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2:15 PM ET, April 9, 2009


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Rasmussen Reports:
Just 53% Say Capitalism Better Than Socialism  —  Only 53% of American adults believe capitalism is better than socialism.  —  The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey found that 20% disagree and say socialism is better.  Twenty-seven percent (27%) are not sure which is better.
Chris Good / The Atlantic Politics Channel:   Americans Split On Capitalism?
R.G. Ratcliffe / Houston Chronicle:
Lawmaker defends comment on Asians  —  Call for voters to simplify their names not racially motivated, Terrell Republican says  —  AUSTIN — A North Texas legislator during House testimony on voter identification legislation said Asian-descent voters should adopt names that are “easier for Americans to deal with.”
Nicole Belle / Crooks and Liars:
“Why Can't You Just Change Your Name So I Don't Sound So Stupid?”:
Amanda Terkel / Think Progress:
Texas lawmaker: Asians should change their names to make them 'easier …
Discussion: Shakesville
Bill Sammon / Fox News:
Bush Aides Challenge Biden's Boasts of Oval Office Slapdowns  —  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.  —  —  Aides to former President George W. Bush are challenging …
Discussion:, Moe Lane and Gateway Pundit
Karl Rove / Wall Street Journal:
The President Has Become a Divisive Figure  —  Compare his start with George W. Bush's.  —  The Pew Research Center reported last week that President Barack Obama “has the most polarized early job approval of any president” since surveys began tracking this 40 years ago.
Directorblue / Doug Ross:
The curious case of 200 nearly identical MSM headlines  —  The following headlines have appeared in newspapers within the last 24 hours.  This is not an inclusive list.  —  • Third of Illinoisans went without health insurance in last 2 years: Sun-Times
Rick Santorum /
The Elephant in the Room: Obama vs. United States  —  The president is contemptuous of American values.  And one key nominee prefers the judgment of other countries and global elites.  —  Watching President Obama apologize last week for America's arrogance - before a French audience that owes …
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Fact and Fiction on Gay Marriage Polling  —  In contrast with The Weekly Standard's Michael Goldfarb, with whom I have have a relatively honest disagreement (see yesterday's post here and Michael's response here), the National Review just doesn't appear to have its facts straight about gay marriage.
Eric Dash / New York Times:
Banks Holding Up in Tests, but May Still Need Aid  —  For the last eight weeks, nearly 200 federal examiners have labored inside some of the nation's biggest banks to determine how those institutions would hold up if the recession deepened.  —  What they are discovering may come as a relief …
Obama to Meet With Economic Team Tomorrow on Bank Stress Tests
Discussion: and MSNBC
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Eugene Robinson: George Will “Crossed the Line”  —  The pushback on George Will continues as Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson slams Washington Post columnist George Will.  Robinson also becomes the first Postie to note the role played by Will's editors in helping him attempt to deceive the Post's readers.
Arthur Delaney / The Huffington Post:
Anti-Tax Tea Party Protests Nationwide: What You Need To Know  —  It's been over a month since CNBC's Rick Santelli called for a Chicago “Tea Party” during an impromptu rant against the government “rewarding bad behavior” with bank bailouts and mortgage relief.
Julia Preston / New York Times:
Obama to Push Immigration Bill Despite the Risks  —  While acknowledging that the recession makes the political battle more difficult, President Obama plans to begin addressing the country's immigration system this year, including looking for a path for illegal immigrants to become legal …
Monica Davey / New York Times:
Sole Minnesota Senator Has Problems Built for 2  —  As the fight over a United States Senate seat from Minnesota seems certain to drag into a sixth month, forgotten in all the fussing is the senator left behind.  —  Amy Klobuchar, the “other” senator from Minnesota, the one whose election was not contested …
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
T-Paw's Opportunity  —  As the never-ending Senate race between …
Discussion: MyDD
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The Palins, The Johnstons, And Republican Class Politics  —  Now it gets more interesting, doesn't it?  In the Judge Judy world Sarah Palin lives in, there is always the risk of turning into Jerry Springer.  And so an already very messy family situation - the two pregnancies, Trig's and Tripp's …
Helene Cooper / New York Times:
With ‘Annapolis,’ a Warning to Israel  —  WASHINGTON—Watchers of Middle East politics were quick to take note of a line in President Obama's address before the Turkish Parliament on Monday in Ankara, in which he mentioned “Annapolis.”  —  By bringing up the word, Mr. Obama was sending …
Robert Stacy McCain / The Other McCain:
‘Kooks,’ Blue-State Republicans, Rick Moran, and the Messaging Problem  —  Hot Air headlined Rick Moran's lengthy examination of the “kook” charges against Glenn Beck, which involves a discussion of the general problem that conservatives face in terms of messaging.  This passage catches my attention:
Greg Hitt / Wall Street Journal:
Obama Risks Liberal Backlash on War Funding  —  WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama plans to request new funding from Congress for the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, but he risks a backlash from antiwar lawmakers.  —  Mr. Obama is expected to seek congressional approval of $75.5 billion for the wars, perhaps as soon as Thursday.
CBS News:
Eric Holder: The Complete Interview  —  CBS Evening News: Katie Couric Asks The Attorney General About Prosecutorial Malfeasance, State Secrets, Gun Laws And More  —  Page 1 of 4  —  (CBS) In an exclusive interview this week, CBS Evening News anchor Katie Couric asked Attorney General Eric Holder …
Matt Lewis / Political Machine:
Top 3 Conservatives Who Deserve a Biopic  —  One of the most controversial Hollywood films last year was “Milk”.  It was praised by liberals and gay-rights supporters — and simultaneously labeled leftist propaganda by many conservatives.  —  Personally, I am opposed to the brand …
Discussion: JustOneMinute and alicublog
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The Right's Contempt For Gay Lives, Ctd  —  Did I say too much?  Perhaps.  But the National Review editorial was a summation of so much that is wrong on the right.  Instead of a conservatism that seeks to expand freedom and opportunity and responsibility for all people …
Rosa Brooks / Los Angeles Times:
Bail out journalism  —  Other democracies pay for accurate reporting, so why shouldn't the U.S.?  —  » Discuss Article This will be my last column for the L.A. Times.  After four years, I'll soon be starting a stint at the Pentagon as an advisor to the undersecretary of Defense for policy.
Roger Cohen / New York Times:
Israel Cries Wolf  —  ISTANBUL — “Iran is the center of terrorism, fundamentalism and subversion and is in my view more dangerous than Nazism, because Hitler did not possess a nuclear bomb, whereas the Iranians are trying to perfect a nuclear option.”  —  Benjamin Netanyahu 2009?  Try again.
Discussion: The Cable and rubber hose
Bob Lewis / Associated Press:
House rejects Gov. Kaine's unemployment benefits amendments  —  RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia's Republican-run House of Delegates rejected a proposed expansion of unemployment benefits Wednesday, along with $125 million in federal stimulus cash to pay for it.
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The New Republic:
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John DiStaso's Granite Status: Dems playing Bush card
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Tofu license plate too foul for Colo. DMV
Daniel W. Drezner:
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