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3:30 PM ET, April 6, 2010

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New York Times:
Obama Limits When U.S. Would Use Nuclear Arms  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama said Monday that he was revamping American nuclear strategy to substantially narrow the conditions under which the United States would use nuclear weapons, even in self defense.  —  But the president …
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Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Keeps First-Strike Nuclear Strategy
Matt Laslo / Capitol News Connection:
A Top GOP Conservative Defends Pelosi, Slams Fox  —  Tom Coburn fiercely opposed Nancy Pelosi on the Health Bill but praised her as a “nice person.”  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — An Oklahoma town hall meeting with colorful characters and a lot of populist anger brought out an often glossed over side …
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Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
GOP senator defends Pelosi, takes jab at Fox  —  Conservative GOP Sen. Tom Coburn defended Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and criticized Fox News in audio released Tuesday.  —  Coburn (Okla.) spoke at a recent town hall meeting that was taped by KGOU Radio.
Discussion: Politics Daily
Edward Wyatt / New York Times:
Court Rules Against F.C.C. in ‘Net Neutrality’ Case  —  WASHINGTON — A federal appeals court on Tuesday dealt a sharp blow to the efforts of the Federal Communications Commission to set the rules of the road for the Internet, ruling that the agency lacks the authority to require broadband providers …
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Declan McCullagh / CNET News:
Court: FCC has no power to regulate Net neutrality  —  The Federal Communications Commission does not have the legal authority to slap Net neutrality regulations on Internet providers, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday.  —  A three-judge panel in Washington, D.C. unanimously tossed …
Discussion: Moonbattery, Hot Air and Gateway Pundit
The Hill:
FCC dealt significant blow in net neutrality ruling favoring Comcast  —  A federal appeals court on Tuesday dealt a significant blow to the Obama administration and net neutrality advocates, ruling that the Federal Communications Commission has no authority to regulate how Web providers manage their network traffic.
Wall Street Journal:
Court Deals Blow to FCC, ‘Net Neutrality’
Discussion: Corrente
Ian Urbina / New York Times:
Death Toll Hits 25 in West Virginia Coal Mine Blast  —  MONTCOAL, W.Va. — The death toll from a blast at a West Virginia coal mine rose to 25 on Tuesday, federal safety officials said, making it the worst mining accident in the United States in 25 years.  —  Four miners were still missing …
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Elisabeth Bumiller / New York Times:
Video Shows 2007 Air Attack in Baghdad That Killed Photographer  —  WASHINGTON — The Web site WikiLeaks.org released a graphic video on Monday showing an American helicopter shooting and killing a Reuters photographer and driver in a July 2007 attack in Baghdad.
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Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Video: Collateral murder, or the risks of war zones?
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Massacre and Coverup in Iraq
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Wasserman Schultz holds town hall amid threats  —  Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.), a member of the House Democratic leadership, held a town hall meeting in her district after she confirmed receiving threats after the healthcare vote.  —  The lawmaker held the town hall …
Discussion: The Juice and Riehl World View
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CNN:   Wasserman Schultz confirms threat, faces feisty town hall crowd
Advocate:
McMillen: I Was Sent to Fake Prom  —  To avoid Constance McMillen bringing a female date to her prom, the teen was sent to a “fake prom” while the rest of her class partied at a secret location at an event organized by parents.  —  McMillen tells The Advocate that a parent-organized prom happened behind …
Gautham Nagesh / The Daily Caller:
IRS chief: Buy health insurance or lose your tax refund  —  Individuals who don't purchase health insurance may lose their tax refunds according to IRS Commissioner Doug Shulman.  After acknowledging the recently passed health-care bill limits the agency's options for enforcing the individual mandate …
Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
MSNBC Suspends David Shuster ‘Indefinitely’  —  MSNBC said Tuesday that it had indefinitely suspended one of its highest-profile anchors, David Shuster.  The decision came days after the revelation that Mr. Shuster had participated in a test of a new show for CNN, a competing cable news channel.
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Chris Ariens / TVNewser:
David Shuster Suspended Indefinitely
David Brooks / New York Times:
Relax, We'll Be Fine  —  According to recent polls, 60 percent of Americans think the country is heading in the wrong direction.  The same percentage believe that the U.S. is in long-term decline.  The political system is dysfunctional.  A fiscal crisis looks unavoidable.  There are plenty of reasons to be gloomy.
Ben Armbruster / Think Progress:
ExxonMobil paid no federal income tax in 2009.  —  Last week, Forbes magazine published what the top U.S. corporations paid in taxes last year.  “Most egregious,” Forbes notes, is General Electric, which “generated $10.3 billion in pretax income, but ended up owing nothing to Uncle Sam.
