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9:50 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 …
Washington Post:
Obama to take middle course in new nuclear policy
Discussion: Erick's blog
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.
Laura Conaway / The Rachel Maddow Show:
Wikileaks posts combat video from Iraq showing civilian casualties
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 …
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Laura Myers / Las Vegas Review-Journal:
Reid kicks off re-election campaign in Searchlight  —  Senate majority leader kicks off campaign in Searchlight  —  SEARCHLIGHT — U.S. Sen. Harry Reid launched his re-election campaign Monday with a sentimental send-off from his hometown of Searchlight, cheered on by more than 100 close supporters.
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Reid mocks Palin during speech
Discussion: The Hill
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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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:
RNC chief of staff Ken McKay resigns
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Shakeup: RNC chief of staff resigns
Kenneth P. Vogel / The Politico:
Young Eagles: Life in the fast lane
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 …
Discussion: Bloomberg and The American Pundit
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: 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.
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
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 …
Robert H. Reid / Associated Press:
AP Analysis: Karzai remarks risk US-Afghan rift  —  KABUL — President Hamid Karzai's startling threat to join the Taliban if foreigners don't stop meddling in Afghanistan and his strident criticism of the West's role have worsened relations with Washington at a time when the U.S. military …
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.
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: Viking Pundit
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
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.
 
 
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Corey Lowenstein / Raleigh News & Observer:
They speak their minds and mind their manners
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Wall Street Journal:
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Guardian:
Brown to call election as Labour gains on Tories
Nick Wingfield / Wall Street Journal:
Microsoft to Unveil New Phones
Capitol Confidential / Big Government:
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Discussion: RedState
Traditional Values Coalition:
Children Targeted in 38 States
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Rigid Filing Deadlines Strike Disabled Veterans' Claims
Arizona Republic:
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Spiegel Online:
German Jihad Colonies Sprout Up in Waziristan
Discussion: Jihad Watch
Associated Press:
Saudi cleric plans Jerusalem trip to bolster Muslim claims to city
Robert Samuelson / Real Clear Politics:
The Poisonous Politics of Self-Esteem
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Priest Charged in U.S. Is Still Serving in India