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9:15 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 …
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 …
Washington Post:
RNC Chief of Staff Ken McKay resigns
Kenneth P. Vogel / The Politico:
Young Eagles: Life in the fast lane
Discussion: Gawker and Talking Points Memo
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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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.
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,” …
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 …
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
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Lawrence Messina / Associated Press:
25 dead in W.Va. mine blast, worst since 1984  —  MONTCOAL, W.Va. - Rescue teams planned to search again for four workers missing in a coal mine where a massive explosion killed 25 in the worst U.S. mining disaster in more than two decades, though officials said Tuesday that the chances were slim that the miners survived.
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 …
Discussion: Guardian
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 …
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Poll news for Nevada's Democrat Harry Reid: 62% there don't like incumbents or the healthcare bill  —  A new state poll of Nevadans out Monday from Rasmussen Reports confirms what has become increasingly clear in recent weeks: American voters are angry about numerous things and their prime targets of opportunity in 2010 are incumbents.
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Reid mocks Palin during speech
Discussion: The Hill
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
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Rigid Filing Deadlines Strike Disabled Veterans' Claims  —  Three years ago, the Supreme Court said there are some filing deadlines so rigid that no excuse for missing them counts, even if the tardiness was caused by erroneous instructions from a federal judge.
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James Richardson / Skepticians:
The Bipartisanship Washington Needs
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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 …
Arizona Republic:
Dan Quayle seeks GOP convention for Phoenix  —  Former Vice President Dan Quayle has been putting his political connections to work on behalf of Phoenix's bid to secure the 2012 Republican National Convention.  —  Quayle, who lives in Paradise Valley and whose son Ben is running for Congress in Arizona …
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John / Power Line:
Several Doses of Pessimism  —  If you need cheering up, read no further.  Here are a couple of pessimistic evaluations of recent events.  First, Frank Gaffney asks Who Lost Iraq? … Jonathan Spyer, meanwhile, observes the Druse and draws sad but logical conclusions.
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Potheads to Palin: Join us  —  You know what?  That's a hell of an idea. … She can't do it if she's running in 2012.  Conservative Republicans, i.e. her base, oppose legalization 20/77; a bold stroke on this front would scare a bunch of them into Huckabee's camp.
Discussion: The Politico and GOP 12
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.
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 …
Veronique de Rugy / Mercatus Site Feed:
Foreign Ownership of U.S. Debt Continues to Grow  —  Using data from the Department of Treasury's Financial Statement of the United States, this chart shows the United States debt held by the public from 2000 to 2009.  These holdings have been divided into debt held by domestic investors and foreign investors.
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 …
Discussion: MyDD and The Page
 
 
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