obama met the Queen at Buckingham Palace today and gave her a gift of an iPod loaded with video footage and photographs of her 2007 United States visit to Richmond, Jamestown and Williamsburg in Virginia.
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Jonah Goldberg / The Corner:
Obama's Gift to the Queen  —  This just in: Diplomatic jaws dropped across the continent yesterday when it was revealed that U.S. President Barack Obama had, once again, fumbled a routine protocal of international statecraft: finding the right gift for a foreign leader or head of state.
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Obama's iPod: Queen Elizabeth plugs in  —  What does one give the Queen?  —  If one is President Barack Obama, paying a formal visit with the first lady to Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace, as the Obamas did today, one gives her majesty:  — One iPod, loaded to play.
Nia-Malika Henderson / The Politico:
Did Obama's iPod gift make the cut?  —  What do you get for a woman who has everything—palaces, crown jewels, a nation at her feet?  If you're President Barack Obama, and it's the Queen of England, a personalized iPod, of course.  —  The bestowing of the Royal iPod brought a cringe …
Huma Khan / Political Punch:
What Does One Get a Queen?  —  President and First Lady Obama gave …
Discussion: Hot Air
BBC:
France demands tougher G20 rules
Discussion: TIME.com and Associated Press
Paul D. Ryan / Wall Street Journal:
The GOP's Alternative Budget  —  President Obama offers us the option of European big government.  —  Today, the House of Representatives will consider two budget plans that represent dramatically different visions for our nation's future.  —  We will first consider President Barack Obama's plan.
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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
REASSURINGLY THE SAME  —  I realize that it doesn't afford me a lot of opportunities for personal or spiritual growth.  But I'm nonetheless comforted by the fact that the Republicans running things in the House GOP caucus are still as clinically insane as in years past.
The Huffington Post:
GOP Budget Plan Assumes Americans Would Choose Higher Tax Rate  —  House Republicans set themselves a high bar last week when they promised to deliver an alternative budget that drastically slashed taxes while also cutting the deficit further than the White House has proposed.
The Huffington Post:
White House: House GOP Budget A “Joke”
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Blue Texan / Firedoglake:
The GOP is Officially Michael Steele's Party Now
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Joe The Plumber Admits He Knows “Little” About EFCA, Gets Jeered By Workers  —  Oof.  Looks like Joe the Plumber's campaigning against the Employee Free Choice Act in Pennsylvania didn't go so well.  —  Mr. Plumber, whose appearances were organized by the anti-EFCA group Americans for Prosperity …
Discussion: MyDD and Wonkette
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Amanda Terkel / Think Progress:
Joe the Plumber stumped on Employee Free Choice Act: 'I don't know everything about everything.'  —  Samuel Joseph Wurzelbacher, better known as “Joe the Plumber,” is currently in Pennsylvania shilling against the Employee Free Choice Act on behalf of the anti-labor group Americans for Prosperity.
Laura Vecsey / PennLive.com:
‘Plumber’ stirs anger during rally
Discussion: AmSpecBlog
Calvin Woodward / Associated Press:
PROMISES, PROMISES: Obama tax pledge up in smoke  —  Featured Topics: - Barack Obama - Presidential Transition  —  WASHINGTON - One of President Barack Obama's campaign pledges on taxes went up in puffs of smoke Wednesday.  —  The largest increase in tobacco taxes took effect despite Obama's promise …
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Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
New Obama tax outrage: Nominee leaves IRS refunds unclaimed!
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Democrats Predict 210-Vote Victory in NY-20  —  Venture capitalist Scott Murphy (D) will win the special election in New York's 20th district by 210 votes after all outstanding absentee and military ballots are counted, according to projections made by Democratic Party officials and obtained by the Fix.
