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7:35 AM ET, April 3, 2010


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Elizabeth Scalia / NPR:
Today, On Good Friday, Here's Why I Remain Catholic  —  text sizeAAA  —  Elizabeth Scalia is a contributing writer to First Things Magazine as the blogger known as The Anchoress.  —  The question has come my way several times in the past week: “How do you maintain your faith in light …
Discussion: Balloon Juice and Althouse
New York Times:
Vatican Priest Likens Criticism Over Abuse to Anti-Semitism  —  ROME — A senior Vatican priest, speaking before Pope Benedict XVI at a Good Friday service, compared the world's outrage at sexual abuse scandals in the Catholic Church to the persecution of the Jews, prompting angry responses …
Wall Street Journal:
The Catholic Church's Catastrophe  —  The press and the pope deserve credit for confronting scandal.  —  There is an interesting and very modern thing that often happens when individuals join and rise within mighty and venerable institutions.  They come to think of the institution as invulnerable …
Discussion: Mediaite
Blazing Cat Fur:
Palestine House Thugs Screams “You need another Holocaust”  —  Update1: We have a new Camel Girl!  Meet Denise Balkissoon crack reporter for the Toronto Star.  This was Ms. Balkissoon's take away - “Each group accused the other of hate, shouting “go home. … Update2: Frumpy has the video - “We love jihad.
Kathy Shaidle / five feet of fury.:
Toronto Muslim: ‘We need another Holocaust!’  —  Today Arnie and I attended that protest outside (tax payer funded) Palestine House, where a genocidal Muslim VIP will be speaking tomorrow night.  —  Speaking of genocide: we have video of one Muslim guy in the Palestine House parking lot …
Discussion: Blazing Cat Fur
Report: Actor to leave Obama administration  —  The White House wouldn't confirm a report Friday that actor Kal Penn is leaving the Obama administration.  —  Washington (CNN) - The White House isn't confirming a report that actor Kal Penn is leaving the Obama administration.
Greyhawk / Mudville Gazette:
Casablanca means “White House,” you know
Discussion: USA Today and Outside The Beltway
Cory Doctorow / Boing Boing:
Why I won't buy an iPad (and think you shouldn't, either)  —  I've spent ten years now on Boing Boing, finding cool things that people have done and made and writing about them.  Most of the really exciting stuff hasn't come from big corporations with enormous budgets, it's come from experimentalist amateurs.
ZIP / Weasel Zippers:
Black Dem Rep. Who Was Reportedly Spit on by Tea Party Protester: I Never Claimed to Have Been Spit on Intentionally, Others Are Making the Claim on My Behalf, Refuses to Confirm it Happened..  (Update) He's Full of S**t...  More proof this claim is 100% bulls**t.
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
CBS poll: Believe it or not, support for ObamaCare still eroding  —  Amazing as it might seem, this elevator may not yet have reached the basement. … More than half think their own health-care costs will go up, but nothing new there.  Consider this a sequel to the earlier post about why The One's …
Discussion: CBS News
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Poll: GOP better for economy
Discussion: The Note and Taylor Marsh
Tara Siegel Bernard / New York Times:
Your Money: Mortgage Aid Elicits Anger, but It May Help  —  The angry comments flooded in after the federal government announced it was expanding its program to assist unemployed homeowners, as well as borrowers who owe more on their mortgages than their homes are now worth.
New York Times:
Asked to Declare His Race, Obama Checks ‘Black’  —  It is official: Barack Obama is the nation's first black president.  —  A White House spokesman confirmed that Mr. Obama, the son of a black father from Kenya and a white mother from Kansas, checked African-American on the 2010 census questionnaire.
Rep. Paul Ryan / Real Clear Politics:
Should America Bid Farewell to Exceptional Freedom?  —  Last week, on March 21st, Congress enacted a new Intolerable Act.  Congress passed the Health Care bill - or I should say, one political party passed it - over a swelling revolt by the American people.  The reform is an atrocity.
Discussion: Ruby Slippers
Robert Weisman / Boston Globe:
Mass. rejects proposed health care premiums hikes  —  Making good on Governor Deval Patrick's promise to reject health insurance rate hikes deemed excessive, the state Division of Insurance this morning turned down 235 of 274 increases proposed by Massachusetts health insurers for small businesses and individuals.
Sean J. Miller / The Hill:
Scozzafava writing election memoir  —  New York state Assemblywoman Dede Scozzafava (R) is writing a memoir about last year's dramatic special election in the state's 23rd congressional district.  —  Although she was the Republican Party's nominee, Scozzafava was never embraced by conservatives.
RELATED:   Dede Scozzafava Writing A Memoir of Troubled Campaign
Dan Quayle / Washington Post:
Don't let the tea party go Perot  —  Like many influential causes before it, the “tea party” movement appeared on the scene uninvited by the political establishment.  Democrats in the White House and in Congress recognize it for what it is — a spontaneous and pointed response to the Obama agenda …
Barbara Boxer Blog:
Welcome President Obama to LA  —  I hope you've already heard the news:  —  President Barack Obama is coming to Los Angeles on Monday, April 19 for an event to support my reelection campaign!  —  I'm really looking forward to the President's visit, and I want to invite you to join us.
Jonathan Martin / Ben Smith's Blog:
Payback  —  Remember when Rudy Giuliani was counting on Gov. Charlie Crist's endorsement in the GOP prez primary?  As Mark Halperin and John Heilemann recounted in “Game Change,” it was a big f'ing deal at the time and the Rudy folks had a plan mapped out on how they would maximize their expected get.
Ta-Nehisi Coates / The Atlantic Online:
An Absurdist Take On “Both Sides”  —  Charles Lane compares the radicalism of white supremacists with the radicalism of escaped slaves: … Lane is referencing, in rather disrespectful fashion, the awesome Shadrach Minkins.  A Norfolk-area slave, Minkins' unthinking extremism deluded him into believing that he was a human being.
Associated Press:
Eugene Allen, White House Butler, Dies at 90  —  Longtime White House Butler Served For 34 Years Under 8 Presidents, From Truman to Reagan  —  (AP) This story was written by shington Post Staff Writer Wil Haygood.  —  Eugene Allen, who endured a harsh and segregated upbringing …
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The Collapse of Complex Business Models
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Stephen G. Rademaker / Washington Post:
International Criminal Court doesn't need power over ‘aggression’
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
Obama's policy of slapping allies
Eric Zimmermann / The Hill:
Bachmann says Pelosi wanted to ‘incite’ Tea Partiers
Igor / Think Progress:
Gen. Paul Eaton Comes Out For Repealing Don't Ask, Don't Tell
Ronald Brownstein / National Journal Online:
Dems' Governing Core Stays Intact
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The Huffington Post:
Top Fed Official Wants To Break Up Megabanks, Stop The Fed …
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the CNN Wires / CNN:
Extremist group demands governors resign, FBI says
Associated Press:
Ethics probe asked on lawmakers at C Street house
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Limbaugh responds to Obama: ‘Never in my life have I seen a regime like this’
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Trendy Fashion Buys Reimbursed as “Office Supplies” to RNC Finance Officials
Byron York / Associated Press:
Obamacare was mainly aimed at redistributing wealth