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1:20 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 …
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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.
William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
The Constitution Is A Subversive Manifesto Per DHS  —  The Department of Homeland Security Report titled “Rightwing Extremism: Current Economic and Political Fueling Resurgence in Radicalization and Recruitment” was first brought to light by Stephen Gordon at The Liberty Papers Blog.
Washington Post:
‘3 Rounds, 3 Dead Bodies’  —  Precision Volley by Navy SEALs Ended a Five-Day Ordeal For an American Seaman, but Piracy Off Somalia Continues  —  As dusk began to fall Sunday, the Somali pirates holding captain Richard Phillips had grown edgy.  —  As they bobbed in the ocean near the USS Bainbridge …
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Elizabeth A. Kennedy / Associated Press:
Pirates hijack four ships; seize 60 hostages
Discussion: BLACKFIVE
Associated Press:
Somali Pirates Hijack 3 More Ships
Chip Cummins / Wall Street Journal:
Pirates Continue Attacks on Ships in Gulf of Aden
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.
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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.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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 …
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Easter With My Conservative Family  —  A reader writes: … It will get much much worse before it gets better.
Discussion: American Power and Donklephant
Jennifer Jacobs / Des Moines Register:
Guv candidate says he'd order halt to gay marriage  —  A Republican candidate for governor vowed today to stop gay marriage if he's elected, but several Statehouse officials say his proposed method would be illegal.  —  “If I have the opportunity to serve as your next governor,” …
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:   NULLIFYING COURT RULINGS.... I can appreciate the fact …
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.  —  FOXNews.com  —  What would a party be without party poopers?  —  As anti-tax protesters organize tea parties across …
Discussion: TBogg
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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 …
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 …
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 …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
THEY'RE GOING TO NEED A LOT MORE TEA BAGS.... As April 15 approaches, this is generally the time most Americans are inclined to complain about paying Uncle Sam.  It's supposed to be as American as apple pie — we all think we're paying too much in taxes.  —  At least, that's what we've been led to believe.
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 …
David Segal / New York Times:
Glamour Dims as Hecklers Hit the Auto Show  —  Just a year ago, working as a product presenter at an auto show was a pretty straightforward job.  You stood next to a vehicle, you called it a marvel of engineering, style and comfort and then you fielded softball questions like, “What does this baby cost?”
Discussion: Don Surber
CNN:
Obama: Economy improving but crisis not over  —  (CNN) — President Obama said Tuesday that recent stimulus measures “are starting to generate signs of economic progress,” but more tough times are ahead.  —  The White House described Obama's speech as a major address on the economy.
Patrick Gavin / The Politico:
Michael Brown, after the storm  —  Michael Brown became a household name when Hurricane Katrina struck — and then a punch line when President George W. Bush sent him packing shortly after proclaiming that “Brownie” was doing “a heckuva job.”  —  Now that the storm has passed, Brown …
Discussion: The Swamp
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Obama: ‘Instant gratification’ fueled bust  —  President Barack Obama acknowledges in a major economic speech Tuesday that “times are still tough” and warns that a culture of “instant gratification” had produced neglect of major national problems that wound up undermining the economy.
Discussion: The Remmers Report
Associated Press:
Taliban execute teenager, man for eloping  —  Afghan clerics impose death penalty after pair are accused of immoral acts  —  KABUL - Taliban gunmen executed a young couple in southern Afghanistan for trying to elope, shooting them with rifles in front of a crowd in a lawless, militant-controlled region, officials said Tuesday.
Discussion: UN Dispatch
Aaron Blake / The Hill:
Democrat's lead in N.Y. special up to 56  —  Democrat Scott Murphy has pushed further ahead in the special election for Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand's (D-N.Y.) former House seat, expanding his lead to 56 votes after two friendly counties sent in additional absentee totals Tuesday morning.
Greg Toppo / USA Today:
10 years later, the real story behind Columbine  —  They weren't goths or loners.  —  The two teenagers who killed 13 people and themselves at suburban Denver's Columbine High School 10 years ago next week weren't in the “Trenchcoat Mafia,” disaffected videogamers who wore cowboy dusters.
Discussion: Debbie Schlussel
Washington Wire:
Obama's Speech on the Economy  —  President Barack Obama on Tuesday discussed economic challenges to the U.S. in a major speech on the economy, following remarks last week in which he cited signs of progress.  Here, the full text of his speech as prepared for delivery.
Discussion: Real Time Economics
Michael O'Brien / The Hill's Blog Briefing Room:
NRSC formally backs Specter in 2010  —  National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) Chairman John Cornyn (R-Texas) penned a letter to Republicans in Pennsylvania urging them to support Sen. Arlen Specter (R-Pa.) in the state's looming primary battle.  —  Though the NRSC's support …
Discussion: Washington Wire and The New Ledger
Reid Wilson / The Hill:
Dean re-emerging to push healthcare  —  Former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean (D), who used healthcare reform as a signature issue during his 2004 presidential campaign, is using a call for universal coverage to raise his profile once again.  —  Dean left his position as chairman …
 
 
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Tea party movement picking up steam
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Wells Fargo May Need $50 Billion in Capital, KBW Says
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
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Glenn Thrush / The Politico:
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Ralph Z. Hallow / Washington Times:
Steele takes gloves off in Obama attack
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