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10:40 AM 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.
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.
Discussion: Power Line, Hot Air and Gateway Pundit
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. …
Suicide Watch at DNC HQ: Four in 10 Tea Partiers Independents or Democrats
Discussion: The Rhetorican and Doug Ross
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 …
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Steele: Criticism motivated by race  —  RNC Chairman Michael Steele on Monday said harsh criticism from his opponents is motivated by race.  —  Steele brushed aside calls for him to resign in his first interview since news broke that the Republican National Committee reimbursed young donors …
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Steele: I'm not going anywhere
Discussion: PoliBlog
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 …
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 …
David Catanese / The Politico:
Spring forecast: Incivility with a chance of rage  —  MANCHESTER, N.H. - If the experience of this state's two Democratic House members is any indication, the raw emotion and mistrust emanating from last summer's congressional town halls never really went away.
Paul / Power Line:
Why can't they just forgive and forget?
Discussion: Pundit & Pundette
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
Greg Stohr / Bloomberg:
Kagan, Judges Said to Be Considered for Supreme Court Vacancy
Fox News:
Sen. Kyl Fires First Shot in Battle Over Next Supreme Court Nominee
Earthquakes rattle Pacific Coast  —  (CNN) — A string of earthquakes and aftershocks rattled the Pacific Coast of the United States and Mexico on Sunday, including a magnitude 7.2 quake that could be felt across Baja California, Arizona and Southern California, the U.S. Geological Survey reported.
Wall Street Journal:
Unserious About Iran  —  Obama is acting as if he believes a nuclear Tehran is inevitable.  —  'Our aim is not incremental sanctions, but sanctions that will bite.  " Thus did Secretary of State Hillary Clinton seek to reassure the crowd at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee …
Robert Reich / The Huffington Post:
Greenspan, Summers, and Why the Economy Is So Out of Whack  —  I'm in the “green room” at ABC News, waiting to join a roundtable panel discussion on ABC's weekly Sunday news program, This Week.  —  Alan Greenspan is now being interviewed.  He says he bore no responsibility for the housing bubble …
Discussion: New Deal 2.0
Political Punch:
Greenspan: Financial Crisis Doesn't Indict Ayn Rand Theories
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Paul Krugman
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 …
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In Colorado, health-care debate reverberates in congressional race
Mark Hemingway / Washington Examiner:
Defensive much? …
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Fake story meant to ensnare bloggers catches NYT instead
Cathleen Decker / Los Angeles Times:
Meg Whitman's deep pockets put her ahead of Jerry Brown
Discussion: Real Clear Politics and L.A. NOW
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Sen. Specter viewed as a model Democrat one year after switch
Discussion: Washington Post
Mark Halperin / Time:
Taking On Obama in 2012: Challenges for Romney, Pawlenty
Discussion: The Swamp, The Page and Marbury
Naftali Bendavid / Wall Street Journal:
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Discussion: Politics Daily, The Lede, Guardian and BBC
Jon Ralston / Las Vegas Sun:
Why Sen. Ensign should be worried about possible indictment
Discussion: Think Progress and TPMMuckraker
Joshua Partlow / Washington Post:
Karzai's defiant stance concerns U.S., other Afghans
Washington Post:
Karl Rove is no conservative, as his memoir shows
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In Maine, Last Sardine Cannery in the U.S. Is Clattering Out
Sam Dillon / New York Times:
States Skeptical About ‘Race to Top’ School Aid Contest
Discussion: Ruby Slippers and Althouse
Washington Post:
Obamas celebrate Easter in SE Washington church
Discussion:, Don Surber and The Hill