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9:45 PM ET, April 2, 2010


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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.
Discussion: ATTACKERMAN, Wonkette and Balloon Juice
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.
Nicole Sperling / Hollywood Insider:
Kal Penn returns from Washington for Christmas-themed ‘Harold & Kumar’ movie  —  Who needs Washington when you can have White Castle?  Kal Penn's reps confirm that the actor will leave his post as Barack Obama's associate director of public engagement to return to his acting career.
Greyhawk / Mudville Gazette:
Casablanca means “White House,” you know
Discussion: USA Today and Outside The Beltway
Sam Youngman / The Hill:
White House: Afghan president's comments cause ‘genuine concern’
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.
CBS News:
Obama: Extreme Right-Wing Shows “Troublesome”
Discussion: GayPatriot and The Impolitic
Wall Street Journal:
The Catholic Church's Catastrophe
Discussion: Mediaite and POWIP
Jack Cashill / American Thinker:
How Quickly Spread the Tea Party Smear  —  To make the racial smear of the Tea Party protestors at the Capitol clear to anyone with eyes to see, I have assembled this four-minute video.  —  In composing it, I checked with my source on the scene, Greg Farrell, to get a timeline on the passage …
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 …
Timothy R. Homan / Bloomberg:
U.S. Economy: Gain in Payrolls Shows Recovery More Entrenched
Discussion: Think Progress
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.
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.”
Alex Seitz-Wald / Think Progress:
Florida doctor tells Obama voters they are not welcome: 'Seek …
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.
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  —  Update2: Frumpy has the video - “We love jihad.  We love killing you.”  —  Partial transcript:  —  JDL Guy: “No more jihad.”
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 …
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.
Discussion: Scripting News, Bits, VentureBeat and Gawker
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 …
the CNN Wires / CNN:
Extremist group demands governors resign, FBI says  —  Washington (CNN) — A domestic extremist group has sent letters to more than 30 U.S. governors demanding they resign, the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI said in an intelligence note.  —  The note, dated Monday …
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.
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.
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.
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 …
Lindsay Beyerstein /
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.
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 …
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.
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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
Dede Scozzafava Writing A Memoir of Troubled Campaign
Discussion: The Hill and Glenn Thrush's Blog
Ronald Brownstein / National Journal Online:
Dems' Governing Core Stays Intact
Discussion: and Newsweek Blogs
Republican officials surveying Salt Lake for convention site
Discussion: Hotline On Call
 Earlier Items: 
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Poll: GOP better for economy
Discussion: Hot Air and The Note
The Huffington Post:
Top Fed Official Wants To Break Up Megabanks, Stop The Fed …
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias and Mother Jones
Bill Hutchinson / NY Daily News:
Birthday bash for ‘dying’ …
Peter Jamison / The Snitch:
Obama ‘Even Worse’ Than Bush On Secret Wiretapping Case, Says S.F. Lawyer
Discussion: Salon and RADAMISTO