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4:10 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 …
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.
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
The execrable DHS report on “right-wing extremism”  —  Michelle has it covered pretty well, but I looked at the DHS report on “right-wing extremism” myself, and it's every bit as bad as she says, and as Roger Hedgecock and the Liberty Papers first reported.  The DHS fails to provide any specifics …
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 …
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 …
Elizabeth A. Kennedy / Associated Press:
Somali pirates continue hijack spree, taking over four ships
Discussion: BLACKFIVE, neo-neocon, Hot Air and USA Today
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 …
Jennifer Jacobs / Des Moines Register:
Guv candidate says he'd order halt to gay marriage
Discussion: Democratic Strategist
Maggie Gallagher: Don't give up marriage fight!
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:   NULLIFYING COURT RULINGS.... I can appreciate the fact …
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
The White Man's Protest  —  I've been trying to figure out when FOX News actually covered a bona-fide live protest that they didn't condemn or ridicule.  Can you think of one?  How many anti-war protests were held since the Iraq war began in which FOX proclaimed that they would give it wall …
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.  —  —  What would a party be without party poopers?  —  As anti-tax protesters organize tea parties across …
Discussion: Raw Story
David Weigel / The Washington Independent:
Tea Party Activists: Tax Day Events Will Attract ‘Silent Majority’  —  Protesters attend an anti-spending Tea Party rally in front of the White House on Feb. 27, 2009 (Photo by: David Weigel)  —  When Jason Pye heard that Newt Gingrich was getting involved with the April 15 Tea Parties, he knew what he had to do.
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.
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 ...
Discussion: The Plum Line, Moonbattery and Redhot
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
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: Political Machine and TPMDC
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 and Achenblog
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.
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: GayPatriot and The New Ledger
Andrew Sullivan / The Huffington Post:
Palin's AG Pick Defended KKK Statue, Mocked Offended Student  —  Sarah Palin's choice for attorney general once wrote a column defending the statue of a KKK figure as an expression of free speech and mocked the psychology of a college student who protested the display.
The Politico:
GOP scrambles to show it has ideas  —  House Republican Whip Eric Cantor — the man Democrats dubbed “Dr. No” — is taking great pains these days to prove he has a raft of ideas of his own.  —  Stung by the Democratic barbs, the House's No. 2 Republican is unveiling a “Solutions Center” …
Discussion: Plunderbund and Think Progress
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
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.
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: New York Times and Salon
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Wells Fargo Needs Tens of Billions in Extra Capital  —  Wells Fargo may have posted a record profit recently, but it's important to note that left to its own devices the bank would have gone out of business already and not be posting any profits at all.  Indeed, it appears to be undercapitalized by tens of billions of dollars:
Discussion: Open Left and MoJo Blog Posts
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
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Ken Dilanian / USA Today:
Report: U.N. spent U.S. funds on shoddy projects
Discussion: The Foundry
Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
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Obama Compares His Economic Recovery To Jesus' Sermon On The Mount
Paul Krugman:
Time for bottles in coal mines
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias and Reuters
Arnold Kling / EconLog:
Why Health Care Reform is Hard
Discussion: The Daily Dish
Little Green Footballs:
To Everything There is a Season
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Obama: ‘Instant gratification’ fueled bust
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
 Earlier Items: 
Glenn Thrush / The Politico:
Sanders to Bachus: Prove red scare
Ralph Z. Hallow / Washington Times:
Steele takes gloves off in Obama attack
Discussion: The Plum Line
Associated Press:
Taliban execute teenager, man for eloping
Condoleezza Rice / Blogs and Stories:
My Weekend on Tiger's Trail
Discussion: Lean Left
David Segal / New York Times:
Glamour Dims as Hecklers Hit the Auto Show
Discussion: Don Surber