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9:55 AM ET, April 7, 2010


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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 …
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
On the edge: Clues to Steele's future  —  A week after revelations that the Republican National Committee reimbursed a fundraiser for expenses incurred at a sex-themed nightclub, the reverberations continue to shake the GOP.  —  The committee's chief of staff has been pushed …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Castellanos jumps ship  —  Another blow to Michael Steele: Alex Castellanos, whose presence as an unpaid adviser was meant to smooth the impression of chaos last time a senior aide quit, suggested on CNN just now that Steele should resign.  —  “Chairman Steele, I think …
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Daily Kos
Brody Mullins / Wall Street Journal:
Cash Scarcity Concerns GOP
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
White House helps keep GOP chairman Michael Steele in the spotlight
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog, CNN and The Note
Valerie Bauman / Associated Press:
Black conservative tea party backers take heat  —  ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - They've been called Oreos, traitors and Uncle Toms, and are used to having to defend their values.  Now black conservatives are really taking heat for their involvement in the mostly white tea party movement …
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 …
Discussion: JammieWearingFool and Right Now
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 …
Anita Kumar / Virginia Politics Blog:
Despite previous governors' refusals, McDonnell issues Confederate …
Adam Serwer / American Prospect:
“A Four Year War ... for Independence.”
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
McDonnell Moving Virginia Backwards, Celebrating Slavery and Rebellion
Fox News:
Obama Bans Islam, Jihad From National Security Strategy Document  —  The change is a significant shift in the National Security Strategy, a document that previously outlined the Bush Doctrine of preventative war.
Discussion: Jihad Watch
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 …
Byron York / Washington Examiner:   Dems dread Supreme Court fight after elections
Nina Totenberg / NPR:
Supreme Court May Soon Lack Protestant Justices
Discussion: and Prairie Weather
Noel Sheppard /
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.
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Video: Unprompted Huffington attack on Giuliani fails epically
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 …
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 …
Volcker: Taxes likely to rise eventually to tame deficit  —  (Reuters) - The United States should consider raising taxes to help bring deficits under control and may need to consider a European-style value-added tax, White House adviser Paul Volcker said on Tuesday.
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.
Discussion: Political Byline
Joe Biden / Los Angeles Times:
A comprehensive nuclear arms strategy  —  The administration's Nuclear Posture Review outlines the means to achieve greater security from worldwide nuclear dangers.  Nonproliferation and counter-terrorism are central to the strategy.  —  When I joined the Senate in 1973 …
Tommy Christopher / Mediaite:
Updated with Video - Gibbs Calls CNN's Erick Erickson's Comments ‘Remarkably Crazy’  —  At today's White House press briefing, liberal radio host Bill Press asked Press Secretary Robert Gibbs about recent comments by CNN's Erick Erickson.  Specifically, he asked if Erickson's threat to “pull …
Sarah Palin / Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Palin to attend rally, benefit in Mpls.  —  The 2008 GOP vice presidential candidate will attend a rally and a high-bucks fundraiser for the Minnesota Republican Party Wednesday.  —  For Sarah Palin's Wednesday stop in Minneapolis, the masses will come first, to be followed by the moneyed.
Frank Phillips / Boston Globe:
Politically, Patrick's back in the game  —  Energized governor gains as 2 rivals spar  —  “People who write this guy off do so at their own peril. . . . He has started to do what he did before.”  — Kevin Sowyrda, Republican media consultant, on Governor Deval Patrick.
Eli Lake / Reason:
The 9/14 Presidency  —  Barack Obama is operating with the war powers granted George W. Bush three days after the 9/11 attacks.  —  If you believe the president's Republican critics, Barack Obama takes a law enforcement approach to terrorism.  His FBI came under fire for reading Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab …
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 …
Lisa Riley Roche / Deseret News:
Mitt Romney, Olympics helped boost Salt Lake City's reputation, GOP official says  —  SALT LAKE CITY — Thanks to Mitt Romney, the head of the site selection team for the 2012 GOP National Convention said Tuesday she knows more about Salt Lake City than the other two cities competing to host the event: Tampa, Fla., and Phoenix.
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
AOL News:
Chopra Blames Own Meditation for Baja Quake  —  The U.S. Geological Survey is blaming day-to-day seismological changes for Sunday's 7.2 earthquake along the U.S.-Mexico border.  But Deepak Chopra, the famed alternative-medicine practitioner and transcendental meditation guru, is pretty sure he knows what really happened.
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Bill Turque / Washington Post:
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