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1:35 PM ET, April 1, 2010

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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.
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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 …
Jim Galloway / Political Insider:
Your morning jolt: Hank Johnson and a ‘capsizing’ Guam
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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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 …
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 …
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 …
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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.
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Ben Geman / E2-Wire:
Graham: Senate should go further on drilling, eye Pacific Coast development
Discussion: Open Left
Jonathan Martin / Ben Smith's Blog:
RNC “census” mailer offers phone sex number  —  A new entrant in the when-it-rains-it-pours category.  —  The Republican National Committee sent a fundraising mail piece earlier this month with a return number that leads to a phone-sex line offering “live, one-on-one talk with a nasty girl …
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.
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Stephen Fry / Time:
The iPad Launch: Can Steve Jobs Do It Again?
Discussion: Gawker and Silicon Alley Insider
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
Jim Hoft / Gateway Pundit:
Anarchists Plan War On April 15th Tea Parties  —  WARNING: Be on the lookout-  —  Bring your cameras.  —  Violent anarchists are planning on infilitrating and sabotaging the Tea Party Protests on April 15th.  —  The Jawa Report posted this call to arms from the violent anarchists at Infowars today:
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Democrat Boxer warns colleagues: Don't take your seats for granted  —  Democratic incumbents must be wary of taking their seats for granted this election cycle, Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) said Thursday.  —  Boxer, who's facing one of the most competitive election challenges in her own career …
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
Reuters:
Democrats lie low after healthcare victory  —  (Reuters) - The week after passing landmark healthcare reform and handing President Barack Obama an important victory, members of the U.S. Congress returned to their home districts for a recess to face constituents and justify their votes after the bruising legislative battle.
Discussion: The Note and NRSC
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.
Discussion: MyDD
Washington Times:
SUDERMAN: Whimsical FCC encroaches on First Amendment rights  —  A doddering bureaucracy whose time has passed  —  As exercises in bureau-cratic hairsplitting go, it is tough to beat the sheer audacity of Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski's recent declaration …
Discussion: Shot in the Dark
Media Research Center:
Those Ignorant, Racist Tea-Baggers; Meredith Shakes Her Broomstick  —  Those Ignorant, Racist Tea-Baggers  —  “The collective IQ of Searchlight, Nevada plunged over the weekend as the Tea Party Tart, Sarah Palin, brought her flannel-and-flapjacks followers to Harry Reid's hometown.
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 …
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.
Thomas B. Edsall / The Atlantic Online:
An Electoral Majority for Obama?  —  Over the last two years, there has been a massive increase in the number of people who have no place to turn except to the government.  Enactment of the Obama administration's health care reform legislation demonstrates the growing power of this burgeoning constituency …
Discussion: Democratic Strategist
Jake Sherman / The Politico:
Liberal groups demand GOP apology  —  Three liberal groups will drop off a petition at the Republican National Committee's headquarters Thursday, urging conservative leaders to “take responsibility” for threats and incidents of vandalism against Democrats.  —  The event is being organized …
Discussion: GayPatriot
Reid Wilson / Hotline On Call:
Paterson Won't Call Special For Massa Seat  —  NY Gov. David Paterson (D) will not call a special election to fill the vacancy created by Rep. Eric Massa's (D) resignation earlier this month, according to news reports.  —  “We have some serious concerns about the financial impact …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
World Tribune.com:
U.S.-Israel C-130J agreement now awaits ‘political decision’  —  WASHINGTON — Israel and the United States have signed an agreement for the sale of the C-130J air transport to the Jewish state.  —  Officials said the U.S. Defense Department and Israeli Defense Ministry concluded an agreement …
Discussion: Gateway Pundit and Jihad Watch
Tim Townsend / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
ACLU program will protect Muslims in FBI questioning  —  Adil Imdad, 41, moved to the United States as a teenager from his native Pakistan in 1981.  Five years later, he became an American citizen, and in 1995, he moved to St. Louis to pursue a master's degree in environmental engineering at Washington University.
Discussion: The Jawa Report and Jihad Watch
Fred R. Becker, Jr / The Huffington Post:
Fred R. Becker, Jr.: Financial Literacy is No Joke  —  Today is both the beginning of Financial Literacy Month and April Fool's Day.  Coincidentally, I thought it was the perfect time to help folks get smart about their financial choices and revisit the Move Your Money campaign.
Discussion: Move Your Money
Michael Yon / Online Magazine:
RED HORSE  —  Some troops in Afghanistan go months without a shower.  Major Ryan O'Conner, XO of the 1-17th Infantry, now in Kandahar Province, said that during a previous tour his Soldiers fought half a year without so much as a dip in a creek.  Shortages of drinking water affected combat operations.
Discussion: The Jawa Report
Los Angeles Times:
Native-born Californians regain majority status  —  A USC study finds that immigration has peaked in the state, a longtime melting pot.  Border restrictions and the recession are seen as factors.  —  California has long been the ultimate melting pot, with the majority of its population coming from outside the state.
Discussion: PoliBlog
Rep. Patrick McHenry / Congress Blog:
Returning the census is our constitutional duty  —  I'm worried about this year's census.  —  I'm not worried about ACORN rigging the count - we already succeeded in kicking them out of the census.  I'm not worried about the President's attempt to run the census out of the White House - we beat that power grab back last year.
Discussion: The Swamp and FiveThirtyEight
Michael Calderone / Michael Calderone's Blog:
Glasser named Foreign Policy's EIC  —  When The Washington Post Co. bought Foreign Policy magazine in fall 2008, former Post national editor Susan Glasser was brought in as executive editor and in the months that followed, helped relaunch the magazine's website.
 
 
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