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6:35 PM ET, April 10, 2009

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Little Green Footballs:
At Glenn Beck Tea Party: ‘Burn the Books!’  —  At a “Project 912 Glenn Beck Tea Party,” an unnamed speaker rants about “infiltration by the Communist Party” (a John Birch Society talking point), says that digital cable boxes are “brainwashing machines” planted in our homes by the government, and swears to stop paying taxes.
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
AFTER THE SEGMENT.... It was a very special episode of Glenn Beck's Fox News show, when he pretended to douse a colleague in gasoline while talking about setting himself on fire, but what I found especially interesting is what happened immediately afterwards.  —  You may have seen this clip already.
David Neiwert / Crooks and Liars:
Glenn Beck — “I'm President Obama” — douses actor with gas-can contents, holds up lit match  —  You can view this video right here by getting the latest version of Flash Player!  —  DOWNLOAD  —  PLAY  —  Barack Obama wants to burn Joe Q. Public alive — and all because he wants to fix the immigration mess.
Alex Koppelman / Salon:
Should we be worried for Glenn Beck?  —  Seriously, can someone check on Fox News host Glenn Beck?  I ask because it certainly looks like the poor guy's finally gone completely 'round the bend, and at the very least someone should do him the favor of checking his molars to make sure …
Discussion: Wonkette
Media Matters / Media Matters for America:
Beck imitates Obama pouring gasoline on “average American”; says …
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The Tea Tantrum Movement  —  I spent the better part of an hour earlier today scanning the various sites and blogs to try and understand what specifically the Fox-Pajamas tea parties are about.  Having absorbed about as much of the literature as I can, I have to say I'm still befuddled.
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Dan / Riehl World View:
Sullivan's Errant Tea Party Shot  —  Given that The Masters is on this week - and on Twitter - which is pretty cool (it's a shame Dean Barnett didn't live to see that, even if I still think he didn't give Tiger Woods the credit he deserves), anyway, there's no reason to give Andrew Sullivan …
Anne Schroeder Mullins / Anne Schroeder's Blog:
Karl Rove accosted by ex-GOP chief of staff  —  Former Bush adviser Karl Rove was verbally accosted Thursday evening by an ex-chief of staff to former Rep. Tom Feeney (R-Fla.).  —  Rove was quietly having dinner at the tony restaurant Charlie Palmer Steak on Capitol Hill when he was aggressively approached …
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Dayo Olopade / theroot.com:
EXCLUSIVE PIC: Clinton and Obama, in the Sandbox Again  —  Another busy day at the White House: First Lady Michelle Obama hosted students from Bancroft High School in Washington, who helped her plant and water the brand-new White House garden.  She and Agriculture secretary Tom Vilsack spoke …
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Lynn Sweet:
Ma Nishtaneh in the White House? …
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Video: CNN mildly scolds Obama for bow, media for ignoring it
Discussion: TigerHawk
Ben Meyerson / Los Angeles Times:
Obama hosts a Seder: Who was invited?
Discussion: Writes Like She Talks
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
It's Your Country Too, Mr. President  —  In his major foreign policy address in Prague committing the United States to a world without nuclear weapons, President Obama took note of North Korea's missile launch just hours earlier and then grandiloquently proclaimed:  —  “Rules must be binding.
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
The Full McCarthy  —  Rep. Spencer Bachus (R-AL) decides to imitate one of modern conservatism's greatest heroes: … To take this more seriously than it deserves, the number of members of the House who would be inclined to support the sort of agenda advocated by what would, in Europe …
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Time:
More Quickly Than It Began, The Banking Crisis Is Over  —  Investors find it disconcerting to see the stocks in the huge financial institutions that are at the foundation of the global capital system trading up and down 25% a day, and, in some cases trading in the pennies.
Gerald Warner / Gerald Warner's blog listings:
Barack Obama: President Pantywaist - new surrender monkey on the block  —  President Barack Obama has recently completed the most successful foreign policy tour since Napoleon's retreat from Moscow.  You name it, he blew it.  What was his big deal economic programme that he was determined to drive through the G20 summit?
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Anti-Gay Rights Group Calls its Marriage Campaign ‘2M4M’  —  Now that activist legislators are legislating from their legislatures to legalize gay marriage, activists are turning up the volume on anti-gay marriage rhetoric.  —  There's just one, ahem, kink.
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Obama may get ASU honor after all  —  Michael M. Crow, president of Arizona State University, tells POLITICO that the school is reconsidering its widely mocked plans not to give President Barack Obama an honorary degree when he speaks at commencement on May 13 and will “honor him in every way possible.”
Megan McArdle:
The Heroes of Financial Fraud  —  The scale of Bernie Madoff's crimes has largely eclipsed the more interesting scam that broke around the same time: the antics of Mark Dreier, who bilked institutional investors for millions with faked securities.  What we know about Madoff suggests …
Ryan Powers / Think Progress:
Steele Laughs Off The Recession: ‘The Malls Are Just As Packed On Saturday’ As They Were Before  —  This morning, GOP chairman Michael Steele guest-hosted Bill Bennett's talk radio show.  During the program, one caller said he could “debate” whether or not the U.S. is currently in the midst of an economic crisis.
The Cook Political Report:
Introducing The Cook Political Report Partisan Voting Index (PVI) for the 111th Congress  —  Cook Partisan Voter Index by State and District  —  Cook Partisan Voter Index by Partisan Rank  —  The Cook Political Report Partisan Voter Index (PVI) Explained
Peter Robinson / Forbes:
The Housing Crisis Isn't A Crisis  —  Stand back, says Todd Zywicki, and let the markets clear.  —  Law professor Todd Zywicki of George Mason University is composing a book, Bankruptcy Law and Policy in the Twenty-First Century, in which Zywicki picks a couple of fascinating fights.
Discussion: EconLog
Eric Kleefeld / TPMDC:
Murphy Ahead By 49 Votes (Right Now) 46 Votes  —  The latest score in NY-20 shows that Democrat Scott Murphy is currently ahead in this nail-biter of a result — but if GOPer Jim Tedisco doesn't like it, he could just wait 15 minutes.  —  The official state results show that Murphy has taken …
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.
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Rumor of the day: Jindal to challenge Vitter for Louisiana senate seat?  —  So says lefty political analyst John Heilemann, sowing the seeds of Republican discord.  It's the Palin/Murkowski scenario all over again! … The idea, I guess, is that Vitter's so tarnished by the prostitution scandal …
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
The Ethics of Homo Economicus  —  Paul Krugman makes a joke: … This is reminiscent of a little dispute I was having on a secret off-the-record email list dedicated to plotting Ezra Klein's march to world domination.  I was saying that whatever one thought should be done …
CNN:
PETA asks Pet Shop Boys to change name  —  LONDON, England (CNN) — Just because they named their new CD “Yes,” does not mean that British electro-pop duo, the Pet Shop Boys, will agree to just about anything.  —  The band has turned down a request from an animal rights group to rename itself the Rescue Shelter Boys.
New York Times:
Both U.S. and Pirates Sending More Ships to Standoff  —  MOGADISHU, Somalia — American naval reinforcements moved toward the scene of a pirate hostage standoff in the Indian Ocean on Friday, and there were reports that the Somali pirates, desperate to get back to shore with their American captive …
 
 
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Bill Roggio / Weekly Standard:
Denial in Pakistan  —  Spencer Ackerman passed along statements …
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