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Logan Murphy / Crooks and Liars:
TN Man Enraged By Obama Sticker Slams SUV Into Car With 10 Year Old Child Inside  —  As hate radio, corporate right wing media and GOP politicians ramp up the violent rhetoric against Democrats, the nutjobs who follow them like zombies are becoming more and more unhinged and posing a threat to society.
Brooke Obie / Media Matters for America:
Fox's Doocy learns the hazards of not vetting guests  —  In typical Fox & Friends fashion, Steve Doocy hyped the Tea Party Express's cross-country tour that is kicking off in Searchlight, Nevada this weekend, with the stated goal to “kick Harry [Reid] out of the Senate” in the November mid-term elections.
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
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Kenneth P. Vogel / The Politico:
Face of the tea party is female
Danielle Crittenden / The Huffington Post:
Put Down Your Pitchforks, People  —  As the old saying goes, if you want a friend in Washington, get a dog.  Perhaps that's why the Frum household now has three.  —  I've been married to David Frum for nearly 22 years—or just under half my lifetime—and have lived through numerous controversies …
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Art Beast / The Daily Beast:
Inside David Frum's Bitter Exit  —  Hungry Beast Giving Beast Women in the World  —  Blogs and Stories  —  Ex-Bush aide David Frum was fired from the American Enterprise Institute for blasting the GOP on health care.  Or was he?  Tunku Varadarajan uncovers charges of goldbricking and Frum's paycheck.
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Frum thinks critique of GOP led to boot …
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
AP: Say, guess what we just found in ObamaCare!  —  Congress passed the bill without knowing what was in it.  Barack Obama signed it without reading it.  Now it looks as though the Associated Press reported on ObamaCare without comprehending its content.  Readers will have to scroll far …
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Josh Funk / Associated Press:
Companies say health care costs hard to swallow
Margaret Coker / Wall Street Journal:
Upset Vote Reshapes Iraq  —  Scramble Is On to Form a Ruling Coalition as Minority Sunnis Take First Place  —  BAGHDAD—Ayad Allawi's predominantly Sunni alliance has won Iraq's national election, narrowly edging out Prime Minister Nouri Al Maliki's list to become the largest bloc in the country's next parliament.
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New York Times:
Allawi's Victory in Iraq Election Sets Up Period of Uncertainty
Telegraph:
Hospital wards to shut in secret NHS cuts  —  Tens of thousands of NHS workers would be sacked, hospital units closed and patients denied treatments under secret plans for £20 billion of health cuts.  —  The sick would be urged to stay at home and email doctors rather than visit surgeries …
Discussion: Power Line and Weasel Zippers
Institute for Justice:
Major First Amendment Victory: Federal Appeals Court Unanimously Strikes Down Limits on Political Speech  —  Media Contacts:  —  (703) 682-9320  —  (202) 527-2598  —  [First Amendment]  —  Arlington, Va.—Today, the federal courts ruled once again to expand free speech rights by striking …
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Lyle Denniston / SCOTUSblog:
Widening impact of Citizens United
Discussion: Election Law, TPMMuckraker and ACS Blog
Bart Stupak / Washington Post:
Why I wrote the ‘Stupak amendment’ and voted for health-care reform  —  When I saw that Kathleen Parker's March 24 op-ed, “Stupak's original sin,” defined me as a “backstabber,” it reminded me of a Bible verse.  Matthew 7:3 asks, “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother's eye …
Digby / Hullabaloo:
Obey, Servants … It's hard to know what to say to something like that.  It's always strange to me to think that police officers have a right to electrocute anyone who doesn't present a direct threat to their person, but this rationale is chilling: … Except it wasn't a lawful order …
David Streitfeld / New York Times:
A Bold U.S. Plan to Help Struggling Homeowners  —  Will it work this time?  —  Once again, the federal government is adding to its arsenal of programs for troubled homeowners, seeking to help those who urgently need it while neither angering nor creating perverse incentives for those who do not.
Discussion: Calculated Risk
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Wonk Room:
TARP For Main Street (Finally!)
