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10:40 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 —  Holder Overrode Ruling That Measure Is Unconstitutional  —  Justice Department lawyers concluded in an unpublished opinion earlier this year that the historic D.C. voting rights bill pending in Congress is unconstitutional …
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
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 …
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 …
Christy Hardin Smith / Firedoglake:
Hulk Smash Indictment? DOJ to Drop All Charges Against Ted Stevens
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.
The New Republic:   Vote of Confidence: Murphy Refutes Murphy's Law
Josh Kraushaar / Scorecard's Blog:
Tedisco's unconventional GOTV
Discussion: D-Day, Wonkette and FiveThirtyEight
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  —  The big news so far from President Obama's visit to London is his just completed meeting with Russian President Dmitriy Medvedev, at left.  The two leaders agreed to negotiate a new treaty designed to further reduce and limit strategic weapons.
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
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 …
Noam N. Levey / Los Angeles Times:
Health nominee Sebelius reveals tax troubles  —  Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, Obama's pick for Health and Human Services secretary, did not pay $7,040 in taxes between 2005 and 2007.  She paid the back taxes and penalty after they were identified.  —  Reporting from Washington …
Discussion: BBC, Wonkette and Political Machine
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Tahman Bradley / Political Punch:
Another Obama Cabinet Official Makes Amends with the IRS
 
 
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Julian Borger / Guardian:
Iran offers to help US in Afghanistan
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Alissa J. Rubin / New York Times:
Militants Show New Boldness in Cities of Iraq
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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
Washington Times:
Conyers weighing probe of ACORN
Discussion: Gateway Pundit and Instapundit
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Israel's Election System Is No Good
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Neil A. Lewis / New York Times:
Storm Clouds Gather Over Obama Nominees
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Erick Erickson / Erick's blog:
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David Streitfeld / New York Times:
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