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9:40 PM ET, April 6, 2010

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Mike Carter / Seattle Times:
Yakima County man charged with threatening to kill Sen. Patty Murray  —  A 64-year-old Yakima County man has been charged with threatening to kill U.S. Sen. Patty Murray over her support of the National Health Care Reform Act.  —  The FBI and local police arrested Charles Alan Wilson at his Selah home early Tuesday.
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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.
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:   MAN THREATENING SEN. MURRAY TAKEN INTO CUSTODY.... After excessive …
Eric Zimmermann / The Hill:
Man arrested for death threat on Sen. Murray
Discussion: AMERICAblog News
CNN:
Man arrested, accused of death threats against U.S. senator
Discussion: Associated Press
Jake Sherman / The Politico:   Man arrested for Murray death threats
Scott Sunde / seattlepi.com:
Prosecutors: Enraged by health reform, man threatens to kill Murray
Domenico Montanaro / msnbc.com:
MAN ARRESTED OVER THREATS TO KILL SENATOR
Discussion: Indecision Forever
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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Wall Street Journal:
Court Deals Blow to FCC, ‘Net Neutrality’
Discussion: Corrente
Cecilia Kang / Washington Post:
FCC loses Comcast challenge
Discussion: The Huffington Post
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
Discussion: CBS News and Politics Daily
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 …
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.
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Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
McDonnell Moving Virginia Backwards, Celebrating Slavery and Rebellion  —  Anita Kumar and Rosalind Helderman report that Virginia is once again a red state: … It's important to note that this isn't simply someone going along with a longstanding abhorrent bit of symbolism that's traditional in his state.
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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Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
White House helps keep GOP chairman Michael Steele in the spotlight
Discussion: CNN
CNN:
Top GOP strategist calls for Steele to step down
Discussion: The Note
Anne Schroeder Mullins / The Politico:
STORMY DANIELS SWITCHES TEAMS  —  Stormy Daniels, the former porn star who has been debating whether to run for Senate in Louisiana for what seems like decades, says she'll make her decision April 15.  More important, she announced Tuesday that if she does run — because apparently …
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Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. / The Jawa Report:
Case Closed: Weapons Clearly Seen on Video of Reuters Reporters Killed in Iraq (UPDATED & Bumped Yet Again)  —  ***************Scroll down for newer posts**************  —  If the vidcaps showing weapons at the scene of the alleged “murder” of “civilians” in Iraq weren't enough to convince you …
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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
Noel Sheppard / NewsBusters.org:
Rudy Giuliani and Joe Scarborough Humiliate Arianna Huffington  —  Arianna Huffington stuck her foot in her mouth during Tuesday's “Morning Joe” on MSNBC, and ended up being totally humiliated by host Joe Scarborough and guests Rudy Giuliani and Mort Zuckerman.
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Robert Costa / The Corner on National Review Online:
Giuliani: An ‘Inept’ President's ‘Left-Wing Dream’ — By: Robert Costa
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.
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.
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.
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 …
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’
Sean Carroll / WHAM-TV:
NY-29: Dems Pick Zeller as Candidate  —  Multiple Democratic sources now confirm that party chairs decided Monday night that Matthew Zeller is their candidate should a special election to replace Rep. Eric Massa take place.  —  The other leading Democrat remaining in the conversation was David Nachbar of Pittsford.
Washington Wire:
Alan Simpson Blasts Antitax Critics  —  Former Sen. Alan Simpson is none too pleased with conservatives who say he lacks sufficient antitax fervor.  —  “I got the best damn record on no taxes of any son-of-a-bitch in the Senate,” says the blunt-speaking Wyoming Republican …
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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Jason Hancock / Iowa Independent:
Poll: Forty-two percent say Grassley should be re-elected
Discussion: MyDD and msnbc.com
Adam Entous / Reuters:
U.S. targets American-born cleric in Yemen: officials
Discussion: The Jawa Report
Mary C. Gordon / The Huffington Post:
Why I Stay: A Parable From A Progressive Catholic
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Rand Paul and the Washington “machine”
Discussion: GOP 12
Wall Street Journal:
The Pope and the New York Times
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Jonah Goldberg / USA Today:
How much taxation is enough?  —  ‘Tea Partiers’ understand …
BBC:
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Discussion: Guardian and FP Passport
 Earlier Items: 
Edward L. Glaeser / Economix:
Why Your House's Value (Probably) Won't Rise
Washington Post / Ezra Klein:
What are you worth to your bank?
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
Reliable Source:
White House Correspondents' dinner just got harder for party crashers
Discussion: Ill Communication
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Five stumbling blocks that could wipe out many Democrats this November
Discussion: NRSC