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11:35 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.
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Myth-busting polls: Tea Party members are average Americans, 41% are Democrats, independents  —  For upwards of 12 months now members of the so-called Tea Party protest movement have been stereotyped, derogated and often dismissed by some politicians and media outlets.
Discussion: The Winston Group
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Republicans plan $50 million independent effort in 2010
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
Discussion: Riehl World View
Alex Seitz-Wald / Think Progress:
After Condemning Democrats For Using The ‘Race Card’ …
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
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
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 …
Joshua Partlow / Washington Post:
Karzai's defiant stance concerns U.S., other Afghans  —  KABUL — President Obama's visit to Kabul last week, intended in part to forge a closer working relationship with President Hamid Karzai, has helped produce the opposite: an angry Afghan leader now attacking the West for what he perceives …
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
Mark Halperin / Time:
Taking On Obama in 2012: Challenges for Romney, Pawlenty  —  President Barack Obama waves goodbye after delivering a speech at the Portland Expo Center in Maine on April 1, 2010  —  The conventional presidential-campaign wisdom: … Because all these pieces of wisdom are completely false …
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Politics Daily, The Eye and L.A. NOW
Donald Douglas / American Power:
Magnitude 6.9 Earthquake Hits Mexicali!  - UPDATED!!  - Crowds Flee Disneyland!!  - One Dead!!  - PICS!  VIDEO!!  —  From Ed Driscoll, “Video of Earthquake in San Diego as It Happened”:  —  SCROLL DOWN FOR ADDITIONAL UPDATES!  —  Getting this and this off Twitter.
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