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12:05 AM ET, April 14, 2009


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Pat Doyle / Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Court declares Franken winner; Coleman to appeal  —  After a trial spanning nearly three months, Norm Coleman's attempt to reverse Al Franken's lead in the recount of the U.S. Senate election was soundly rejected today by a three-judge panel that dismissed the Republican's lawsuit.
Rick Hasen / Election Law:
INITIAL THOUGHTS ON THE DECISION IN THE COLEMAN-FRANKEN DISPUTE: COLEMAN'S CHANCES ON APPEAL APPEAR QUITE SMALL  —  I have taken a very quick look at the opinion of the three judge court in the Coleman election contest.  Here are some initial thoughts.  —  1. A reasonable tone and tenor.
JUDGES: Franken winner of Senate race  —  Over five months after the election, a three-judge panel has declared Democrat Al Franken the winner of the Minnesota U.S. Senate race.  —  The judges—Hennepin County's Denise Reilly, Pennington County's Kurt Marben and Stearns County's Elizabeth Hayden …
Discussion: Daily Kos, Hullabaloo and TPMDC
David Neiwert / Crooks and Liars:
Right-wingers who hit ‘President Pantywaist’ have egg on their faces after U.S. forces killed pirates  —  You can view this video right here by getting the latest version of Flash Player!  —  DOWNLOAD  —  PLAY  —  Before yesterday's remarkable success story on the high seas off the coast of Somalia …
Helen Kennedy / NY Daily News:
President Obama vows to battle Somali pirates
Discussion: Pajamas Media
Matt Corley / Think Progress:
Fox host: 'It's now my great duty to promote the tea parties.  Here we go!'  —  Fox News host Neil Cavuto regularly claims that when he aggressively advocates for the anti-Obama “tea party” protests on air, he is simply covering them as a journalist.  But Stuart Varney, Cavuto's fill-in host …
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Bonfire of the Wingnutteries: Howard Kurtz attacks Fox's slobbering promotion of the Tax Day Tea Parties  —  Howard Kurtz hit FOX News for their promotion of the “Tea Party” protests on CNN's Reliable Sources.  He actually says the shows are now “a full-fledged Fox fight.”  —  Transcript:
LATimes / L.A. Now:
Phil Spector guilty in Lana Clarkson's death  —  Latest story: Phil Spector convicted of second-degree murder  —  Phil Spector has been convicted of second-degree murder in the fatal shooting of actress Lana Clarkson six years ago.  An L.A. Superior Court jury reached its decision …
Jonathan Lloyd / NBC Los Angeles:
Phil Spector Convicted of Second-Degree Murder
Discussion: Don Surber
Spector found guilty of actress' 2003 murder
Discussion: L.A. Now and Telegraph
Harriet Ryan / Los Angeles Times:
Phil Spector convicted of second-degree murder
New York Times:
Obama Opens Door to Cuba, but Only a Crack  —  WASHINGTON — In abandoning longstanding restrictions on the ability of Cuban-Americans to visit and send money to family members on the island, President Obama demonstrated Monday that he was willing to open the door toward greater engagement with Cuba — but at this point, only a crack.
Some travel restrictions to Cuba to be lifted
Discussion: MSNBC, TPMCafe and CBS News
Caitlin Taylor / Political Punch:
President Obama to Lift Restrictions on Cuba
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Salon
CNN Poll: Obama not making U.S. less safe  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) - A new poll indicates Americans don't agree with former Vice President Dick Cheney's recent assertion that President Barack Obama's actions have increased the chances of a terrorist attack against the United States.
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:   Parsing the Polls: Dick Cheney, Joe Biden and America's Safety
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Reticent Justice Opens Up to a Group of Students  —  Justice Clarence Thomas has not asked a question from the Supreme Court bench since Feb. 22, 2006.  He speaks only to announce his majority opinions, reading summaries in a gruff monotone.  Glimpses of Justice Thomas in less formal settings are rare.
Max Blumenthal / Blogs and Stories:
Palin's New Disaster  —  Blogs and Stories  —  The governor is reeling after nominating for attorney general a man who allegedly defended the right of men to rape their wives.  Now, Max Blumenthal reports, she may dump him to save herself.  —  While priming her political machine …
Akmuckraker / The Mudflats:
Leathers and Lima Beans
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Views of Income Taxes Among Most Positive Since 1956  —  PRINCETON, NJ — A new Gallup Poll finds 48% of Americans saying the amount of federal income taxes they pay is “about right,” with 46% saying “too high” — one of the most positive assessments Gallup has measured since 1956.
