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5:35 PM ET, April 14, 2009


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Audrey Hudson / Washington Times:
Federal agency warns of radicals on right  —  9-page report sent to police  —  The Department of Homeland Security is warning law enforcement officials about a rise in “rightwing extremist activity,” saying the economic recession, the election of America's first black president and the return …
Michelle Malkin:
Confirmed: The Obama DHS hit job on conservatives is real  —  Last night, the Liberty Papers posted an unclassified DHS Office of Intelligence and Analysis report titled:  —  Rightwing Extremism: Current Economic and Political Climate Fueling Resurgence in Radicalization and Recruitment.
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
The execrable DHS report on “right-wing extremism”  —  Michelle has it covered pretty well, but I looked at the DHS report on “right-wing extremism” myself, and it's every bit as bad as she says, and as Roger Hedgecock and the Liberty Papers first reported.  The DHS fails to provide any specifics …
John / Power Line:
Watch Out For Those Crazy Right Wingers!  —  The Extremism and Radicalization Branch, Homeland Environment Threat Analysis Division of the Department of Homeland Security has released a report titled “Rightwing Extremism: Current Economic and Political Climate Fueling Resurgence in Radicalization and Recruitment.”
David Neiwert / Crooks and Liars:   Conservatives indict themselves with shrieking over DHS report …
William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
The Constitution Is A Subversive Manifesto Per DHS
Discussion: protein wisdom and PoliBlog
Xinhua News Agency:
Thousands of dolphins block Somali pirates  —  Thousands of dolphins blocked the suspected Somali pirate ships when they were trying to attack Chinese merchant ships passing the Gulf of Aden, the China Radio International reported on Monday.  —  The Chinese merchant ships escorted …
Washington Post:
‘3 Rounds, 3 Dead Bodies’
Elizabeth A. Kennedy / Associated Press:
Somali pirates continue hijack spree, taking over four ships
Discussion: BLACKFIVE, neo-neocon and Hot Air
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
The White Man's Protest  —  I've been trying to figure out when FOX News actually covered a bona-fide live protest that they didn't condemn or ridicule.  Can you think of one?  How many anti-war protests were held since the Iraq war began in which FOX proclaimed that they would give it wall …
Fox News:
Tea Party Protesters Gird for Possible Liberal Backlash  —  Tea Party organizers are poised for a possible backlash during their nationwide demonstrations on Tax Day, April 15.  —  —  What would a party be without party poopers?  —  As anti-tax protesters organize tea parties across …
Discussion: Raw Story
Andrea Shea King / Big Hollywood:
American Tea Party Anthem Singer Lloyd Marcus: “This whole thing …
Discussion: The Foundry and Riehl World View
Mark Murray / MSNBC:
THE GOP'S SILENCE ON MN IS DEAFENING  —  From NBC's Mark Murray  —  While the Democratic National Committee and Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee released statements last night congratulating Al Franken and ratcheting up the pressure for Norm Coleman to bow out, we haven't heard a peep from national Republicans.
Guy-Uriel E. Charles / Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Nice fight, Norm, but it's over
Discussion: Minnesota Independent
Jeremy W. Peters / City Room:
Paterson Will Introduce Same-Sex Marriage Bill  —  Gov. David A. Paterson will announce on Thursday plans to introduce legislation to legalize same-sex marriage, according to people with knowledge of the governor's plans.  —  Mr. Paterson's move, which he first signaled last week …
Maggie Gallagher: Don't give up marriage fight!
Jennifer Jacobs / Des Moines Register:
Guv candidate says he'd order halt to gay marriage
Jim Treacher / The Greenroom:
Staged Military Photo Ops Suddenly Awesome  —  Back in 2003, the left was astonished and dismayed that George W. Bush got such a warm Thanksgiving welcome from ...
New York Post:
ELIOT SPITZER'S WANDERING EYE ON AG  —  BEHIND Eliot Spitzer's flaccid attempt at re-erecting his public persona is a plan to run for state attorney general in 2010, sources told Page Six.  —  After launching a column on, and giving interviews to National Public Radio and the …
Leigh Hornbeck / Capitol Confidential:
Even Gillibrand's ballot challenged  —  This just in from Columbia County: when Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand's absentee ballot came up in the queue, the poll watchers for Jim Tedisco objected to it, saying the senator was in the county on election day and should have voted in person.
