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9:30 AM ET, April 15, 2009


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Glenn Harlan Reynolds / Wall Street Journal:
Tax Day Becomes Protest Day  —  How the tea parties could change American politics.  —  Today American taxpayers in more than 300 locations in all 50 states will hold rallies — dubbed “tea parties” — to protest higher taxes and out-of-control government spending.
Michelle Malkin:
A Tax Day Tea Party cheat sheet: How it all started  —  It's here!  —  For the Johnny-Come-Latelys in the MSM who will be dispatched by their editors to file obligatory stories about the hundreds of Tax Day Tea Party protests across the country today, here is a cheat sheet to get you up to speed.
Michelle Malkin:
An Army of Tax Revolters — and a warning to fair-weather Republicans  —  Blog pioneer Glenn Reynolds, author of “An Army of Davids,” has a nice overview of the Tea Party movement in the Wall Street Journal today.  (We probably shouldn't use the phrase “army of (fill-in-the-blank) anymore” …
Michelle Malkin:
Tracking the Tea Party crashers  —  Keep an eye out for the Tea Party crashers tomorrow.  If you have other example to add to the list, give me a holler:  —  1) From Code Pink Website: … 2) From DKos:
Andrea Shea King / Big Hollywood:
American Tea Party Anthem Singer Lloyd Marcus: “This whole thing …
Discussion: The Jawa Report and The Plank
Adam Nagourney / New York Times:
In Minnesota, a Battle Without End for a Senate Seat  —  ST. PAUL — Norm Coleman spends his days in the quiet living room of his small house here, thumbing through stacks of legal papers.  His United States Senate staff and offices vanished at the start of the year, as did his salary …
Obama Report on “Right-Wing Radicals” Timed for Tea Parties  —  BEGIN TRANSCRIPT  —  RUSH: I had a report, I got this at 2:30 yesterday afternoon.  I just didn't have a chance to work it in yesterday.  It's this Department of Homeland Security report, it's nine pages, I've got the PDF here …
Discussion: The Swamp and Gateway Pundit
Jane Sutton / Reuters:
Recession fueling right-wing extremism, U.S. says
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
The ultimate reaping of what one sows: right-wing edition
Wall Street Journal:
Obama Tilts to CIA on Memos  —  Top Officials at Odds Over Whether to Withhold Some Details on Interrogation Tactics  —  WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is leaning toward keeping secret some graphic details of tactics allowed in Central Intelligence Agency interrogations …
Discussion: Think Progress
David Corn / MoJo Blog Posts: mojo:   At the White House, Joking about a Torture Investigation?
Wall Street Journal:
This Tax Is for You  —  A levy on Joe Six Pack.  —  Today is the dreaded April 15, but at least in Oregon it's even going to cost you more to drown in your tax sorrows.  In their sober unwisdom, the state's pols plan to raise taxes by 1,900% on . . . beer.  The tax would catapult to $52.21 from $2.60 a barrel.
Chicago Tribune:
IRS workers see double standard on tax errors  —  The Treasury secretary, who oversees the IRS, didn't pay all his taxes.  Neither did five other top nominees for the Obama administration, or their spouses.  —  Now, as Wednesday's tax deadline looms, some Americans are wondering …
Discussion: Pajamas Media, Reason and QandO
Andy McCarthy / The Corner:
The Obama Administration Is Criminalizing Dissent?  Intimidating Its Ideological Opponents?  You Must Be Joking  —  The DHS screed that Jonah and some of our Marked Men (Steyn, Hemingway and Krikorian) have weighed in on is entirely predictable.  The only conceivable surprise is that it is so blatant and has happened so soon.
Discussion: Dr. Sanity
New York Times:
U.S. Planning to Reveal Data on Health of Top Banks  —  WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is drawing up plans to disclose the conditions of the 19 biggest banks in the country, according to senior administration officials, as it tries to restore confidence in the financial system without unnerving investors.
Thomas Fitzgerald /
Toomey announces GOP senate bid  —  Conservative Pat Toomey, a former Lehigh Valley congressman, this morning announced he is running for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate in the 2010 election.  —  In a videotaped message on his new campaign website ( …
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 …
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.
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.
Matt Taibbi / Taibblog:
The peasant mentality lives on in America  —  It took a good long while for news of the Teabag movement to penetrate the periphery of my consciousness — I kept hearing things about it and dismissing them, sure that the whole business was some kind of joke.  Like a Daily Show invention, say.
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Ruth Simon / Wall Street Journal:
Banks Ramp Up Foreclosures  —  Increase Poses Threat to Home Prices; Delinquent Borrowers Face New Scrutiny  —  Some of the nation's largest mortgage companies are stepping up foreclosures on delinquent homeowners.  That will likely lead to more Americans losing their homes …
Discussion: The Big Picture
Did McCain snub Palin on Leno?  —  (CNN) — Did John McCain snub Sarah Palin during an appearance Monday on NBC's The Tonight Show?  —  That's what some pro-Palin bloggers and other political observers claim after the former GOP presidential candidate left out his former running mate …
Erika Lovley / The Politico:
Ron Paul's plan to fend off pirates  —  A little-known congressional power could help the federal government keep the Somali pirates in check — and possibly do it for a discount price.  —  Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) and a growing number of national security experts are calling on Congress …
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