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9:35 PM ET, April 2, 2009


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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
Monica Davey / New York Times:
Ex-Illinois Governor Is Indicted on Corruption Charges  —  CHICAGO — Rod R. Blagojevich, this state's ousted governor, was charged on Thursday with 16 felony counts, among them racketeering conspiracy, wire fraud and extortion conspiracy in a wide-ranging scheme to deprive residents of …
William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
Blago Meets RICO
Discussion: Hot Air
Discussion: Vanity Fair and Weekly Standard
Chicago Breaking News:
Sources: Blagojevich indictment today
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
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 Weekly Standard
John McCormack / Weekly Standard:
Murphy Loses Lead to Tedisco
Discussion: Political Machine
David Kurtz / Talking Points Memo:
Murphy Lead Down to 6 Votes in NY-20
Discussion: TPMDC
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
Eric Boehlert / Media Matters for America:
The media's giftgate
Howard Chua-Eoan / Time:
The Queen and Mrs. Obama: Did the First Lady Break Protocol?
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).
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: DownWithTyranny!
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Obama, ‘foreigner’ in not-so-foreign land
Discussion: The Politico
Steven Thomma / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
G-20 reaches accord after Obama steps in to broker a deal
Discussion: MoJo Blog Posts
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: and The Politico
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.”
Megan McArdle:
Department of awful statistics  —  Every time you find yourself saying that there must be some causal relationship between two strongly correlated variables, you should go back and look at this graph:  —  As Atlantic Business contributor Derek Lowe, from whom I stole that graph, notes,
Discussion: The Strata-Sphere
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Presidents and Growth  —  Pretty much whichever way you slice …
Discussion: Liberty Street
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 …
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.
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
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.  —
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 and Hot Air
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
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 and The Politico
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 …
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: TigerHawk
Jerusalem Post:
Army searches for Bat Ayin terrorist  —  Article's topics: Terror Attack, Bat Ayin, West Bank, Gideon Ezra, IDF  —  The army has “a lead” in the search for the perpetrator of the deadly terror attack in Bat Ayin in which 13-year-old Shlomo Nativ was murdered and another boy, 7, was wounded, an IDF officer said Thursday.
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