Hotline On Call:
RNC Committeeman Quits, Slams Steele  —  NH RNC member Sean Mahoney resigned his post today, taking aim at chairman Michael Steele in a strongly-worded protest letter over the committee's profligate spending.  —  “Not only has the out-of-touch, free-spending culture of Washington come …
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Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Kirk moves ahead  —  The last two months have not been good for Alexi Giannoulias, and Mark Kirk now leads him 37-33 in his bid to be the next Senator from Illinois.  —  A PPP survey taken a week and a half before the primary found Giannoulias up 42-34 on Kirk.
John McWhorter / The New Republic:
What Does Palinspeak Mean?  —  Why does Sarah Palin talk the way she does?  Just what is this sort of thing below? … Just forty years ago people would be shocked to read something like this as a public statement from someone even pretending, as Palin pretty much had to have been by the time of this quote …
Discussion: Marbury
The Politico:
Dems' special-election scramble  —  The prospect of losing two House seats in back-to-back special elections next month has sparked a vigorous, behind-the-scenes Democratic effort, designed to avoid an outcome that could lead to panic among the rank and file and stall the momentum generated …
Reliable Source:
White House Correspondents' dinner just got harder for party crashers  —  Bad news for Washington's junior varsity Salahis: The most crashable (yet crash-worthy) party in town is taking new measures to keep you out.  —  For years, it has been an open secret in D.C. media-political circles …
Discussion: Ill Communication
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Five stumbling blocks that could wipe out many Democrats this November  —  Democrats feel they have grabbed political momentum, but the party still faces several dangers that could wipe it out in November.  —  Democratic strategists and independent political experts identify roughly five stumbling blocks …
Discussion: NRSC
The Hill:
White House won't say if Karzai is still an ally  —  White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs would not say Tuesday if the administration considers Afghan President Hamid Karzai an ally.  —  White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs would not say Tuesday if the Obama administration considers Afghan President Hamid Karzai an ally.
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Americans Prioritize Energy Over Environment for First Time  —  Data represent a continuing shift in opinion toward energy production  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Americans are more likely to say the U.S. should prioritize development of energy supplies than to say it should prioritize protecting the environment …
Discussion: Hot Air, Politics Daily and Don Surber
Kenneth P. Vogel / The Politico:
Young Eagles: Life in the fast lane  —  The big fundraising event at the Philadelphia Phillies home opener is canceled.  So is the one at the steeplechase race in Virginia horse country and the weekend at the North Carolina paramilitary training compound.  No definite word on the professional …
Vladimir Isachenkov / Associated Press:
Russia reserves opt-out of arms treaty with US  —  MOSCOW - The new U.S.-Russian arms control treaty is a much better deal for Russia than its predecessor, but Moscow reserves the right to withdraw from it if a planned U.S. missile defense system grows into a threat, Russia's foreign minister said Tuesday.
Jamison Foser / Media Matters for America:
Liberals not invited to Washington Post Q&A sessions  —  Today at 11, the Washington Post hosts Republican activist David Frum for an online Q&A. Yesterday, the Post hosted Republican former Vice President Dan Quayle for a Q&A. I have long had a suspicion that the Post hosts conservatives …
 
 
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Felix Salmon:
The National Housing Survey and the real estate bear market
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BBC:
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Discussion: Guardian and FP Passport
Edward L. Glaeser / Economix:
Why Your House's Value (Probably) Won't Rise
Bonnie Lowenthal / Los Angeles Times:
‘Cure’ gays? No, fix the law
Discussion: Think Progress
Gabriel Malor / minx.cc:
Obama Was Not Briefed on Nuclear-Defense Plans Until “Some Months” In Office
Discussion: The Jawa Report
 Earlier Items: 
Howie Klein / The Huffington Post:
Blogger Tim Russo Is Running For Office In Cleveland— And He Has Nothing To Hide
Discussion: RedState
Shelby Grad / L.A. NOW:
Majority in California support gay marriage, Times/USC poll finds
Discussion: The Daily Dish, Advocate and LAist
Wall Street Journal:
Greek Bond Yields Soar to 7.1%
Washington Post / Ezra Klein:
What are you worth to your bank?
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
FOX6Now.com, Milwaukee:
Poll shows Thompson would beat Feingold should he enter Senate race
Discussion: msnbc.com
Mark Thoma / Economist's View:
Giving Up on Policymakers  —  I've been pushing hard for more help …
Discussion: Eschaton and Grasping Reality …
Robert Weisman / Boston Globe:
Health insurers sue to raise rates