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12:45 AM ET, April 7, 2009

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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.
Noah Shachtman / Danger Room:
Pentagon Chief Rips Heart Out of Army's ‘Future’
Discussion: Fox News
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
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 …
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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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Jerusalem Post:
‘Turkey foils plot to assassinate Obama’  —  Turkish security services have arrested a man of Syrian descent who was planning to assassinate US President Barack Obama during his current trip to Turkey, the Saudi daily Al Watan reported Monday.  —  According to the report, the man …
Discussion: protein wisdom
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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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Ernest Luning / Colorado Independent:
Focus on the Family narrator arrested for luring teenage girl for sex on Net  —  A Colorado Springs man who narrates the Bible in Spanish on CDs and works in the Spanish broadcasting department of Focus on the Family appeared in court Monday in Golden on two felony counts of using the Internet …
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
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.
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.
ABCNEWS:
Stolen Cessna Pursued by Jet Fighters Lands on Highway  —  Pilot Took Off Running After Landing Plane, Officials Say  —  A Cessna stolen from a Canadian flight school landed on a Missouri highway late today, after being pursued for hours across the Midwest by fighter jets ready to shoot it down if it was determined to be a threat.
Discussion: CTV.ca, CNN and Talking Points Memo
Amanda Terkel / Think Progress:
Frank 'I'm A Member Of Dick Cheney's Fan Club' Gaffney: Obama's ‘Respect’ For Muslims Is Code For Submission  —  The right wing has been apoplectic over President Obama's words and actions while in Europe.  A large amount of their outrage has been over the fact that Obama briefly bowed to King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia.
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
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.
New York Times:
Poll Finds New Optimism on Economy Since Inauguration  —  Americans have grown more optimistic about the economy and the direction of the country in the 11 weeks since President Obama was inaugurated, suggesting that Mr. Obama is enjoying some success in his critical task of rebuilding …
Discussion: The Daily Dish
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: Daily Kos, USA Today and Don Surber
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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
Bill Whittle / Pajamas Media:
A MESSAGE TO THE RICH  —  The Washington Post ran a column a few days ago, in which a Mr. Joel Berg applauds the Obama Administration for reducing the amount of charitable deduction that The Rich are allowed to take when they write a check to charity.  —  Mr. Berg - who runs a charitable foundation …
Discussion: Redhot
CBS News:
Poll: Obama Approval Hits New High - 66%  —  CBS/NY Times Survey Finds Most Believe World Leaders Respect President, Though They Maintain U.S. Is Not Respected Overall  —  (CBS) As President Obama concludes his well-publicized trip to Europe, Americans are more positive about the respect accorded …
Discussion: NewsBusters.org
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 and TalkLeft
CNBC:
US Recovery Is Far Off, Banks Are ‘Basically Insolvent’: Soros  —  The U.S. economy is in for a “lasting slowdown” and could face a Japan-style period of relatively low growth coupled with high inflation, billionaire investor George Soros said on Monday.  —  Soros, speaking to Reuters …
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 …
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 …
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.
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
Jamie Court / The Huffington Post:
White House Summit In Denial On Regulating Health Care Costs  —  “Prevention” was the word of morning at the White House Western forum on health care reform in downtown LA.  —  Led by Oprah's Dr. Oz, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and Washington State Governor Chris Gregoire, the assembled …
 
 
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Krissah Thompson / Washington Post:
Some Black Observers Urge Tough Scrutiny of Obama
Marisol Bello / USA Today:
Communities print their own currency to keep cash flowing
Michael Schuman / Time:
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Lucinda Franks / Blogs and Stories:
Ruth Madoff's Private World
Discussion: Clusterstock
South Union Street:
Payback Is A...  U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers, (R-Saks) used …
Ben Armbruster / Think Progress:
Texas Rangers fans give Bush a rousing ovation as he throws out first pitch.
Discussion: Associated Press
 Earlier Items: 
Erin Brown / NewsBusters.org:
CBS Blasts Palin in Ridiculous ‘Scandal’ Segment
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Victor Davis Hanson / The Corner:
Rules of Usage  —  President Obama reminded his European audience …
Discussion: The Anonymous Liberal
beliefnet:
Why Didn't Ashcroft-the-Christian Stop The Torture?
Discussion: Democracy in America