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7:05 AM 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:
Tracking the Tea Party crashers  —  Keep an eye out for the Tea Party crashers tomorrow.  If you have other example to add to the list, give me a holler:  —  1) From Code Pink Website: … 2) From DKos:
Discussion: Daily Kos and GayPatriot
Andrea Shea King / Big Hollywood:
American Tea Party Anthem Singer Lloyd Marcus: “This whole thing …
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
The ultimate reaping of what one sows: right-wing edition  —  (updated below - Update II)  —  Right-wing polemicists today are shrieking in self-pitying protest over a new report from the Department of Homeland Security sent to local police forces which warns of growing “right-wing extremist activity.”
Jane Sutton / Reuters:
Recession fueling right-wing extremism, U.S. says
David Neiwert / Crooks and Liars:
Conservatives indict themselves with shrieking over DHS report …
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.
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand / The Huffington Post:
Let My Vote and Every Vote Be Counted  —  Today the Republicans stooped to a new low by challenging my ballot.  The Republicans' challenge is frivolous and without merit.  —  Having spent so much time campaigning alongside Scott Murphy these past several weeks, I know Scott is the kind …
Discussion: Scorecard's Blog
Leigh Hornbeck / Capitol Confidential:
Even Gillibrand's ballot challenged  —  This just in from Columbia County: when Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand's absentee ballot came up in the queue, the poll watchers for Jim Tedisco objected to it, saying the senator was in the county on election day and should have voted in person.
Pew Hispanic Center:
A Portrait of Unauthorized Immigrants in the United States  —  Unauthorized immigrants living in the United States are more geographically dispersed than in the past and are more likely than either U.S. born residents or legal immigrants to live in a household with a spouse and children.
Mike Mount / CNN:
Pirates attack U.S. cargo ship but fail to board  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — The Liberty Sun, a U.S.-flagged cargo ship bound for Mombasa, Kenya, was attacked Tuesday by Somali pirates, according to a NATO source with direct knowledge of the matter.  —  The pirates never made it onto the ship.
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 …
The Huffington Post:
Obama Team Tells Jewish Leaders: UN Durban Text Crosses “Red Line”  —  In a private conference call with Jewish leaders on Tuesday, the Obama White House reaffirmed that it does not plan to send an official delegation to the United Nations' World Conference on Racism, citing lingering disputes over the language of the draft charter.
David Corn / MoJo Blog Posts: mojo:
At the White House, Joking about a Torture Investigation?  —  I was asked to go on Hardball on Tuesday night to discuss the news that Spanish prosecutors are likely to recommend a full investigation be conducted to determine if six former Bush administration officials—including ex-Attorney …
Andy McCarthy / The Corner:
The Obama Administration Is Criminalizing Dissent?  Intimidating Its Ideological Opponents?  You Must Be Joking  —  The DHS screed that Jonah and some of our Marked Men (Steyn, Hemingway and Krikorian) have weighed in on is entirely predictable.  The only conceivable surprise is that it is so blatant and has happened so soon.
Discussion: Dr. Sanity
Amanda Terkel / Think Progress:
Shuster: If you plan on 'tea bagging all around the country, you're going to need a Dick Armey.'  —  On MSNBC's Countdown yesterday, David Shuster — filling in for Keith Olbermann — took Fox News to task for so aggressively promoting the right wing's anti-Obama tea parties.
Paul Lewis / Guardian:
Met suspends officer over vigil attack  —  Scotland Yard last night suspended a second officer over brutality allegations after fresh video surfaced showing him striking a woman who was attending a vigil in honour of Ian Tomlinson, the man who died after being attacked by police at the G20 protests.
Nedra Pickler / Associated Press:
Appeals Court: Marine can't sue Murtha  —  WASHINGTON — A federal appeals court ruled Tuesday that Rep. John Murtha cannot be sued for accusing U.S. Marines of murdering Iraqi civilians “in cold blood,” remarks that sparked outrage among conservative commentators.
Thomas E. Ricks / Foreign Policy:
Chalabi charges Bush with conspiring with Iran  —  Ahmed Chalabi, the Iraqi politician and onetime neo-con heartthrob, has always struck me as smooth as silk but also kind of nutty, especially in his glib assertions of the improbable.  His latest ploy may play better in the Arab world than here in the U.S. …
Robert L. Borosage / The Huffington Post:
Taxing Matters  —  Tax Day.  Fox News is flogging Astroturf “tea parties” underwritten by corporate lobbyists, while its pundits warn that raising the top income tax rate to the level it was under Bill Clinton constitutes “socialism.”  The Wall Street Journal editorializes about the evils of the estate tax.
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Bo-bama: First dog has ‘star quality’  —  “He's a star,” President Barack Obama said today of the first family's new dog, Bo.  “He's got star qualities.”  —  The Portuguese water dog officially registered as Amigo's New Hope but known to the Obama family as “Bo” certainly drew a sizeable pack …
Discussion: The Politico and NO QUARTER
Mary Ann Akers / The Sleuth:
Obama Meets Privately With the Dead  —  Musicians Phil Lesh and Bob Weir of the band The Dead perform in NYC, March 30, 2009.  (Bryan Bedder/Getty Images )  —  The surviving (and formerly feuding) members of the Grateful Dead had a secret impromptu meeting Monday evening with the man they credit with reuniting them: President Obama.
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and The Swamp
John Hood / The Corner:
Begging Hands and Bleeding Hearts Will Only Cry Out for More  —  If you haven't yet read the Congressional Budget Office's scoring of the Obama budget plan, I highly recommend it.  CBO analysts shows several things to be true: 1) for all the talk of transparency and reform …
Discussion: Vox Popoli
New York Post:
ELIOT SPITZER'S WANDERING EYE ON AG  —  BEHIND Eliot Spitzer's flaccid attempt at re-erecting his public persona is a plan to run for state attorney general in 2010, sources told Page Six.  —  After launching a column on, and giving interviews to National Public Radio and the …
Chris McGreal / Guardian:
Vatican vetoes Obama ambassador  —  Caroline Kennedy deemed unacceptable because of abortion views  —  The Vatican has vetoed three of Barack Obama's potential nominees as US ambassador amid a growing dispute between the White House and the Roman Catholic church over the new administration's support …
Discussion: AMERICAblog News
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Michael Rubin / The Corner:
Iran in the News  —  Obama's agreement to drop the demand …
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The Humane Society's real champion
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and Hot Air
Richard Pérez-Peña / New York Times:
Media Executives Plan Online Service to Charge for Content
Edward L. Glaeser / Economix:
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