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5:05 PM ET, April 6, 2009


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Andy Birkey / Minnesota Independent:
Bachmann's district has Minnesota's highest foreclosure rates
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.
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
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 …
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.
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 …
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: and ACSBlog
John Byrne / The Raw Story:
Following Bush lead, Obama moves to block challenge to wiretapping program
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 …
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.
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
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
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 …
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.
Ben Armbruster / Think Progress:
Texas Rangers fans give Bush a rousing ovation as he throws out first pitch.  —  When then-President Bush delivered the first pitch at the Washington Nationals home opener last year, he was met with a resounding chorus of boos.  However, today a crowd of 40,000 Texas Rangers fans cheered wildly …
The Brody File |  Exclusive: Dungy's Role on Obama's Faith-Based Council  —  The Brody File has learned that former Indianapolis Colts head coach Tony Dungy will be an advisor to the President on responsible father initiatives.  He will not serve on President Obama's Faith Council.
Peter Wehner / Commentary:
Obama's Partisan Divide  —  Now isn't this interesting.  According to the Pew Research Center, “Partisan Gap in Obama Job Approval Widest in Modern Era.”  —  So it turns out Mr. Obama is the most polarizing President of the past four decades.  According to Pew (which has Obama's overall approval rating below 60 percent),
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.
Associated Press:
Exonerated Miss. men sue over bite mark testimony  —  JACKSON — Two Mississippi men wrongfully sent to prison have filed federal lawsuits against the medical experts who testified the men left bite marks on two slain children.  —  Kennedy Brewer and Levon Brooks, both of Noxubee County …
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.
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 …
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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CBS Blasts Palin in Ridiculous ‘Scandal’ Segment
Discussion: The Huffington Post and Hot Air
Victor Davis Hanson / The Corner:
Rules of Usage  —  President Obama reminded his European audience …
Discussion: The Anonymous Liberal
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Obama's budget vs ‘The party of no:’ Ad
Discussion: The Politico
Matt Jaffe / ABCNEWS:
Feds Crack Down on Foreclosure Scams
Discussion: Michelle Malkin
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
Financial Times:
The fiscal hole that must be filled
Discussion: The Treatment and TigerHawk
 Earlier Items: 
Associated Press:
High court lets Abu-Jamal's conviction stand
Discussion: Michelle Malkin
Why Didn't Ashcroft-the-Christian Stop The Torture?
Discussion: Blog
Kenneth P. Vogel / The Politico:
Franken-Coleman gravy train rides on
Discussion: USA Today
Lyle Denniston / SCOTUSblog:
Some voluntary confessions still out
Discussion: TalkLeft
Jessie Pounds / Knoxville News-Sentinel:
Cultural divide: Mosque doesn't agree with restaurant's plan to serve alcohol
Discussion: Stop The ACLU and Right Wing News
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Obamateurism of the Day  —  George Bush's critics rightly roasted …
Discussion: JustOneMinute and Wake up America