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8:05 PM ET, April 6, 2010

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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:
GOP senator defends Pelosi, takes jab at Fox  —  Conservative GOP Sen. Tom Coburn defended Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and criticized Fox News in audio released Tuesday.  —  Coburn (Okla.) spoke at a recent town hall meeting that was taped by KGOU Radio.
Discussion: Politics Daily
Edward Wyatt / New York Times:
Court Rules Against F.C.C. in ‘Net Neutrality’ Case  —  WASHINGTON — A federal appeals court on Tuesday dealt a sharp blow to the efforts of the Federal Communications Commission to set the rules of the road for the Internet, ruling that the agency lacks the authority to require broadband providers …
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Wall Street Journal:
Court Deals Blow to FCC, ‘Net Neutrality’
Discussion: Corrente
Cecilia Kang / Washington Post:
FCC loses Comcast challenge
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Gene Johnson / seattlepi.com:
Wash. man charged with threatening Sen. Murray  —  SEATTLE — A Washington state man has been charged with threatening to kill Democratic Washington Sen. Patty Murray over her support for health care reform.  —  Court documents say federal agents arrested Charles Alan Wilson in Yakima on Tuesday.
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Mike Carter / Seattle Times:
Yakima County man charged with threatening to kill Sen. Patty Murray  —  A 64-year-old Yakima County man has been charged with threatening to kill U.S. Sen. Patty Murray over her support of the National Health Care Reform Act.  —  The FBI and local police arrested Charles Alan Wilson at his Selah home early Tuesday.
Scott Sunde / seattlepi.com:
Prosecutors: Enraged by health reform, man threatens to kill Murray  —  A central Washington man was so enraged by the passage of federal health care reform that he threatened to kill U.S. Sen. Patty Murray, prosecutors charged Tuesday.  —  “I want to .... kill you,” court documents …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:   MAN THREATENING SEN. MURRAY TAKEN INTO CUSTODY.... After excessive …
Eric Zimmermann / The Hill:
Man arrested for death threat on Sen. Murray
Discussion: AMERICAblog News
Domenico Montanaro / msnbc.com:
MAN ARRESTED OVER THREATS TO KILL SENATOR
Discussion: Indecision Forever
John McWhorter / The New Republic:
What Does Palinspeak Mean?  —  Why does Sarah Palin talk the way she does?  Just what is this sort of thing below? … Just forty years ago people would be shocked to read something like this as a public statement from someone even pretending, as Palin pretty much had to have been by the time of this quote …
Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. / The Jawa Report:
Case Closed: Weapons Clearly Seen on Video of Reuters Reporters Killed in Iraq (UPDATED & Bumped Yet Again)  —  ***************Scroll down for newer posts**************  —  If the vidcaps showing weapons at the scene of the alleged “murder” of “civilians” in Iraq weren't enough to convince you …
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Hotline On Call:
RNC Committeeman Quits, Slams Steele  —  NH RNC member Sean Mahoney resigned his post today, taking aim at chairman Michael Steele in a strongly-worded protest letter over the committee's profligate spending.  —  “Not only has the out-of-touch, free-spending culture of Washington come …
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Associated Press:
Gingrich tells GOP: Back off RNC's Michael Steele
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Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
McDonnell Moving Virginia Backwards, Celebrating Slavery and Rebellion  —  Anita Kumar and Rosalind Helderman report that Virginia is once again a red state: … It's important to note that this isn't simply someone going along with a longstanding abhorrent bit of symbolism that's traditional in his state.
Discussion: Grasping Reality …
Karoli / Crooks and Liars:
Massey Energy & Don Blankenship: Million-dollar Tea Party sponsors  —  Meet Don Blankenship, CEO of Massey Energy Company.  Blankenship is also on the Board of Directors of the US Chamber of Commerce.  In this speech above, he denies climate change, derisively refers to Speaker Pelosi …
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Ian Urbina / New York Times:
Death Toll Hits 25 in West Virginia Coal Mine Blast
Noel Sheppard / NewsBusters.org:
Rudy Giuliani and Joe Scarborough Humiliate Arianna Huffington  —  Arianna Huffington stuck her foot in her mouth during Tuesday's “Morning Joe” on MSNBC, and ended up being totally humiliated by host Joe Scarborough and guests Rudy Giuliani and Mort Zuckerman.
