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11:55 PM ET, April 2, 2009


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Clarice Feldman / American Thinker:
Obama bows down to Saudi King (updated)  —  I am quite certain that this is not the protocol, and is most unbecoming a President of the United States.  —  Update: See Miss Manners on the protocol.  Americans do not bow to foreign monarchs because that act signified the monarch's power over his subjects.
Michelle Malkin:
Video: Obama's deep bow to the Saudi king  —  I have expressed my disgust many times over the years with the Bush administration's kowtowing to Saudi Arabia.  That notorious image of Bush holding hands with Saudi royalty in 2005 and doing sword dances with Wahabbists in 2008 sparked outrage on both the left and the right.
Jimmy Vielkind / Politicker NY:
Tedisco Now Leading By 12  —  As of 4:30 p.m. on April 2.  —  ALBANY—Now it's Tedisco by 12!  —  As voting machines are re-canvassed, Assembly Minority Leader Jim Tedisco has picked up 37 votes, evaporating Democrat Scott Murphy's lead in the race to replace Kirsten Gillibrand in Congress …
Hans A. von Spakovsky / The Corner:
The Shameful Disenfranchisement of the Military in New York's Congressional Race  —  Only 25 votes separate Republican Tim Tedisco and Democrat Scott Murphy in the special election for New York's 20th district.  That means the winner will be determined by 6,000 outstanding absentee ballots.
Discussion: BLACKFIVE and The Next Right
David Kurtz / Talking Points Memo:
Murphy Lead Down to 6 Votes in NY-20
Discussion: TPMDC
John McCormack / Weekly Standard:   Murphy Loses Lead to Tedisco
Natasha Korecki / Chicago Sun Times:
Blagojevich, brother indicted  —  A federal grand jury today has lodged sweeping corruption charges against the brother of ousted Gov. Rod Blagojevich as well as the former governor himself.  —  Also charged as co-defendants were Alonzo Monk, Blagojevich's former chief of staff; John Harris …
Discussion: Doug Ross
Discussion: Vanity Fair and Weekly Standard
William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
Blago Meets RICO
Discussion: Michelle Malkin and Hot Air
Valentine Low / Times of London:
Queen and Michelle Obama - the story behind a touching moment  —  G20: live blog |  Analysis: summit brinkmanship|  Interactive map and G20 background |  How G20 works |  Blog: who's missing from the family photo?  Video: The Queen meets her 11th President
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Palin calls for Begich's resignation  —  Gov. Sarah Palin (R-Alaska) called on Sen. Mark Begich (D-Alaska ) Thursday to step down from his seat and run in a special election in the wake of the Justice Department's decision to drop corruption charges against former Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska).
Erika Bolstad / Anchorage Daily News:
Palin, Ruedrich call for Begich resignation
Discussion: The Volokh Conspiracy
Robert Stacy McCain / The Other McCain:
Hysterical: Sully denies nihilism, accuses conservatives of psychopathology  —  Quoted by Ta-Nehesi Coates: … Sullivan's finger-pointing j'accuse is enthusiastically endorsed by Coates, of course.  Amazing how these “intellectuals” — including Sullivan, who pretends to the humlity of Oakeshott — just know these things, eh?
Discussion: Clayton Cramer's BLOG
James Kwak / The Baseline Scenario:
The Mark-to-Market Myth  —  Today the Financial Accounting Standards Board voted - by one vote - to relax accounting standards for certain types of securities, giving banks greater discretion in determining what price to carry them at on their balance sheets.
Peter Hamby / CNN:
Gingrich warns of third party in 2012  —  (CNN) — Former House speaker Newt Gingrich is warning of a third party mutiny in 2012 if Republicans don't figure out a way to shape up.  —  “If the Republicans can't break out of being the right wing party of big government, then I think you would …
David Catanese / KYTV-TV:
Gingrich skewers Obama fiscal policy in local speech
Discussion: The Politico
David M. Halbfinger / City Room:
Paterson Bids Rush Limbaugh Farewell  —  Rush Limbaugh is fed up with taxes in New York and with Gov. David A. Paterson in particular.  The radio talk-show host denounced the so-called millionaires' tax in the new state budget and then announced on the air this week that he would be packing up and leaving town.
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and Salon
Pew Research Center:
Public Knows Basic Facts About Financial Crisis  —  More Know Unemployment Rate than Dow Average  —  The latest Pew Research Center News IQ survey finds the American public reasonably well-informed about a number of basic facts pertaining to the current economic situation.
New York Times:
Jury Says Professor Was Wrongly Fired  —  DENVER — A jury ruled Thursday that Ward L. Churchill, a former University of Colorado professor who drew national attention for an essay in which he called some victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks “little Eichmanns,” was wrongfully terminated.
