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5:40 PM ET, April 13, 2009

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Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Tea Parties Forever  —  This is a column about Republicans — and I'm not sure I should even be writing it.  —  Today's G.O.P. is, after all, very much a minority party.  It retains some limited ability to obstruct the Democrats, but has no ability to make or even significantly shape policy.
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Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
Corporate Lobbyists Raising Money For Tea Parties
Discussion: Jack & Jill Politics
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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Michael D. Shear / Washington Post:
An Early Military Victory for Obama  —  It was one of the earliest tests of the new American president — a small military operation off the coast of a Third World nation.  But as President Bill Clinton found out in October 1993, even minor failures can have long-lasting consequences.
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
White House Mum On Legislation That Would Nix Bush “State Secrets Privilege”
Johanna Neuman / Top of the Ticket:
Michelle Obama promotes physical activity at White House Easter Egg Roll
Discussion: Political Machine
Helen Kennedy / NY Daily News:
President Obama vows to battle Somali pirates  —  President Obama cheered Sunday's spectacular maritime rescue of Capt. Richard Phillips Monday and promised to root out the pirates infesting African shipping lanes.  —  “I want to be very clear that we are resolved to halt the rise of …
Discussion: Pajamas Media
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New York Times:
Obama Signals More Active Response to Piracy Threat
Discussion: Commentary
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
A 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.
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
White House Announces Easing of Cuba Restrictions  —  WASHINGTON — The White House announced on Monday that it is abandoning longstanding restrictions on family travel, remittances and gifts to Cuba, and is also taking steps to open up telecommunications with the island …
Discussion: CNN, Wonkette and Hot Air
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Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Parsing the Polls: Dick Cheney, Joe Biden and America's Safety  —  Expect new poll numbers out of CNN this afternoon to draw a huge amount of attention.  —  Why?  —  Because they provide strong empirical evidence that suggests most Americans do not agree with former vice president Dick Cheney's contention …
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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.
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 …
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
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Josh Kraushaar / Scorecard's Blog:
The latest NY 20 tally: Murphy by 25
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. …
Hugh Hewit / www.washingtonexaminer.com:
Trillions for pork but nothing for the Raptors?  —  Has the world really changed that much since 1990?  —  When the Air Force first announced its planned procurement of the F-22 Raptors, the intended acquisition was for 750 of the fighters.  The Soviet Union was the enemy then, and soon thereafter the Soviet Union fell apart.
Discussion: Hot Air and The Obama Legacy
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Washington Post:
Moving Beyond the F-22
pw:
Apologies to Glenn Greenwald.  —  I had accused him of being a partisan idiot.
Ari Fleischer / Wall Street Journal:
Everyone Should Pay Income Taxes  —  It's bad for our democracy to exempt half the country.  —  If you thought Bernard Madoff's Ponzi scheme was bad, wait until you hear about the inverted pyramid scheme the federal government is working on.  While Mr. Madoff preyed on people who trusted …
The Huffington Post:
Fox's Cavuto Claims Network Covered Protests Before Network Was Founded  —  Fox News' Neil Cavuto has gone on the defensive lately, defending his network's coverage of the coming political fringe tax day Renaissance Faires known as Tea Parties.  Naturally, no one in the wide world …
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
What Would a “Bipartisan” Obama Look Like?  (Hint: A Lot Like the One We're Seeing)  —  Over at RealClarPolitics, Jay Cost takes Obama to task for failing to live up to his promises of bipartisanship.  Cost writes: … What Cost accuses Obama of is acting in bad faith — he promised “bipartisanship” and hasn't delivered.
Discussion: TalkLeft
Steve Coll / New Yorker:
NO NUKES  —  There is no madness like nuclear madness.  That was the conceit of the Cold War's greatest comedy, “Dr. Strangelove,” and it was the conceit of North Korea's recent rocket-launch extravaganza.  By testing a missile that might one day be able to reach Alaska …
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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.
Frank Newport / Gallup:
Americans Most Confident in Obama on Economy  —  Democratic leaders in Congress fare better than Republican leaders  — USA - Congress - Government and Politics - Presidential Ratings - The Presidency - Americas - Northern America  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Over two-thirds of Americans …
Joe Klein / Swampland:
Obama and the Pirates  —  It's better to be lucky than good.  It's even better to be lucky and good.  One can easily imagine all the different ways the rescue of Captain Phillips might have been screwed up—and the political firestorm that would have resulted.
Discussion: Daily Kos
Eric Zimmermann / The Hill's Blog Briefing Room:
Mich. dealership slams Shelby in ad  —  A Michigan car dealership is using Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) and southern Republicans as boogeymen in a new ad campaign.  —  Les Stanford Chevrolet Cadillac in Dearborn, owned by brothers Paul and Gary Sanford, has released commercials showing Shelby …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Jonah Goldberg / The Corner:
Re: Congratulating Obama  —  Most of the email in response to my earlier post has been positive.  Then there are a few like this: Dear Jonah, Below is the DNC/MSM/Hollywood/Academia 8 year, massive, coordinated, and unrelenting war room strategy against Pres Bush and the Republicans: Create doubt.
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 …
Discussion: Progressive Alaska
 
 
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Lessons of war  —  Once again President Barack Obama has acted …
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Carrie Budoff Brown / The Politico:
Obama boosts anti-abortion recruitment
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Michael S. Rosenwald / Washington Post:
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Discussion: Zero Hedge
Kos / Daily Kos:
Poll: Americans love France, San Francisco, Europe, and NYC
James Gordon Meek / NY Daily News:
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Andrew Cohen / CBS News:
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Luciana Chavez / Raleigh News & Observer:
Former WRAL reporter shines on Fox News
Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
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Jerome Starkey / The Independent:
Taliban murder leading Afghan female rights activist
Discussion: PoliGazette
Dan Fagan / Anchorage Daily News:
Levi hasn't changed; the Palins have