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7:15 PM ET, April 5, 2010


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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 …
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
RNC chief of staff Ken McKay resigns  —  Republican National Committee chief of staff Ken McKay has resigned in the wake of a controversy over an expenditure at a risque California nightclub, RNC communications director Doug Heye said Monday.  —  McKay's resignation comes one week …
Discussion: Daily Kos
W.H. Blasts RNC's Steele for ‘Race Card’  —  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” today that he and President Obama …
Reid Wilson / Hotline On Call:
RNC Chief of Staff Quits  —  RNC chief of staff Ken McKay has resigned from the national committee a week after improper expenditures came to light, a top GOP source tells Hotline OnCall.  —  McKay had been on the job about a year.  His exit is the latest moment of fallout in a scandal …
Discussion: The Eye and TPMDC
RNC's top aide resigns
Discussion: The Politico
Joshua Green / The Atlantic Online:   The Atlantic Home
George's Bottom Line:
RNC Chair Says He Will Not Step Down
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
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.
Rick Moran / The Moderate Voice:
The Tea Party Narrative Just Jumped the Shark
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
NOT EXACTLY A ‘MAINSTREAM’ FORCE.... One of the day's biggest …
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.
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.
Andy Barr / The Politico:   Hayworth ribs ‘nonmaverick’ McCain
WikiLeaks posts video from Iraq  —  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.
Bill Roggio / Weekly Standard:
‘Collateral Murder’ in Baghdad Anything But
Discussion: The Rhetorican
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
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 …
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 …
Chairman Tim Kaine / Democratic National Committee:
Mark Your Calendars: The Democratic National Convention to be Held the Week of September 3, 2012  —  I am excited to announce that the Democratic Party will gather for our 46th National Convention during the week of September 3, 2012.  At the convention, we will re-nominate President Barack Obama …
CNN:   Dems choose 2012 convention date
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
DNC 2012: Mark your calendars
Discussion: The Note and DemConWatch
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
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 …
Senator Reid pokes fun at Gov Palin - check out the video  —  The focus is bad (yes, I know)....but here is Senator Reid having some fun with his supporters:
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.
Glen Whitman / Cato Unbound:
The Rise of the New Paternalism  —  For as far back as memory reaches, people have been telling other people what's good for them — and manipulating or forcing them to do it.  But in recent years, a novel form of paternalism has emerged on the policy stage.
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