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10:15 AM ET, April 4, 2009

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Alamgir Bitani / Reuters:
Pakistani Taliban chief claims U.S. shooting  —  PESHAWAR, Pakistan (Reuters) - Pakistani Taliban militant leader Baituallah Mehsud claimed on Saturday responsibility for an attack on a U.S. immigration center in New York state in which 13 people were killed.  —  “I accept responsibility.
Discussion: RedState
A.L. / The Anonymous Liberal:
Being a “Public Christian”  —  Reacting to the Iowa gay marriage ruling today, Rod Dreher writes: … I realize its often hard to appreciate how your words will come across to those who don't share your beliefs, but good grief, is it possible to be more oblivious?
Discussion: Obsidian Wings and New York Times
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Wall Street Journal:
Hedge Fund Paid Summers $5.2 Million in Past Year  —  WASHINGTON — Top White House economic adviser Lawrence Summers received about $5.2 million over the past year in compensation from hedge fund D.E. Shaw, and also received hundreds of thousands of dollars in speaking fees from major financial institutions.
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Washington Post:   White House Economics Aide Summers Discloses Income
Kenneth P. Vogel / The Politico:
W.H. team discloses TARP firm ties
Discussion: New York Times
Washington Post:
Administration Seeks an Out On Bailout Rules for Firms  —  Officials Worry Constraints Set by Congress Deter Participation  —  The Obama administration is engineering its new bailout initiatives in a way that it believes will allow firms benefiting from the programs to avoid restrictions imposed …
Matthew Syed / Times of London:
Barack Obama fails to win Nato troops he wants for Afghanistan  —  Michael Evans and David Charter in Strasbourg  —  Barack Obama made an impassioned plea to America's allies to send more troops to Afghanistan, warning that failure to do so would leave Europe vulnerable to more terrorist atrocities.
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Edward Luce / Financial Times:
Obama in Europe: overtures to ovations
Washington Post:
Gates Planning Major Changes in Defense Programs, Budget  —  Proposal Said to Move Focus To Counterinsurgency Efforts  —  Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates is expected to announce on Monday the restructuring of several dozen major defense programs as part of the Obama administration's bid …
Discussion: Outside The Beltway
Alaska_Politics / Anchorage Daily News:
Todd Palin's half-sister arrested for burglary  —  From Zaz Hollander in Wasilla:  —  Todd Palin's half-sister was arrested Thursday after police say she broke into a Wasilla home for the second time this week to steal money.  —  Palin is the husband of Gov. Sarah Palin.  He declined comment.
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Steve Aquino / Mother Jones:
Should Obama Control the Internet?  —  A new bill would give the President emergency authority to halt web traffic and access private data.  —  Post Comment  —  Should President Obama have the power to shut down domestic Internet traffic during a state of emergency?
Michael Isikoff / Newsweek:
‘Holy Hell’ Over Torture Memos  —  Attorney General Eric Holder wants to release classified Bush-era interrogation memos.  But U.S. intel officials are fiercely lobbying the White House to block him from moving forward.  —  A fierce internal battle within the White House over the disclosure …
Laura Meckler / Wall Street Journal:
U.S to Lift Some Curbs on Travel to Cuba  —  WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama plans to lift longstanding U.S. restrictions on Cuba, a senior administration official said, allowing Cuban-Americans to visit families there as often as they like and to send them unlimited funds.
Discussion: D-Day
Ryan Powers / Think Progress:
Conservatives Holding Up Increasing Number Of Key Obama Nominees  —  Conservatives in Congress and in the media are attempting to block or delay a growing number of critical nominees for what amount to ideological witch hunts and self-interested horse-trading.
Boston Globe:
Times co. threatens to shut down Globe  —  The New York Times Co. has threatened to shut the Boston Globe unless the newspaper's unions swiftly agree to $20 million in concessions, union leaders said.  —  Executives from the Times Co. and Globe made the demands Thursday morning …
Discussion: Gawker and New York Times
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Benjamin L. Cardin / Washington Post:
A Plan to Save Our Free Press
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Obama on Binghamton shootings; and a strange one from Gov. Paterson  —  Traveling in Europe this week, President Obama's White House released a statement after the fatal shootings in Binghamton, N.Y., today that apparently killed 13 people plus the shooter, and injured others.
 
 
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Daniel Dombey / Financial Times:
US may cede to Iran's nuclear ambition
Discussion: MyDD and Atlas Shrugs
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