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7:30 AM ET, April 2, 2009

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Nia-Malika Henderson / The Politico:
Did Obama's iPod gift make the cut?  —  What do you get for a woman who has everything—palaces, crown jewels, a nation at her feet?  If you're President Barack Obama, and it's the Queen of England, a personalized iPod, of course.  —  The bestowing of the Royal iPod brought a cringe …
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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.
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
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Confirmed: Queen's iPod includes Obama's speeches  —  Hey, you never know when Hopenchange fee-vah might strike.  She could be sitting there, listening to show tunes, and suddenly think, “You know what I'm in the mood for?  Obama's 2004 convention speech.”  Only a quick menu-scroll away.
Discussion: protein wisdom
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Obama's iPod: Queen Elizabeth plugs in
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
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Howard Schneider / Washington Post:
Israeli Parliament Approves Netanyahu as Prime Minister
Discussion: Power Line and NewsBusters.org
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
Helene Cooper / The Caucus:
We're Not Keeping Score, but...  LONDON — Is President Obama trying to muzzle his press corps?  —  The standard form during “joint press availabilities” — bureaucratic lingo for press conferences where leaders from two different countries stand next to each other and take questions from reporters …
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Michael Calderone / Michael Calderone's Blog:
NYT asks: ‘Obama trying to muzzle press?’
Discussion: The Swamp
Frank Newport / Gallup:
Obama Working With 61% Approval on Foreign Affairs  —  President does less well on the economy and the deficit  — USA - Foreign Affairs - Government and Politics - Leadership - Presidential Ratings - The Presidency - Americas - Northern America  —  PRINCETON, NJ — President Barack Obama …
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Ed Schultz gets a new show on MSNBC: “The Ed Show”  —  Keith Olbermann just announced on Countdown that Ed Schultz has a new show on MSNBC.  It starts Monday at 6PM EST and it's called “The Ed Show”  —  UPDATE: Here's some of the press release. … It's good to see that David Shuster will still be part of their lineup.
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 …
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
Jim Galloway / Political Insider:
Thurbert Baker to enter 2010 race for governor  —  Twelve-year Attorney General Thurbert Baker will enter the 2010 race for governor, a move that could make the Democratic side of the contest every bit as complicated as the Republican one.  —  Jeff DiSantis, acting as a spokesman for Baker …
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 …
Discussion: TIME.com
Kate Kaye / techPresident:
New York Congressional Campaign Used Rare Google Ad Tactic  —  Yesterday's closely-watched special congressional election in New York's 20th District prompted the use of a rarely-employed online ad tactic some liken to carpet bombing.  Call it the “Google Surge” or the “Google Network Blast …
Discussion: Outside The Beltway
Jimmy Vielkind / Politicker NY:
Now Murphy by Just 25?  —  ALBANY—Jim Tedisco is closing the gap, his people say, and the Assembly minority leader now trails by 25 votes.  —  I was on the phone with aide Bill Sherman, when I heard cheers coming from behind him at the Republican State Committee headquarters on State Street.
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The Huffington Post:
GOP Budget Plan Assumes Americans Would Choose Higher Tax Rate  —  House Republicans set themselves a high bar last week when they promised to deliver an alternative budget that drastically slashed taxes while also cutting the deficit further than the White House has proposed.
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Elisabeth Bumiller / New York Times:
Petraeus Warns About Militants' Threat to Pakistan  —  WASHINGTON — Gen. David H. Petraeus, the top American commander for Iraq and Afghanistan, warned a Senate panel on Wednesday that militant extremists in Pakistan “could literally take down their state” if left unchallenged …
Discussion: Pajamas Media
Keith Bradsher / New York Times:
China Vies to Be World's Leader in Electric Cars  —  TIANJIN, China — Chinese leaders have adopted a plan aimed at turning the country into one of the leading producers of hybrid and all-electric vehicles within three years, and making it the world leader in electric cars and buses after that.
Discussion: Donklephant and naked capitalism
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Andy McCarthy's Tax “Knowledge”  —  Andy McCarthy writes, in what I understand is not an April Fool's Day post, that: … Every time I read this kind of thing I wonder: Why on earth does McCarthy think that Obama is stubbornly refusing to cut taxes when doing so would raise revenues?
P.J. Gladnick / NewsBusters.org:
David Letterman Calls Bill O'Reilly a ‘Goon’ During Heated Interview  —  Whenever Bill O'Reilly appears on the David Letterman show you just know sparks are going to fly due to Letterman's inability to keep his anger managed and last night's show did not disappoint although it seems that Letterman …
Discussion: Hot Air and Big Hollywood
BBC:
Bomb blows backside off Lenin statue  —  One of Russia's most famous statues of Vladimir Lenin has been bombed, leaving the Bolshevik revolutionary with a gaping hole in his rear.  —  The bronze statue, in the city of St Petersburg, was badly damaged before dawn on Wednesday, when the blast blew a hole in Lenin's coat.
Discussion: Reason, Raw Story and Don Surber
The Week Magazine:
What the heck happened to Hillary?  —  What has gotten into Hillary Clinton?  —  Since taking office on February 2, Clinton has gone from being one of the most guarded public figures in the history of hemming and hawing, to one of the straightest-talking secretaries of state imaginable.
Discussion: The Opinionator
 
 
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