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5:40 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.
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.
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
NOT EXACTLY A ‘MAINSTREAM’ FORCE.... One of the day's biggest …
Rick Moran / The Moderate Voice:
The Tea Party Narrative Just Jumped the Shark
David Margolick / Newsweek:
A maverick fights for his political life—and his soul. … From the magazine issue dated Apr 12, 2010  —  Late last month, at a dusty fairground outside Tucson, John McCain stood behind the person who is, at least for the next few years, surely his most important legacy to American politics.
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 …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
McCain ‘never considered myself a maverick’
Garance Franke-Ruta / Washington Post:
John McCain: A maverick no more?
Discussion: Joe. My. God.
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 …
Exclusive: White House Blasts Steele for Playing ‘Race Card’ on ABC  —  Embattled RNC Chair Said on “GMA” African-Americans Like Obama Have A ‘Slimmer Margin of Error’ Because of Their Race  —  Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele's comment on “Good Morning America” …
Sam Youngman / The Hill:
Gibbs: Steele remark is ‘silly’  —  GOP Chairman Michael Steele shouldn't blame criticism of his actions on race, White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said Monday.  —  Gibbs called Steele's remark that criticism of his leadership is motivated by race “silly” during a meeting with reporters.
Joshua Green / The Atlantic Online:   The Atlantic Home
George's Bottom Line:
RNC Chair Says He Will Not Step Down
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
The Politico:
Obama throws the opening pitch  —  President Obama tossed out the first pitch at Nationals Park Monday afternoon, throwing high and wide to start the Washington team's opener against the Philadelphia Phillies.  —  Obama drew a mixture of cheers and boos from the crowd as he strolled out onto …
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 …
Tim Mak / FrumForum:
The End of Candidate Giuliani?  —  Rudy Giuliani's decision to endorse Marco Rubio in the hotly contested Florida senatorial primary may be more than an act of revenge.  By backing a candidate that has little overlap with the brand of Republicanism that he embodies, Rudy may be signaling …
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.
Naftali Bendavid / Wall Street Journal:
Republicans Worry About Census
WikiLeaks posts ‘killing’ video  —  WikiLeaks has posted a video on its website which it claims shows the killing of civilians by the US military in Baghdad in 2007.  —  The website's organisers say they were given the footage, which they say comes from cameras on US Apache helicopters.
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 …
J. Patrick Coolican / Las Vegas Sun:
Deconstructing the facade of John Ensign
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 …
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.
Discussion: Show Tracker
Eric Zimmermann / The Hill:
Tina Fey to revive Palin impression
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.
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
Can CNN Be Saved?  —  Listening to Jon Stewart helped destroy CNN.  Now imitating him might be the network's only hope of salvation.  —  It was October of 2004, the heat of the presidential campaign, when Stewart showed up on “Crossfire,” long CNN's flagship political program, and delivered a now-legendary tirade.
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.
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