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9:40 PM ET, April 15, 2009


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David Weigel / The Washington Independent:
Scenes From the DC Tea Party: More Photos!  —  Here's a supplement to Aaron's great photo spread from this afternoon's rally.  —  Remember: Fox News reported on these rallies.  It didn't promote them!  —  This was a popular theme, along with references to images of President Obama's bow to the King of Saudi Arabia.
Media Matters / Media Matters for America:
CNN's Roesgen grills tea party protestor who calls Obama a “fascist,” says protest “highly promoted by the right-wing conservative network Fox”  —  This whole FARCE is custom made for cable news, not the MSM of network TV.  The MSM cant cover something 24/7 like CNN or FOX can.
Discussion: Washington Monthly, MyDD and Gawker
David / Crooks and Liars:
Fox anchor rants about fascism during tea party coverage  —  Fox Business Network anchor Cody Willard didn't appear to be very “fair and balanced” as he let out his opinion of Democrats' economic policy during a tea party protest in Boston.  “When are we going to wake up and start fighting …
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
In Defense Of The Tax-Day Tea Parties  —  The of tea-party enthusiasm on the American right has provoked a fairly typical reaction from the organized American left.  It's a fake.  It involves tea bags and (a) Dick Armey.  It's got the consistency of astroturf, not natural grass.
Discussion: Hot Air
Michelle Malkin:
Massive: Tax Day Tea Party USA  —  I just have one word: Wow.  More than 800 tea parties across the country.  Here's your first photo/vid round-up from the events across the country, large and small, every corner of this great nation (hit your refresh button often...I'll keep updating):
Chris / TVNewser:
CNN Reporter at Chicago Tea Party: It's “Anti-CNN Since This is Highly Promoted By the Right-Wing, Conservative Network Fox”  —  CNN correspondent Susan Roesgen could barely get through her live shot at the Chicago tea party this afternoon.  Over shouts of, “You're not a reporter,” …
Jim Iovino / NBC Washington:
1 Million Tea Bags, But No Place to Dump  —  Permits end dumping before it starts  —  WASHINGTON — It was a great idea, really.  Take a million tea bags and dump them in Lafayette Park to protest government spending.  Hip, hip, hoo-ray!  —  But a funny thing happened en route to a visually pleasing Tax Day protest.
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Left Behind?  —  Glenn Reynolds today pens an op-ed hailing the “tea-party” “movement” as a post-partisan, spontaneous uprising of ordinary folks against the establishment of both parties.  He makes no mention of Pajamas Media's heavy investment in the events, nor Fox News' endless touting …
The Huffington Post:
DC Tea Party Protest Shut Down By Secret Service, Package Thrown …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Founding Bloggers:
BREAKING! Chicago Tax Day Tea Party Pictures!
Patrick Gavin / The Politico:   VIDEO: Tea parties take to D.C.
Marc Cooper / Los Angeles Times:
Anti-Obama Taxpayer Tea Parties steeped in insanity
Michael Calderone / The Politico:   Fox teas up a tempest
Michelle Malkin:
A Tax Day Tea Party cheat sheet: How it all started
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Gov. Perry Talks Secession for Texas at Tea Party: “Texas Can Leave Union If It Wants To”  —  All the insane talk coming from the Limbaugh National Convention is spreading into the fabric of the entire GOP.  Listen to Texas Gov. Rick Perry say: … These republicans are talking treason in my mind.
Wayne Slater / Associated Press:
Texas Gov. Rick Perry gets crowd boiling at Austin ‘tea party’  —  —  AUSTIN - Gov. Rick Perry told an anti-tax “tea party” Wednesday the federal government is “rampaging through the halls of Congress” with big-spending programs and only states' rights can stop it.
Audrey Hudson / Washington Times:
Napolitano stands by ‘extremism’ report
Jimmy Vielkind / Politicker NY:
NY-20 Judge: Most Objections Invalid  —  ALBANY—Judge James Brands just ruled that most of the over 1,200 contested absentee ballots in the race to replace Kirsten Gillibrand in Congress were objected to improperly based on discrepancies in their applications.  This means many more ballots will be counted.
Discussion: TPMDC
Eric Kleefeld / TPMDC:
Murphy Leads By 168 Votes, As Absentees Come In Strong
Casey Seiler / Capitol Confidential:
At last: final numbers from Saratoga County
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Obamas' tax return: $2.66 million  —  Has the Obama brand peaked?  —  While running for president wasn't putting a pinch on Barack Obama's pocketbook, his total household income dropped to $2.7 million in 2008, down from $4.2 million the previous year.  —  While many Americans …
Discussion: The Politico and Ben Smith's Blog
John McCormick / Los Angeles Times:
Obamas release 2008 tax return
Discussion: Political Machine
The White House:
Release of the President and Vice President's Tax Returns
Discussion: Washington Wire, The Caucus and Gawker
Alaska_Politics / Anchorage Daily News:
Dems won't vote on Palin's three names for Senate seat (Updated)  —  State Senate Democrats are refusing to vote on the three names that Gov. Sarah Palin forwarded as appointees for the open Senate seat.  They obtained a legal opinion this morning saying it is illegal for Palin to submit more than one name.
Akmuckraker / The Mudflats:
Naughty Governor.
Discussion: The Plank and The Daily Dish
Charles Bremner / Times of London:
World Agenda: Nicolas Sarkozy puts Barack Obama in the doghouse  —  Why the master of America's new First Mutt is no longer in good odour with President Sarkozy  —  France has been cooing along with everyone else over the arrival of Bo Obama at the White House, but the master of America's …
Discussion: Weekly Standard
New York Times:
N.S.A.'s Intercepts Exceed Limits Set by Congress  —  WASHINGTON — The National Security Agency intercepted private e-mail messages and phone calls of Americans in recent months on a scale that went beyond the broad legal limits established by Congress last year, according to government officials.
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 Earlier Items: 
The Politico:
Obama wants ‘a simpler tax code’
Discussion: The Hill
William Galston:
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Peter Wehner / Commentary:
Yes, but . . . Obama Is Still the Most Polarizing
Discussion: Swampland and Daily Kos
John / Power Line:
Beyond Parody, Part II
Discussion: The Radio Equalizer and Hot Air
Paul Begala / CNN:
Begala: April 15 is patriots' day
The Week Magazine:
The Panic of 1825  —  If you're not satisfied with Paul Krugman …
Discussion: TalkLeft
Washington Whispers:
Is the GOP Waving Bye-Bye to Sarah Palin?