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5:55 PM ET, April 2, 2010

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CBS News:
Obama's Approval Rating Hits New Low  —  Posted by Tucker Reals 15 comments - Share - - - Share - E-mail - Print - Font Last week, President Obama signed historic health care reform legislation into law — but his legislative success doesn't seem to have helped his image with the American public.
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Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Limbaugh responds to Obama: ‘Never in my life have I seen a regime like this’  —  In his new interview with CBS, President Obama refers to the “troublesome” talk and “vitriol” of Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck.  “Keep in mind that there have been periods in American history where this kind of vitriol comes out,” Obama says.
Bill Liss / WXIA-TV:
Anti-Obama Billboards Appear on Metro Highways  —  ATLANTA — One group is taking freedom of speech and freedom of expression to the limits in a series of Metro Atlanta highway billboards voicing strong opinions against President Barack Obama.  —  The billboards are the latest move to sway public opinion …
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Obama stiffarms Limbaugh and Beck  —  President Barack Obama pushed back against criticism from two of his most strident opponents, conservative talk hosts Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck, in an interview aired Friday.  —  Asked by CBS' “Early Show” about the strong critiques of his time in the White House …
Rccpepper / CBS News:
Obama: Extreme Right-Wing Shows “Troublesome”  —  Tells Harry Smith He's Concerned about “Demonization” in Politics; Calls on Dems, GOP Alike to “Tone Down” Rhetoric  —  (CBS) President Obama has noticed the “vitriol” in the nation's political atmosphere these days and says it's time both sides cooled it.
Discussion: GayPatriot
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
CBS poll has Obama approval at new low of 44%
Discussion: American Power and GayPatriot
Stephen Hudak / Orlando Sentinel:
Mount Dora doctor tells Obama supporters: Go elsewhere  —  (Photo by Deirdre Lewis / April 1, 2010)  —  MOUNT DORA — A doctor who considers the national health-care overhaul to be bad medicine for the country posted a sign on his office door telling patients who voted for President Barack Obama to seek care “elsewhere.”
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Javier C. Hernandez / New York Times:
U.S. Adds 162,000 Jobs in March; Rate Remains 9.7%  —  The American economy added 162,000 jobs in March, the Labor Department reported Friday, in a month when the government hired thousands of temporary census workers.  —  Multimedia  —  The unemployment rate held steady at 9.7 percent …
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
BREAKTHROUGH MONTH FOR U.S. JOB MARKET.... For a year, the most common Republican talking point on the economy has been a straightforward, four-word question: “Where are the jobs?”  In light of the latest data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics released this morning, the GOP may need a new argument.
Steve Clemons / The Washington Note:
Communications Corruption at the White House  —  The communications team at the White House has an extremely difficult job — and I admire how hard Ben Rhodes, Bill Burton, Tommy Vietor, and of course Robert Gibbs and others work to connect the President's policy direction with a communications effort that furthers the Obama agenda.
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Sam Youngman / The Hill:
White House: Afghan president's comments cause ‘genuine concern’
Discussion: The Caucus and Weasel Zippers
New York Times:
At Vatican Service, Persecution of Jews Is Invoked  —  ROME — A senior Vatican priest speaking at a Good Friday service compared the uproar over sexual abuse scandals in the Catholic Church — which have included reports about Pope Benedict XVI's oversight role in two cases …
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BBC:
Sex abuse furore ‘like anti-Semitism’
Discussion: Gawker, Shakesville and Truthdig
Wall Street Journal:
The Catholic Church's Catastrophe
Discussion: Mediaite
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.
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Matt Corley / Think Progress:
Erickson: I'll 'pull out my wife's shotgun' if someone comes to my door for the American Community Survey.  —  Yesterday, ThinkProgress noted that Rep. Patrick McHenry (R-NC) took to the conservative blog RedState to call out “blatant misinformation coming from otherwise well-meaning conservatives” about this year's Census.
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 …
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Byron York / Associated Press:
Obamacare was mainly aimed at redistributing wealth  —  It hasn't attracted much notice, but recently some prominent advocates of Obamacare have spoken more frankly than ever before about why they supported a national health care makeover.  It wasn't just about making insurance more affordable.
