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7:25 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.
Discussion: Riehl World View
Mark Preston / CNN:
Conservative leader tells donors to stop giving to RNC
Discussion: Hot Air and The Political Carnival
Brody Mullins / Washington Wire:
Former GOP Officials Launch Political Group
Discussion: Riehl World View
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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Yahoo! News:
Palin, Fox News, LL Cool J tangle over phantom interview  —  Here's a chapter in the culture wars that no one saw coming: Sarah Palin and Fox News facing off against '80s rap star and actor LL Cool J.  —  Palin makes her hosting debut Thursday night on Fox, as captain of an interview special in Greta Von Susteren's 10 p.m. slot.
ArtsBeat:
Furor Grows Over Celebrity Appearances on Palin Show  —  Hours after LL Cool J complained that Fox News was recycling an old interview with him for a new program hosted by Sarah Palin, representatives for the country musician Toby Keith, who was also listed as a guest for the show, made a similar charge against the cable channel.
Chris Ariens / TVNewser:
Fox News to Cut Old LL Cool J Interview from New Sarah Palin Show
The Corner on National Review Online:
Stall, Baby, Stall — By: NRO Staff  —  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.
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The Politico:
Obama tries triangulation lite  —  Just days after Republicans fumed that passage of the health care bill tolled the death knell for bipartisanship, there was a very different message coming from some GOP quarters Wednesday: praise for President Barack Obama's decision to lift the ban on some offshore oil drilling.
John M. Broder / New York Times:
Obama Oil Drilling Plan Draws Critics
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Emptywheel:
Breaking: Judge Walker Grants Summary Judgment Finding Gov't Liable Under FISA
Discussion: Mother Jones, Salon and Daily Kos
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Dem congressman: If Guam gets too overpopulated, it might tip over  —  Via Weasel Zippers, a clip that's destined to be viral by tomorrow morning.  Even so, go easy on him.  Yes, he was an Iraq defeatist, and granted, he demagogued Joe Wilson's outburst in the scummiest way imaginable …
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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: Clayton Cramer's BLOG
Greg Mankiw / Greg Mankiw's Blog:
Taxes per Person  —  Some pundits, reflecting on the looming U.S. budget deficits, claim that Americans are vastly undertaxed compared with other major nations.  I was wondering, to what extent is that true?  —  The most common metric for answering this question is taxes as a percentage of GDP.
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New York Times:   When Military Moves a War, There Are No Shortcuts
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:   Mankiw's Tortured Tax Logic
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
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 …
Discussion: GayPatriot and Pam's House Blend
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
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 …
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.
CBS News:
Michelle Obama Blooms in the White House  —  Back in the White House Garden, The First Lady's Popularity is Already Growing by the Bushel  —  (CBS) The White House garden has done quite well in weathering the wild winter.  —  The garden has produced 50 pounds of produce before the tulips even came up.
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 …
Danielle Pletka / Wall Street Journal:
Iran Sanctions Are Failing.  What's Next?  —  We will soon be left with a stark alternative: Either Iran gets a nuclear weapon and we manage the risk, or someone acts to eliminate the threat.  —  Has the U.S. abandoned plans to target the Iranian regime's access to banking and credit and to isolate Iranian air and shipping transport?
Discussion: RealClearWorld and Israel Matzav
Susan Page / USA Today:
Poll: More blame Obama for poor economy, unemployment  —  WASHINGTON — Americans anxious about unemployment and the economy increasingly blame President Obama for hard times, a USA TODAY/Gallup Poll finds, amid signs of turbulence in November's midterm elections.
Discussion: Riehl World View
Center for Community Change:
Immigrant Leaders Get Commitment From RNC Chairman Steele To Help In Securing Republican Support For Immigration Reform  —  WASHINGTON - Today, ten leaders with the Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM) met with Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele to discuss the future …
Discussion: Washington Wire and Wonk Room
New York Times:
Hedge Fund Managers' Pay 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.
 
 
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Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Tim Pawlenty rolls out 2010 endorsements
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
GOP leads in Alabama
Institute for Energy Research:
Obama Energy Announcement: More Imported Oil, Less Domestic Production, Fewer Jobs
Discussion: Power Line and Michelle Malkin
Jack Shenker / Guardian:
West's Middle East strategy criticised
Discussion: Newshoggers.com
Alan Colmes' Liberaland:
Tea Partier Tells Mediaite Racist Sign Was Forged; We Have Him …
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Victor Davis Hanson / The Corner on National …:
Why All the Wounded Fawns? — By: Victor Davis Hanson
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Teaching Reading by Teaching Nonfiction
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Sen. Mikulski wants holds on nominations limited to 30 days
Reid Wilson / Hotline On Call:
Sports Viewers Largely Republican
 

 
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Rick Porter / The Hollywood Reporter:
Nielsen: the Republican National Convention's final night averaged 25.38M US viewers over 14 outlets, up 7% from 2020; people 55+ were about 72% of the audience

BBC:
A Russian court convicts Evan Gershkovich of espionage and sentences him to 16 years in prison; Wall Street Journal calls the trial a “sham”

Connor Mycroft / South China Morning Post:
Media orgs, WSJ union, and a congressional panel express support for Selina Cheng, who says WSJ fired her for assuming Hong Kong Journalists Association's chair

 
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