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3:55 PM ET, April 7, 2010

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Washington Post:
McDonnell's Confederate History Month proclamation irks civil rights leaders  —  RICHMOND — Gov. Robert F. McDonnell, reviving a controversy that had been dormant for eight years, has declared that April will be Confederate History Month in Virginia, a move that angered civil rights leaders Tuesday …
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Ta-Nehisi Coates / The Atlantic Online:
Proud Of Being Ignorant  —  A lot of you have e-mailed me to note that Virginia governor Bob McDonnell has decided to honor those who fought to preserve, and extend, white supremacy.  I don't really have much to say.  The GOP is, effectively, the party of willfully unlettered Utopians.
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
McDonnell Says Slavery Wasn't a “Significant” Part of Confederate Virginia; Virginia Secessionists Disagree  —  Bob McDonnell explains why his proclamation about the glories of a short-lived herrenvolk republic founded on the principle of chattel slavery didn't mention the word “slavery.”
Paul / Power Line:
The wrong proclamation in Virginia  —  Virginia Gov. Robert McDonnell has declared April to be Confederate History Month in Virginia.  He will thus issue a proclamation honoring soldiers who fought for the South in the Civil War.  —  So far, so good.  McDonnell's two Democratic predecessors refused …
Discussion: The Daily Dish
Washington Post:
Gov. McDonnell's airbrushing of Virginia history
CNN:
Reporter's notebook: What really happens at Tea Party rallies  —  (CNN) — When it comes to the Tea Party movement, the stereotypes don't tell the whole story.  —  Here's what you often see in the coverage of Tea Party rallies: offensive posters blasting President Obama and Democratic leaders …
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Valerie Bauman / Associated Press:
Black conservative tea party backers take heat
David Weigel / Right Now:
CNN salutes the ‘colorful smiles’ of the tea parties
Discussion: Accuracy in Media
Michelle Malkin:
Desperate CNN: Hey, those Tea Party nuts aren't so bad after all.
Discussion: Right Now
Mark Murray / msnbc.com:
FIRST THOUGHTS: THE GOP'S VOID  —  The GOP's leadership void... The hits keep on coming for Steele, though the RNC reported raising $11.4 million in March... But that is less than the $13 million-plus the DNC is reporting... Is Bart Stupak going to call it quits?... Obama heads to Prague this evening …
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Alex Pappas / The Daily Caller:
Former RNC official: Steele struck a deal with Michigan GOP to increase fundraising numbers, possibly to circumvent federal funding limits  —  Into the RNC coffers, and back out again.  —  The Republican National Committee at the end of last year struck a deal with the Michigan Republican Party …
Byron York / Beltway Confidential:
Fear and loathing in the RNC
Scott Shane / New York Times:
U.S. Approves Targeted Killing of American Cleric  —  WASHINGTON — The Obama administration has taken the extraordinary step of authorizing the targeted killing of an American citizen, the radical Muslim cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, who is believed to have shifted from encouraging attacks …
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David Ignatius / Washington Post:
Obama weighs new peace plan for the Middle East  —  Despite recent turbulence in U.S. relations with Israel, President Obama is “seriously considering” proposing an American peace plan to resolve the Palestinian conflict, according to two top administration officials.
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Elliott Abrams / Weekly Standard:
Terms of Endearment  —  “Obama to Impose Terms on Israel” …
Discussion: Laura Rozen's Blog and Commentary
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
For the wealthy, less in taxes is not always more  —  You thought only conservatives got mad about taxes?  —  Tea partiers, eat your hearts out: A group of liberals got together Tuesday and proved that they, too, can have a tax rebellion.  But theirs is a little bit different: They want to pay more taxes.
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Richard Wolf / USA Today:
Upper-income people would lose tax cuts in Obama plan
Discussion: Washington Post and WILLisms.com
Margaret Talev / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Health care overhaul spawns mass confusion for public  —  WASHINGTON — Two weeks after President Barack Obama signed the big health care overhaul into law, Americans are struggling to understand how — and when — the sweeping measure will affect them.  —  Questions reflecting confusion …
Dick Morris / The Hill:
GOP will win House, Senate  —  Stanley Greenberg and James Carville claim that the Republican Party has peaked too soon.  —  Stanley Greenberg and James Carville claim that the Republican Party has peaked too soon.  Incredibly, Greenberg says that “when we look back on this, we're going to say Massachusetts is when 1994 happened.”
