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12:35 PM ET, April 5, 2010

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Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Tea Partiers Are Fairly Mainstream in Their Demographics  —  Skew right politically, but have typical profile by age, education, and employment  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Tea Party supporters skew right politically; but demographically, they are generally representative of the public at large.
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Sean J. Miller / The Hill:
Survey: Four in 10 Tea Party members are Dems or independents  —  Four in 10 Tea Party members are either Democrats or Independents, according to a new national survey.  —  The findings provide one of the most detailed portraits to date of the grassroots movement that started last year.
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.
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Myth-busting polls: Tea Party members are average Americans …
Discussion: The Winston Group
Sammy Benoit / YID With LID:   Et Tu Gallup?  Second Polling Org. …
ABCNEWS:
EXCLUSIVE: Michael Steele: Obama and I Have Slimmer Margins of Error Because of Race  —  Embattled Republican Leader Breaks His Silence, Says He Won't Resign  —  Embattled Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele said he won't resign despite calls for him to step down amid reports …
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Carol E. Lee / The Politico:
Mocking RNC's ‘credit card’ problem  —  Robert Gibbs gives his daily press briefing.  AP  —  The White House is firmly rejecting Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele's suggestion that he and President Barack Obama face extra political challenges because they are black.
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Michael Steele's ‘problem: Credit card’
Discussion: CNN, D.C. Now and CBS News
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Steele: Criticism motivated by race
Discussion: Riehl World View
Sam Youngman / The Hill:
Gibbs: Steele remark is ‘silly’
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Hot Air
Alex Seitz-Wald / Think Progress:
After Condemning Democrats For Using The ‘Race Card’ …
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Making Financial Reform Fool-Resistant  —  The White House is confident that a financial regulatory reform bill will soon pass the Senate.  I'm not so sure, given the opposition of Republican leaders to any real reform.  But in any case, how good is the legislation on the table …
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Noam Scheiber / The New Republic:
Street Fight  —  Obama can get everything he wants on financial reform—if only he gets tough.  —  Last week, Alabama Republican Richard Shelby, the ranking member of the Senate Banking Committee, floated a compromise on the consumer financial protection agency that's currently stalled in the Senate.
Brianna Keilar / CNN:
Unemployment benefits expire for thousands  —  (CNN) — Extended unemployment benefits will temporarily expire for thousands of Americans on Monday because the Senate went on its spring recess without approving a one-month deadline extension.  —  The extension, which had bipartisan support …
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V. Dion Haynes / Washington Post:
Jobless rate may rise as many are drawn back to labor force  —  The increase in jobs highlighted in the nation's most recent unemployment report carried the sound of economic promise, but Obama administration officials said Sunday that the public shouldn't expect any dramatic improvement in the jobless rate …
Ed O'Keefe / Federal Eye:
Karl Rove appears in TV ad for Census  —  Author and former George W. Bush adviser Karl Rove will appear in a new public service announcement from the U.S. Census Bureau designed to convince people to mail back their 2010 census forms by the end of the month.
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Jess Bravin / Wall Street Journal:
Court Challenge: Replacing Stevens  —  Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens's latest public musings about retirement highlight the challenge President Barack Obama faces in choosing a successor for the leader of the court's liberal minority.  —  Whomever Mr. Obama chooses …
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Philly.com:
Philadelphia to ease marijuana penalty
Discussion: Obsidian Wings
Washington Post / Ezra Klein:
The next justice  —  With John Paul Stevens expected …
Discussion: Firedoglake
Cathleen Decker / Los Angeles Times:
Meg Whitman's deep pockets put her ahead of Jerry Brown  —  Former EBay chief's record-breaking $39-million gift to her own campaign helps put her 3 points ahead of the attorney general in governor's race, poll finds.  Boxer still leads in Senate contest.  —  Republican Meg Whitman's …
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Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Republicans plan $50 million independent effort in 2010
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 …
Discussion: The Page
David Carr / New York Times:
The Media Equation: Sarah Palin's Lucrative Career in Mainstream Media  —  When Sarah Palin made her debut as the host of “Real American Stories” on Fox News on Thursday night, she described several triumphs of regular people over insurmountable odds, but she missed an obvious one: her own.
Liberty Pundits dot net:
Fake story meant to ensnare bloggers catches NYT instead  —  And these clowns wonder why they are circling the drain?  This lawyer pulled the fake story stunt to entrap us - political bloggers - because “fact checking is not” our “strong suit,” so he claimed.  We ignored the story, and the NYT ran with it.
Irwin Stelzer / Wall Street Journal:
Small Bras and the Value-Added Tax  —  Taxing consumption sounds easy.  Wait until government starts to carve out the political exceptions.  —  So we are to have a European-style value-added tax (VAT).  That's the emerging consensus in Washington as people come to recognize the reality …
Mark Halperin / Time:
Obama, Election 2012: GOP's Romney, Pawlenty to Campaign  —  President Obama waves goodbye after delivering a speech at the Portland Expo Center in Maine on April 1, 2010  —  The conventional American presidential-campaign wisdom: … Because all these pieces of wisdom are completely false …
Mary Pilon / Wall Street Journal:
Parents' Struggles Hit Adult Kids  —  FAIRFIELD, Conn.—When Maurice Johnson was laid off a year ago from his six-figure salary as a managing director at GE Capital, it wasn't his future he was worried about.  —  It was his children's.  —  The family income of the Johnsons is a fifth of what it used to be.
 
 
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