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7:45 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
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 …
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 and
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.
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,” …
Anti-tax ‘tea parties’ vent anger across U.S.  —  Obama aims to ease dread of deadline day, vowing ‘simpler tax code’  —  Protestors take part in a “tea party” Wednesday in Lafayette Park, across from the White House in Washington.  —  Tea activist  —  April 15: Tim Phillips …
Liz Robbins / New York Times:
Tax Day Is Met With Tea Parties  —  Rain-streaked tea bags hung from the umbrellas and eyeglasses of protesters as Tea Party Day got off to a soggy start along the East Coast on Wednesday.  —  On a day when the government deadline for filing income tax returns offered some Americans …
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.
Michelle Malkin:
A Tax Day Tea Party cheat sheet: How it all started
Michael Calderone / The Politico:   Fox teas up a tempest
The Huffington Post:
DC Tea Party Protest Shut Down By Secret Service, Package Thrown …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Aaron Wiener / The Washington Independent:
Scenes from the DC Tea Party: Round One
Department of Homeland Security:
Statement by U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano on the Threat of Right-Wing Extremism  —  The primary mission of this department is to prevent terrorist attacks on our nation.  The document on right-wing extremism sent last week by this department's Office …
Audrey Hudson / Washington Times:
Napolitano stands by ‘extremism’ report
Dexter Filkins / New York Times:
Afghan Women Protest New Restrictive Law  —  KABUL, Afghanistan — The young women stepped off the bus and moved toward the protest march just beginning on the other side of the street when they were spotted by a mob of men.  —  “Get out of here, you whores!” the men shouted.  “Get out!”
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.
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
Patrick Gavin / The Politico:
VIDEO: Tea parties take to D.C.  —  Although there were hundreds of tea parties held across the nation today, lots of attention was centered on the one held in Washington, D.C.'s Lafayette Park, just feet from the White House.  Despite the rain, plenty of conservatives did their part to protest taxes and government spending.
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.
James McWilliams / The Atlantic Online:
Is Free-Range Pork Really Riskier?  —  Curator's note: Like pretty much every advocate of sustainable agriculture, including our own Bill and Nicolette Hahn Niman, I took immediate and sharp notice of James McWilliams's New York Times op-ed suggesting that pigs raised in the very epitome of evil …
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Patrick / Now! Hampshire:
Taxpayers Storm ‘Luxury Lavatory’ at State House  —  “About seventy woman and forty men” visited the Senate President and Speaker of the House's new taxpayer-funded “luxury lavatory” at the State House to relieve themselves all at once today, sources tell
Discussion: Don Surber
William Galston:
The HAA Is No Laughing Matter  —  Of all the major items on Barack Obama's ambitious agenda, health reform has the best chance of passage during the current congress.  While many battle-scarred veterans are skeptical, more stars are in alignment than in the past.
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.
Air War College (Montgomery, AL)  —  As Delivered by Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates, Maxwell-Gunter Air Force Base, Montgomery, AL, Wednesday, April 15, 2009  —  Good morning.  It's a pleasure to be back at Maxwell.  —  As you may know, this week I am visiting each of the service war colleges …
Discussion: Danger Room
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.
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Obama Uber Alles Macht Frei  —  Wow, first video from the Chicago tea bagging event suggests the folks didn't get the cheat sheet from Freedom Works.  The first guy interviewed on CNN just said Obama was a fascist and now seems to be saying that they're standing up for the legacy of Abraham Lincoln …
Discussion: Vanity Fair and Wonkette
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Wayne Slater / Associated Press:
Texas Gov. Rick Perry gets crowd boiling at Austin ‘tea party’
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Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
More Say Low-Income Americans Paying Fair Share of Taxes
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Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Top Business Lobbyists Vow To Raise Big Bucks For Coleman Appeal
Discussion: Firedoglake and D-Day
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Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and The Politico
Aaron Smith / Pew Internet:
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Eric Kleefeld / TPMDC:
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The Politico:
Obama wants ‘a simpler tax code’
Discussion: The Hill
 Earlier Items: 
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
Discussion: Right Wing Nut House
The Week Magazine:
The Panic of 1825  —  If you're not satisfied with Paul Krugman …
Discussion: TalkLeft
Chicago Tribune:
IRS workers see double standard on tax errors