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3:35 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 …
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.
Laura Conaway / The Rachel Maddow Show:
Wikileaks posts combat video from Iraq showing civilian casualties
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
RNC loses top fundraiser  —  In another serious blow to the Republican National Committee, one of its top fundraisers — and its few remaining connections to the traditional GOP donor base — has resigned a senior, unpaid position.  —  Former Ambassador Sam Fox, a top supporter of George W. Bush …
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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 …
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Shakeup: RNC Chief of Staff resigns  —  Republican National Committee Chief of Staff Ken McKay resigned Monday, becoming the highest-ranking official to depart the committee after revelations that the national party spent nearly $2,000 at California sex club.
Reid Wilson / Hotline On Call:
RNC Chief of Staff Quits
Discussion: The Eye and TPMDC
Sam Youngman / The Hill:
Gibbs: Steele remark is ‘silly’
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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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.
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:   Reid mocks Palin during speech
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
‘I NEVER CONSIDERED MYSELF A MAVERICK’.... To say that Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) built his most recent persona — the latest in a series — around the notion of being a “maverick” would be a dramatic understatement.  The “m” word was practically a verbal tick for McCain — he'd use it constantly …
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Andy Barr / The Politico:
Hayworth ribs ‘nonmaverick’ McCain
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 …
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The Politico:
Obama throws the opening pitch
Ken Ward Jr / Charleston Gazette:
Click now to learn about School Closings or Delays.  —  Seven dead, 19 missing in Raleigh mine blast  —  Emergency vehicles leave the entrance to Massey Energy's Upper Big Branch coal mine on Monday.  —  By Kathryn Gregory  —  Advertiser  —  MONTCOAL, W.Va. — Seven miners were killed …
Discussion: Coal Tattoo and Firedoglake
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James Richardson / Skepticians:
The Bipartisanship Washington Needs  —  After watching with disgust and bluster the party-line passage of President Barack Obama's health care overhaul, Americans are wont for substantive bipartisan cooperation.  And around what better cause can Washington unite a fractured nation than by excising …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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Adam Liptak / New York Times:   Rigid Filing Deadlines Strike Disabled Veterans' Claims
J. Patrick Coolican / Las Vegas Sun:
Deconstructing the facade of John Ensign  —  Revelations on long history of arrogance expose a persona loyal only to John Ensign  —  Last summer, Sen. John Ensign was with his wife, Darlene, at Palace Station for a meeting of Nevada Republican women.  —  It was a somewhat awkward venue …
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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 …
U.S. Department of Transportation:
Secretary LaHood Announces DOT is Seeking Maximum Civil Penalty from Toyota  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood today announced that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is seeking the maximum civil penalty of $16.375 million …
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Micheline Maynard / New York Times:
U.S. to Seek $16.4 Million Fine Against Toyota
Discussion: The Page
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
Mark Schmitt / American Prospect:
Some of My Best Friends are Tea Partiers  —  Why some liberals can't seem to resist the new bad boys of American politics.  —  During the ugly late days of the debate on health reform, a minor skirmish broke out when a savvy journalist-of-the-right, David Weigel, got an organizer …
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Rasmussen Reports:
Tea Party 48% Obama 44%
Traditional Values Coalition:
Children Targeted in 38 States  —  ENDA - aptly described as the “cross-dressing teacher's bill” - will force every American public school to hire men who dress like women as teachers.  —  Currently, 38 states do not consider men dressed as women (cross-dressing heterosexual men …
 
 
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Nia-Malika Henderson / The Politico:
Easter at Allen Chapel for first family
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Associated Press:
Saudi cleric plans Jerusalem trip to bolster Muslim claims to city
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
The coming primary-care physician shortage under ObamaCare
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The Poisonous Politics of Self-Esteem
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