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11:40 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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Washington Post:
Obama to take middle course in new nuclear policy  —  A year after his groundbreaking pledge to move toward a “world without nuclear weapons,” President Obama on Tuesday will unveil a policy that constrains the weapons' role but appears more cautious than what many supporters had hoped …
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 …
John / Power Line:
A Dumb Policy on Nuclear Weapons: Does It Matter?  —  Today President Obama announced a new strategic policy with regard to the use of nuclear weapons.  The New York Times reports: … On its face, that is unbelievably stupid.  A country attacks us with biological weapons …
Political Punch:
Obama Administration to Introduce New Nuclear Policy
Pamela Geller / Atlas Shrugs:
NObama's “Nuclear Posture Poser Review”: No Nukes, Even in Self …
Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Keeps First-Strike Nuclear Strategy
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 …
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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 …
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 …
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Obama pledges help for mine disaster
Discussion: D.C. Now
Jim Snyder / E2-Wire:
E2 Round-up: Feds to investigate worst mine disaster in two decades …
Ken Ward Jr / Coal Tattoo:
Rahall: ‘There will be accountability’
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
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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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,” …
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:   Coburn defends Pelosi, takes jab at Fox
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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Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Republican National Committee rocked by resignations
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.
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 …
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 …
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Toomey has small lead on Specter  —  More Pennsylvania voters are unhappy with Barack Obama's job performance than content with it, and that's a big part of why Pat Toomey currently holds a 46-43 lead over Arlen Specter in his bid to be the state's next Senator.
Discussion: Real Clear Politics
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 and FishBowlDC
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.
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.
Washington Post:
Obama to meet at the White House with black church leaders  —  President Obama will sit down Tuesday with about 20 black religious leaders, including representatives of the major African American denominations, in the second White House meeting in three months to discuss the needs of the black community.
Discussion: The Page
Robert Weisman / Boston Globe:
Health insurers sue to raise rates  —  Say state's veto will cause huge losses; Showdown near on regulatory power  —  A half-dozen health insurers yesterday filed a lawsuit against the state seeking to reverse last week's decision by the insurance commissioner to block double-digit premium increases …
Discussion: Hot Air and Viking Pundit
 
 
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