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10:50 PM ET, April 13, 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.
KSTP-TV:
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 …
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 …
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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 …
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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:
New York Times:
Loosening Cuba Restrictions, Obama Leaves Door Ajar  —  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 …
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MiamiHerald.com:
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
New York Times:
White House Fact Sheet: Cuba Policy
Discussion: TalkLeft
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.
Discussion: Whiskey Fire
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Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Tea Parties Forever
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 …
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Akmuckraker / The Mudflats:
Leathers and Lima Beans
CNN:
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.
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Chris Cillizza / The Fix:   Parsing the Polls: Dick Cheney, Joe Biden and America's Safety
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.
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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 …
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CNN:
Spector found guilty of actress' 2003 murder
Discussion: L.A. Now, Telegraph and Truthdig
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
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
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
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 …
Discussion: Reason and New York Magazine
Communications / OpenSecrets.org:
OpenSecrets.org 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 …
Discussion: Sunlight Foundation
Natasha Korecki / Chicago Sun Times:
The Jackson $5 million?  —  The Sun-Times has learned that 2 members of Chicago's Indian community sent word to Blagojevich's camp that Jesse Jackson Jr. would raise $5 million in exchange for Obama's Senate seat  —  Former Gov. Rod Blagojevich's camp was told last year that U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. …
Josh Kraushaar / Scorecard's Blog:
The battle over the absentee ballots  —  Just like in the Minnesota Senate recount, the special election in New York's Twentieth District looks like it will be determined by disputed absentee ballots.  —  Both campaigns have already challenged the legality of around 600 absentee ballots …
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Casey Seiler / Capitol Confidential:
Judge hospitalized, but arguments proceed in 20th CD race
 
 
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TBogg:
Balls to the mall, y'all...
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Kleinheider / Nashville Post:
Official: Ford Out Of Governor Race
Boston Herald:
Lessons of war  —  Once again President Barack Obama has acted …
Discussion: Don Surber
Helen Kennedy / NY Daily News:
President Obama vows to battle Somali pirates
Discussion: Pajamas Media
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Johanna Neuman / Top of the Ticket:
Michelle Obama promotes physical activity at White House Easter Egg Roll
Discussion: Political Machine
Jonah Goldberg / The Corner:
Re: Congratulating Obama
Discussion: PoliGazette and Don Surber
Felix Gillette / New York Observer:
MSNBC Developing a Weekend Politics Show for NBC News Chief White …
Hugh Hewit / www.washingtonexaminer.com:
Trillions for pork but nothing for the Raptors?
Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
WILL THE MAINE GIRLS SWING?
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Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
What Would a “Bipartisan” Obama Look Like?  (Hint: A Lot Like the One We're Seeing)