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 …
Discussion: CNN, The Moderate Voice, Associated Press, The Political Carnival, The Impolitic and TPM LiveWire
GottaLaff / The Political Carnival: AUDIO: RNC fake “census” mailer provides phone sex number by mistake
Libby Spencer / The Impolitic: RNC grounds Young Eagles
Jillian Rayfield / TPM LiveWire: RNC Accidentally Uses Phone Sex Hotline Number On Mailer
RNC Mailer Directs Donors to Sex Line: ‘We Love Nasty Talk as Much as You Do’ — ABC News' Teddy Davis reports: — The Republican National Committee inadvertently sent a fundraising mail piece earlier this month with a return number that leads to a phone sex line offering to connect callers with …
Discussion: ABCNEWS, Washington Monthly and TBogg
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: The Jawa Report, neo-neocon, Democracy in America, The Foundry, National Review, Babalú Blog, Althouse and Clayton Cramer's BLOG
Ronin / The Jawa Report: Funding For Guam's Three Point Anchor System To Be Included In Global Warming Bill
Guy Benson / National Review: Congressman Worries: Might Overpopulation Cause Guam to “Tip Over and Capsize”?
Val Prieto / Babalú Blog: Stupid is as stupid does
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 …
Left Coast Rebel: Democratic Rep. Hank Johnson Thinks That Overpopulated Guam May Tip Over and Capsize
ColoradoPatriot / GayPatriot: Yikes (Take II). — April Fool's Joke? Don't I wish it!
Mark Steyn / The Corner on National Review Online: Congressional Oversight in Action — By: Mark Steyn
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Democrat Rep. Hank Johnson worries loading too many people onto Guam could capsize the island — First, before you watch this short but remarkable video, a little background on Democratic Rep. Hank Johnson. — He's from Georgia's Fourth District. A Washington, D.C. native …
Discussion: Indecision Forever, NewsBusters.org and Riehl World View
Dennis DiClaudio / Indecision Forever: Rep. Hank Johnson Is Understandably Quite Concerned About Guam …
Scott Whitlock / NewsBusters.org: MSNBC Not Interested in Dem Congressman Who Worries About Guam ‘Tipping Over’
Jim Galloway / Political Insider:
Your morning jolt: Hank Johnson and a ‘capsizing’ Guam
Your morning jolt: Hank Johnson and a ‘capsizing’ Guam
Discussion: Think Progress, Mother Jones and TPM LiveWire
Daniel Schulman / Mother Jones: Rep. Hank Johnson Thinks Guam Could Capsize
Jillian Rayfield / TPM LiveWire: Dem Rep: I Fear The Island Of Guam Will ‘Capsize’ (VIDEO)
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.
Sammy Benoit / YID With LID: Most Americans Say Obama Does Not Deserve Reelection
Dakinikat / The Confluence: Polls: It just Ain't Pretty
Claudia Ricci / The Huffington Post: Congress introduces resolution to change the name of the cherry blossoms...
Mark Murray / msnbc.com: FIRST THOUGHTS: THE MAINE EVENT
Steven L. Taylor / PoliBlog: Back to the 1994 Scenario? — In USAT, Susan Page reports …
Bruce McQuain / Questions and Observations: Today's good news
Mitch Berg / Shot in the Dark: Rational Melancholy — Look - polls three years before an election are meaningless.
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 …
Chris Good / The Atlantic Online: Fired Up, Ready to Go — Voters are enthusiastic about voting in November.
