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12:10 PM ET, April 16, 2009


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New York Times:
Officials Say U.S. Wiretaps Exceeded Law  —  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.
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Obama's huge test today: do we believe in secret law?  —  (updated below - Update II)  —  Today is the most significant test yet determining the sincerity of Barack Obama's commitment to restore the Constitution, transparency and the rule of law.  After seeking and obtaining multiple extensions …
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
“Tea Party” Protests Appear to Draw At Least 250,000  —  This is an update and probably the last one.  Those of you who are interested in extending the analysis (there are undoubtedly many events missing, although most of the major ones should now be covered) are encouraged to do so at Wikipedia or elsewhere.
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 …
Chris Good / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
Tea Pary Turnout: A Rundown of Estimates
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Donald Douglas / American Power:
Orange County Tax Day Tea Party
Mark Krikorian / The Corner:
I Think We're Going to Need a Bigger Umbrella
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 …
Alexander Mooney / CNN:
Texas governor says secession possible  —  (CNN) — Texas Gov. Rick Perry isn't ruling out the possibility his state may one day secede from the nation.  —  Speaking to an energetic and angry tea party crowd in Austin Wednesday evening, the Lone Star State governor suggested secession …
Paul Haven / Associated Press:
Spanish AG says no torture probe of US officials  —  MADRID - Spanish prosecutors will recommend against opening an investigation into whether six Bush administration officials sanctioned torture against terror suspects at Guantanamo Bay, the country's attorney-general said Thursday.
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Spainmas a bust  —  Earlier this week, news that Spain intended …
Discussion: Moe Lane
Al Goodman / CNN:
Prosecutor: Drop case against Bush officials
George F. Will / Washington Post:
America's Bad Jeans  —  On any American street, or in any airport or mall, you see the same sad tableau: A 10-year-old boy is walking with his father, whose development was evidently arrested when he was that age, judging by his clothes.  Father and son are dressed identically — running shoes, T-shirts.
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:   WILL TACKLES FASHION.... The Washington Post's George Will tends …
Matt Corley / Think Progress:
Politico's Mike Allen claims that author of DHS report on right …
Edwin Mora / CNSNews:
Georgetown Says It Covered Over Name of Jesus to Comply With White House Request  —  ( - Georgetown University says it covered over the monogram “IHS”—symbolizing the name of Jesus Christ—because it was inscribed on a pediment on the stage where President Obama spoke at the university …
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 …
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Obama Is Just Not Their Cup of Tea  —  As a tea party, what happened in Lafayette Square across from the White House yesterday was a washout.  —  There were no buttered scones, none of those dainty cucumber sandwiches and, as it happens, not a spot of tea.
Discussion: Washington Times and Brendan Nyhan
New York Post:
CNBC SWEATS ‘OBAMA-BASHING’  —  THE top suits and some of the on-air talent at CNBC were recently ordered to a top-secret meeting with General Electric CEO Jeffrey Immelt and NBC Universal President Jeff Zucker to discuss whether they've turned into the President Obama-bashing network, Page Six has learned.
JammieWearingFool:   ‘The Whole Meeting Was Really Kind of Creepy’
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.)
Elizabeth Hester / Bloomberg:
Dimon Says He's Eager to Repay ‘Scarlet Letter’ TARP  —  JPMorgan Chase & Co. Chief Executive Officer Jamie Dimon, who today reported first-quarter profit that beat analysts' expectations, said his firm could repay U.S. government rescue funds “tomorrow.”  —  Dimon, calling money received through …
Discussion: TalkLeft and Portfolio
ED GOES UNDERCOVER TEABAGGIN'  —  So my good friend Scott pointed out that for all of my talk about Teabaggin', I was strangely ambivalent about the opportunity to see one in the flesh.  Well, my inner anthropologist and innate love of freaks won out in the end.
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Leigh Hornbeck / Albany Times Union:
Murphy gains as judge narrows challenges  —  Democrat expands his House edge as Republican Tedisco fails to get big boost in Saratoga County  —  POUGHKEEPSIE After the initial results came in March 31 in the battle for the 20th Congressional District, it looked like the winner would be decided …
Discussion: Democracy in America
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New York Times:
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