Peter Hamby / CNN:
Terry McAuliffe not laughing at Huckabee joke  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) - Terry McAuliffe, the jovial former chairman of the Democratic National Committee now running for governor in Virginia, is not laughing at one of Mike Huckabee's jokes.  —  During a recent appearance on behalf of Bob McDonnell …
Discussion: Weekly Standard
Media Matters for America:
April Fools: Ann Coulter falls for fake Obama NASCAR story … In her April 1 column, Ann Coulter fell for a fake April Fools' Day article by Car and Driver magazine that claimed that President Obama has ordered General Motors and Chrysler to cease their participation in NASCAR because it is an “unnecessary expenditure.”
Mark Hemingway / The Corner:
Too Absurd to Be Real?  —  PJ O'Rourke, The Weekly Standard, Febuary 9, 2009: The next great government crusade will be against soap.  The president will appoint a Blue Ribbon Commission, which will determine that soap releases polluting grime into the ecosystem, leads to aquifer depletion …
Discussion: TigerHawk
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Should Norm Coleman Concede?  —  In the two days since a three judge state panel handed Norm Coleman a major setback in his election contest against entertainer Al Franken (D) the former Minnesota senator has made clear that he has no plans to declare defeat anytime soon.
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Christopher Hayes / The Nation:
Pulp Nonfiction  —  Two years in Washington have started to make me feel jaded.  I've come to expect that even nobly conceived laws will be manipulated and distorted for private ends.  But once in a while I hear a story that gives me the queasy feeling that I'm nowhere near cynical enough.
Discussion: MoJo Blog Posts
Fox News:
The Myth of 90 Percent: Only a Small Fraction of Guns in Mexico Come From U.S.  —  While 90 percent of the guns traced to the U.S. actually originated in the United States, the percent traced to the U.S. is only about 17 percent of the total number of guns reaching Mexico.  —
Eric Bolling / Fox News:
White House Corrects Conference Call Number After Directing Reporters to Sex Line  —  In a press release, the White House accidentally listed a phone sex number for journalists seeking an “on-the-record briefing call with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and National Security Advisor Jim Jones to discuss the NATO summit.”
Now! Hampshire:
Shea-Porter Staff Seeks “Refuge” from Tea Bag  —  Taxpayer tea parties have rattled some politicians in Washington, as thousands have gathered in cities across America to object to President Obama's spending policies.  But no politician was rattled as severely as the staff of Rep. Carol Shea-Porter (D-NH) was yesterday.
Discussion: Hot Air and Riehl World View
James Hamilton / Econbrowser:
Causes of the Oil Shock of 2007-08  —  I will be presenting my latest research paper, Causes and Consequences of the Oil Shock of 2007-08, at a conference today at the Brookings Institution.  Here I review some results from that paper about what caused oil prices to rise so spectacularly …
Discussion: Salon and TigerHawk
Dana Goldstein / American Prospect:
WHO'S MISSING FROM THE G-20 PHOTO OP?  —  The male spouses, that's who.  Check out this photograph of the G-20 spouses.  Conspicuously absent are Néstor Kirchner, the former president of Argentina and husband of that nation's current leader, Cristina Kirchner, as well as Joachim Sauer …
Huma Khan / Political Punch:
Sources: Obama Plays Peacemaker in French-Chinese Smackdown Over Tax Havens  —  According to sources inside the room, President Obama just played peacemaker in a spat between French President Nicolas Sarkozy and Hu Jintao, President of the People's Republic of China.
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and DownWithTyranny!
Jeremy Page / Times of London:
Video: radicals beat girl, 17, in Islamic stronghold of Swat, Pakistan  —  This grainy footage appears to show a 17-year-old girl being beaten by Islamic radicals in Pakistan's northwestern region of Swat, where Sharia law was introduced after the government reached a truce with the Taleban in February.
Discussion: Guardian and Atlas Shrugs
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Tobacco regulation approved by House  —  The House today voted to give the Food and Drug Administration unprecedented powers to regulate the tobacco industry, after years of crusading by anti-smoking groups for the government to exert more control.  —  The measure would allow the FDA to reject …
Blue Texan / Firedoglake:
Eric Cantor Predicts GOP House Takeover in 2010  —  Heee-larious. … Keep praising super unpopular public figures, Eric.  Electoral gold. … Exactly.  —  What we really need right now are forward-thinking, out-of-the-box, truly untried and innovative policies, like tax cuts.
Totus / Barack Obama's Teleprompter's Blog:
New Friends  —  This morning, Big Guy was really excited when he saw that his campaign slogan was resonating with young people over here in London.  Having that kind of affect on the his fellow youthful citizens of the world is the main reason Big O is holding town hall meetings with young people over here.
Discussion: Moe Lane
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Carl Hulse / New York Times:
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Timothy Egan / New York Times:
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