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5:55 PM ET, April 6, 2010

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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
Brian Montopoli / CBS News:
Tom Coburn Knocks Fox News, Says Nancy Pelosi is a “Nice Person”
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and Gawker
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 …
Cecilia Kang / Washington Post:
FCC loses Comcast challenge
Discussion: The Huffington Post
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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Robert Costa / The Corner on National Review Online:
Giuliani: An ‘Inept’ President's ‘Left-Wing Dream’ — By: Robert Costa
Discussion: Eunomia, Political Punch and GOP 12
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: Below The Beltway, Mediaite and Marbury
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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Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Massacre and Coverup in Iraq
Gene Johnson / seattlepi.com:
Wash. man charged with threatening Sen. Murray  —  SEATTLE — A Washington state man has been charged with threatening to kill Democratic Washington Sen. Patty Murray over her support for health care reform.  —  Court documents say federal agents arrested Charles Alan Wilson in Yakima on Tuesday.
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
MAN THREATENING SEN. MURRAY TAKEN INTO CUSTODY.... After excessive amounts of overheated rhetoric during the debate over health care reform, a few too many Democratic lawmakers faced threats from unhinged activists.  It's good to know law enforcement officials are taking these threats seriously …
Discussion: msnbc.com
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 …
Karoli / Crooks and Liars:
Massey Energy & Don Blankenship: Million-dollar Tea Party sponsors  —  Meet Don Blankenship, CEO of Massey Energy Company.  Blankenship is also on the Board of Directors of the US Chamber of Commerce.  In this speech above, he denies climate change, derisively refers to Speaker Pelosi …
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Ian Urbina / New York Times:
Death Toll Hits 25 in West Virginia Coal Mine Blast
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.
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 …
Anita Kumar / Virginia Politics Blog:
Despite previous governors' refusals, McDonnell issues Confederate history month proclamation  —  Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) has quietly declared April 2010 Confederate History Month, bringing back a designation in Virginia that his two Democratic predecessors — Mark Warner and Tim Kaine — refused to do.
Felix Salmon:
The National Housing Survey and the real estate bear market  —  There's a huge amount of information in Fannie Mae's National Housing Survey; I'd recommend downloading the full 117-page presentation here.  It confirms what I've been hearing anecdotally: that people still believe in housing as an investment …
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Fannie Mae News:
National Housing Survey
Fox News:
Reid: I'm Doing ‘Fine’ in Polls, Country's Skepticism Over Health Care Bill Has Changed  —  This is a rush transcript from “On the Record,” April 5, 2010.  This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.  —  GRETA VAN SUSTEREN, FOX NEWS HOST: Now, the most powerful United States senator goes …
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Eric Zimmermann / The Hill:
Reid: ‘We changed America forever’
Discussion: NRSC and Riehl World View
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.  (Updated)  —  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.
msnbc.com:
Ex-U.N. envoy: Karzai may have drug problem  —  Peter Galbraith questions Afghan leader's mental stability  —  NEW YORK - A former U.N envoy to Afghanistan on Tuesday questioned the “mental stability” of Hamid Karzai and suggested the Afghan president may be using drugs.
Joshua Green / The Atlantic Online:
Yes, Larry Summers is Leaving  —  One angle in my recent profile of Tim Geithner concerned his relationship with Larry Summers, his former mentor and the director of the National Economic Council.  I contend that Geithner, not Summers, has emerged as Obama's key adviser on financial matters, and that Summers isn't happy about it.
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 …
BBC:
No points for guessing which game has some controversial new rules  —  The rules of word game Scrabble are being changed for the first time in its history to allow the use of proper nouns, games company Mattel has said.  —  Place names, people's names and company names or brands will now count.
Discussion: Guardian and FP Passport
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
New Orleans.Com:
Stormy Daniels: I am a Republican  —  Former adult entertainment star Stormy Daniels released the following statement Tuesday, declaring her affiliation with the Republican Party.  This statement is believed to be setting up Daniels' bid for U.S. Senate, running against Senator David Vitter.
Adam Entous / Reuters:
U.S. targets American-born cleric in Yemen: officials  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Obama administration has authorized operations to capture or kill a U.S.-born Muslim cleric based in Yemen, who is described by a key lawmaker as Americas's top terrorist threat, officials said on Tuesday.
Discussion: The Jawa Report and TalkLeft
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 …
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Rand Paul and the Washington “machine”  —  Candidates from across the country are running against Washington these days but none so aggressively — or effectively — as ophthalmologist Rand Paul.  —  Paul's latest anti-Washington volley comes in the form of an ad portraying the nation's capitol …
Discussion: GOP 12
Jon Walker / Firedoglake:
The Upcoming Budget Resolution: What Reconciliation Instructions Might It Contain?  —  Normally, by this point in the year, Congress would have already began the process of marking up the 2011 budget resolution.  The process got pushed back due to the work on the new health care law …
Discussion: Open Congress
 
 
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Reid Wilson / Hotline On Call:
Assessing The RNC Fallout
Jonah Goldberg / USA Today:
How much taxation is enough?  —  ‘Tea Partiers’ understand …
Discussion: FiveThirtyEight
Edward L. Glaeser / Economix:
Why Your House's Value (Probably) Won't Rise
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Wasserman Schultz holds town hall amid threats
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Jamison Foser / Media Matters for America:
Liberals not invited to Washington Post Q&A sessions
Howie Klein / The Huffington Post:
Blogger Tim Russo Is Running For Office In Cleveland— And He Has Nothing To Hide
Discussion: RedState and NewsBusters.org
Washington Post / Ezra Klein:
What are you worth to your bank?
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Americans Prioritize Energy Over Environment for First Time