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10:45 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 —  Holder Overrode Ruling That Measure Is Unconstitutional  —  Justice Department lawyers concluded in an unpublished opinion earlier this year that the historic D.C. voting rights bill pending in Congress is unconstitutional …
Del Quentin Wilber / Washington Post:
U.S. Seeks to Drop Case Against Former Sen. Stevens  —  The Justice Department filed court papers this morning asking a federal judge to toss out the conviction of former senator Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) on corruption charges.  —  The move comes as a federal judge was preparing to conduct hearings …
Josh Gerstein / The Politico:
Holder abandons Stevens prosecution  —  Attorney General Eric Holder has decided to abandon the criminal prosecution that brought an end to the political career of one of Washington's most powerful figures: former senator Ted Stevens of Alaska.  —  Stevens, 84, was convicted in October …
Devlin Barrett / Associated Press:
Feds drop case against former Sen. Stevens  —  Featured Topics: - Barack Obama - Presidential Transition  —  WASHINGTON - The Justice Department said Wednesday it would drop corruption charges against former Sen. Ted Stevens because prosecutors withheld evidence from the senator's defense team during his trial.
Discussion: Wizbang and DISSENTING JUSTICE
Christy Hardin Smith / Firedoglake:
Hulk Smash Indictment?  DOJ to Drop All Charges Against Ted Stevens  —  Lego Hulk via dunechaser.  —  NPR's Nina Totenberg reports that DOJ sources say Ted Stevens' indictment will be dismissed this morning by AG Eric Holder.  This would, effectively, end pending criminal sentencing from Stevens' trial.
Discussion: At-Largely
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.
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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.
Baltimore Sun:
Steele chides GOP for infighting  —  Embattled Republican National Committee Chairman Michael S. Steele lashed out at GOP infighting Tuesday and urged the party faithful - some of whom have criticized his erratic statements - to be more like him: “unconventional, unpredictable ... to do from time to time the unexpected.”
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's … and TPMDC
The New Republic:   Vote of Confidence: Murphy Refutes Murphy's Law
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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The Hill:
Momentum grows among Dems for using rules to avoid filibuster
Discussion: Human Events and Michelle Malkin
Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
GOP has unified budget message but is split on spending
Discussion: MSNBC
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 …
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 …
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Kevin Hechtkopf / CBS News:
Text: Statement From Obama, Medvedev
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
Washington Post:
Obama and Medvedev to Announce Broad U.S.-Russia Agreement
Discussion: Time and TIME.com
Times of London:
Brown and Obama deny G20 splits as protesters scuffle with police  —  Anti-capitalist protesters scuffled with police outside the Bank of England today as Gordon Brown received a series of world leaders in Downing Street to prepare for tomorrow's G20 summit.
Discussion: Reason and naked capitalism
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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 …
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
New York Times:
Franken Wins Ruling in Minnesota Senate Race  —  WASHINGTON — Al Franken, the comedian turned politician, won a potentially decisive court ruling on Tuesday in his bid to replace Norm Coleman, a Minnesota Republican trying to hold on to his Senate seat.  —  A three-judge panel ruled …
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Peter Hamby / CNN:
Palin replaced as headliner for Republican dinner
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.
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Noam N. Levey / Los Angeles Times:
Health nominee Sebelius reveals tax troubles
Discussion: BBC, Wonkette and Political Machine
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 …
 
 
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Martin Wolf / Financial Times:
Why G20 leaders will fail to deal with the big challenge
Discussion: BBC
Libby Purves / Times of London:
On the spot: G20 battle between police and protesters outside RBS in City of London
Discussion: Michelle Malkin
Julian Borger / Guardian:
Iran offers to help US in Afghanistan
Discussion: The Reaction
Alissa J. Rubin / New York Times:
Militants Show New Boldness in Cities of Iraq
Discussion: The Daily Dish and Flopping Aces
Reuters:
U.S. private sector axes 742,000 jobs in March
Discussion: Flopping Aces
Michael A. Cohen / The Politico:
Democrats and their new stand
Discussion: democracyarsenal.org
 Earlier Items: 
Washington Times:
Conyers weighing probe of ACORN
Discussion: Gateway Pundit and Instapundit
Bernard Lewis / Wall Street Journal:
Israel's Election System Is No Good
Discussion: Israel Matzav and Betsy's Page
Neil A. Lewis / New York Times:
Storm Clouds Gather Over Obama Nominees
Discussion: The Marathon Blog and TIME.com
David Streitfeld / New York Times:
Boats Too Costly to Keep Are Littering Coastlines