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11:00 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 …
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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
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Shakeup: RNC Chief of Staff resigns  —  Republican National Committee Chief of Staff Ken McKay resigned Monday, becoming the highest-ranking official to depart the committee after revelations that the national party spent nearly $2,000 at California sex club.
Reid Wilson / Hotline On Call:
RNC Chief of Staff Quits
Discussion: Hot Air, The Eye and TPMDC
ABCNEWS:
W.H. Blasts RNC's Steele for ‘Race Card’
CNN:
RNC's top aide resigns
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
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.
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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 …
Andy Barr / The Politico:   Hayworth ribs ‘nonmaverick’ McCain
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
McCain ‘never considered myself a maverick’
Garance Franke-Ruta / Washington Post:
John McCain: A maverick no more?
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Joe. My. God.
Bill Roggio / Weekly Standard:
‘Collateral Murder’ in Baghdad Anything But  —  Wikileaks, the website devoted to publishing classified documents on the Internet, made a splash today with a video claiming to show that the U.S. military “murdered” a Reuters cameraman and other Iraqi “civilians” in Baghdad on July 12, 2007.
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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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Mark Schmitt / American Prospect:
Some of My Best Friends are Tea Partiers
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
NOT EXACTLY A ‘MAINSTREAM’ FORCE.... One of the day's biggest …
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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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 …
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The Politico:
Obama throws the opening pitch
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 …
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
DNC 2012: Mark your calendars
Discussion: CNN, The Note and DemConWatch
Chris Currey / FrumForum:
How the GOP Purged Me  —  I am an old Republican.  I am religious, yet not a fanatic.  I am a free-marketer; yet, I believe in the role of the government as a fair evenhanded referee.  I am socially conservative; yet, I believe that my lesbian niece and my gay grandchild should have the full protection …
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.
U.S. Department of Transportation:
Secretary LaHood Announces DOT is Seeking Maximum Civil Penalty from Toyota  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood today announced that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is seeking the maximum civil penalty of $16.375 million …
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Micheline Maynard / New York Times:
U.S. to Seek $16.4 Million Fine Against Toyota
Discussion: The Page
Gretawire:
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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Debate on dirty word: ‘lobbyist’
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The Poisonous Politics of Self-Esteem
BBC:
UK PM to call election for 6 May
Jack Healy / New York Times:
Vatican Declined to Pursue Accused Priest
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Karl Rove appears in TV ad for Census
Irwin Stelzer / Wall Street Journal:
Small Bras and the Value-Added Tax
Discussion: Betsy's Page and Ezra Klein