Manu Raju / The Politico:
Benefits extension on hold for recess  —  Both parties insist that unemployment benefits for the nation's most vulnerable are a top priority on Capitol Hill.  —  Just don't let that sentiment collide with a congressional recess.  —  Exhausted lawmakers are on the road …
Discussion: CNN, The Note, Swampland and Time
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Evan McMorris-Santoro / TPMDC:
Coburn Pulls The Trigger: Jobless Benefits Extension Blocked By GOP
Ed O'Keefe / Federal Eye:
Eye Opener: Group wants southerners to put ‘Confederate Southern American’ on the Census  —  Happy Friday!  With roughly one week until census forms are due, a group of Confederate rights activists is urging southerners with Confederate ancestors to declare themselves “Confederate Southern Americans” …
Jeff G. / protein wisdom:
The Lie of the Liberal Arts Education  —  This will be an especially personal post, but as it brings into sharp relief many of the ideas I've spent years writing about here, I figured it's worth sharing.  —  As many of you know, a few evenings ago I received the following email from one of my old creative writing professors:
ABCNEWS:
Scott Brown: President's Rhetoric ‘Inappropriate’  —  Sarah Palin, John McCain to Help Republicans' ‘Reload’ After Democratic Victory  —  Republicans are not backing down in the face of Democrats' landmark health care victory this week.  Instead, the moment has energized some members of the party, giving them a cause to rally around.
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Zaid Jilani / Think Progress:
Gingrich Says Democrats ‘Have To Take Some Moral Responsibility’ For Far-Right Death Threats  —  Since Congress's health care debate, lawmakers have recieved countless death threats, had their buildings vandalized, have had white powder mailed to their offices, and have had to get police protection.
Discussion: Political Insider and Lean Left
James Kelly / The Official Google Blog:
Next steps for our experimental fiber network  —  Since we announced our plans to build experimental, ultra high-speed broadband networks, the response from communities and individuals has been tremendous and creative.  With just a few hours left before our submission deadline …
Sam Youngman / The Hill:
Obama heads to Camp David after best week ‘in a long damn time’  —  After signing healthcare reform into law, agreeing to a new nuclear arms reduction treaty and moving forward with financial reform, President Barack Obama will spend the weekend at the presidential retreat at Camp David, Md.
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Cantor Spokesman Defends Bullet Claim At “Threat” Presser  —  A spokesperson for Eric Cantor is pushing back on criticism that he shouldn't have referenced the bullet shot through a campaign office window at a presser yesterday about threats on his life, offering a detailed chronology of what happened.
David M. Dickson / Washington Times:
CBO report: Debt will rise to 90% of GDP  —  President Obama's fiscal 2011 budget will generate nearly $10 trillion in cumulative budget deficits over the next 10 years, $1.2 trillion more than the administration projected, and raise the federal debt to 90 percent of the nation's economic output by 2020 …
John Sides / The Monkey Cage:
Recruitment and the Underrepresentation of Women in Political Offices … That is the conclusion of a new study by Jennifer Lawless and Richard Fox.  I've pasted one of their graphs above, which shows that men are recruited more often than women with comparable political experience.
Julie Bindel / Guardian:
The world's most feminist country  —  Iceland has just banned all strip clubs.  Perhaps it's down to the lesbian prime minister, but this may just be the most female-friendly country on the planet  —  Iceland is fast becoming a world-leader in feminism.  A country with a tiny population of 320,000 …
Discussion: NO QUARTER, Jezebel and Feministe
Jerusalem Post:
PM: No change in policy on Jerusalem  —  5-hour long ‘Septet’ discussion on US demands yields no decisions.  —  Talkbacks (44)  —  Make JPOST.COM your Home Page  —  Iranian Threat  —  Jewish World  —  Local Israel  —  Arts & Culture  —  Français  —  Classifieds  —  Israel
Rachel Donadio / New York Times:
Pope Had ‘No Knowledge’ of Transfer, Vatican Says  —  ROME — The Vatican on Friday reaffirmed its position that the future Pope Benedict XVI “had no knowledge” of a decision to allow a known pedophile priest to resume pastoral duties when the pope was archbishop in Munich in 1980.
Randy Barnett / The Volokh Conspiracy:
Help Draft the Federalism Restoration Amendment  —  Nearly one year ago I proposed a Federalism Amendment in the Wall Street Journal followed four weeks later by a Bill of Federalism containing ten amendments, which appeared on Forbes.com.  This has led me to hear from hundreds of citizens …
Discussion: Outside The Beltway
 
 
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Anti-counterfeiting agreement raises constitutional concerns
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Penguin Press pays mega bucks for political book
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Noam Scheiber / The New Republic:
Regulators, Mount Up  —  Going into this week, the Obama …
Kos / Daily Kos:
Pelosi's birthday present
Discussion: Washington Post
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Return of History  —  Some brilliant scholar has to write …
Discussion: Greg Mankiw's Blog and Hit & Run
Eric Kleefeld / TPMDC:
Bachmann: ‘100% Of Our Economy Was Private’ Before September 2008
Kwang-Tae Kim / Associated Press:
SKorean navy ship sinks in waters near NKorea
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The Pope: Drowning, Not Waving, Ctd
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Ezra Klein:
Mark McClellan on the Affordable Care Act: 'It's an important step.'
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Say Goodbye to Mitt Romney
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