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12:50 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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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.
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.
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Myth-busting polls: Tea Party members are average Americans …
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Republicans plan $50 million independent effort in 2010
Sammy Benoit / YID With LID:   Et Tu Gallup?  Second Polling Org. …
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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.
Carol E. Lee / The Politico:   Mocking RNC's ‘credit card’ problem
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
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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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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Naftali Bendavid / Wall Street Journal:
Republicans Worry About Census
Philly.com:
Philadelphia to ease marijuana penalty  —  The city's new district attorney and the state Supreme Court are moving to all but decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana for personal use in an effort to unclog Philadelphia's crowded court dockets.
Discussion: Obsidian Wings
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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
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.
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 …
Matt Lewis:
Rudy: Charlie Crist broke his word with me on several occasions  —  On a conference call today with bloggers, former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani discussed his endorsement of Marco Rubio for U.S. Senate, saying his endorsement goes beyond “whether Charlie Crist broke his word with me on several occasions …
Discussion: The Fix and Ben Smith's Blog
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Stuart Rothenberg / CQ Politics:
Should Crist Roll the Dice to Save Long-Shot Senate Bid?
Discussion: The New Republic
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 …
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 …
 
 
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Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Debunkers of Fictions Sift the Net
Gail Shister / mediabistro.com:
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New York Times:
Drones Batter Al Qaeda and Its Allies Within Pakistan
Discussion: The Lede, BBC and BLACKFIVE
Washington Post / Ezra Klein:
Too big to fail in two dimensions
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
Can CNN Be Saved?  —  Listening to Jon Stewart helped destroy CNN.
Discussion: Balloon Juice
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