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1:15 AM ET, April 15, 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 …
David Neiwert / Crooks and Liars:
Conservatives indict themselves with shrieking over DHS report on right-wing terrorism  —  My my my.  The right, led by Michelle Malkin, is up in arms over the Department of Homeland Security's internal intelligence report on right-wing extremism and its post-Obama resurgence.  —  Malkin's headline wails:
Little Green Footballs:
About That DHS Report on Right-Wing Extremism  —  Here we go again.  —  The latest cause for hyperventilation in the right-wing blogosphere is a report from the Department of Homeland Security on the need for vigilance against extreme right-wing groups like Posse Comitatus, militias …
John / Power Line:
Watch Out For Those Crazy Right Wingers!
Discussion: protein wisdom
Michelle Malkin:
Confirmed: The Obama DHS hit job on conservatives is real
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
The execrable DHS report on “right-wing extremism”
Discussion: TBogg and Dr. Helen
Fox News:
Homeland Security Warns of Rise in Right-Wing Extremism
Andrea Shea King / Big Hollywood:
American Tea Party Anthem Singer Lloyd Marcus: “This whole thing is Rush Limbaugh's fault.”  —  From homeless to cause celebre, things are happening fast for the Central Florida singer-songwriter ever since he debuted his now famous “The American Tea Party Anthem” at Orlando's Tea Party three weeks ago.
Glenn Harlan Reynolds / Wall Street Journal:
Tax Day Becomes Protest Day
Discussion: Michelle Malkin
Michelle Malkin:
Tracking the Tea Party crashers
Discussion: GayPatriot
Fox News:
Tea Party Protesters Gird for Possible Liberal Backlash
Discussion: The TrogloPundit and Raw Story
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 …
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.
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand / The Huffington Post:
Let My Vote and Every Vote Be Counted  —  Today the Republicans stooped to a new low by challenging my ballot.  The Republicans' challenge is frivolous and without merit.  —  Having spent so much time campaigning alongside Scott Murphy these past several weeks, I know Scott is the kind …
Discussion: Scorecard's Blog and TPMDC
Jeremy P. Jacobs / The Hill:
Sen. Gillibrand's absentee ballot challenged
Pew Hispanic Center:
A Portrait of Unauthorized Immigrants in the United States  —  Unauthorized immigrants living in the United States are more geographically dispersed than in the past and are more likely than either U.S. born residents or legal immigrants to live in a household with a spouse and children.
Christine Harper / Bloomberg:
Goldman Sachs's Viniar ‘Mystified’ by Interest in AIG  —  David Viniar, Goldman Sachs Group Inc.'s chief financial officer, said he's “mystified” by the interest investors and government officials have shown in the bank's trading relationship with American International Group Inc.
Amanda Terkel / Think Progress:
Shuster: If you plan on 'tea bagging all around the country, you're going to need a Dick Armey.'  —  On MSNBC's Countdown yesterday, David Shuster — filling in for Keith Olbermann — took Fox News to task for so aggressively promoting the right wing's anti-Obama tea parties.
David Corn / MoJo Blog Posts: mojo:
At the White House, Joking about a Torture Investigation?  —  I was asked to go on Hardball on Tuesday night to discuss the news that Spanish prosecutors are likely to recommend a full investigation be conducted to determine if six former Bush administration officials—including ex-Attorney …
Paul Haven / Associated Press:   Decision likely in US torture case in Spain
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 …
The Huffington Post:
Obama Team Tells Jewish Leaders: UN Durban Text Crosses “Red Line”  —  In a private conference call with Jewish leaders on Tuesday, the Obama White House reaffirmed that it does not plan to send an official delegation to the United Nations' World Conference on Racism, citing lingering disputes over the language of the draft charter.
Mary Ann Akers / The Sleuth:
Obama Meets Privately With the Dead  —  Musicians Phil Lesh and Bob Weir of the band The Dead perform in NYC, March 30, 2009.  (Bryan Bedder/Getty Images )  —  The surviving (and formerly feuding) members of the Grateful Dead had a secret impromptu meeting Monday evening with the man they credit with reuniting them: President Obama.
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and The Swamp
Mike Mount / CNN:
Pirates attack U.S. cargo ship but fail to board  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — The Liberty Sun, a U.S.-flagged cargo ship bound for Mombasa, Kenya, was attacked Tuesday by Somali pirates, according to a NATO source with direct knowledge of the matter.  —  The pirates never made it onto the ship.
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 …
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
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Bo-bama: First dog has ‘star quality’  —  “He's a star,” President Barack Obama said today of the first family's new dog, Bo.  “He's got star qualities.”  —  The Portuguese water dog officially registered as Amigo's New Hope but known to the Obama family as “Bo” certainly drew a sizeable pack …
Discussion: NO QUARTER and The Politico
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.
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Thomas E. Ricks / Foreign Policy:
Chalabi charges Bush with conspiring with Iran  —  Ahmed Chalabi, the Iraqi politician and onetime neo-con heartthrob, has always struck me as smooth as silk but also kind of nutty, especially in his glib assertions of the improbable.  His latest ploy may play better in the Arab world than here in the U.S. …
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
Eric Zimmermann / The Hill's Blog Briefing Room:
Burr told family to withdraw everything from bank  —  Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) says when the financial crisis began he encouraged his wife to withdraw all the cash she possibly could from their local bank.  —  During a speech on the economy last night, Burr related his immediate reaction the week the crisis began.
Maggie Gallagher: Don't give up marriage fight!  —  [cross-posted at Dallas Morning News editorial board blog]  —  I heard from Maggie Gallagher the other day, who wrote to object to my view that the battle to stop same-sex marriage is lost was not only defeatist, but inaccurate.
Discussion: Good As You and Right Wing Watch
Robert L. Borosage / The Huffington Post:
Taxing Matters  —  Tax Day.  Fox News is flogging Astroturf “tea parties” underwritten by corporate lobbyists, while its pundits warn that raising the top income tax rate to the level it was under Bill Clinton constitutes “socialism.”  The Wall Street Journal editorializes about the evils of the estate tax.
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