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10:25 AM ET, April 1, 2010

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Jonathan Martin / Ben Smith's Blog:
Tony Perkins urges conservatives to stop giving money to RNC  —  Tony Perkins, head of the Family Research Council and an influential social conservative, is urging his members to stop giving money to the Republican National Committee, POLITICO has learned.  —  “I've hinted at this before …
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Andy Barr / The Politico:
Palin to RNC: Take me off fundraiser  —  Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has asked the Republican National Committee to remove her name from a fundraiser the committee is planning piggybacking off of the Southern Republican Leadership Conference, POLITICO has learned.
Sarah Palin / The Corner on National Review Online:
Stall, Baby, Stall — By: Sarah Palin  —  Many Americans fear that President Obama's new energy proposal is once again “all talk and no real action,” this time in an effort to shore up fading support for the Democrats' job-killing cap-and-trade (a.k.a. cap-and-tax) proposals.
Brody Mullins / Washington Wire:
Former GOP Officials Launch Political Group
Mark Preston / CNN:   Conservative leader tells donors to stop giving to RNC
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Christina Wilkie / The Hill:
Rep. Hank Johnson: Guam could ‘tip over and capsize’  —  Rep. Hank Johnson (D-Ga.) is afraid that the U.S. Territory of Guam is going to “tip over and capsize” due to overpopulation.  —  Johnson expressed his worries during a House Armed Services Committee hearing on the defense budget Friday.
Discussion: Althouse and Clayton Cramer's BLOG
Melinda Newman / Hitfix:
Like LL Cool J, Toby Keith was unaware of his inclusion in Sarah Palin's show  —  Like LL Cool J, Toby Keith is slated to appear on “Real American Stories,” a Fox News show hosted by Sarah Palin.  Unlike LL Cool J, Keith is still slated to be on the program, but his inclusion was news to him.
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Richard Huff / NY Daily News:
Sarah Palin ‘Real American Stories’ …
Discussion: msnbc.com and The Infiltrator
Chris Ariens / TVNewser:
Fox News to Cut Old LL Cool J Interview from New Sarah Palin Show
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Republicans Move Ahead in 2010 Vote for Congress  —  Hold 47% to 44% advantage in registered voters' preferences  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Registered voters now say they prefer the Republican to the Democratic candidate in their district by 47% to 44% in the midterm congressional elections …
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Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Post-healthcare Gallup Poll finds Republicans now leading on congressional ballot
Discussion: Hot Air
Susan Page / USA Today:
USA fumes over politics  —  WASHINGTON — Seven months before the midterm elections, Americans seem disaffected about nearly everything political.  —  A majority disapprove of both political parties, their leaders and most members of Congress, a USA TODAY/Gallup Poll finds.
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Susan Page / USA Today:
Poll: More blame Obama for poor economy, unemployment
New York Times:
Federal Judge Finds N.S.A. Wiretapping Program Illegal  —  WASHINGTON — A federal judge on Wednesday ruled that the National Security Agency's warrantless surveillance program was illegal, rejecting the Obama administration's effort to keep shrouded in secrecy one of the most disputed …
The Official Google Blog:
A different kind of company name  —  Early last month the mayor of Topeka, Kansas stunned the world by announcing that his city was changing its name to Google.  We've been wondering ever since how best to honor that moving gesture.  Today we are pleased to announce that as of 1AM …
Tomoeh Murakami Tse / Washington Post:
Administration seeks to change pay incentives at major firms  —  When the Obama administration imposed restrictions on executive pay last year at some of the largest companies the government had bailed out, officials said they were aiming to set a new standard for compensation across corporate America …
Discussion: Prairie Weather and The Page
Dion Lefler / Wichita Eagle:
Complaints about Obama drive 11 percent surge in Tiahrt's office spending  —  In a year when he was saying government needed to tighten its belt to get through the recession, Rep. Todd Tiahrt increased spending on his taxpayer-funded congressional office by 11 percent, federal records show.
David Pogue / New York Times:
State of the Art: David Pogue's Review of the iPad  —  In 10 years of reviewing tech products for The New York Times, I've never seen a product as polarizing as Apple's iPad, which arrives in stores on Saturday.  —  “This device is laughably absurd,” goes a typical remark on a tech blog's comments board.
Elisabeth Bumiller / New York Times:
Secretary of the Army Says He Will Not Pursue 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Discharges  —  WASHINGTON — The secretary of the Army, John M. McHugh, said Wednesday that he was effectively ignoring the “don't ask, don't tell” law because he had no intention of pursuing discharges of active-duty service members …
Andrew Sabl / The Reality-Based Community:
The Affordable Care act is not a “mandate.”  It's government paying for your private insurance when your employer doesn't.  —  My post on why the ACA will become popular was too long and confusing.  Shorter me:  —  The phrase “individual mandate,” though it explained to wonks …
Veronique de Rugy / The Corner on National …:
How Is the Stimulus Money Allocated?  — By: Veronique de Rugy  —  Unemployment isn't a factor, but politics is.  Your stimulus dollars at work.  —  Using recipient report data from Recovery.gov, as well as economic and political data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Census Bureau …
Discussion: Wizbang and Townhall.com
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Allahpundit / Hot Air:   Analysis: Democratic districts getting much more stimulus money than Republican ones
New York Times:
Pay of Hedge Fund Managers Roared Back Last Year  —  The Lazarus-like recovery of the nation's big banks did not benefit just the bankers — it also created huge paydays for hedge fund managers, including a record $4 billion gain in 2009 for one bold investor who bet big on the financial sector.
Discussion: Wonk Room and The Big Picture
Michael Calderone / The Politico:
How to fix CNN  —  “What we understood from the get-go was that by focusing on opinion, analysis and using topic-area expertise to draw conclusions, we could easily differentiate ourselves from CNN, that was so wedded to just regurgitating the facts,” Goldin said.
Discussion: Power Line
David Catanese / The Politico:
Dems squeezed by health care lawsuit  —  They played almost no role in crafting or passing the new federal health care legislation, but Democratic attorneys general have suddenly emerged as prominent actors in the post-passage drama over the constitutionality of the landmark law.
James Queally / New Jersey Online:
Newark records first homicide-free month in more than 40 years … NEWARK — For the first time in more than 40 years, an entire calendar month has come and gone without a homicide in the state's largest city.  —  It's been 32 days since a homicide took place in Newark …
New York Times:
Successes (and Some Growing Pains) at Hulu  —  Hulu, the popular and free online video hub, has some things to celebrate as it heads into its third year.  —  The site, a venture of NBC Universal, the News Corporation and the Walt Disney Company, has been profitable for two quarters …
Sam Youngman / The Hill:
Obama takes break from battleground states to tout health  —  The White House's choice of Maine to promote healthcare on Thursday is not steeped in campaign politics.  —  President Barack Obama won't be staking time in a swing state when he goes to Portland, and he won't be helping Democrats win crucial Senate seats.
Discussion: CNN
 
 
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National Review:
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CNN:
Execution set in ‘sorcery’ case
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New York Times:
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Discussion: SWJ Blog
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Tim Pawlenty rolls out 2010 endorsements
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CBS News:
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Institute for Energy Research:
Obama Energy Announcement: More Imported Oil, Less Domestic Production, Fewer Jobs
Discussion: Power Line