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10:25 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 …
Mark Murray /
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 …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Castellanos jumps ship
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Daily Kos
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 …
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 …
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
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Dems dread Supreme Court fight after elections  —  Can John Paul Stevens say it any more clearly without actually saying it?  In a number of high-profile interviews, the Supreme Court justice, who will be 90 years old on April 20, has been sending the message in big, flashing letters: I'M GOING TO RETIRE.
Nina Totenberg / NPR:
Supreme Court May Soon Lack Protestant Justices
Discussion: and Prairie Weather
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:   Specter claims Reid deal for Judiciary chair
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 …
Quinnipiac University:
Specter Tops Sestak Among Pennsylvania Democrats, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Corbett Has Big Lead In GOP Governor's Primary  —  Sen. Arlen Specter has a 53 - 32 percent lead among likely Democratic primary voters over U.S. Rep. Joe Sestak in the Senate race, while in the Governor's race …
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.
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 …
Mark Hosenball / Newsweek Blogs:
Obama's ‘Intelligence Czar’ Plugs a New Counterterrorism Catchphrase
Discussion: Commentary and Hot Air
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 …
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 …
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.
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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Mitt Romney, Olympics helped boost Salt Lake City's reputation, GOP official says
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
James Pethokoukis:
How America might get a VAT of its own
Associated Press:
Former Cherokee Nation Chief Wilma Mankiller Dies
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Nick Bunkley / New York Times:
Automaker Pensions Underfunded by $17 Billion
Discussion: Sweetness & Light
Bill Turque / Washington Post:
D.C. schools, teachers union reach tentative deal
Discussion: Wonk Room, Betsy's Page and Eduwonk
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Thompson beating Feingold, 45-33, in poll; Doyle at low ebb
Discussion: The Fix and JSOnline
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Where is the NPR of Cable News?
Discussion: Mother Jones and Balloon Juice
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