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7:05 PM ET, April 6, 2009


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Chris Steller / Minnesota Independent:
Bachmann fears ‘politically correct re-education camps for young people’  —  U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann says she fears the Obama administration will create “re-education camps for young people, where young people have to go and get trained in a philosophy that the government puts forward …
Andy Birkey / Minnesota Independent:
Bachmann's district has Minnesota's highest foreclosure rates  —  Source: Housing Link 2008 foreclosure report  —  Foreclosures have hit Minnesota's economy hard, leading to a debate among policymakers over how best to provide relief to the state's families.
Matt Corley / Think Progress:
Bachmann: The Serve America Act will lead to ‘re-education camps for young people.’
Lloydletta / Dump Michele Bachmann:
Michele Bachmann on Sue Jeffers
Discussion: TPMDC and Wonkette
Budget Press Briefing (Arlington, VA)  —  As Prepared for Delivery by Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates, Arlington, VA, Monday, April 06, 2009  —  Today, I am announcing the key decisions I will recommend to the president with respect to the fiscal year 2010 defense budget.
New York Times:
Gates Budget Plan Reshapes Pentagon's Priorities  —  WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates on Monday announced a broad reshaping of the Pentagon budget, with deep cuts in many traditional weapons systems but billions of dollars for new technology to fight the insurgencies in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Michael Goldfarb / Weekly Standard:
Bipartisan Call for Obama to Reverse Missile Defense Cuts
Discussion: Commentary
Noah Shachtman / Danger Room:
Gates Pushes for Radical Overhaul of Pentagon Arsenal
Times of London:
Bob Dylan on Barack Obama, Ulysses Grant and American Civil War ghosts  —  Listen to an exclusive track from Bob Dylan's new album, and read his views on US politics and history, exclusively on Times Online  —  Exclusive track: Listen to Feel A Change Comin' On
Jeffrey Sachs / The Huffington Post:
The Geithner-Summers Plan is Even Worse Than We Thought  —  Two weeks ago, I posted an article showing how the Geithner-Summers banking plan could potentially and unnecessarily transfer hundreds of billions of dollars of wealth from taxpayers to banks.  The same basic arithmetic was later described …
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
Jeffrey Sachs, Not Detail-Oriented
Discussion: The Anonymous Liberal
Jane Mayer / New Yorker:
THE BUSH SIX  —  About a year ago, a book came out in England that made a fascinating prediction: at some point in the future, the author wrote, six top officials in the Bush Administration would get a tap on the shoulder announcing that they were being arrested on international charges of torture.
John Byrne / The Raw Story:
Following Bush lead, Obama moves to block challenge to wiretapping program
David Weigel / The Washington Independent:
Scenes From the Real America  —  I spent Saturday at the bi-annual Knob Creek Machine Gun Shoot, right outside of Louisville, Ky. Gun enthusiasts of all stripes were there — from the National Rifle Association and sportsmen to militia members to white supremacists and Obama birthers.
Khaled Wassef / CBS News:
Saudis Report Plot To Assassinate Obama  —  The Saudi Arabian newspaper al-Watan reported today that Turkish security services have arrested a man of Syrian origins Friday in connection with a plot to assassinate President Barack Obama during his current visit to Turkey.
Lincoln Says She Will Vote Against Employee Free Choice Act  —  Sen. Blanche Lincoln, D-Ark., told a Monday meeting of the Little Rock Political Animals Club that she will oppose the Employee Free Choice Act.  —  Lincoln's office said the senator will release a statement on the legislation this afternoon.
John / Power Line:
The Apology Tour: Will It Ever End?  —  Earlier today, President Obama addressed the Parliament of Turkey.  What made news were his positive references to Islam: … This is, of course, indistinguishable from many similar pronouncements that were made by President Bush.
Elie Leshem / Jerusalem Post:
'Israel doesn't take orders from Obama,' minister Erdan says
Quinnipiac University:
Voters Say 3-1 Paterson Does Not Deserve Election, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Most Say He Should Announce Now He Won't Run  —  New York State voters disapprove 60 - 28 percent of the job Gov. David Paterson is doing, the lowest approval ever for a New York Governor, and say 63 …
Richard Perez-Pena / New York Times:
A.P. Moving to Halt Use of Newspaper Articles on Web Sites  —  The Associated Press and its member newspapers will take legal action against Web sites that use newspaper articles without legal permission, the group said on Monday, in a clear shot at aggregators like Google.
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Whigs, Federalists Strongly Differ on Support for Obama  —  These are highly partisan times in America.  “Bipartisanship” (or, in the Obama nomenclature, “post-partisanship") makes for a catchy campaign slogan, but is difficult to execute upon in practice.  The White House's aspirations …
Discussion: TPMDC, The Daily Dish and TalkLeft
Gavin Jones / Reuters:
Italy muzzled scientist who foresaw quake  —  Source: Reuters  —  An Italian scientist predicted a major earthquake around L'Aquila weeks before disaster struck the city on Monday, killing dozens of people, but was reported to authorities for spreading panic among the population.
