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7:15 AM ET, April 16, 2009


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Associated Press:
Gov. Rick Perry: Texas Could Secede, Leave Union  —  HuffPost has comprehensive coverage of the Tax Day Tea Party protests.  Click here for the latest photos and video.  —  AUSTIN, Texas — Texas Gov. Rick Perry fired up an anti-tax “tea party” Wednesday with his stance against the federal government …
Texas Politics:
Perry says Texas can leave the union if it wants to  —  Note to commenters: The comments do not post automatically.  I have to read them and post them.  Since it is dinner time here, I may be away from the computer for a bit.  —  Speaking with reporters after a tea party rally in Austin today …
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.
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.
Michelle Malkin:
CNN beclowns itself  —  Call the wah-mbulance.  —  So, the Tea Party protests are “not fit for family viewing” according to one very unhappy CNN reporter, Susan Roesgen, who also fumes over what she calls an “offensive” anti-Obama sign that compares Obama to a fascist.  (And yes, I told you this was going to happen.)
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.
Sinfonian / Blast Off!:
DFH blogger speaks at Pensacola Tea Party ... and lives to tell the tale  —  If you were following my livetweeting today from the Pensacola Tea Party, then you already know: I gave a little speech.  Hey, I'm a sucker for Open Mic Night ... what can I say?  —  Seriously — I didn't realize …
CBS News:
Katie Couric's Notebook: Tea Parties  —  Katie's off today.  I'm Maggie Rodriguez.  —  It was a major catalyst for our independence from Britain: the tea party in Boston harbor 235 years ago.  And it seems Americans have been grumbling about their paying taxes ever since ... just not quite like this.
Discussion: PoliGazette
President Obama Ordered the Killing of Three Black Muslim Kids  —  BEGIN TRANSCRIPT  —  RUSH: You know what we have learned about the Somali pirates, the merchant marine organizers that were wiped out at the order of Barack Obama, you know what we learned about them?  They were teenagers.
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Limbaugh defends the teenage pirates of Somalia while a US Cargo ship evaded another pirate attack  —  Without comment: … (h/t Mark Nicholas)  —  Last night there was a report that another attack had happened on a US Cargo ship:
Casey Seiler / Capitol Confidential:
At last: final numbers from Saratoga County  —  The bottom line: Tedisco picks up 163 173 corrected votes after all paper ballots — including military — have been counted.  But remember that there are still more than 700 contested ballots in that county alone, and reportedly more than 1,200 across all 10 counties.
Jimmy Vielkind / Politicker NY:
NY-20 Judge: Most Objections Invalid
Discussion: TPMDC
Eric Kleefeld / TPMDC:
Murphy Leads By 168 Votes, As Absentees Come In Strong
William Yardley / New York Times:
For Gov. Palin, a Rough Return to the Day Job  —  JUNEAU, Alaska — Before Tina Fey and “Drill, baby, drill,” there was mud season here in the Alaskan capital.  This soggy, socked-in spring has been no exception, but it sure has been different in other ways.
Discussion: The Politico
Joe Klein / Swampland:
World's Stupidest Argument  —  Bush flunkies trying to argue that Obama is more polarizing than Bush was.  Given the fact that Obama had to take dramatic action, at home and abroad, to start lifting the country from the mess Bush made almost everywhere—and also begin to turn the country away …
Discussion: Liberal Values
Peter Wehner / Commentary:
Yes, but . . . Obama Is Still the Most Polarizing
Discussion: The New Ledger
Rick Pearson / Clout St:
Rep. Kirk says decision on Senate or governor run by end of April  —  Republican U.S. Rep. Mark Kirk said today he will make a decision by month's end on whether to run for the U.S. Senate or governor next year.  —  The North Shore Republican said he was waiting to see whether …
Discussion: Scorecard's Blog
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.
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