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12:35 PM ET, April 10, 2009

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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 …
Discussion: The New Republic and PoliGazette
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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.  —  FOXNews.com  —  Republican strategist Karl Rove called Vice President Biden a …
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.
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Steve Holland / Reuters:
REFILE-ANALYSIS-Pirates pose annoying distraction for Obama
Rasmussen Reports:
Only 27% See the U.N. As America's Ally
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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Josh Gerstein / The Politico:
Obama signs PLO office waiver
Discussion: Israel Matzav and TIME.com
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.
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.
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.
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?
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 …
Bloomberg:
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.
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?
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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: TalkLeft, Clusterstock and Cup O' Joe
John Leland / New York Times:
More Squatters Are Calling Foreclosures Home  —  MIAMI — When the woman who calls herself Queen Omega moved into a three-bedroom house here last December, she introduced herself to the neighbors, signed contracts for electricity and water and ordered an Internet connection.
Discussion: Sweetness & Light and Truthdig
Times of London:
Scramble to find the Easter bomb factory  —  A desperate search was under way last night for the terrorist bomb factory from which a suspected al-Qaeda cell planned to launch a devastating attack in Manchester.  —  Hours after Britain's most senior counter-terrorism officer resigned in disgrace …
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Duncan Gardham / Telegraph:
AlQaeda terror plot to bomb Easter shoppers
Discussion: Guardian and EU Referendum
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.
Discussion: The Opinionator and The Mahablog
Cyra Master / The Atlantic Online:
Media Insiders Say Internet Hurts Journalism  —  In a poll of prominent members of the national news media, nearly two-thirds say the Internet is hurting journalism more than it is helping.  The poll, conducted by The Atlantic and National Journal, asked 43 media insiders whether, on balance …
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’?
Jacqueline L. Salmon / Washington Post:
Faith Groups Increasingly Losing Legal Battles Over Gay Rights  —  Faith organizations and individuals who view homosexuality as sinful and refuse to provide services to gay people are losing a growing number of legal battles that they say are costing them their religious freedom.
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
TPM: “Obama Mimics Bush on State Secrets”  —  [Updated below - Update II - Update III (Sen. Feingold's statement) - Update IV]  —  I wasn't able to post today, but TalkingPointsMemo has done an excellent job in advancing the story of the Obama DOJ's inexcusable embrace of some of the most radical Bush/Cheney secrecy doctrines.
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.
Discussion: Kausfiles
 
 
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Democracy Corps:
Scandal Proves Need for Greater Oversight of Financial Industry …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Gay Republicans split
Discussion: GayPatriot and Pam's House Blend
Timothy Kincaid / Box Turtle Bulletin:
Dr. Laura Supports Same-Sex Couples
Discussion: Outside The Beltway
BBC:
Water cut off in Mexican capital
Irene Jay Liu / Capitol Confidential:
Latest 20th count: Murphy up by 34
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Jonathan D. Glater / New York Times:
In a Downturn, More Act as Their Own Lawyers
Discussion: The BLT and Law Blog
Byron York / www.washingtonexaminer.com:
Congress needs Google to find out where stimulus money went
Discussion: Betsy's Page and Power Line
Lynette Rice / EW.com:
Aaron Sorkin: Come back to TV!
CNN:
White House hit by swarm of bees