Robert Mackey / The Lede:   Earthquake Warning Was Removed From Internet
Fred Barbash / The Politico:
Newt: U.S. at greater risk under Obama  —  The U.S. is at greater risk of terrorist attack because of the Obama administration's actions, Newt Gingrich said Monday.  —  In a chat with POLITICO readers, Gingrich also called the administration's response to the North Korean missile launch a …
Discussion: Hot Air
Jimmy Vielkind /
Murphy Leads by 83; Judge Says Start Counting Paper Ballots on Wednesday, Finish Machine Recanvass ASAP  —  ALBANY—The most up-to-date figures we can muster in the race to replace Kirsten Gillibrand in Congress now has Democrat Scott Murphy leading by 83 votes over Assemblyman Jim Tedisco, state and county elections officials said.
Barry Eichengreen /
A Tale of Two Depressions  —  Often cited comparisons - which look only at the US - find that today's crisis is milder than the Great Depression.  In this column, two leading economic historians show that the world economy is now plummeting as it did in the Great Depression; indeed …
Discussion: FP Passport
David Neiwert / Crooks and Liars:
No one is trying to silence right-wing fearmongers — but it is time to stand up to them  —  John Amato's virtual online magazine...OK, It's a blog!  — Advertising- Commenting- General Problems- Media Problems- Supported Browsers- User Registration  —  Blogs » David Neiwert's blog
The New Republic:
Let Obama Sleep!  —  It's a small thing but did Robert Gibbs really need to wake Obama at 4:30 am with news of the North Korean missile launch?  We knew the launch was coming and Obama had no imminent decision to make.  Waking the president to tell him things so he can return to a troubled sleep …
Victor Davis Hanson / The Corner:
Rules of Usage  —  President Obama reminded his European audience that just because he's not Bush, of non-traditional ancestry, and named “Barack Hussein Obama,” the war on terror won't just go away (you think?).  All of which brings up interesting rules of usage with the name “Hussein” …
Mark Hemingway / National Review:
Jake Tapper Isn't Letting Go  —  Jake Tapper isn't the easiest guy to interview.  After all, when your interview subject is a competent journalist, he or she already knows all the tricks of the trade — the subtle flatteries, the ever-so-slightly leading questions — so Tapper …
Discussion: Balloon Juice and Gawker
Wall Street Journal:
From Bubble to Depression?  —  Bubbles have been frequent in economic history, and they occur in the laboratories of experimental economics under conditions which — when first studied in the 1980s — were considered so transparent that bubbles would not be observed.
Discussion: Cup O' Joe
Jerry Seper / Washington Times:
EXCLUSIVE: Barton's foundation not so charitable  —  Congressman's group gives less than 25% to public causes  —  The top Republican on the House Energy and Commerce Committee operates a tax-exempt foundation that has raised donations from the industries his committee oversees …
Exclusive: Tearful Allen Stanford Expects Indictment in Two Weeks  —  In First Interview Accused Financier Denies Ponzi Scheme, Drug Cartel Connection  —  Stanford Says He's Been Forced to Fly Commercial  —  Stanford said the government action to seize his assets had left him with little money and few changes of clothing.
Erin Brown /
CBS Blasts Palin in Ridiculous ‘Scandal’ Segment  —  Recent earthquake activity in Alaska provided “CBS Early Show” co-hosts with a ready-made metaphor for a segment on the personal lives of some of the those surrounding Alaska Governor Sarah Palin.  But their quake turned out to be barely a ripple.
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Lucinda Franks / Blogs and Stories:
Ruth Madoff's Private World  —  Inside Ruth Madoff's World by Lucinda Franks  —  Blogs and Stories  —  Lavish Palm Beach shopping sprees, a sister-in-law in poverty, quiet movie nights-Lucinda Franks offers an exclusive look at Ruth's life, then and now.
Discussion: Clusterstock
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Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
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South Union Street:
Payback Is A...  U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers, (R-Saks) used …
Discussion: The Politico
Ben Armbruster / Think Progress:
Texas Rangers fans give Bush a rousing ovation as he throws out first pitch.
Bob Gardinier / Albany Times Union:
Sweeney to troopers: I'm in big trouble
 Earlier Items: 
John Carney / Clusterstock:
Geithner Wrong, Crap Assets Correctly Priced, Say Harvard And Princeton Profs
Discussion: TalkLeft and Wonk Room
Patricia Hurtado / Bloomberg:
Zuckerman Sues Merkin Over $40 Million Madoff Loss
Discussion: TPMMuckraker and Clusterstock
Associated Press:
Exonerated Miss. men sue over bite mark testimony
Why Didn't Ashcroft-the-Christian Stop The Torture?
Stanley Fish / New York Times:
Ward Churchill Redux
Jill Lawrence / USA Today:
Special panel set to do last count in Minn. Senate race
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Obamateurism of the Day  —  George Bush's critics rightly roasted …
Discussion: Bloomberg