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3:25 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 …
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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 …
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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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.
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Media Matters / Media Matters for America:
Beck imitates Obama pouring gasoline on “average American”; says …
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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Barbara Starr / CNN:
Captain tried to escape pirates, U.S. official says
Discussion: Hot Air
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.
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?
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.
Discussion: Jules Crittenden and Fausta's Blog
wtopnews.com:
Gov't. commits a crime against you — the taxpayers  —  I'd like to report a crime.  —  A young man was robbed on Tuesday night inside a hospital while federal security guards watched.  The victim was surrounded by seven men and women, and most of them had guns.
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
TPM: “Obama Mimics Bush on State Secrets”  —  [Updated below - Update II - Update III (Sen. Feingold's statement) - Update IV - Update V]  —  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 …
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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 …
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.
Ronald L. Trowbridge / Chicago Tribune:
Under tyranny of everyday hypocrisy  —  The fatal flaw in former Gov. Rod Blagojevich's alleged schemes of pay-to-play politics could come down to the quid being too close to the quo.  Had the separation been wider, it would have been business as usual among politicians in Springfield or Washington.
Discussion: Betsy's Page
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.
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.
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.
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 …
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Video: CNN mildly scolds Obama for bow, media for ignoring it  —  The White House miscalculated on its “no-bow” response.  CNN spends a couple of minutes calling them on it — and giving profuse credit to Hot Air while doing so.  Take a close look at the video shots in this Jeanne Moos segment …
Discussion: TigerHawk
Brian Maloney / The Radio Equalizer:
NB: Unions Made Direct Payments To Libtalker Ed Schultz  —  NAILED  —  A Bad Week: Big Eddie's Funny Money, Low Ratings  —  For Ed Schultz, it should have been a week to celebrate.  After all, his longtime desire to become a cable pundit had finally been realized, with a 6pm slot on far-left outlet MSNBC.
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.
www.washingtonexaminer.com:
Keep the government from snooping in our e-mail  —  Civilian libertarians were apoplectic over former President George W. Bush's “warrantless wiretap” program, which sought to monitor communications from terrorist networks overseas.  So why are they not screaming bloody murder …
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
 
 
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If Government Never Created a Job ...
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McCain's former economic adviser flips on Bush tax cuts.
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Gay Republicans split
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Dr. Laura Supports Same-Sex Couples
BBC:
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Times of London:
Scramble to find the Easter bomb factory
Wyatt Shev / Examiner:
Tea Party movement aims to inspire revolution