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9:30 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.  So if your comment does not appear immediately, it is only because I'm not constantly sitting at the computer.
Wayne Slater / Associated Press:
Texas Gov. Rick Perry gets crowd boiling at Austin ‘tea party’
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
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 …
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, government officials said in recent interviews.
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.)
David Weigel / The Washington Independent:
Scenes From the DC Tea Party: More Photos!
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.
Alissa R / Us Weekly:
Sarah Palin's Dad Wishes Levi Johnston Would “Buy Some Diapers”  —  In the new issue of Us Weekly (on newsstands today) Sarah Palin's father slams Levi Johnston — the 19-year-old father of Bristol Palin's baby — for recently badmouthing the Palin family in the press.
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.
Carl Schreck /
Hair Stylist Keeps Armed Robber as Sex Slave  —  In what is either the weirdest Russian crime story of the year so far or a new low in yellow crime journalism, a female hair stylist in the Kaluga region is suspected of holding an armed robber in captivity as a sex slave for two days …
Agence France Presse:
US govt faces veteran anger at extremism report  —  The US Homeland Security Department, under fire for saying US forces returning from the Iraq and Afghan wars were potential right-wing extremist recruits, said Wednesday it honors US veterans.  —  Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano sought …
Discussion: Washington Times
Josh Kraushaar / Scorecard's Blog:
Sestak for Senate?  —  In the fundraising battle of the three Pennsylvania House Democrats considering running for the Senate, we have a clear fundraising winner: Rep. Joe Sestak (D-Pa.)  —  Sestak, who has been seriously considering a Senate campaign, raised $550,000 in the first three months of the year …
Discussion: TPMDC
Obama's $855,323 Tax Bill Would Be Bigger Under His Budget Plan  —  President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, earned $2.73 million last year and paid $855,323 in federal taxes, an amount that would be higher by about $102,000 if his budget plan were in effect.
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Mike Madden / Salon:
“On 9/11, I think they hit the wrong building”  —  A woman participates in a Tax Day rally in Lafayette Park in Washington Wednesday.  —  WASHINGTON — The gathering in Lafayette Square, in honor both of tax day and of a generalized fury at Barack Obama, his budget, the Federal Reserve …
‘The Whole Meeting Was Really Kind of Creepy’  —  Hard to believe, but an NBC outlet is actually worried someone might be mean to the Dear Leader.  —  Can't have any of that.  —  When you think about it, the endless slobbering over Obama at MSNBC should more than make up for it, no?
Carla Marinucci / San Francisco Chronicle:
Pelosi calls for panel to probe Wall Street  —  (04-15) 16:14 PDT SAN FRANCISCO — Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, saying that the American people are demanding “discipline and accountability” after the multibillion-dollar federal bailouts, promised Wednesday to create a legislative commission …
Discussion: Firedoglake
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, Scorecard's Blog and D-Day
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Rick Pearson / Clout St:
Rep. Kirk says decision on Senate or governor run by end of April
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Josh Kraushaar / The Politico:
Minn. Senate flashpoint: the judges
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 Earlier Items: 
Victor Davis Hanson / National Review:
President of the World  —  Given Obama's performance …
Discussion: HazZzMat
Gary Fineout / New York Times:
Overhaul of Florida Voting Rules Is Proposed
James McWilliams / The Atlantic Online:
Is Free-Range Pork Really Riskier?
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Patrick / Now! Hampshire:
Taxpayers Storm ‘Luxury Lavatory’ at State House
Discussion: Don Surber