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5:30 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.
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
POLL OF THE DAY.... For a couple of months, every sentence from Republican officials and Fox News personalities had to include the word “socialism” while attacking the president.  It didn't have much of an effect.  —  Maybe the smears didn't connect because people don't think “socialism” is all that bad.
Chris Good / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
Americans Split On Capitalism?
Discussion: QandO
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.
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The Polarization Meme  —  I was scarfing a Five Guys burger yesterday late in the afternoon - good times - when I glanced over the op-ed page of the Washington Post.  I read this piece by Michael Gerson, chuckled and scoffed a little and then went on my merry way to the gym.
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
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?”:
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 …
Matt Corley / Think Progress:
Perino: ‘Where Is The Proof’ That Bush ‘Alienated’ People Around The World?
Discussion: White House Watch
Robert Peters / Christian Newswire:
Connecting the Dots: The Link Between Gay Marriage and Mass Murders  —  On April 4 the NY Times ran adjacent front-page articles on the Iowa Supreme Court decision legalizing ‘gay marriage’ and the gunman who murdered 13 people in New York.  That day the Times also ran an op ed article …
Eric Schumacher / Baptist Press News:
‘Gay marriage’ in Iowa more damaging than a 500-year flood
Discussion: Iowa Independent
Oops!  Obama's press office has an e-mail snafu  —  (CNN) — The White House Press Office accidentally e-mailed a draft version of President Obama's Thursday schedule on Wednesday night that included the back-and-forth between White House staffers.  —  The e-mail, sent on a daily basis …
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
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 …
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.
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
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:
Wells Fargo CFO: Wachovia Merger Behind Big Profits  —  Wells Fargo's acquisition of Wachovia late last year helped the bank generate a surprisingly healthy $3 billion in earnings for the first quarter, Wells Fargo CFO Howard Atkins told CNBC.  —  Wells Fargo, the fourth-biggest US bank …
Discussion: AMERICAblog News
Joe Bel Bruno / Wall Street Journal:
Wells Fargo Projects Record Profit
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias and
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
Right Wingers Just Don't Understand Business. . . and the Stupid Continues  —  It's staggering just how ignorant right wing bloggers are about how the business of media works, or business in general.  Which wouldn't be so ironic if they didn't run around thumping their chests about the virtues of …
Discussion: TalkLeft and AMERICAblog News
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Sanford Fights Back On Stimulus  —  South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford is going on offense in his prolonged battle with the Obama administration over the economic stimulus bill, appearing in a new ad in which he seeks to explain his position to the state's voters.
Discussion: The Note, MSNBC and Hot Air
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?
Leon Neyfakh / New York Observer:
Meghan McCain's Book Sold to Hyperion For High Six Figures  —  John McCain's 24-year-old daughter Meghan has a book deal!  Sources say Hyperion has prevailed over at least three other publishers in an auction that began earlier this week, following a round of meetings during …
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 …
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.
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.
Associated Press:
Republican leads by 24 votes in NY House race  —  ALBANY, N.Y. - Republican Jim Tedisco is leading Democrat Scott Murphy by 24 votes in the latest count of a too-close-to-call special congressional election in New York state.  —  The state Board of Elections reports Thursday …
Discussion: MSNBC and Taegan Goddard's …
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Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
You Can Lead A Reporter to Water, But You Can't Make Him Call It A Spending Increase
Discussion: Facing South
James Gordon Meek / NY Daily News:
Special ops ‘itching’ to fight pirates, just waiting for Obama to say go
Discussion: QandO and Don Surber
James Poniewozik / Time:
Glenn Beck: The Fears of a Clown
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Rush Limbaugh: GOP's ‘de facto’ leader
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Either Begala or American Idol
Discussion: The Swamp
Joseph Gerth / Courier-Journal:
Conway announces bid for U.S. Senate
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Elliot Spagat / Associated Press:
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Discussion: Raw Story
Jowilliams / Boston Globe:
Obama annouces upgrades to vets' health care, touts mortgage refinancing
Discussion: The Huffington Post
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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The Right's Contempt For Gay Lives, Ctd
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Note to Newt: Back Off Harry Knox!
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