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5:05 PM ET, April 10, 2009

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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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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.
Media Matters / Media Matters for America:
Beck imitates Obama pouring gasoline on “average American”; says …
Alex Koppelman / Salon:
Should we be worried for Glenn Beck?
Discussion: Wonkette
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? …
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Video: CNN mildly scolds Obama for bow, media for ignoring it
Discussion: TigerHawk
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 …
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.
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.
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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Wall Street Journal:
Pirates Foil U.S. Captain's Escape Attempt
Discussion: USNI Blog and FP Passport
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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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.
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?
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.
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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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.
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
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
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 …
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
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 …
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.
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.
 
 
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Bill Roggio / Weekly Standard:
Denial in Pakistan  —  Spencer Ackerman passed along statements …
Hilzoy / Obsidian Wings:
Why Do They Stay?  —  In a post on a book about a violent …
CBS News:
Feinstein: Not The Time For Gun Control
Discussion: Reason
Scott Roxborough / Reuters:
TV show exonerates Osama bin Laden
Michael Kinsley / Washington Post:
The Senate's Estate Tax Debate
Time:
More Quickly Than It Began, The Banking Crisis Is Over
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