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9:25 AM ET, April 10, 2009


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Bill Sammon / Fox News:
Rove Calls Biden ‘Liar’ After VP Boasts of Scolding Bush  —  Aides to former President George W. Bush are challenging the veracity of Vice President Joe Biden's claim this week of having privately castigated Bush.  —  —  Republican strategist Karl Rove called Vice President Biden a …
Carol E. Lee / The Politico:
Rove: Biden a ‘blowhard’ and ‘liar’  —  Karl Rove called Joe Biden a “blowhard” and a “liar” in response to some of the vice president's comments about the Bush administration.  —  “He's a serial exaggerator.  If I was being unkind I would say he's a liar, but it's a habit he ought to drop,” Rove said on FOX News.
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Fox News
Caitlin Taylor / The Note:
Rove: Biden is a “Liar”  —  ABC News' Rick Klein reports:  —  The sniping between the Bush and Obama White Houses is taking a significantly sharper tone, with former Bush adviser Karl Rove calling Vice President Joe Biden a “liar” in a television interview.
Discussion: and GayPatriot
Dawn Teo / The Huffington Post:
ASU Stiffs Obama, Claims Too Inexperienced For Honorary Degree  —  TEMPE, ARIZONA - Universities typically confer an honorary degree on commencement speakers, particularly those who have reached the pinnacle of their career or achieved the top of their field.
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Arizona State: Obama unready for degree
Discussion: Right Wing News
Andy Barr / The Politico:
University won't award Obama degree
Discussion: Hot Air
Ben Smith / The Politico:
GOP govs get dose of stimulus reality  —  The list of governors threatening to decline federal stimulus money last month read like a list of Republicans considering running for president in 2012: Governors Mark Sanford, Bobby Jindal and Sarah Palin led the anti-stimulus charge.
White House hit by swarm of bees  —  (CNN) - The Secret Service is always on the alert for aerial assaults — but on Thursday, White House grounds were hit by one unexpected airborne threat.  —  A swarm of honey bees took over a bush located between the Northwest security gate of the White House …
Jonathan Weil / Bloomberg:
Obama Stakes His Fortunes on Failed Banksters: Jonathan Weil  —  Now that we have a rough idea how President Barack Obama and his lieutenants plan to prop up insolvent financial institutions using taxpayers' money, we're left with a more difficult question: Why?
John / Power Line:
Did He Bow?  The Last Word  —  Some people think that President Obama's bow to King Abdullah was significant, not only because it was a naive breach of protocol, but because such signs of submission are taken seriously in the Arab world.  (In fact, Obama's bow received approving coverage in the Arab press.)
Fed Said to Order Banks to Stay Mum on ‘Stress Test’ Results  —  The U.S. Federal Reserve has told Goldman Sachs Group Inc., Citigroup Inc. and other banks to keep mum on the results of “stress tests” that will gauge their ability to weather the recession, people familiar with the matter said.
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Making Banking Boring  —  Thirty-plus years ago, when I was a graduate student in economics, only the least ambitious of my classmates sought careers in the financial world.  Even then, investment banks paid more than teaching or public service — but not that much more, and anyway, everyone knew that banking was, well, boring.
Discussion: Clusterstock and Cup O' Joe
Gretchen Metz / Daily Local News:
Breeder regrets dog sale to Biden  —  EAST COVENTRY — It was a proud moment for Linda Brown when then-Vice President-elect Joe Biden selected her kennel to purchase his new German shepherd puppy.  —  That was in mid-December.  —  For Brown, that proud moment was short-lived.
Jon / Exurban League:
Obama Reaches Out to ‘Moderate’ Pirate Community  —  After maintaining his silence for two days, President Obama will soon make his first public statement about the pirate attack upon an U.S.-flagged vessel off the Horn of Africa.  After several inquiries and a few well-placed bribes …
Deborah Haynes / Times of London:
General Ray Odierno: we may miss Iraq deadline to halt al-Qaeda terror  —  The activities of al-Qaeda in two of Iraq's most troubled cities could keep US combat troops engaged beyond the June 30 deadline for their withdrawal, the top US commander in the country has warned.
Discussion: Michael Yon and Informed Comment
Scott Shane / New York Times:
C.I.A. to Close Secret Prisons for Terror Suspects  —  WASHINGTON — The Central Intelligence Agency said Thursday that it would decommission the secret overseas prisons where it subjected Al Qaeda prisoners to brutal interrogation methods, bringing to a symbolic close the most controversial …
Discussion: Think Progress and
Scott Shane / New York Times:
C.I.A. Closing Secret Overseas Sites for Terror Detainees
Discussion: TalkLeft and On Deadline
Lynette Rice /
Aaron Sorkin: Come back to TV!  —  In case you haven't noticed, NBC is pulling out all the stops for Southland, John Wells' latest contribution to the cops-and-robbers genre.  And I'm certainly tuning in tonight — if only to see whether Wells still has the magic touch for creating shows that everyone wants to watch.
Wyatt Shev / Examiner:
Tea Party movement aims to inspire revolution  —  April 15th.  —  Write that date down; people- it could very well mark the beginning of the end.  With the notoriously conservative Tea Party movement gaining steam, is it time to take the ‘United’ out of ‘United States’?
Discussion: Political Machine
Byron York /
Congress needs Google to find out where stimulus money went  —  Construction workers widening interstate in suburban Virginia.  Brig Cabe / Examiner On February 14, with the passage of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, Congress shoveled $787 billion of stimulus money out the door.
Discussion: Power Line
Eric Hobsbawm / Guardian:
Socialism has failed.  Now capitalism is bankrupt.  So what comes next?  —  Whatever ideological logo we adopt, the shift from free market to public action needs to be bigger than politicians grasp  —  The 20th century is well behind us, but we have not yet learned to live in the 21st, or at least to think in a way that fits it.
Martin Kady II / Glenn Thrush's Blog:
Bachus says there's 17 ‘socialists’ in House  —  Rep. Spencer Bachus, the top Republican on the Financial Services Committee, told a hometown crowd in Alabama today he believes there are several socialists in the House.  —  Actually, he says there are exactly 17 socialists in the House …
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John Leland / New York Times:
More Squatters Are Calling Foreclosures Home
Discussion: Sweetness & Light and Truthdig
Josh Gerstein / The Politico:
Obama signs PLO office waiver
Michelle Malkin:
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Duncan Gardham / Telegraph:
AlQaeda terror plot to bomb Easter shoppers
Discussion: Guardian and EU Referendum
Gardiner Harris / New York Times:
U.S. Food Safety No Longer Improving
Discussion: DownWithTyranny!
 Earlier Items: 
Jon Ward / Washington Times:
Obama tries out role as apologizer-in-chief
Discussion: Power Line
Tim Fernholz / American Prospect:
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and Matthew Yglesias
James Gordon Meek / NY Daily News:
Special ops ‘itching’ to fight pirates, just waiting for Obama to say go
Discussion: Don Surber