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Helene Cooper / The Caucus:
We're Not Keeping Score, but...  LONDON — Is President Obama trying to muzzle his press corps?  —  The standard form during “joint press availabilities” — bureaucratic lingo for press conferences where leaders from two different countries stand next to each other and take questions from reporters …
Discussion: Political Machine
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Michael Calderone / Michael Calderone's Blog:
NYT asks: ‘Obama trying to muzzle press?’  —  NY Times White House reporter Helene Cooper, reporting from London, asked a provocative question on the paper's politics blog today: “Is Obama trying to muzzle his press corps.”  (That item quickly moved to the lead story on Huffington Post).
Discussion: The Swamp
Anchorage Daily News:
Attorney general drops Stevens prosecution  —  WASHINGTON — The Justice Department moved to dismiss former Sen. Ted Stevens' indictment this morning, effectively voiding his Oct. 27 conviction on seven counts of filing false statements on his Senate financial disclosure forms.The decision …
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P.J. Gladnick / NewsBusters.org:
David Letterman Calls Bill O'Reilly a ‘Goon’ During Heated Interview  —  Whenever Bill O'Reilly appears on the David Letterman show you just know sparks are going to fly due to Letterman's inability to keep his anger managed and last night's show did not disappoint although it seems that Letterman …
Discussion: Salon, Hot Air and Big Hollywood
David Crary / Associated Press:
Retired military officers: keep ban on gays  —  NEW YORK - More than 1,000 retired military officers, including several who were top commanders, are urging President Barack Obama and Congress to maintain the law that bars gays from serving openly in the armed forces.
Discussion: The Huffington Post
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Brandon Friedman / VetVoice:   DADT: 20th Century Generals Confront Reality of Modern Military
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
The Inevitable Triumph of the Neocons  —  Robert Farley expresses skepticism that Bill Kristol's new Foreign Policy Initiative is going to succeed: … I think that's way too optimistic.  The commanding heights of the information economy remain incredibly friendly to neocon perspectives.
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M. Duss / Wonk Room:
Brose: Neocons Are Just Alright
David Neiwert / Crooks and Liars:
Bachmann-Turnip Overdrive: Clueless ‘global currency’ paranoia in high gear  —  It seems to be slowly sinking through the addled pates of Michelle Bachmann and her avid codependents, like Glenn Beck (henceforth dubbed “the Turnip"), that all this talk about “replacing the dollar with a global currency” …
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Eric Kleefeld / TPMDC:
Bachmann Talks Up Anti-Global Money Amendment, Gets 30 Cosponsors
Discussion: MyDD and Washington Monthly
Moe Tkacik / TPMMuckraker:
Harvard Derivatives Whiz Fired For Emailing Larry Summers About “Frightening” Trades?  —  A former quantitative analyst at Harvard Management Company, the university's once-vaunted endowment manager, tells the Harvard Crimson she was fired for voicing concern to then-university president Larry Summers' chief …
New York Post:
MASTHEAD MASSACRE  —  FORBES AXES AT LEAST 20 FROM MAG AND WEB  —  RIGHT about now, U2 front man Bono is probably wondering what he's gotten himself into by buying such a big stake in Forbes Media.  —  Yesterday, the company cut at least 20 editorial positions in the latest move to stay ahead …
Discussion: The Huffington Post
BBC:
Bomb blows backside off Lenin statue  —  One of Russia's most famous statues of Vladimir Lenin has been bombed, leaving the Bolshevik revolutionary with a gaping hole in his rear.  —  The bronze statue, in the city of St Petersburg, was badly damaged before dawn on Wednesday, when the blast blew a hole in Lenin's coat.
Discussion: Raw Story, Don Surber and Reason
Glenn Thrush / The Politico:
Barney: GOP suffers psych disorder  —  House Financial Services Chairman Barney Frank was in quite a mood on the floor of the House today — questioning the sanity of Texas Republican John Culberson and other conservatives over their opposition to the new AIG bonus bill.
Discussion: TIME.com and GayPatriot
Rep. Alan Grayson / The Huffington Post:
Stop Stealing Our Money  —  I was elected last November because the people wanted change.  And nowhere is change more desperately needed than on Wall Street, which is apparently the only place in the world where you can steal from the taxpayers and then bill them for services rendered.
 
 
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