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12:40 AM ET, April 6, 2010

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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
RNC loses top fundraiser  —  In another serious blow to the Republican National Committee, one of its top fundraisers — and its few remaining connections to the traditional GOP donor base — has resigned a senior, unpaid position.  —  Former Ambassador Sam Fox, a top supporter of George W. Bush …
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Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
RNC chief of staff Ken McKay resigns  —  Republican National Committee chief of staff Ken McKay has resigned in the wake of a controversy over an expenditure at a risque California nightclub, RNC communications director Doug Heye said Monday.  —  McKay's resignation comes one week …
Discussion: Daily Kos
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Shakeup: RNC Chief of Staff resigns  —  Republican National Committee Chief of Staff Ken McKay resigned Monday, becoming the highest-ranking official to depart the committee after revelations that the national party spent nearly $2,000 at California sex club.
Reid Wilson / Hotline On Call:
RNC Chief of Staff Quits
Discussion: The Eye and TPMDC
ABCNEWS:
W.H. Blasts RNC's Steele for ‘Race Card’
New York Times:
Obama Limits When U.S. Would Use Nuclear Arms  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama said Monday that he was revamping American nuclear strategy to substantially narrow the conditions under which the United States would use nuclear weapons, even in self defense.  —  But the president …
Elisabeth Bumiller / New York Times:
Video Shows 2007 Air Attack in Baghdad That Killed Photographer  —  WASHINGTON — The Web site WikiLeaks.org released a graphic video on Monday showing an American helicopter shooting and killing a Reuters photographer and driver in a July 2007 attack in Baghdad.
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Bill Roggio / Weekly Standard:
‘Collateral Murder’ in Baghdad Anything But  —  Wikileaks, the website devoted to publishing classified documents on the Internet, made a splash today with a video claiming to show that the U.S. military “murdered” a Reuters cameraman and other Iraqi “civilians” in Baghdad on July 12, 2007.
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
‘I NEVER CONSIDERED MYSELF A MAVERICK’.... To say that Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) built his most recent persona — the latest in a series — around the notion of being a “maverick” would be a dramatic understatement.  The “m” word was practically a verbal tick for McCain — he'd use it constantly …
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Andy Barr / The Politico:
Hayworth ribs ‘nonmaverick’ McCain
Advocate:
McMillen: I Was Sent to Fake Prom  —  To avoid Constance McMillen bringing a female date to her prom, the teen was sent to a “fake prom” while the rest of her class partied at a secret location at an event organized by parents.  —  McMillen tells The Advocate that a parent-organized prom happened behind …
Political Punch:
Obama Throws “Disappointing” First Pitch  —  Marking a 100-year tradition, President Obama today threw out the first pitch at Nationals Stadium, kicking off the season at the opening game of the Washington Nationals vs. the Philadelphia Phillies.  —  The presidential pitch went high and wide …
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The Politico:
Obama throws the opening pitch
Rasmussen Reports:
Tea Party 48% Obama 44%  —  On major issues, 48% of voters say that the average Tea Party member is closer to their views than President Barack Obama.  The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey found that 44% hold the opposite view and believe the president's views are closer to their own.
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Mark Schmitt / American Prospect:
Some of My Best Friends are Tea Partiers
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Tea Partiers Are Fairly Mainstream in Their Demographics
Jon Ralston / Las Vegas Sun:
Why Sen. Ensign should be worried about possible indictment  —  In the federal penal code, it is known as “structuring.”  —  And it is a word Sen. John Ensign should remember because it is very likely to be on any indictment with his name on it.  —  That's what I am told by a reliable source familiar …
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J. Patrick Coolican / Las Vegas Sun:
Deconstructing the facade of John Ensign
Chairman Tim Kaine / Democratic National Committee:
Mark Your Calendars: The Democratic National Convention to be Held the Week of September 3, 2012  —  I am excited to announce that the Democratic Party will gather for our 46th National Convention during the week of September 3, 2012.  At the convention, we will re-nominate President Barack Obama …
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
DNC 2012: Mark your calendars
Discussion: CNN, The Note and DemConWatch
Ian Urbina / New York Times:
At Least 7 Die in West Virginia Coal Mine Explosion  —  At least seven miners were killed and 19 were unaccounted for after an explosion ripped through a West Virginia coal mine on Monday, state emergency officials said.  —  The explosion occurred about 3 p.m. at the Upper Big Branch mine …
Discussion: Wonk Room and The Page
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Ken Ward Jr / Charleston Gazette:
Click now to learn about School Closings or Delays.
Discussion: Coal Tattoo and Firedoglake
Chris Currey / FrumForum:
How the GOP Purged Me  —  I am an old Republican.  I am religious, yet not a fanatic.  I am a free-marketer; yet, I believe in the role of the government as a fair evenhanded referee.  I am socially conservative; yet, I believe that my lesbian niece and my gay grandchild should have the full protection …
John / Power Line:
Several Doses of Pessimism  —  If you need cheering up, read no further.  Here are a couple of pessimistic evaluations of recent events.  First, Frank Gaffney asks Who Lost Iraq? … Jonathan Spyer, meanwhile, observes the Druse and draws sad but logical conclusions.
U.S. Department of Transportation:
Secretary LaHood Announces DOT is Seeking Maximum Civil Penalty from Toyota  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood today announced that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is seeking the maximum civil penalty of $16.375 million …
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Micheline Maynard / New York Times:
U.S. to Seek $16.4 Million Fine Against Toyota
Discussion: The Page
Gretawire:
Senator Reid pokes fun at Gov Palin - check out the video  —  The focus is bad (yes, I know)....but here is Senator Reid having some fun with his supporters:
John Hiscock / Telegraph:
Tina Fey interview: Sarah Palin in her sights  —  Tina Fey talks about her new film - and plans to revive her sensational impression of the former vice-presidential candidate.  —  One day Tina Fey was an actress in a little-seen television sitcom, worshipped by an ardent cult following but mainly ignored by mainstream audiences.
Jack Healy / New York Times:
Vatican Declined to Pursue Accused Priest  —  A Catholic priest charged with sexually assaulting a teenage girl in Minnesota has been allowed to continue working at a Catholic diocese in southern India despite warnings from an American bishop that he could still “pose a risk to minors,” according to church documents released Monday.
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
The coming primary-care physician shortage under ObamaCare  —  What happens when you take an existing system of care that already features long wait times and a declining number of providers — and add millions more to the plan?  The Business Courier of Cincinnati looks at the Medicaid expansion …
 
 
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BBC:
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Glen Whitman / Cato Unbound:
The Rise of the New Paternalism  —  For as far back as memory reaches …
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