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2:05 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.
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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Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Is Norm Coleman Getting His Money's Worth?  —  Norm Coleman's already-slim chances of prevailing in the election contest in Minnesota have now entered Calista Flockhart territory today after a Minnesota panel ruled that Al Franken has in fact won the election.
Mark Murray / MSNBC:
FIRST THOUGHTS: WALKING A TIGHTROPE
Pat Doyle / Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Judges rule Franken winner; Coleman to appeal
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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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 …
Associated Press:
Somali Pirates Hijack 3 More Ships
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 …
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
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,” …
Discussion: Democratic Strategist
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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 …
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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
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 …
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 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
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Video: Did Bernie Goldberg “smack down” Sean Hannity?  —  Right after Sean Hannity's show aired on the East Coast, I began to get mail describing a supposed smackdown by Bernie Goldberg on his host for not giving Barack Obama credit in the rescue of Captain Richard Phillips from pirates this weekend.
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
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 …
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
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
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.
Wall Street Journal:
Gay, Proud and Conservative  —  A new group asks the GOP to return to its Reaganite roots.  —  'There's a stereotype that if you're gay, you're liberal - and if you are a conservative, you're a bigot.  Well, there are people like me who are gay and conservative, and we think it's important that we have a voice.
Discussion: The New Ledger and GayPatriot
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 …
Stephen Hunter / Washington Post:
A Sniper's Precision View to A Kill  —  The three quick shots off the fantail of the USS Bainbridge that terminated the piracy incident in the Indian Ocean early Sunday night made a number of points for various pointy-headed political pundits to chew on, cudlike, for a few weeks.
Discussion: marbury
Washington Post:
Stopping the Threats of Piracy and Terrorism in Somalia  —  What it will take to stop the threats of piracy and terrorism  —  SKILLFUL SHOOTING by U.S. snipers rescued an American ship captain from Somali pirates Sunday — along with an Obama administration facing its first foreign emergency.
Glenn Thrush / The Politico:
Sanders to Bachus: Prove red scare  —  Sen. Bernie Sanders wants Rep. Spencer Bachus to start naming names.  —  Bachus, the usually soft-spoken ranking Republican on the House Financial Services Committee, surprised a Birmingham News reporter last week by claiming there are 17 “socialists” in Congress.
Discussion: The Raw Story
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.
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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