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9:45 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 —  Holder Overrode Ruling That Measure Is Unconstitutional  —  Justice Department lawyers concluded in an unpublished opinion earlier this year that the historic D.C. voting rights bill pending in Congress is unconstitutional …
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 …
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
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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
Discussion: DISSENTING JUSTICE
Josh Kraushaar / Scorecard's Blog:
Tedisco's unconventional GOTV
Discussion: Wonkette and FiveThirtyEight
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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Manu Raju / The Politico:
Court ruling favors Franken
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
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 …
 
 
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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
Tahman Bradley / Political Punch:
Another Obama Cabinet Official Makes Amends with the IRS
Discussion: AmSpecBlog
 Earlier Items: 
James M. Odato / Capitol Confidential:
Tedisco may be out as leader no matter what
Discussion: The Daily Politics and G-O-T-V
The Huffington Post:
Rush Limbaugh To New York: Drop Dead
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
Michael Wolff / Vanity Fair:
The Man Who Ate the G.O.P.
Discussion: Alan Colmes' Liberaland and Gawker