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12:30 PM 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.
Marc Cooper / Los Angeles Times:
Anti-Obama Taxpayer Tea Parties steeped in insanity  —  What, exactly, are the protesters protesting?  The marginal tax rate rising 3% for millionaires?  —  The Web is buzzing with information about how to throw an anti-Obama Taxpayer Tea Party, something organizers hope will be held today from Santa Monica to South Carolina.
Michael E. Ruane / Washington Post:
Protesters' Plan to Dump Tea Is Prohibited  —  There will be no tea-dumping in the Potomac River — that's illegal — but organizers of today's national tea party tax protest found out this morning that so is their plan to dump a million tea bags in Lafayette Square to demonstrate displeasure at government spending and tax policies.
Discussion: Think Progress and City Desk
Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
‘TEA PARTIES’: THE NEXT GRASS-ROOTS MOVEMENT?  —  Yes: We conservatives have decided to take our grievances to the streets  —  Who is the leader of the conservative movement?  Is it Michael Steele at the Republican National Committee, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, or even Rush Limbaugh?
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Left Behind?  —  Glenn Reynolds today pens an op-ed hailing the …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Jonathan Martin / Ben Smith's Blog:
Tea Parties and the GOP establishment
Discussion: Democratic Strategist
Ian Swanson / The Hill:
Protesters to hold 750 tea parties
Jesse James DeConto / Raleigh News & Observer:
Protest stops Tancredo's UNC speech  —  CHAPEL HILL — UNC-CH police released pepper spray and threatened to use a Taser on student protesters Tuesday evening when a crowd disrupted a speech by former Colorado congressman Tom Tancredo opposing in-state tuition benefits to unauthorized immigrants.
Tim Nelson / WTVD-TV:
UNC protest gets rowdy  —  CHAPEL HILL (WTVD) — There are two questions following a rowdy student protest at UNC Chapel Hill Tuesday night.  —  Did the protest get out of line and did campus police go too far?  —  Dozens of protesters turned out to oppose a speech given by a former Colorado congressman …
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 …
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Obama's Moment Of Truth On Torture
Discussion: TalkLeft
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 …
Reid Wilson / The Hill:
As Coleman's hope dims, pursuit of seat questioned
Discussion: USA Today
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.
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 …
Washington Whispers:
Is the GOP Waving Bye-Bye to Sarah Palin?  —  Worse than Dan Quayle before her, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's bright star has fast faded in the eyes of Washington Republican officials and analysts, calling into question her efforts to become a national party figure ready to run for the White House.
Did McCain snub Palin on Leno?
Discussion: Hot Air, AMERICAblog News and Gawker
The Week Magazine:
The Panic of 1825  —  If you're not satisfied with Paul Krugman or Nouriel Roubini as your guide to the current turmoil, you can always rely on E.M. Forster.  It was Forster who grasped the essential drawback of the Internet long before anyone else, depicting, in his 1909 story “The Machine Stops” …
Discussion: TalkLeft
Colin Clark / DoD Buzz:
SEAL Sniper Details Trickle In  —  For those Buzz readers hungry for detail about the Somali pirates, my buddy Christian over at DefenseTech offers some details about the techniques behind the SEAL sniper shots.  Read on for some info about the firearms used and who probably played in this most satisfying incident at sea.
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.
Ruth Simon / Wall Street Journal:
Banks Ramp Up Foreclosures
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, Law Blog, QandO and Reason
Jack Healy / New York Times:
Consumer Prices Decline on Lower Energy Costs  —  Falling prices of gasoline, natural gas and other forms of energy pushed consumer prices down slightly in March, the government reported on Wednesday, eclipsing two months of slight gains in prices.  —  And prices fell from the same month …
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Dinosaur at the Gate  —  Eric Schmidt looks innocent enough, with his watercolor blue eyes and his tiny office full of toys and his Google campus stocked with volleyball courts and unlocked bikes and wheat-grass shots and cereal dispensers and Haribo Gummi Bears and heated toilet seats …
Discussion: Whiskey Fire and The Plank
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