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Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Kirk moves ahead  —  The last two months have not been good for Alexi Giannoulias, and Mark Kirk now leads him 37-33 in his bid to be the next Senator from Illinois.  —  A PPP survey taken a week and a half before the primary found Giannoulias up 42-34 on Kirk.
Joshua Green / The Atlantic Online:
Yes, Larry Summers is Leaving  —  One angle in my recent profile of Tim Geithner concerned his relationship with Larry Summers, his former mentor and the director of the National Economic Council.  I contend that Geithner, not Summers, has emerged as Obama's key adviser on financial matters, and that Summers isn't happy about it.
Anne Schroeder Mullins / The Politico:
STORMY DANIELS SWITCHES TEAMS  —  Stormy Daniels, the former porn star who has been debating whether to run for Senate in Louisiana for what seems like decades, says she'll make her decision April 15.  More important, she announced Tuesday that if she does run — because apparently …
Discussion: Mediaite, Hot Air and CNN
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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 …
Fox News:
Reid: I'm Doing ‘Fine’ in Polls, Country's Skepticism Over Health Care Bill Has Changed  —  This is a rush transcript from “On the Record,” April 5, 2010.  This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.  —  GRETA VAN SUSTEREN, FOX NEWS HOST: Now, the most powerful United States senator goes …
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Eric Zimmermann / The Hill:
Reid: ‘We changed America forever’
msnbc.com:
Ex-U.N. envoy: Karzai may have drug problem  —  Peter Galbraith questions Afghan leader's mental stability  —  NEW YORK - A former U.N envoy to Afghanistan on Tuesday questioned the “mental stability” of Hamid Karzai and suggested the Afghan president may be using drugs.
Discussion: Laura Rozen's Blog
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.
Felix Salmon:
The National Housing Survey and the real estate bear market  —  There's a huge amount of information in Fannie Mae's National Housing Survey; I'd recommend downloading the full 117-page presentation here.  It confirms what I've been hearing anecdotally: that people still believe in housing as an investment …
BBC:
No points for guessing which game has some controversial new rules  —  The rules of word game Scrabble are being changed for the first time in its history to allow the use of proper nouns, games company Mattel has said.  —  Place names, people's names and company names or brands will now count.
Discussion: Guardian, FP Passport and This Just In
Ben Armbruster / Think Progress:
ExxonMobil paid no federal income tax in 2009.  (Updated)  —  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.
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
Wall Street Journal:
The Pope and the New York Times  —  Cardinal Ratzinger did more than anyone to hold abusers accountable.  —  Unlike the Roman papacy, in certain circles the New York Times still enjoys the presumption of authority.  So when the front page carries a story headlined “Vatican Declined …
Discussion: LewRockwell.com Blog
 
 
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Jason Hancock / Iowa Independent:
Poll: Forty-two percent say Grassley should be re-elected
Discussion: MyDD and msnbc.com
Jon Walker / Firedoglake:
The Upcoming Budget Resolution: What Reconciliation Instructions Might It Contain?
Discussion: Open Congress
Mary C. Gordon / The Huffington Post:
Why I Stay: A Parable From A Progressive Catholic
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Rand Paul and the Washington “machine”
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Overhead Wires for DC!
Jay Yarow / Silicon Alley Insider:
Wired's Steven Levy Says Dan Lyons Is Making Things Up About Him …
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Jonah Goldberg / USA Today:
How much taxation is enough?  —  ‘Tea Partiers’ understand …
Discussion: FiveThirtyEight
Edward L. Glaeser / Economix:
Why Your House's Value (Probably) Won't Rise
 Earlier Items: 
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Wasserman Schultz holds town hall amid threats
Discussion: CNN, The Juice and Riehl World View
Jamison Foser / Media Matters for America:
Liberals not invited to Washington Post Q&A sessions
Howie Klein / The Huffington Post:
Blogger Tim Russo Is Running For Office In Cleveland— And He Has Nothing To Hide
Discussion: RedState and NewsBusters.org
Washington Post / Ezra Klein:
What are you worth to your bank?
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Five stumbling blocks that could wipe out many Democrats this November
Discussion: NRSC