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6:45 PM ET, April 3, 2010


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Disgruntled Democrats join the Tea Party  —  Grand Junction, Colorado (CNN) — They are not typical Tea Party activists: A woman who voted for President Obama and believes he's a “phenomenal speaker.”  Another who said she was a “knee-jerk, bleeding heart liberal.”  —  These two women are not alone.
Andrew Breitbart / Big Journalism:
Barack Obama's Helter-Skelter, Insane Clown Posse, Alinsky Plans to ‘Deconstruct’ America  —  After 14 months of committing 100% to health care reform, the day after the signing of the Health Care bill was to mark the Democratic Party's new primary concern: destroy the uprising, annihilate by all means necessary, the Tea Party movement.
Mark Steyn / The Corner on National Review Online:
Genocidal Welfare Queens — By: Mark Steyn  —  The Jewish Defence League held a demonstration today in Toronto at Palestine House, one of the many jihadist front organizations without which no sophisticated multicultural western city is complete.  Tomorrow night, for example …
Kathy Shaidle / five feet of fury.:
Toronto Muslim: ‘We need another Holocaust!’  (UPDATED)  —  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 …
Steven Thomma / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Not satisfied with U.S. history, some conservatives are rewriting it  —  Is American history being changed?  —  WASHINGTON — The right is rewriting history.  —  The most ballyhooed effort is under way in Texas, where conservatives have pushed the state school board to rewrite guidelines …
Chris Morran / The Consumerist:
KFC's Bacon Sandwich On Fried Chicken “Bread” Starts Killing People Nationwide April 12  —  Last August, we wrote about the “Double Down,” a mysteriously tempting (and potentialy lethal) new food item being tested by KFC.  For those coming late to the story, it's bacon and cheese sandwiched between two pieces of fried chicken.
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
House Democrat: All that's missing from the tea party are the robes and hoods  —  Of all the incendiary smears of tea partiers over the last few weeks, this one's my very favorite.  Not only is it relentlessly nasty, especially for a congressman — note the cute little joke he makes near …
Steven Greenhouse / New York Times:
Growth of Unpaid Internships May Be Illegal, Officials Say  —  With job openings scarce for young people, the number of unpaid internships has climbed in recent years, leading federal and state regulators to worry that more employers are illegally using such internships for free labor.
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias and Joe. My. God.
Walter Alarkon / The Hill:
More than 200,000 to lose jobless benefits Monday with Congress out  —  Starting Monday, more than 200,000 unemployed Americans won't see jobless benefits they're expecting because Congress failed to act.  —  The interruption in benefits will last two weeks at a minimum …
Discussion: No More Mister Nice Blog and MyDD
R. Jeffrey Smith / Washington Post:
With midterms approaching, GOP outmatched by Democrats on campaign funds  —  The Republican Party's strategy since early last year of lock-step opposition to the Obama administration's major legislative initiatives has proved to be less bankable than some party leaders may have anticipated.
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
At 89, Stevens Contemplates Law, and How to Leave It  —  WASHINGTON — “There are still pros and cons to be considered,” Justice John Paul Stevens said in his Supreme Court chambers on Friday afternoon, reflecting on his reluctance to leave a job he loves after almost 35 years.
Discussion: The Hill and Below The Beltway
Washington Post:
Vatican priest likens criticism of church on abuse to anti-Semitism  —  On the most solemn day in the Roman Catholic calendar, a senior Vatican priest ignited a fresh chapter Friday in the debate over the priest abuse scandal by comparing criticism of the Church and Pope Benedict XVI …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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