Discussion: Politicker NY, The Hill, Daily Kos and MyDD
Jimmy Vielkind / Politicker NY:
As Murphy Goes Up, Republicans Object to Second-Homers, Democrats Allege Ethnic Bias
The White House:
“The House Upon a Rock”  —  The past three months have seem a storm of activity from the White House, with initiatives on housing, the markets, the auto industry, small businesses, international financial cooperation, and job creation through the Recovery Act.
Megan McArdle:
Democracy and Capitalism  —  I've been thinking a lot lately about the political theory of an independent central bank.  A lot of the libertarians I know have deep issues with the activities of the Fed, which have been largely unaccountable to elected officials.  —  That's a valid critique.
Not Larry Sabato:
Virginia Republicans are for [Lesbian] Lovers  —  Wow- at the official Republican Party of Virginia Youtube channel- look at what video they loaded as a “favorite” on Youtube.  —  WARNING: DO NOT WATCH VIDEO UNLESS YOU WANT TO SEE SOFT CORE PORN SPONSORED BY THE REPUBLICAN PARTY OF VIRGINIA.
Discussion: TPMDC
Media Matters / Media Matters for America:
Goldberg tells Hannity, “I'm sorry, Sean ... but we have to stop going out of our way to find fault with every single thing he [Obama] does.”  —  Wow that is about the 4 or 5 time in the last few days that an Fox commentator has voiced support for Pres Obams.  Kirstin Powers , Mara Liasson, Bill O'Reilly, Bob Beckel and now Goldberg.
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
National Republicans Get Behind Specter  —  National Republican Senatorial Committee Chairman John Cornyn released a letter today offering a full-throated endorsement of Sen. Arlen Specter in his coming primary against former congressman Pat Toomey, a decision driven by a concern …
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Poll: Obama earns nation's trust  —  Three months into his presidency, Barack Obama stands out as perhaps the most trusted figure in American politics.  —  In a new Public Strategies Inc./POLITICO national survey of 1,000 registered voters, Obama outdistances figures on both the left …
Floyd Norris:
The Case of the Missing Month  —  I blogged the Goldman Sachs call this morning, starting at 7 a.m. The newest posts are at the top.  —  7:50 a.m.|  Call Over: The call ended quietly with little additional talk about December.  —  7:45 a.m.|  How Quickly We Forget …
Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
CAN CONSUMER REPORTS SAVE HEALTH INSURANCE?  —  Ramesh Ponnuru, like many conservatives, would like to rid health care of state insurance mandates.  These mandates demand that insurance plans do crazy things like cover maternity care and bone marrow transplants and prostate cancer screening (fuller list here).
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias and The Corner
Andrew Sullivan / The Huffington Post:
Palin's AG Pick Defended KKK Statue, Mocked Offended Student  —  Sarah Palin's choice for attorney general once wrote a column defending the statue of a KKK figure as an expression of free speech and mocked the psychology of a college student who protested the display.
Ben Widdicombe / StyleList Fashion Blog:
Barbara Bush To Marry In Maine This Summer?  —  While Michelle Obama (and that dude she married) have been enjoying the spotlight during their first few months in the White House, I hear a little stardust is about to sprinkle on the previous family to live there.  —  Summer wedding in Maine, anyone?
Discussion: Gawker
Paul Krugman:
Time for bottles in coal mines  —  President Obama hails the fact that stimulus projects are coming in “ahead of schedule and under budget.”  Yay — but boo.  —  Ahead of schedule is good.  Under budget — well, ordinarily that's a good thing.  But the point of the stimulus is to increase spending!
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Josh Gerstein / The Politico:
Legal left cools toward Obama
Discussion: Opinio Juris and Political Machine
Kim Dixon / Reuters:
More CEOs got pay hikes than cuts in '08
The Politico:
GOP scrambles to show it has ideas
Discussion: Plunderbund
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Wells Fargo Needs Tens of Billions in Extra Capital
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Stephen Hunter / Washington Post:
A Sniper's Precision View to A Kill
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10 years later, the real story behind Columbine
Discussion: Debbie Schlussel
Glenn Thrush / The Politico:
Sanders to Bachus: Prove red scare
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
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Discussion: American Power