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8:10 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.
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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.
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 …
Eric Kleefeld / TPMDC:
Who Will Be Left On Minnesota Supreme Court To Hear Appeal?
Discussion: MyDD and The Political Carnival
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 …
Jonathan Lloyd / NBC Los Angeles:
Phil Spector Convicted of Second-Degree Murder  —  Music producer Phil Spector was found guilty Monday of second-degree murder in the February 2003 shooting death of actress Lana Clarkson.  —  Jurors also found Spector personally used the firearm while committing the crime at his Alhambra mansion.
Discussion: Pajamas Media and Don Surber
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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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David E. Sanger / New York Times:
U.S. May Drop Key Condition for Talks With Iran  —  WASHINGTON — The Obama administration and its European allies are preparing proposals that would shift strategy toward Iran by dropping a longstanding American insistence that Tehran rapidly shut down nuclear facilities during the early phases …
TBogg:
Balls to the mall, y'all...  I get email (click image to...en[large]gorge): … It's almost like they want to be mocked.
Discussion: Preemptive Karma
Joe Queenan / Wall Street Journal:
War By Any Other Name  —  Obama's new terminology has started a trend.  —  The Obama administration has come under intense criticism for replacing the term “war on terror” with the emaciated euphemism “overseas contingency operations,” and for referring to individual acts of terror as “man-caused disasters.”
Discussion: RedState, Fausta's Blog and Cold Fury
John D. McKinnon / Wall Street Journal:
Bush Aide Perino to Join Firm Led by Clinton Adviser  —  WASHINGTON — Dana Perino, President George W. Bush's last White House press secretary, will join Clinton administration adviser Mark Penn at public-relations firm Burson-Marsteller, where she will be “chief issues counselor.”
Discussion: Emptywheel and FishBowlDC
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.
Donnie Fowler / The Huffington Post:
How Bush Ruined the Free Market  —  (or Why Your Cousin on Wall Street Can't Bet With Your Money Anymore)  —  Do you realize it took George Bush longer to “win” his war against a small, third world nation once led by a third-rate dictator than it took us the U.S. to defeat the two empires of Germany & Japan in World War II?
Discussion: Boston Globe and The Other McCain
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.
Deborah Solomon / Wall Street Journal:
Bank Vet Pegged to Run Bailout  —  WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is expected to tap Fannie Mae Chief Executive Herb Allison to head the government's $700 billion financial-rescue program, people familiar with the matter say.  —  In choosing Mr. Allison to head the Troubled Asset Relief Program …
Discussion: Clusterstock and Housing Wire
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
MiamiHerald.com:
Some travel restrictions to Cuba to be lifted  —  The Obama administration on Monday will lift travel and gift restrictions for Cuban Americans, allowing them to travel more freely to the island and send additional financial help to family members.  —  The policy change marks …
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Yale Environment 360:
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Dave Johnson / Seeing the Forest:
Take The Right Seriously, Please
Brendan Nyhan:
Maddow on MSNBC: Still cable news
Discussion: Open Left and Matthew Yglesias
Kurt Schlichter / Big Hollywood:
The Real Hollywood Supports Our Troops
John / Power Line:
Still Regressing Toward the Mean
Discussion: Atlas Shrugs
Edmund Newton / New York Times:
Ban on Drooping Drawers Faces Legal Challenge
Discussion: Reason
 Earlier Items: 
Dina ElBoghdady / Washington Post:
Buyers Flock to Foreclosures, but Deals Are Often Delayed
Erica Werner / Associated Press:
Sebelius lowballed donations from abortion doctor
Discussion: Michelle Malkin and Flopping Aces
Carrie Budoff Brown / The Politico:
Obama boosts anti-abortion efforts
Jonah Goldberg / The Corner:
Re: Congratulating Obama