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8:30 AM ET, April 5, 2010


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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?  —  Politico begins its story about the rough reception two New Hampshire Democrats who voted for Obamacare have received from their constituents this way: … I'm not sure why anyone thought it might have.  All that has changed since last summer's town hall is …
Discussion: Pundit & Pundette
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.
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.
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.
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 …
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Greg Stohr / Bloomberg:
Kagan, Judges Said to Be Considered for Supreme Court Vacancy  —  The Obama administration, contemplating the possible retirement of U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, is focusing on three candidates to succeed him, a White House official familiar with the deliberations said.
Fox News:
Sen. Kyl Fires First Shot in Battle Over Next Supreme Court Nominee
Discussion: Hotline On Call and Don Surber
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.
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 …
Washington Post:
Karl Rove is no conservative, as his memoir shows  —  Karl Rove's book, “Courage and Consequence: My Life as a Conservative in the Fight,” has relaunched much debate about key moments of the George W. Bush presidency, such as the decision to go to war in Iraq and the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
Sam Dillon / New York Times:
States Skeptical About ‘Race to Top’ School Aid Contest  —  A dozen governors, led by Bill Ritter Jr. of Colorado, sat with Secretary of Education Arne Duncan in a hotel ballroom in Washington a few weeks back, praising his vision and gushing with enthusiasm over a $4 billion grant competition …
Discussion: Ruby Slippers and Althouse
Washington Post:
Obamas celebrate Easter in SE Washington church  —  President Obama made it his goal Sunday to quietly attend an Easter service with his family, planning a secret trip in which he made no public remarks.  But presidents don't blend in, especially in neighborhoods plagued by crime and unemployment.
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:   Obamas attend Easter service in Washington
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