Charles Lane / PostPartisan: Republican insanity is not all it's cracked up to be
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket: Post-healthcare Gallup Poll finds Republicans now leading on congressional ballot
John McCormack / Weekly Standard: Obamacare's Passage Caused a Bump All Right
Mark Silva / The Swamp: Republicans edge Democrats in polling
Glynnis MacNicol / Mediaite: That Was Fast! Post-Health Care, Public Prefers GOP In November
Stephen Dinan / Washington Times: Strategists: GOP is peaking too early
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 …
Discussion: TechCrunch, Engadget, Boing Boing, Left Coast Rebel, AnnArbor.com News, DCist, Mediaite, The Reaction, Media Decoder and From Inside the Box
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch: Topeka? Come On Google, You Can Do Better
Vladislav Savov / Engadget: April Fools' Day roundup: ‘let me Topeka that for you’ edition
Maggie Koerth-Baker / Boing Boing: Google, Topeka formally trade names
Cindy Heflin AnnArbor.com / AnnArbor.com News: Toto, I've a feeling it's not Google anymore: Search engine giant …
Sommer Mathis / DCist: Morning Roundup: No Foolin' Edition
Glynnis MacNicol / Mediaite: You Are Not In Kansas, Chuck Norris Is Not Dead
Stuart Elliott / Media Decoder: If You See a Quote from Professor Lirpaloof, Beware
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, Gateway Pundit, Confederate Yankee and Weasel Zippers
Jim Hoft / Gateway Pundit: Lib Hate Groups Demand Apology From RNC(?) For Fabricated Hate at Tea Party Rallies
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Obama's Census form: ‘First grandma’ — There's a place on that Census form due today for other people, beyond the immediate family, living in the household. — President Barack Obama, who filled out his and turned it in this week, made sure that the First Grandma in residence at the White House was duly recorded.
Discussion: D.C. Now
Michael Muskal / D.C. Now: Obama's census form and the ‘first grandma’
Rep. Patrick McHenry / Rep_Patrick_McHenry's blog:
Returning the Census is Our Constitutional Duty
Returning the Census is Our Constitutional Duty
Discussion: Talking Points Memo, Hot Air and FiveThirtyEight
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo: Wingnut Blowback
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air: Are conservatives blowing the Census?
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight: No Evidence that Red States are Lagging on Census
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 …
Discussion: ACS Blog, The Volokh Conspiracy, Cato @ Liberty, Hit & Run, Emptywheel, Wall Street Journal, Think Progress, Jay Bookman, The BLT, Law Blog, The Moderate Voice, Latest Open Salon Blog, The Reaction, Prairie Weather, The Washington Independent, Swampland, The BRAD BLOG, Alan Colmes' Liberaland, Truthdig, TalkLeft and Threat Level
Julian Sanchez / Cato @ Liberty: State Secrets, Courts, and NSA's Illegal Wiretapping
Evan Perez / Wall Street Journal: Wiretap by U.S. Illegal, Judge Says
Mike Scarcella / The BLT: The Morning Wrap — The (Unlawful) Wire: The chief federal …
Pete Abel / The Moderate Voice: Warrantless Surveillance Revisited
Michael J.W. Stickings / The Reaction: Barack Obama and the Seven Samurai
Spencer Ackerman / The Washington Independent: Judge: Warrantless Surveillance Was Illegal
Michael Scherer / Swampland: Understanding Today's Warrantless Wiretapping Decision
Brad Friedman / The BRAD BLOG: Federal Judge Finds Bush/Obama's Domestic NSA Wiretapping Program Illegal
David Kravets / Threat Level: Court Says Bush Illegally Wiretapped Two Americans
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
The criminal NSA eavesdropping program
The criminal NSA eavesdropping program
Discussion: Crooked Timber, Latest Open Salon Blog and Emptywheel
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.
Discussion: PostPartisan, Flopping Aces, Power Line, The Lonely Conservative and Open Left
Stephen Stromberg / PostPartisan: Obama's ‘ploy’ on offshore drilling?
Mike's America / Flopping Aces: Obama's “No Drill Baby” Offshore Announcement
Chris Bowers / Open Left: The politics of Obama's offshore drilling announcement
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Palin to RNC: Take me off fundraiser
Palin to RNC: Take me off fundraiser
Johanna Neuman / Top of the Ticket: Is the Republican National Committee finished?
Daniel Foster / The Corner on National Review Online: Is the RNC SOL? — By: Daniel Foster
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog: RNC cancels Young Eagles events
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.