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.
ABCNEWS:
FBI Warns Extremist Letters Might Encourage Violence  —  FBI warns extremist letters to more than 30 governors may encourage violence  —  The FBI is warning police across the country that an anti-government group's call to remove governors from office could provoke violence by others.
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the CNN Wires / CNN:
FBI: Letters demand governors' resignation
John McCormack / Weekly Standard:
Sen. Corker Clarifies: Repeal Isn't Going to Happen after “This Election Cycle”  —  John Boehner, Mitch McConnell, and most Republicans say that the GOP platform is to repeal Obamacare (or “repeal and replace it with real reform").  Yuval Levin argues in this week's issue of THE WEEKLY STANDARD that …
Calculated Risk:
Employment-Population Ratio, Part Time Workers, Unemployed over 26 Weeks  —  Here are a few more graphs based on the employment report ...  Employment-Population Ratio  —  The Employment-Population ratio ticked up slightly to 58.6% in March, after plunging since the start of the recession.
Lindsay Beyerstein / AlterNet.org:
Trendy Fashion Buys Reimbursed as “Office Supplies” to RNC Finance Officials  —  For one Republican National Committee official, a spin through a trendy clothing boutique racked up hundreds in “office supplies,” all billed to party donors.  And there's more.
Bill Carter / New York Times:
Ratings Fall on Newscasts at 2 Networks  —  With buyouts and layoffs in progress, the mood at ABC News cannot be good.  It was probably not enhanced by the ratings report for the first quarter of the year showing that the network's evening newscast, “World News,” had sunk to the lowest numbers …
Anne E. Kornblut / Washington Post:
Democrats map out midterm campaign strategy for Obama  —  Facing a tough midterm election in which they could potentially lose their majorities in Congress, Democrats are privately debating where and how President Obama can help — or hurt.  —  The president is unlikely to campaign in Arkansas …
Bill Hutchinson / NY Daily News:
Birthday bash for ‘dying’ Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset Al-Megrahi sickens crash victims' kin  —  The Lockerbie bomber celebrated his 58th birthday on Thursday at a Libyan mansion, defying the imminent death Scottish officials predicted when they compassionately freed him from prison nearly eight months ago.
New York Times:
The Myth of Mean Girls  —  IF nine South Hadley, Mass., high school students — seven of them girls — are proved to have criminally bullied another girl who then committed suicide, as prosecutors have charged, they deserve serious legal and community condemnation.
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Ecstasy of Fiscal Policy  —  Let's say you're a political consultant.  You're sitting there in your West Hollywood bondage-themed strip club with party donors picking up the tab, and, of course, you're thinking about what a great country this is.  Swept up in the spirit of gratitude, you decide you'd like to give back.
 
 
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Washington Post:
Those angry about health-care generally concerned about the country's direction
Discussion: The Huffington Post and NRSC
Jonathan Martin / Ben Smith's Blog:
Payback  —  Remember when Rudy Giuliani was counting …
Discussion: CNN, MiamiHerald.com and Hot Air
Sean J. Miller / The Hill:
Scozzafava writing election memoir
Discussion: Glenn Thrush's Blog
Ronald Brownstein / National Journal Online:
Dems' Governing Core Stays Intact
Discussion: msnbc.com and Newsweek Blogs
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Poll: GOP better for economy
Discussion: The Note
The Huffington Post:
Top Fed Official Wants To Break Up Megabanks, Stop The Fed …
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias and Mother Jones
Patrick McCreless / Anniston Star:
What not to wear?  —  Erica Deramous was not trying …
Nicole Sperling / Hollywood Insider:
Kal Penn returns from Washington for Christmas-themed ‘Harold & Kumar’ movie
 Earlier Items: 
Peter Jamison / The Snitch:
Obama ‘Even Worse’ Than Bush On Secret Wiretapping Case, Says S.F. Lawyer
Discussion: Salon
The Hill:
Gibbs: No more recess appointments