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10:45 AM 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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The Note:
Nuclear Options: Steele, Palin Make GOP Headlines as Obama Seeks Middle Ground on Nukes  —  You don't always get to choose your leaders.  Sometimes, circumstances choose them — and then they choose you, again and again.  —  And so Michael Steele and Sarah Palin make more headlines this week …
Washington Post:
Obama to take middle course in new nuclear policy
Discussion: Erick's blog and The Foundry
Pamela Geller / Atlas Shrugs:
NObama's “Nuclear Posture Poser Review”: No Nukes, Even in Self …
Discussion: ATTACKERMAN
Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Keeps First-Strike Nuclear Strategy
John / Power Line:
A Dumb Policy on Nuclear Weapons: Does It Matter?
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?  —  Wikileaks released a video today of an engagement in Baghdad in 2007 that resulted in the deaths of two journalists from Reuters in an effort to accuse the US of covering up a war crime.  Calling the incident “collateral murder,” …
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.
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 …
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Pam Spaulding / Pam's House Blend:
‘Christianity’ in Mississippi: Constance McMillen & learning disabled students sent to fake prom  —  I think it's safe to say that if you're LGBT, the vast majority of people in Fulton, Mississippi think you're lower than dirt.  For young Itawamba Agricultural High School student Constance McMillen …
CNN:
25 killed in West Virginia mine blast  —  Montcoal, West Virginia (CNN) — The death toll from the massive explosion at a sprawling coal mine in West Virginia rose to 25 early Tuesday, making it the deadliest U.S. mining disaster in 25 years.  —  Crews halted their efforts …
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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 …
William Branigin / Washington Post:
25 dead in W.Va. mine blast, worst since 1984
Discussion: ABCNEWS
Lawrence Messina / Associated Press:
25 dead in W.Va. mine blast, worst since 1984
Washington Post:
RNC Chief of Staff Ken McKay resigns  —  The Republican National Committee's chief of staff resigned under pressure Monday, which Chairman Michael S. Steele described as an effort to reassure wavering donors in the wake of a controversy over its most recent expense accounting.
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Kenneth P. Vogel / The Politico:
Young Eagles: Life in the fast lane
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Republican National Committee rocked by resignations
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
RNC chief of staff Ken McKay resigns
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Reid mocks Palin during speech
Discussion: The Hill
Laura Myers / Las Vegas Review-Journal:
Reid kicks off re-election campaign in Searchlight
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 …
Discussion: Bloomberg and The American Pundit
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.
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 …
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: Politics Daily and Hot Air
New York Times:
A Congressional Panel, Hobbled in Its Financial Inquiry  —  WASHINGTON — The panel established by Congress to investigate the causes of the financial crisis has been hobbled by delays and internal disagreements and a lack of focus, according to interviews with a majority of its members and government officials briefed on its work.
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 …
New York Times:
Researchers Trace Data Theft to Intruders in China  —  TORONTO — Turning the tables on a China-based computer espionage gang, Canadian and United States computer security researchers have monitored a spying operation for the past eight months, observing while the intruders pilfered classified …
Discussion: Guardian and Des Moines Register
 
 
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Robert Weisman / Boston Globe:
Health insurers sue to raise rates
Discussion: Viking Pundit
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Foreign Ownership of U.S. Debt Continues to Grow
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Capitol Confidential / Big Government:
Breaking - White House Deputy CTO McLaughlin's Google Buzz Account …
Discussion: RedState
Traditional Values Coalition:
Children Targeted in 38 States
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Rigid Filing Deadlines Strike Disabled Veterans' Claims
Spiegel Online:
German Jihad Colonies Sprout Up in Waziristan
Discussion: Jihad Watch
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Potheads to Palin: Join us
Discussion: The Politico and GOP 12
John / Power Line:
Several Doses of Pessimism
Associated Press:
Saudi cleric plans Jerusalem trip to bolster Muslim claims to city