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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
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.
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.
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.
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
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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Judson Berger / Fox News:
Special ‘Rerun’ Alaska Senate Election Highly Unlikely
Ginger Thompson / New York Times:
Mexican and U.S. Attorneys General Confer to Strengthen Cooperation on Drug Violence
Discussion: TalkLeft
Daniel Dombey / Financial Times:
US may cede to Iran's nuclear ambition
Discussion: MyDD and Atlas Shrugs
Newsdesk / Clout St:
Gov. Pat Quinn signs construction plan, Rod Blagojevich reform measures into law
Discussion: TPMMuckraker
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Obama-era goodwill for Rice at U.N.
 Earlier Items: 
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
I Have Smoked Pot and Don't Really Care for It
The Politico:
Congress backs off AIG crackdown
Cynthia Dizikes / MinnPost:
Coleman travels to Washington and talks - a little
Discussion: MyDD
Nicole Carter / NY Daily News:
Michelle Obama J.Crew outfits in London prompt shopping frenzy stateside
Discussion: Hotline On Call
Deirdre Walsh / CNN:
Reporters' hair irks Boehner