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12:45 AM ET, April 3, 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.
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.
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
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: Althouse and Balloon Juice
Wall Street Journal:
The Catholic Church's Catastrophe
Discussion: Mediaite and POWIP
Sex abuse furore ‘like anti-Semitism’
Discussion: Gawker, Shakesville and Truthdig
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: The Impolitic and GayPatriot
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.
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.
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.
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 …
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.
Timothy R. Homan / Bloomberg:
U.S. Economy: Gain in Payrolls Shows Recovery More Entrenched
Javier C. Hernandez / New York Times:
U.S. Adds 162,000 Jobs in March; Rate Remains 9.7%
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 …
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 …
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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
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: Newsweek Blogs and
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
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Bill Hutchinson / NY Daily News:
Birthday bash for ‘dying’ …
the CNN Wires / CNN:
Extremist group demands governors resign, FBI says
Peter Jamison / The Snitch:
Obama ‘Even Worse’ Than Bush On Secret Wiretapping Case, Says S.F. Lawyer
Discussion: Salon and RADAMISTO
Megan McArdle / The Atlantic Online:
Things Are Worse at the Post Office Than I Thought
Discussion: Classical Values and alicublog