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12:40 PM 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
Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Keeps First-Strike Nuclear Strategy
Steve Schippert / Liberty Pundits dot net:
The Obama Nuclear Manifesto: Death of Clarity
Discussion: Power Line and Los Angeles Times
Pamela Geller / Atlas Shrugs:
NObama's “Nuclear Posture Poser Review”: No Nukes, Even in Self …
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  —  One of the Senate's most conservative members defended House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and criticized Fox News in audio released Tuesday.  —  Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) spoke at a recent town hall meeting that was taped by KGOU Radio.
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,” …
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Massacre and Coverup in Iraq
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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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 …
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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 …
Kenneth P. Vogel / The Politico:
Young Eagles: Life in the fast lane  —  The big fundraising event at the Philadelphia Phillies home opener is canceled.  So is the one at the steeplechase race in Virginia horse country and the weekend at the North Carolina paramilitary training compound.  No definite word on the professional …
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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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Five stumbling blocks that could wipe out Democrats in November  —  Democrats feel they have grabbed political momentum, but the party still faces several dangers that could wipe it out in November.  —  Democratic strategists and independent political experts identify roughly five stumbling blocks …
Discussion: NRSC
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
Shelby Grad / L.A. NOW:
Majority in California support gay marriage, Times/USC poll finds  —  Same-sex marriage got majority support in the latest Los Angeles Times/USC poll — much like a similar poll by the Public Policy Institute of California earlier this spring.  —  But does that mean that a measure to repeal Proposition 8 …
Discussion: The Daily Dish and LAist
William Hershey / Dayton Daily News:
Strickland to Kasich: release tax returns  —  Democratic Gov. Ted Strickland on Monday, April 5, called on his Republican opponent John Kasich to release copies of his federal income tax returns as Strickland has done in the past and plans to do again this month.  —  “He, for whatever reason, has chosen not to do so.
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
Clive Crook / The Atlantic Online:
Divided Government  —  In an exchange on the Brookings website, Jonathan Rauch makes the case for divided government, and in a characteristically crisp way: … Jonathan has advanced the merits of divided government before.  See “The curse of one-party government”.
Discussion: Grasping Reality …
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.
Melanie Trottman / Wall Street Journal:
White House Rouses Workers to Seek Wage Rights  —  The Labor Department is encouraging low-wage and immigrant workers to turn in employers who are shortchanging their pay, as part of an expanding effort to enforce wage and hour rules.  —  Labor Secretary Hilda Solis launched a campaign last week called …
Discussion: Ezra Klein
FOX6Now.com, Milwaukee:
Poll shows Thompson would beat Feingold should he enter Senate race  —  MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A new poll suggests that if Republican Tommy Thompson decides to get into the U.S. Senate race, he would defeat Democratic incumbent Russ Feingold.  —  The St. Norbert College Survey Center Poll …
Discussion: msnbc.com and NRSC
 
 
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Mark Thoma / Economist's View:
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Silla Brush / The Hill:
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Corey Lowenstein / Raleigh News & Observer:
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New York Times:
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