Clifford J. Levy / New York Times:
Opposition Claims Control in Kyrgyzstan  —  MOSCOW — Large-scale protests appear to have overthrown the government of Kyrgyzstan, an important American ally in Central Asia, after violence between riot police officers and opposition demonstrators on Thursday killed at least 17 people.
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
Economic Scene: To Cut Health Costs, U.S. Needs to Learn to Say No  —  How can we learn to say no?  —  The federal government is now starting to build the institutions that will try to reduce the soaring growth of health care costs.  There will be a group to compare the effectiveness …
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Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:   NYT: O-Care is really No-Care
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Specter claims Reid deal for Judiciary chair  —  Sen. Arlen Specter says he has an agreement with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to become the next chairman of the Judiciary Committee, but three senior Democrats are blocking the deal.  —  Specter (D-Pa.) has worked diligently behind …
Rasmussen Reports:
55% Say Media Bias Bigger Problem in Politics Than Big Contributions  —  Voters agree that big money talks in politics but apparently not as loudly as big media.  —  Fifty-five percent (55%) of U.S. voters continue to think that media bias is a bigger problem in politics today …
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Parties Even in Congressional Midterm Preferences  —  Rise in voter enthusiasm after passage of healthcare has since steadied  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Gallup Daily tracking for the week ending April 4 finds the two major parties tied at 46% in the congressional voting preferences of registered voters nationally.
FIRE:
New Duke Policy Renders Students Unwitting Rapists; Removes Protections for Those Accused of Sexual Misconduct  —  Duke University has instituted a new “sexual misconduct” policy that can render a student guilty of non-consensual sex simply because he or she is considered “powerful” on campus.
Nina Totenberg / NPR:
Supreme Court May Soon Lack Protestant Justices  —  text sizeAAA  —  With U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens talking openly about retirement, attention has focused on the “who” — as in who is on President Obama's short list of potential nominees.
Pascal Fletcher / Reuters:
Florida says challenge to healthcare reform widens  —  (Reuters) - Five more states are joining a Florida-led group of states in a lawsuit challenging President Barack Obama's overhaul of the U.S. healthcare system, Florida's attorney general said on Wednesday.
Discussion: Hot Air and NewsReal Blog
David Boaz / Reason:
Up from Slavery  —  There's no such thing as a golden age of lost liberty  —  For many libertarians, “the road to serfdom” is not just the title of a great book but also the window through which they see the world.  We're losing our freedom, year after year, they think.
Forbes:
Obama Can't Handle Immigration Reform  —  The leading proposal will curtail liberties without making life better for immigrants.  —  America's immigration system is badly broken and in desperate need of fixing.  And that is precisely why President Barack Obama should not be allowed to touch it.
Discussion: Hit & Run
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
‘Riot Is the Voice of the Unheard’  —  Tea-party foe Maxine Waters once made excuses for real political violence.  —  “The Tea Party emerges as not only outrageous, but they have turned up the volume in ways that even Code Pink have not been able to do,” Rep. Maxine Waters said the other day on MSNBC.
Ali Akbar Dareini / Associated Press:
Iran ridicules Obama's “cowboy” nuclear strategy  —  TEHRAN, Iran - Iran's hard-line president on Wednesday ridiculed President Barack Obama's new nuclear strategy, which turns the U.S. focus away from the Cold War threats and instead aims to stop the spread of atomic weapons to rogue states or terrorists.
Mike Madden / Salon:
Tim Pawlenty joins the Bachmann-Palin Express  —  The Minnesota governor helps out with a Minneapolis rally Wednesday — and might help his 2012 campaign, too  —  Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., speaks at a healthcare rally on Capitol Hill in Washington in March.
JSOnline:
Juneau County DA warns districts on sex ed law  —  Teaching curriculum could lead to criminal charges against teachers, he writes  —  By Patrick Marley of the Journal Sentinel  —  Madison — A district attorney is telling Juneau County schools to abandon their sex education courses …
Southern Political Report:
Oxendine still leads pack in Georgia GOP governor's race  —  Georgia state Insurance Commissioner John Oxendine continues to outpace the pack in his bid to win the Republican primary for governor.  Here are the results from the poll, which was conducted by InsiderAdvantage for WSB-TV/Atlanta:
Discussion: Politics Daily
 
 
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