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9:50 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 —  Holder Overrode Ruling That Measure Is Unconstitutional  —  Justice Department lawyers concluded in an unpublished opinion earlier this year that the historic D.C. voting rights bill pending in Congress is unconstitutional …
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 …
Fox News:
Justice Department Files Motion to Drop Case Against Former Alaska 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
Discussion: Power Line and Gateway Pundit
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.
Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
GOP has unified budget message but is split on spending  —  Congressional Republicans have united on a budget message against President Obama's blueprint but are divided on their own spending plan.  —  GOP lawmakers on both sides of the Capitol have repeatedly said the president's budget …
Discussion: MSNBC
The New Republic:   Vote of Confidence: Murphy Refutes Murphy's Law
Josh Kraushaar / Scorecard's Blog:
Tedisco's unconventional GOTV
Discussion: Wonkette and FiveThirtyEight
James M. Odato / Capitol Confidential:
Tedisco may be out as leader no matter what
Discussion: The Daily Politics and G-O-T-V
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 …
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 …
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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Chad Pergram / Fox News:
Republicans Disinvite Palin to Major Fundraiser  —  Congressional Republicans Tuesday decided to ditch Sarah Palin in favor of Newt Gingrich for the critical House-Senate fundraising dinner in Washington June 8.  —  FOXNews.com  —  Sarah Palin is out and Newt Gingrich is in.
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Peter Hamby / CNN:
Palin replaced as headliner for Republican dinner
Guardian:
Obama arrives in Downing Street for talks with Brown  —  US president cheered by No 10 staff as he and wife Michelle arrive for discussions with prime minister  —  • Live blog: G20 summit and protests  —  Barack Obama arrived in Downing Street this morning for talks with Gordon Brown …
Discussion: TIME.com
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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 …
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: The Marathon Blog and TIME.com
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 …
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
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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Michael A. Cohen / The Politico:
Democrats and their new stand
Discussion: democracyarsenal.org
Washington Times:
Conyers weighing probe of ACORN
Discussion: Gateway Pundit and Instapundit
Paul D. Ryan / Wall Street Journal:
The GOP's Alternative Budget
Discussion: Townhall.com
Bernard Lewis / Wall Street Journal:
Israel's Election System Is No Good
Discussion: Israel Matzav and Betsy's Page
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The Huffington Post:
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At What Point Do People Revolt?
David Streitfeld / New York Times:
Boats Too Costly to Keep Are Littering Coastlines
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
Michael Wolff / Vanity Fair:
The Man Who Ate the G.O.P.
Discussion: Alan Colmes' Liberaland and Gawker