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5:50 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.
The Politico:
Va. gov ripped for Confederate month  —  Virginia Democrats on Wednesday sharply criticized a proclamation signed by GOP Gov. Bob McDonnell that celebrated Confederate History Month while making no mention of slavery.  —  “I hope [McDonnell] will revise that proclamation to give an inference …
Discussion: CNN, Mediaite and The Awl
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
McDonnell Says Slavery Wasn't a “Significant” …
Discussion: Lean Left, Daily Kos and INSTAPUTZ
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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Michelle Malkin:
Desperate CNN: Hey, those Tea Party nuts aren't so bad after all.  Please, please tune in!  —  They're more than a year late and a dollar short.  After incessant mockery, vulgar epithets, and condescension, desperate, ratings-starved CNN is now sending me e-mails touting the fact …
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
GOP lawmaker ripped by Tea Party activist
Discussion: Paul Mulshine and Townhall.com
Chairman Michael Steele / GOP.com:
Republicans and the Tea Party Movement
Discussion: Riehl World View
Allison Sossaman / WJKT-TV:
Email Threat to Congressman Cohen
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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Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Confirmed: Obama authorizes assassination of U.S. citizen
BBC:
US order to kill US-born cleric
Discussion: Truthdig
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 …
Byron York / Beltway Confidential:
Fear and loathing in the RNC
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: Commentary
Helene Cooper / New York Times:
In Quest to Break Mideast Stalemate, a U.S. Option Emerges
Discussion: Laura Rozen's Blog and Commentary
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.
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Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Report: Man arrested for threatening Pelosi
Discussion: The Politico and CNN
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.
Discussion: Politics Daily and The Eye
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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 …
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: WILLisms.com and Washington Post
Clifford J. Levy / New York Times:
Upheaval in Kyrgyzstan as Leader Flees  —  MOSCOW — Large-scale protests on Wednesday appeared to overthrow the government of Kyrgyzstan, an important Amerian ally in Central Asia.  Government officials said at least 41 people had been killed in bloody fighting between riot police …
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 …
Discussion: Main Justice and pa2010.com
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Jim Hoft / Gateway Pundit:
Harry Reid Won't Announce Stops On Bus Tour Out of Fear of Protesters
Discussion: Pajamas Media
Greg Gordon / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
In rare letter to shareholders, Goldman denies double-dealing  —  WASHINGTON — Goldman Sachs' top officers denied in a letter to shareholders made public Wednesday that the company bet against investors who bought its subprime mortgage securities in 2006 and 2007 as the firm readied itself for a sharp drop in the U.S. housing market.
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Yves Smith / naked capitalism:
Goldman Denies It Bet Against Clients
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.”
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.
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 …
Adam Satariano / Bloomberg:
Corzine, New Jersey Officials Cut Line for Springsteen Tickets  —  Former New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine's office got U2 and Bruce Springsteen seats the public couldn't buy last year, at the same time the state was suing brokers over ticketing practices, according to documents showing 22 elected officials received special treatment.
 
 
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