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
We Farm Out The Krugman-Bashing (And Help Truth Get Its Boots On)  —  Eddy Elfenbein of Crossing Wall Street criticizes Paul Krugman's fixation on Tom DeLay:  —  Paul Krugman writes about Tom DeLay: … These are the kinds of the things Krugman writes that are so frustrating.
Scott Horton / Blogs and Stories:
The Bush Six to Be Indicted  —  Blogs and Stories  —  Spanish prosecutors will seek criminal charges against Alberto Gonzales and five high-ranking Bush administration officials for sanctioning torture at Guantánamo.  By Scott Horton.  —  Spanish prosecutors have decided …
Jonah Goldberg / The Corner:
Rush & Me, Today  —  I'm not listening.  I have two pressing deadlines.  But I keep getting a lot of email about it.  For instance: Jonah, Apparently Rush is pointing out the absurdity in your praising Obama and not praising those who were directly responsible for the rescue by being absurd.
Discussion: Wonkette and Vanity Fair
Balls to the mall, y'all...  I get email (click image to...en[large]gorge): … It's almost like they want to be mocked.
John / Power Line:
Still Regressing Toward the Mean  —  Barack Obama's “approval index” as measured by Rasmussen Reports (the difference between those who strongly approve and strongly disapprove of his performance) has declined steadily since his inauguration.  There is nothing surprising about this …
Edmund Newton / New York Times:
Ban on Drooping Drawers Faces Legal Challenge  —  RIVIERA BEACH, Fla. — As fashion statements go, the young men's “sagging pants” look, with trousers slung low enough to reveal a generous swath of boxer shorts, has some lamentable drawbacks.  —  For one thing, it can veer perilously close …
Adam Serwer / American Prospect:
PRESIDENTIAL AUTHORITY AND THE RESCUE OF CAPTAIN PHILLIPS.  —  After foolishly setting up the hostage situation with Somali pirates as a test of Obama's mettle, the right has been really desperate to convince themselves that President Obama could not possibly have authorized the use of force …
Discussion: BLACKFIVE
Communications / Goes OpenData  —  Award-winning website from the Center for Responsive Politics now provides 20 years of downloadable money-in-politics data—for free  —  WASHINGTON — Politicians, prepare yourselves.  Lobbyists, look out.  Today the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics …
Erica Werner / Associated Press:
Sebelius lowballed donations from abortion doctor  —  Featured Topics: - Barack Obama - Presidential Transition  —  WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama's health secretary nominee got nearly three times as much political money from a controversial abortion doctor as she told senators.
Discussion: Michelle Malkin
Felix Gillette / New York Observer:
MSNBC Developing a Weekend Politics Show for NBC News Chief White House Correspondent Chuck Todd  —  Get ready for more of the “Goateed Guru.”  —  According to multiple network sources, MSNBC is in the process of developing a weekend political show to be moderated by Chuck Todd …
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Kurt Schlichter / Big Hollywood:
The Real Hollywood Supports Our Troops
Discussion: The Other McCain and BLACKFIVE
Joe Queenan / Wall Street Journal:
War By Any Other Name  —  Obama's new terminology has started a trend.
Discussion: RedState and Cold Fury
Kleinheider / Nashville Post:
Official: Ford Out Of Governor Race
Boston Herald:
Lessons of war  —  Once again President Barack Obama has acted …
Discussion: Don Surber
Carrie Budoff Brown / The Politico:
Obama boosts anti-abortion efforts
Discussion: and The Plank
Josh Kraushaar / Scorecard's Blog:
The battle over the absentee ballots
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Eric Zimmermann / The Hill's Blog Briefing Room:
Mich. dealership slams Shelby in ad
Kos / Daily Kos:
Poll: Americans love France, San Francisco, Europe, and NYC
Johanna Neuman / Top of the Ticket:
Michelle Obama promotes physical activity at White House Easter Egg Roll
Discussion: Political Machine and #gay
Jonah Goldberg / The Corner:
Re: Congratulating Obama
Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Natasha Korecki / Chicago Sun Times:
The Jackson $5 million?