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1:30 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.
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
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: TPM LiveWire and The Page
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 …
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
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Steele: Criticism motivated by race
Alex Pappas / The Daily Caller:
Michael Steele calls his critics racist
Discussion: AmSpecBlog and Hot Air
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Michael Steele's ‘problem: Credit card’
Discussion: CNN, D.C. Now and CBS News
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
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 …
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 …
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 …
Philadelphia to ease marijuana penalty
Discussion: TalkLeft and Obsidian Wings
Joe Gandelman / The Moderate Voice:
Obama is Likely to Play it Safer On Supreme Court Nomination
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 …
Eric Zimmermann / The Hill:
Tina Fey to revive Palin impression  —  Tina Fey will tackle Sarah Palin again next month, the SNL alum tells the Daily Telegraph.  —  Fey is hosting “Saturday Night Live” next month and plans to revive her impression of the former Alaska governor.  —  “I haven't been watching …
John Hiscock / Telegraph:   Tina Fey interview: Sarah Palin in her sights
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 …
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
Stuart Rothenberg / CQ Politics:
Should Crist Roll the Dice to Save Long-Shot Senate Bid?
Discussion: The New Republic
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.
Discussion: Balloon Juice
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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