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9:45 AM ET, April 2, 2009


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Karl Rove / Wall Street Journal:
The President Is ‘Keeping Score’  —  Chicago politics has moved into the White House.  —  “Don't think we're not keeping score, brother.”  That's what President Barack Obama said to Rep. Peter DeFazio in a closed-door meeting of the House Democratic Caucus last week, according to the Associated Press.
Huma Khan / Political Punch:
What Does One Get a Queen?  —  President and First Lady Obama gave Her Royal Highness Queen Elizabeth II a video iPod with inscription, songs uploaded and accessories, plus a rare musical songbook signed by Richard Rodgers.  —  Uploaded onto the iPod:  — Photos from the Queen's 2007 White House State Visit
Ariel Leve / Times of London:
Protocol is abandoned as Michelle Obama cosies up to Queen
Discussion: Fox News and On Deadline
New York Times:
Conceding U.S. Lapses, Obama Resists New Bank Rules  —  LONDON — Britain predicted on Thursday that world leaders would bridge their differences on steps to recover from the deepest global economic downturn since World War II, as President Obama and his counterparts from more than 20 industrial …
Michael Calderone / Michael Calderone's Blog:
NYT asks: ‘Obama trying to muzzle press?’
Discussion: The Swamp
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Michelle Obama's Favorable Rating Eclipses Her Husband's  —  Both president and first lady are quite popular  — USA - Favorability - Government and Politics - Presidential Ratings - The Presidency - Americas - Northern America  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Americans have very positive impressions …
Frank Newport / Gallup:
Obama Working With 61% Approval on Foreign Affairs
Manu Raju / The Politico:
Franken puts Pawlenty in a jam  —  The legal fight between Al Franken and Norm Coleman is headed to the desk of Gov. Tim Pawlenty — a no-win predicament for a Minnesota Republican with his eye on a White House run in 2012.  —  Franken won big Tuesday when a three-judge panel allowed …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
THE RIGHT WON'T LET THE TAX FAIRY GO.... The National Review's Andy McCarthy had an item yesterday, which was not an April Fools' joke, and which served as a helpful reminder of why discussing tax policy with conservative activists tends to be frustrating.
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Andy McCarthy's Tax “Knowledge”
Discussion: The Corner
Scott Horton / Harper's:
Justice on Stevens  —  Attorney General Eric Holder has decided that the Justice Department should abandon the corruption conviction secured against former Alaska Senator Ted Stevens.  The bombshell decision has nothing to do with the merits of the case against Stevens-it stems from a recognition …
Andy McCarthy / The Corner:
Politicized Justice Department
Quinnipiac University:
Dodd Falls Way Behind As Approval Drops To Lowest Ever, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Voters Are Angry At AIG Bonuses And Blame Dodd  —  Connecticut Sen. Christopher Dodd trails former U.S. Rep. Rob Simmons, a possible Republican challenger, 50 - 34 percent in the 2010 Senate race …
Ted Barrett / CNN:
Senate rejects controversial fast-track budget procedure  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) - The Senate overwhelmingly voted Wednesday not to use a fast-track budget procedure to pass President Obama's “cap and trade” plan to combat global warming.  —  The vote was a victory for Republicans …
Stephen W Smith / CBS News:
Geithner On Ousting CEOs, Reviving Economy  —  Days after GM's CEO Rick Wagoner was forced out by the Obama administration, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner left open the possibility that such moves could happen again.  —  In an interview with CBS Evening News anchor Katie Couric …
Discussion: Gateway Pundit and Pajamas Media
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
White House Cheat Sheet: The Rise, Fall and Rise of Tim Geithner  —  As the G-20 global economic summit formally commences today in London, the break out star of the gatherings may not be President Obama but rather his treasury secretary Tim Geithner.  —  Geithner ran the gauntlet …
Discussion: The Buzz
Paul / Power Line:
Put country first  —  Yesterday, I observed that “in most MSM precincts you can't read about [Israel's] new Prime Minister without also reading, within a sentence or two, that he does not favor a “two-state” solution — that is, a Palestinian state next to Israel.
Khaled Abu Toameh / Jerusalem Post:
PA: Death to those who sell land to Jews  —  Article's topics: Palestinian Authority, Jerusalem, Salaam Fayad  —  The Palestinian Authority has issued yet another warning to Palestinians against selling their homes or properties to Jews, saying those who violate the order would be accused of …
Discussion: Israel Matzav
Penn Jillette / CNN:
Commentary: Is Obama skidding or crashing?  —  Editor's note: Penn Jillette — the larger, louder half of Penn & Teller — is a magician, comedian, actor, author and producer.  —  (CNN) — Counterintuitive action makes a fellow feel smart.  When I first got my driver's license …
Discussion: Don Surber
Dahlia Lithwick / Slate:
And Then They Came for Koh ...  If mainstream America can't stand up for Harold Koh, we will get precisely the government lawyers we deserve.  —  It's 11:45 a.m. on April 1, and if you run a Google News search on Harold Koh, dean of Yale Law School and President Obama's pick for legal adviser …
Reid Wilson / The Hill:
Romney breaks with GOP on the issue of deregulation  —  Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (R) said Wednesday that his party needs to take a fresh approach to government regulations in the wake of the economic crisis that has rattled the U.S. and world economies.
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The Raw Story:
Colbert weeps for Glenn Beck's sanity
Discussion: and Crooks and Liars
Karen DeYoung / Washington Post:
Lugar Urges Obama to Open Talks With Cuba, Ease Restrictions
Discussion: and Donklephant
Jim Galloway / Political Insider:
Thurbert Baker to enter 2010 race for governor
Keith Bradsher / New York Times:
China Vies to Be World's Leader in Electric Cars
Discussion: naked capitalism and Donklephant
Elisabeth Bumiller / New York Times:
Petraeus Warns About Militants' Threat to Pakistan
Discussion: Pajamas Media and TigerHawk
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Ed Schultz gets a new show on MSNBC: “The Ed Show”
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Kate Kaye / techPresident:
New York Congressional Campaign Used Rare Google Ad Tactic
Discussion: Outside The Beltway
The Week Magazine:
What the heck happened to Hillary?
Discussion: The Opinionator
Bomb blows backside off Lenin statue
Discussion: Reason, Raw Story and Don Surber
G20 protesters smash windows, clash with police
Discussion: Gates of Vienna
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
New Obama tax outrage: Nominee leaves IRS refunds unclaimed!
Glenn Thrush / Glenn Thrush's Blog:
Barney: GOP suffers “psychological disorder”
Discussion: Dr. Sanity, GayPatriot and