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3:20 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?
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
Ali Frick / Think Progress:
Santorum: Obama has ‘deep-seated antipathy toward American values.’
Discussion: Oliver Willis
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.
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
Discussion: Bob McCarty Writes
Jowilliams / Boston Globe:
Obama annouces upgrades to vets' health care, touts mortgage refinancing  —  WASHINGTON — Fresh from a high-profile, whirlwind tour of Europe and the war zone in Iraq, President Obama pivots back to two critical domestic issues today: improving health care for military veterans and the housing crisis.
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Kimberly Hefling / Associated Press:
Obama announces new record system for vets
Discussion: Reuters and On Deadline
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.
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 …
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 …
Kevin Drum / MoJo Blog Posts:
What Does “Pass” Mean to You?
Discussion: Eschaton
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
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.
James Freeman / Wall Street Journal:
Is Silicon Valley a Systemic Risk?  —  Treasury decides to treat venture capitalists like hedge funds.  —  The Obama administration wants to regulate venture capital firms to prevent systemic risks.  Silicon Valley residents are scratching their heads and asking: What risks?
Discussion: TechCrunch and Newsweek Blogs
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
AG Eric Holder waffles on gun control  —  Here's a memo to FOX News and all those afraid President Obama will take away their guns: It ain't happening.  Watch AG Eric Holder be as evasive as he can as he responds to questions by Couric on the CBS Evening News over putting a tighter clamp …
Discussion: TalkLeft
CBS News:
Eric Holder: The Complete Interview
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.
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:
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Democracy in America
Hannity Producers / Fox News:
EXCLUSIVE: Jeb Bush Interview Tonight & Tomorrow  —  Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush breaks his silence in an EXCLUSIVE two-part interview with Sean, which will air tonight and tomorrow.  This is Governor Bush's very first interview since leaving office more than two years ago.
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Michelle Cole / Oregonian:
House passes bill too gross to talk about
Discussion: The Sexist and Wonkette
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Prioritizing Pakistan's Stability
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The Polarization Meme  —  I was scarfing a Five Guys burger …
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The Right's Contempt For Gay Lives, Ctd
Candace Gingrich / The Huffington Post:
Note to Newt: Back Off Harry Knox!
John DiStaso's Granite Status: Dems playing Bush card
Tom McGhee / Denver Post:
Tofu license plate too foul for Colo. DMV
Daniel W. Drezner:
What does Passover tell us about international relations?
 Earlier Items: 
UK police chief quits over blunder
Discussion: On Deadline
The New Republic:
Arne Duncan and a New Pornographer
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Roger Cohen / New York Times:
Israel Cries Wolf
Discussion: The Cable and rubber hose
Matt Lewis / Political Machine:
Top 3 Conservatives Who Deserve a Biopic
Discussion: JustOneMinute