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2:30 AM ET, April 2, 2009

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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.
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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 …
Jonah Goldberg / The Corner:
Obama's Gift to the Queen  —  This just in: Diplomatic jaws dropped across the continent yesterday when it was revealed that U.S. President Barack Obama had, once again, fumbled a routine protocal of international statecraft: finding the right gift for a foreign leader or head of state.
Discussion: alicublog
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
Mark Silva / The Swamp:   Obama's iPod: Queen Elizabeth plugs in
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Confirmed: Queen's iPod includes Obama's speeches
Discussion: protein wisdom
BBC:
France demands tougher G20 rules
Discussion: TIME.com and Associated Press
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Reassuringly the Same  —  I realize that it doesn't afford me a lot of opportunities for personal or spiritual growth.  But I'm nonetheless comforted by the fact that the Republicans running things in the House GOP caucus are still as clinically insane as in years past.
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Blue Texan / Firedoglake:
The GOP is Officially Michael Steele's Party Now
The Huffington Post:
White House: House GOP Budget A “Joke”
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Paul D. Ryan / Wall Street Journal:
The GOP's Alternative Budget
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?’  —  NY Times White House reporter Helene Cooper, reporting from London, asked a provocative question on the paper's politics blog today: “Is Obama trying to muzzle his press corps.”  (That item quickly moved to the lead story on Huffington Post).
Discussion: The Swamp
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 …
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Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
New Obama tax outrage: Nominee leaves IRS refunds unclaimed!
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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Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Joe The Plumber Admits He Knows “Little” About EFCA, Gets Jeered By Workers  —  Oof.  Looks like Joe the Plumber's campaigning against the Employee Free Choice Act in Pennsylvania didn't go so well.  —  Mr. Plumber, whose appearances were organized by the anti-EFCA group Americans for Prosperity …
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David Neiwert / Crooks and Liars:
Bachmann-Turnip Overdrive: Clueless ‘global currency’ paranoia in high gear  —  It seems to be slowly sinking through the addled pates of Michelle Bachmann and her avid codependents, like Glenn Beck (henceforth dubbed “the Turnip"), that all this talk about “replacing the dollar with a global currency” …
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Eric Kleefeld / TPMDC:
Bachmann Talks Up Anti-Global Money Amendment, Gets 30 Cosponsors
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
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
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.
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?
Discussion: The Corner
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
The Inevitable Triumph of the Neocons  —  Robert Farley expresses skepticism that Bill Kristol's new Foreign Policy Initiative is going to succeed: … I think that's way too optimistic.  The commanding heights of the information economy remain incredibly friendly to neocon perspectives.
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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 …
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 …
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
Alan Grayson Attacked by Republicans on Floor of House: CSPAN Now  —  John Culberson of Texas is on the floor of the House, attacking Alan Grayson by saying that his bill to limit bonuses to TARP recipients is bad because the House rushed the Stimulus bill.  Barney Frank is responding with shock …
Discussion: D-Day and Hullabaloo
Binyamin Appelbaum / Washington Post:
Four Banks Are First to Return U.S. Aid  —  Four regional banks from around the country yesterday became the first firms to repay emergency aid from the government, but the show of strength also underscored concerns about the health of a key element of the federal economic recovery program.
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
 
 
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