Michael Boland / The Huffington Post: iPad: Is it a Computer or Mobile Device?
Wright Bryan / NPR Topics: iPad Wins Big Praise In Early Reviews
Xeni Jardin / Boing Boing: Apple's iPad is a touch of genius
Devin Coldewey / TechCrunch: First iPad Reviews Hit The Net
Jay Yarow / Silicon Alley Insider: Yes, The iPad Is ‘Basically A Gigantic iPod Touch’, Says David Pogue (AAPL)
Barb Dybwad / Mashable!: First iPad Hands-On and Reviews Start Rolling In
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:
Clifton B / Another Black Conservative: Party Crashers: Anarchist plan to crash April 15th Tea Parties
Jay Tea / Wizbang: Party On, Dudes And Dudettes
Gregory of Yardale / Moonbattery: Lefties and Anarchists Plot to Infiltrate, Disrupt Tea Parties
Stable Hand / The Jawa Report: Infoshop: Crash The Tea Parties On April 15th …
Jeff G. / protein wisdom: Thursday morning riddle
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 …
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
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: The Huffington Post, Prairie Weather and The Page
Jason Horowitz / Washington Post:
Democratic operative Steve Hildebrand goes rogue — On a recent afternoon in his exposed-brick office, Steve Hildebrand coolly explains why his latest target is the woman down the hall. — “She voted against health care because she thought it was bad politically,” Hildebrand says …
Discussion: AMERICAblog Gay and Naked Politics
John Aravosis / AMERICAblog Gay: White House official suggests top gay on Obama campaign …
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
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.
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.
Discussion: The Eye, Alan Colmes' Liberaland and The Political Carnival
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, Jihad Watch and Atlas Shrugs
Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. / The Jawa Report: Good News: ACLU Sets Up Special Unit to Protect Muslims
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.
Megan McArdle / The Atlantic Online:
Why Ban Insider Trading in Credit Default Swaps? — Felix Salmon has a post on insider trading in credit default swaps that prompts Kevin Drum to say … I am willing to entertain the notion that credit default swaps should certainly be banned. But I'm not sure why we should care about insider trading in them.
Discussion: Mother Jones, ProfessorBainbridge.com and Felix Salmon
Kevin Drum / Mother Jones: Insider Trading
Steve Bainbridge / ProfessorBainbridge.com: Is Insider Trading Bad? If so, Why?
Silla Brush / The Hill:
Barney Frank directs his staff not to talk to aide-turned-lobbyist — Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) on Thursday barred his staff from having any contact with an aide-turned-financial lobbyist. — In a statement, the House Financial Services Committee chairman said the normal one-year ban …
Discussion: The Politico
Lisa Lerer / The Politico: Frank rips staffer-turned-lobbyist
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 …
Kevin Drum / Mother Jones: How To Talk About Healthcare
Conservative Generation / Left Coast Rebel: Andrew Sabl tells Democrats to pretend that the health care mandate is not a mandate
Steve Bainbridge / ProfessorBainbridge.com: The Humpty Dumpty Approach to Explaining Obamacare
David Adesnik / The Moderate Voice: Don't call it the “individual mandate”
Adam Serwer / American Prospect:
Administration Publicly Backtracking On Civilian Trial For KSM. — Anonymously sourced trial balloons are one thing, but White House Spokesman Robert Gibbs put some distractingly prominent quadriceps on the notion that Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and the other alleged 9/11 conspirators …
Discussion: democracyarsenal.org, TPM LiveWire and Salon
David Shorr / democracyarsenal.org: One Progressive's Two Red Lines
Rachel Slajda / TPM LiveWire: Gibbs: KSM Could Be Tried In Military Commission Or Civilian Court (VIDEO)
Glenn Greenwald / Salon: Robert Gibbs endorses denial of civilian trials
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.
Jonathan Singer / MyDD: Politico Says Dem AGs Boxed in By HCR, Omits OR-AG Backing Bill
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
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 Hill and The Daily Caller
Michael O'Brien / The Hill: Paterson unlikely to schedule special election to fill Massa seat