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12:25 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
Discussion: Don Surber and The Liberty Papers
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
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.
Discussion: MoJo Blog Posts, TPMDC and The Corner
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Pat Doyle / Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Judges rule Franken winner; Coleman to appeal
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
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
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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
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Reid Wilson / The Hill:   Romney slams binding arbitration
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
New York Times:
United Militants Threaten Pakistan's Populous Heart  —  DERA GHAZI KHAN, Pakistan — Taliban insurgents are teaming up with local militant groups to make inroads in Punjab, the province that is home to more than half of Pakistanis, reinvigorating an alliance that Pakistani and American authorities …
Discussion: Swampland and MyDD
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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 …
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
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 …
Deborah Solomon / Wall Street Journal:
Bank Vet Pegged to Run Bailout  —  WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is expected to tap Fannie Mae Chief Executive Herb Allison to head the government's $700 billion financial-rescue program, people familiar with the matter say.  —  In choosing Mr. Allison to head the Troubled Asset Relief Program …
WCBS-TV:
Vermont Lawmakers Look To Legalize Teen ‘Sexting’  —  Under Current Law, Teens Who Text Message Explicit Photos Could Be Prosecuted As Sex Offenders  —  MONTPELIER, Vt. (CBS) ― Text messaging graphic pictures of yourself could soon be legal for teens in Vermont.
Discussion: Democracy in America and Eschaton
CNN:
Are there ‘glimmers of hope’ on the economy?  —  (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.
Discussion: Pajamas Media
www.washingtonexaminer.com:
Angry taxpayers to rally at Tea Party protests  —  If things go as organizers plan, thousands of ordinary, hard-working Americans will hit the streets Wednesday in hundreds of Tea Party Protests called to oppose the high-tax and deficit spending policies of President Obama and the Democratic Congress.
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.
 
 
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Greg Toppo / USA Today:
10 years later, the real story behind Columbine
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Blaine Harden / Washington Post:
N. Korea Says It Will Boycott Nuclear Talks, Restart Weapons Plant
Discussion: Weekly Standard and Hot Air
Glenn Thrush / The Politico:
Sanders to Bachus: Prove red scare
Discussion: The Raw Story
Jeremy Hsu / LiveScience:
Facebook Users Get Worse Grades in College
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Steele takes gloves off in Obama attack
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Alex Isenstadt / The Politico:
Freshmen reach across aisle
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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Michael Brown, after the storm
Condoleezza Rice / Blogs and Stories:
My Weekend on Tiger's Trail
Discussion: Wonkette
Bridget Johnson / The Hill:
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Donnie Fowler / The Huffington Post:
How Bush Ruined the Free Market
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