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12:40 AM ET, April 4, 2010


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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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.)
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:
The Marion Star:   ‘Stop right wing’ is message to local GOP
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.
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 …
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
Anne E. Kornblut / Washington Post:
The great elaborator: Obama gives 17-minute answer to health-care query in N.C.  —  CHARLOTTE — Even by President Obama's loquacious standards, an answer he gave here on health care Friday was a doozy.  —  Toward the end of a question-and-answer session with workers at an advanced battery …
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
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.
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