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12:30 PM ET, April 7, 2010

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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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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 …
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 …
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
CNN:   DNC beats RNC in March cash haul
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.
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Paul / Power Line:
The wrong proclamation in Virginia
Discussion: The Daily Dish
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.
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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 …
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 …
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.
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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:   Specter claims Reid deal for Judiciary chair
Byron York / Washington Examiner:   Dems dread Supreme Court fight after elections
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 …
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WISC-TV:
Juneau County Prosecutor Urges Schools To Drop Sex Ed
Discussion: Hit & Run
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
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CNN:
GOP stars set for Wednesday rally
Discussion: The Swamp
New York Times:
Obama's Nuclear Strategy Intended as a Message  —  WASHINGTON — At the heart of President Obama's new nuclear strategy lies a central gamble: that an aging, oversize, increasingly outmoded nuclear arsenal can be turned to the new purpose of adding leverage to the faltering effort to force Iran …
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Jake Tapper / ABCNEWS:
New Nuclear Policy Enrages Republicans
Reuters:
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.
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 …
Peter Whoriskey / Washington Post:
General Motors posts $4.3B loss  —  General Motors posted a $4.3 billion loss for the second half of 2009 but could be profitable this year, the company announced Wednesday.  —  “As the results for 2009 show, there is still significant work to be done,” said Chris Liddell, vice chairman and chief financial officer.
Discussion: Politics Daily
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.
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.
Geoff Dornan / Carson City Nevada:
Reid likes his chances for re-election  —  Senator stops in Carson City on statewide bus tour  —  Sen. Harry Reid made it clear Tuesday he believes he can and will win in November despite polls showing him trailing his major Republican competitors.  —  “If the election were held today …
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 …
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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