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8:50 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 …
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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
DefenseLINK:
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.
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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:
Pentagon Chief Rips Heart Out of Army's ‘Future’
Discussion: Washington Post and Fox News
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.
Discussion: Newshoggers.com
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Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
New and worse secrecy and immunity claims from the Obama DOJ  —  When Congress immunized telecoms last August for their illegal participation in Bush's warrantless eavesdropping program, Senate Democratic apologists for telecom immunity repeatedly justified that action by pointing …
Discussion: TalkLeft
John Byrne / The Raw Story:
Following Bush lead, Obama moves to block challenge to wiretapping program
Discussion: AlterNet.org
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 …
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Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
Jeffrey Sachs, Not Detail-Oriented
Discussion: The Anonymous Liberal
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
Richard Pérez-Peña / New York Times:
A.P. to Take On Web Aggregators  —  Taking aim at the way news is spread across the Internet, The Associated Press said on Monday that it will demand that Web sites obtain permission to use the work of The A.P. or its member newspapers, and share revenue with the news organizations, and that it will take legal action those that do not.
ArkansasBusiness.com:
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.
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.
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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.
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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.
Jimmy Vielkind / politickerny.com:
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.
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 …
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: Gateway Pundit and Hot Air
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 …
beliefnet:
Why Didn't Ashcroft-the-Christian Stop The Torture?  —  When George W. Bush was running for President, Christians hoped that having a devout man in the White House would lead to more a more moral government..  —  But Bush wasn't the most interesting test of the theory.
Discussion: Democracy in America
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The Huffington Post:
Republicans Urging Coleman To Keep Fighting Attacked Gore Over Recount  —  The Senate race in Minnesota seems no closer to resolution than it did on election night.  With Al Franken clinging to a 225 vote lead and Norm Coleman dealt a tough setback in state court last week …
Discussion: USA Today, Don Surber and Daily Kos
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Josh Kraushaar / Scorecard's Blog:   Pawlenty speaks out for Norm
Barry Eichengreen / voxeu.org:
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 and Paul Krugman
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
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” …
Discussion: The Anonymous Liberal
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 …
Michael Schuman / Time:
Is the Dollar Doomed?  —  I got an unexpected lesson in the power of the U.S. dollar during a visit to Tashkent, the dreary capital of Uzbekistan, several years back.  While heading into town from the airport, my babbling taxi driver kept one hand (barely) on the steering wheel while his other shoved …
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
When Is a Cartel Not a Cartel?  —  This seems mighty odd to me: … It seems to me that when your trade association is contemplating cartelization schemes that are so clearly illegal that you need to keep a lawyer on hand to ensure that you're avoiding illegal cartelization schemes, you're probably contemplating an illegal cartel.
John Carney / Clusterstock:
Geithner Wrong, Crap Assets Correctly Priced, Say Harvard And Princeton Profs  —  The government's official view that toxic assets are incorrectly priced due to illiquidity “fire sales” is wrong, a new study by Harvard and Princeton finance professors suggests.
Discussion: Wonk Room
ABCNEWS:
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 / NewsBusters.org:
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
 
 
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Diplomacy on the Sidelines  —  President Obama's tentative outreach …
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Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
LUCKY LARRY?  —  Dan Froomkin points us towards the Obama …
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CNBC:
US Recovery Is Far Off, Banks Are ‘Basically Insolvent’: Soros
Lucinda Franks / Blogs and Stories:
Ruth Madoff's Private World
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New York Post:
PATER-SON BURNED BY DEAR OLD PATER-DAD
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South Union Street:
Payback Is A...  U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers, (R-Saks) used …
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Mark Hemingway / National Review:
Jake Tapper Isn't Letting Go
Discussion: Gawker and Balloon Juice
Associated Press:
Exonerated Miss. men sue over bite mark testimony
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