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11:20 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.
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 Her Royal Highness Queen Elizabeth II a video iPod with inscription, songs uploaded and accessories, plus a rare musical songbook signed by Richard Rodgers.  —  Uploaded onto the iPod:  — Photos from the Queen's 2007 White House State Visit
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.
Discussion: Gawker
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Confirmed: Queen's iPod includes Obama's speeches
Discussion: protein wisdom
BBC:
France demands tougher G20 rules
Discussion: TIME.com and Associated Press
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.
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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.
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
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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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 …
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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!
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
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 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: Washington Monthly and MyDD
Frank Newport / Gallup:
Obama Working With 61% Approval on Foreign Affairs  —  President does less well on the economy and the deficit  — USA - Foreign Affairs - Government and Politics - Leadership - Presidential Ratings - The Presidency - Americas - Northern America  —  PRINCETON, NJ — President Barack Obama …
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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The Week Magazine:
What the heck happened to Hillary?  —  What has gotten into Hillary Clinton?  —  Since taking office on February 2, Clinton has gone from being one of the most guarded public figures in the history of hemming and hawing, to one of the straightest-talking secretaries of state imaginable.
Discussion: The Opinionator
Binyamin Appelbaum / Washington Post:
Four Banks Are First to Return U.S. Aid  —  Four regional banks from around the country yesterday became the first firms to repay emergency aid from the government, but the show of strength also underscored concerns about the health of a key element of the federal economic recovery program.
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 …
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
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: Don Surber, Reason and Raw Story
Ryan / The Bellows:
Inflation: Bring It On  —  Ezra refers to a good post by James Hamilton on how recent Fed actions — specifically, growing its balance sheet and changing its composition in historically unusual ways — could compromise its ability to fight inflation.  He writes: … We need not worry about hyperinflation.
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
 
 
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