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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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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 —  Holder Overrode Ruling That Measure Is Unconstitutional  —  Justice Department lawyers concluded in an unpublished opinion earlier this year that the historic D.C. voting rights bill pending in Congress is unconstitutional …
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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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
A BUDGET PERFECT FOR APRIL FOOLS' DAY.... Rumor has it that Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, the ranking Republican on the House Budget Committee, is one of the House GOP Caucus' sharper members.  He has a reputation for knowing what he's talking about, and doing his homework.
Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
GOP has unified budget message but is split on spending
Discussion: The Politico
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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The Politico:
In NY20 race: 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.
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.
Jeremy Jacobs / The Hill:
GOP: Democrats trying to ‘steal’ NY-20
Mark Murray / MSNBC:
THE LATEST REGARDING NY-20
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's … and Raw Story
David A. Patten / NewsMax.com:
NY GOP Moves To Block Franken-Style Vote Grab
Alistair MacDonald / Real Time Economics:
Obama Wades Into Murky Waters of Diplomatic Protocol  —  The goods news out of London is that Barack Obama has reaffirmed America's “special relationship” with the U.K. The bad news is that the “affinity and kinship” that the U.S. president spoke of apparently only extends to England.
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Toby Harnden's blog listings:
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.
Jonah Goldberg / The Corner:   Obama's Gift to the Queen
BBC:   France demands tougher G20 rules
Andrew Walden / Front Page Magazine:
Barack Obama: Born in Hawaii  —  A fairly impressive internet industry has sprung up claiming that Obama was born in either Kenya or Indonesia.  This is nonsense which distracts from the broadly unexplored story of Obama's upbringing.  This kind of nonsense has emerged because the McCain campaign chose …
Discussion: pw and Little Green Footballs
Amanda Terkel / Think Progress:
Joe the Plumber stumped on Employee Free Choice Act: 'I don't know everything about everything.'  —  Samuel Joseph Wurzelbacher, better known as “Joe the Plumber,” is currently in Pennsylvania shilling against the Employee Free Choice Act on behalf of the anti-labor group Americans for Prosperity.
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Tom Woodruff / The Huffington Post:
Depression in California's Inland Empire Shows Need for Employee Free Choice Act
Discussion: Calitics
Carrie Dann / National Journal Online:
Public's Sound And Fury Over Budget Are As Deafening As ‘Crickets Chirping’  —  With President Obama's $3.6 trillion budget hitting the House and Senate floors this week, groups for and against the spending plan have issued strong appeals for citizens to pick up their phones and let their voices be heard on Capitol Hill.
Discussion: The Hill and The Plum Line
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Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
FIRST THOUGHTS: ALL TIED UP  —  From Chuck Todd, Mark Murray, and Domenico Montanaro
Discussion: Associated Press and The Note
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 …
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
So Erick Erickson Says He Wants a Revolution  —  Erick Erickson is mad as hell and asks “at what point do people revolt?” … At issue here is . . . an environmental regulation relating to dishwasher detergent.  —  I think it's safe to say that we're not going to see violence in the streets over this one.
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
Think Progress:
Fox & Friends Embraces O'Reilly Harassment Tactics, Sends Producer To Stalk College Professor  —  This morning, Fox and Friends praised producer Griff Jenkins for stalking and ambushing Columbia University professor Alan Brinkley to grill him on portions of his book Jenkins found objectionable.
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.”
Sayed Salahuddin / Reuters:
U.S. reconciliation offer “lunatic”: Taliban spokesman  —  Featured Topics: - Barack Obama - Presidential Transition  —  KABUL (Reuters) - Taliban insurgents reject a U.S. offer of “honorable reconciliation,” a top spokesman said on Wednesday, calling it a “lunatic idea” …
Joseph E. Stiglitz / New York Times:
Obama's Ersatz Capitalism  —  THE Obama administration's $500 billion or more proposal to deal with America's ailing banks has been described by some in the financial markets as a win-win-win proposal.  Actually, it is a win-win-lose proposal: the banks win, investors win — and taxpayers lose.
Discussion: MoJo Blog Posts and TalkLeft
Bloggingheads.tv:
go to forum  —  Re: Oral Twittering (Robert Wright & Mickey Kaus)  —  Another blow to the Fire Mickey Kaus agenda?  —  Re: Oral Twittering (Robert Wright & Mickey Kaus)  —  I think the air went out of the Ezra Klein balloon when he was able to keep a straight face while claiming …
Discussion: Kausfiles
Fox News:
Koh, No?  Critics Decry Obama Nominee for State Department Legal Adviser  —  Harold Koh, President Obama's pick to become one of the State Department's top lawyers, has ignited fury among critics who say his legal views are a threat to American democracy.  —  FOXNews.com
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 …
CNBC:
Job Losses at 742,00 in March; Planned Layoffs Fall  —  Job losses in the U.S. private sector accelerated in March, more than economists' expectations, according to a report by ADP Employer Services Wednesday.  —  Private employers cut jobs by a record 742,000 in March versus a 706,000 revised cut …
Discussion: TalkLeft
 
 
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Adam Serwer / American Prospect:
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Earth population ‘exceeds limits’
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