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8:05 AM ET, April 4, 2010


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Mark Steyn / The Corner on National Review Online:
The Democrats' Fake Hate Crime — By: Mark Steyn  —  Jonah mentioned this the other day in his column, but the tireless Andrew Breitbart returns to the theme, to devastating effect.  —  On March 20th, something truly extraordinary happened.  On the eve of the health care vote …
Discussion: Power Line and The Other McCain
Andy McCarthy / The Corner on National Review Online:
Amnesty International Comes Out of the Closet — Endorses “Defensive” Jihad — By: Andy McCarthy  —  Former Gitmo detainee Moazzam Begg is a committed jihadist and unabashed supporter of the Taliban.  (See this Weekly Standard essay by Tom Joscelyn, which collects other Begg links.)
Discussion: Power Line, Hot Air and The Jawa Report
For The Record:
Amnesty International Boss Endorses “Jihad in self-defence”  —  Amnesty International (AI) Secretary-General Claudio Cordone has come under fire for defending jihad when it occurs in “self-defence” - a position many other human rights advocates believe “would gravely undermine the future of the human rights movement.”
Los Angeles Times:
WellPoint hikes CEO's pay package  —  The insurer, boosting Angela F. Braly's compensation package up to $13.1 million, draws further ire from policyholders in California.  —  WellPoint executives, including CEO Angela Braly, saw pay hikes in 2009.  The company said compensation …
Discussion: The Huffington Post and Corrente
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.
Jim Hoft / Gateway Pundit:
BREAKING: Another GOP Office Attacked in Ohio- Window Smashed  —  Vandals threw a brick through GOP Party headquarters.  —  Another GOP office was attacked in Marion, Ohio last night.  The vandals left a threatening note in purple ink saying, “Stop the Right Wing.”  —  The Marion Star reported:
Discussion: and RedState
Richard A. Oppel Jr / New York Times:
Hurting U.S. Efforts to Win Minds, Taliban Disrupt Pay  —  MARJA, Afghanistan — Since their offensive here in February, the Marines have flooded Marja with hundreds of thousands of dollars a week.  The tactic aims to win over wary locals by paying them compensation for property damage …
Discussion: The Page
Agence France Presse:
Islamists order Mogadishu radios to stop playing music  —  MOGADISHU — A hardline Somali Islamist group issued a 10-day ultimatum Saturday to Mogadishu-based radio stations to stop playing all kinds of music or face unspecified penalties, an Islamist leader said.
Discussion: Jihad Watch and Weasel Zippers
Toby Helm / Guardian:
Secret tape reveals Tory backing for ban on gays  —  • B&Bs ‘should have right to bar gays’  —  • Exclusion would violate law - Labour  —  The Tories were embroiled in a furious row over lesbian and gay rightson Saturday after the shadow home secretary, Chris Grayling …
Discussion: AMERICAblog News and Truthdig
Steve Randy Waldman / interfluidity:
Capital can't be measured  —  Simon Johnson and James Kwak are absolutely right.  Sure, “hard” capital and solvency constraints for big banks are better than mealy-mouthed technocratic flexibility.  But absent much deeper reforms, totemic leverage restrictions will not meaningfully constrain bank behavior.
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Ian Urbina / New York Times:
Acorn Says It Continues Its Work  —  After months of budget problems and criticism from the right, the community organizing group Acorn plans to release a letter next week clarifying its path forward and stating that its local chapters may be closed, but the national organization is alive and well.
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 …
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