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8:55 AM ET, April 8, 2010

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ABCNEWS:
Air Marshals Stop Alleged ‘Shoe Bomb’ Attempt On United Jet to Denver  —  Qatari Diplomat In Custody After Attempting to ‘Light Up’ His Shoes  —  Federal air marshals subdued a man who authorities say attempted to “light his shoes on fire” on a United flight from Washington Reagan to Denver Wednesday night …
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Gabriel Malor / Ace of Spades HQ:
MISUNDERSTANDING?  —  ABOVE THE POST UPDATE: According to CNN, another diplomat is saying that this is a misunderstanding.  The story is that the man was smoking in the lavatory and when challenged by an air marshal, he mouthed off sarcastically “I was trying to light my shoes on fire.”
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Latest  —  Okay, this story has moved pretty rapidly.  It was initially reported as an attempted shoe bombing.  Next the idea was that it was what can only be called a very ill-considered joke on the part of the man taken into custody.  Now it seems the guy in question was smoking …
msnbc.com:
NBC: Passenger subdued aboard United jet  —  Air marshal smelled smoke on flight from D.C. to Denver; jet lands safely  —  A passenger was subdued by a federal air marshal during an incident aboard an airliner flying from Washington to Denver on Wednesday night, sources told NBC News.
Discussion: Associated Press and The Agonist
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Breaking: Attempted terror attack on U.S. flight thwarted?  Update: Misunderstanding?  —  All I've got so far is Twitter reports from CNN and NBC (via Breaking News) reporting that a guy tried to detonate explosives by lighting a fuse in his shoes on a flight from D.C. to Denver.
Fox News:
Qatar Diplomat Arrested After Disturbance on United Flight
Discussion: Power Line
Anahad O'Connor / New York Times:   Air Marshals Intervene in Incident on Plane
BBC:   Diplomat sparks jet bomb scare
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
McDonnell apologizes  —  After a defensive first reaction, Bob McDonnell realizes that there's little upside to this fight for him:  —  The proclamation issued by this Office designating April as Confederate History Month contained a major omission.  The failure to include any reference …
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Sister Toldjah:
Quote of the day  —  On post-Civil Rights era racism in the North and South: … - baldilocks, in a discussion that stemmed from Ed Morrissey's post on VA Gov. Bob McDonnell's major “Confederate History Month” blunder, a post with which I mostly concur - except for the part about not understanding …
Rachel Slajda / TPM LiveWire:
Apologetic McDonnell Adds Slavery Clause To ‘Confederate History Month’ Proclamation
Gail Collins / New York Times:
A Confederacy of Dunces  —  April is the cruelest month.
Discussion: driftglass
Peter Baker / New York Times:
U.S. and Russia Sign Nuclear Arms Pact  —  PRAGUE — With flourish and fanfare, President Obama and President Dmitri A. Medvedev of Russia signed a nuclear arms control treaty on Thursday and opened what they hoped would be a new era in the tumultuous relationship between two former cold war adversaries.
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Carol E. Lee / The Politico:   Obama, Medvedev sign START treaty
Nikolai Patrushev / The Politico:
New era for Russia-U.S. relations
Discussion: The Swamp
Associated Press:
Nearly half of US households escape fed income tax  —  Recession, new tax credits have nearly half of US households paying no federal income tax  —  FILE - In this April 5, 2010 file photo, Internal Revenue Service Commissioner Douglas Shulman gestures while speaking at the National Press Club in Washington.
Bill Pennington / New York Times:
Augusta's Chairman Rebukes Woods  —  AUGUSTA, Ga. — The annual Masters address by the chairman of the Augusta National Golf Club is usually a routine, even humdrum, affair.  The principal topic of conversation is often the speed of the greens, and the closest thing to controversy …
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Thomas Boswell / Washington Post:
A Masters win would be too much too soon for Tiger Woods  —  AUGUSTA, GA. If Tiger Woods wins the Masters on Sunday after all the damage he's done to golf, I plan to rob a bank on Monday; maybe then I'll win a Pulitzer Prize.  —  Sin big and win big.  Why don't most of us ever think of that strategy?
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Palin, Bachmann enthrall Minn. rally  —  Two of the conservative movement's biggest stars, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.), lavished praise on each other Wednesday at a boisterous rally held at the Minneapolis Convention Center.
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Peter Slevin / Washington Post:
Two Republican stars — Palin and Bachmann — align for first time
Peter Elkind / Fortune:
What now for Eliot Spitzer?  —  (Fortune) — Fortune editor at large Peter Elkind spent almost two years working on his new book, Rough Justice: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer, due out from Portfolio April 20.  An exclusive excerpt of the book will appear in the next issue of Fortune and on Fortune.com.
Discussion: The Fix and The Atlantic Online
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BBC:
Kyrgyz opposition claims control  —  Violence on the streets of Bishkek as protesters and police clash  —  The opposition in Kyrgyzstan says it is setting up a “people's government” after deadly clashes left some 65 dead.  —  Ex-Foreign Minister Roza Otunbayeva told the BBC that new defence and interior ministers had been appointed.
Discussion: AMERICAblog News and Truthdig
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Matt Cover / CNSNews:
Rep. Wasserman Schultz Insists Health Care Law Doesn't Require Individuals to Buy Insurance  —  (CNSNews.com) - Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D.-Fla.) is insisting that the new health care law she voted for last month does not mandate that individuals buy health insurance, despite language in the law that plainly says otherwise.
Keith Bradsher / New York Times:
China Is Reportedly Set to Revise Currency Policy  —  HONG KONG — The Chinese government is set to announce a revision of its currency policy in the coming days that will allow greater variation in the value of its currency combined with a small but immediate jump in its value against the dollar …
Discussion: Daniel W. Drezner
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Voters Issue Strong Rebuke of Incumbents in Congress  —  Fewer than half (49%) would re-elect own member, 28% for most members  —  PRINCETON, NJ — A record-low percentage of U.S. voters — 28% — say most members of Congress deserve to be re-elected.  The previous low was 29% in October 1992.
Devlin Barrett / Associated Press:
AP sources: FBI arrests man for threatening Pelosi  —  WASHINGTON — The FBI arrested a northern California man Wednesday for allegedly making threatening phone calls to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi over health care reform, law enforcement officials told The Associated Press.
David Freddoso / Washington Examiner:
Five things we learned about Obamacare after it passed  —  “[W]e have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it, away from the fog of the controversy.”  —  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., famously said that about President Obama's health care reform package.  She was right.
Discussion: Betsy's Page
Anne Schroeder Mullins / The Politico:
STORMY STUNT IRKS GOP  —  Stormy Daniels and her team may not have come to a conclusion about her Senate candidacy over the past few months (and we'd be surprised if they ever do!), but she's nonetheless managed to be a thorn in the side of Louisiana Republicans.
Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
Internal grumbling over Republican healthcare message intensifies  —  Republican leaders on Capitol Hill are facing a mini-rebellion against their message on healthcare reform.  —  Every GOP lawmaker rejected the Democrats' bill last month, but the party is now split on whether to call for a full repeal of the new law.
 
 
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