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1:05 PM ET, April 6, 2009


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Aaron Blake / The Hill:
Gillibrand raises $2.3 million in two months
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Elizabeth Benjamin / NY Daily News:
Benjamin: Clock ticking on Dave to shape up
Washington Post:
Americans Support Goal of Improved Relations With Muslim World  —  Most Americans think President Obama's pledge to “seek a new way forward” with the Muslim world is an important goal, even as nearly half hold negative views about Islam and a sizable number say that even mainstream adherents …
Tom Raum / Associated Press:
Obama tells Turks that US is not at war with Islam  —  Featured Topics: - Barack Obama - Presidential Transition  —  ANKARA, Turkey - Barack Obama, making his first visit to a Muslim nation as president, declared Monday the United States “is not and will never be at war with Islam.”
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
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.
Andrew Rosenfield / New York Times:
How to Clean a Dirty Bank  —  COMMERCIAL banks in the United States are not subject to the bankruptcy statute — when they become insolvent they are simply acquired by the government.  This is what banks sign on for in return for a charter, deposit insurance and direct access …
Bill Moyers Journal:
William K. Black on The Prompt Corrective Action Law
Discussion: TalkLeft and CANNONFIRE
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: The Daily Dish
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.
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Obamateurism of the Day  —  George Bush's critics rightly roasted him for his tortured syntax and waterboarded grammar, and used it to make the claim that the graduate of both Harvard and Yale was an idiot.  Well, perhaps, but I don't recall him ever claiming that Austrian was a language.
Gary Andres / Weekly Standard:
Pew: Partisan Gap in Obama's Approval Largest in Modern History  —  Pew released a poll last week showing the partisan gap in President Obama's approval numbers is the largest in modern history.  Like many recent surveys, Pew finds Obama's overall approval rating at 59 percent.
Jill Lawrence / USA Today:
Special panel set to do last count in Minn. Senate race  —  The Minnesota Senate race has been undecided for so long that “it's sort of like the Iraq war,” says Bruce Carlson of Brooklyn Park, Minn. “People almost forget that it's still going on.”  —  A sharp reminder will come Tuesday …
Kenneth P. Vogel / The Politico:
Franken-Coleman gravy train rides on
Discussion: PoliGazette
Greg Jaffe / Washington Post:
2006 Israel-Lebanon War Looms Large in Pentagon Debate on Future  —  Leaders Divided on Whether to Focus On Conventional or Irregular Combat  —  A war that ended three years ago and involved not a single U.S. soldier has become the subject of an increasingly heated debate inside the Pentagon …
Randall Chase / Associated Press:
Pentagon lets media see return of US war dead  —  DOVER AIR FORCE BASE, Del. - The Pentagon's 18-year ban on media covering the return of fallen U.S. service members ended with a solemn ceremony for the arrival of a flag-draped casket of an airman felled in Afghanistan.
The New / The Lede:
A Coffin, a Flag, a Photograph
Discussion: Think Progress and Gawker
Oliver Willis:
Truth Stings  —  The conservative blogs are enraged that people are pointing out that they have and are stoking the fires of an atmosphere of hate that leads to police officers getting killed.  As I've written for years, this is part of their pattern of behavior in America and for too long we've accepted …
Michael Kinsley / Washington Post:
Life After Newspapers  —  Few industries in this country have been as coddled as newspapers.  The government doesn't actually write them checks, as it does to farmers and now to banks, insurance companies and automobile manufacturers.  But politicians routinely pay court to local newspapers …
Jessie Pounds / Knoxville News-Sentinel:
Cultural divide: Mosque doesn't agree with restaurant's plan to serve alcohol  —  Editors Note: Comments were sadly disabled on this story due to issues overnight Sunday with commenters.  Please be respectful of others in commenting.  —  It's a Fort Sanders clash of cultures and good intentions.
Discussion: Stop The ACLU
Lyle Denniston / SCOTUSblog:
Some voluntary confessions still out  —  Rehabilitating one of the more controversial criminal law rulings of the “Warren Court,” a decision that decades ago stirred angry complaints from “tough-on-crime” politicians, a divided Supreme Court ruled on Monday that some confessions …
Discussion: TalkLeft
Stanley Fish / New York Times:
Ward Churchill Redux  —  Last Thursday, a jury in Denver ruled that the termination of activist-teacher Ward Churchill by the University of Colorado had been wrongful (a term of art) even though a committee of his faculty peers had found him guilty of a variety of sins.
Louise Story / New York Times:
A Rich Education for Summers (After Harvard)  —  Lawrence H. Summers plays down his stint in the hedge fund business as a mere part-time job — but the financial and intellectual rewards that he gained there would make even most full-time workers envious.  —  Mr. Summers, the former Treasury secretary …
Hugh Hewit /
Voting to kill and injure kids: A congressional CYA endangers children  —  Thousands of children 12 and younger ride motorcycles, ATVs and snowmobiles, which is why a lot of effort and time has gone into designing vehicles made for smaller folks.  On Friday, The Wall Street Journal noted …
Discussion: Hot Air, Shopfloor and
The Huffington Post:
What Did Andrew Cuomo Know About The AIG Bonuses?  —  Responding to a version of this story posted at 9:28 pm on April 5, Richard Bamberger, a Cuomo spokesman, wrote to HuffPost in a 12:18 am, April 6 email: … For three days prior to the original, 9:28 PM April 5 version of this story …
Wendy Koch / USA Today:
Homelessness up as families on the edge lose hold  —  Cities and counties are reporting a sharp increase in homeless families as the economic crisis leads to job loss and makes housing unaffordable.  —  In Seattle, 40% more people are living on suburban streets.
Discussion: Think Progress and Shakesville
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
There are no excuses for ongoing concealment of torture memos  —  Ever since October, 2007, the ACLU has been battling in court to compel the disclosure of three key torture-authorizing memos authored by Bush's Office of Legal Counsel chief Steven Bradbury and approved by Attorney General Alberto Gonzales in 2005.
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Robert Reich / TPMCafe:
Will Geithner Fire Corporate America?
Discussion: D-Day
Christy Hardin Smith / Firedoglake:
Justice Watch: Republican's Hold Obama Nominees Koh and Johnsen “Hostage”
Discussion: TalkLeft, The Daily Dish and
Jack R. Nerad / CNN:
Commentary: Don't let General Motors go bankrupt
Discussion: Michigan Messenger
Cecilia Kang / Washington Post:
Diplomatic Efforts Get Tech Support
Del Quentin Wilber / Washington Post:
Documents In Stevens Case Are Requested
Steven Lee Myers / New York Times:
Six Car Bombs Kill 30 in Iraq
Discussion: D-Day, At-Largely and Informed Comment
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Roger Altman / Financial Times:
Why this will not be a normal cyclical recovery
Discussion: Calculated Risk and Clusterstock
Fox News:
Families Bury Binghamton, N.Y. Shooting Victims; New Details Emerge About Gunman
William Rees-Mogg / Times of London:
We can't allow Strasbourg to lay down the law
Discussion: normblog and Biased BBC
Wall Street Journal:
Satellite Proposals Gain Traction After North Korea's Launch