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1:15 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 …
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
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Castellanos jumps ship
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Daily Kos
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  —  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
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
McDonnell Says Slavery Wasn't a “Significant” …
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  —  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 …
Allison Sossaman / WJKT-TV:
Email Threat to Congressman Cohen
Discussion: The Hill and TPM LiveWire
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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 …
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
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 …
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
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Rubio's path  —  Marco Rubio's remarkable fundraising haul — $3.6 million this quarter, he just announced — is a reminder of the scale of his stardom inside the Republican Party, all of whose core constituencies seem to like the guy.  —  He's already hearing every day (and brushing it off) …
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Richard Wolf / USA Today:
Upper-income people would lose tax cuts in Obama plan  —  WASHINGTON — Fresh from raising taxes on upper-income Americans to help expand health insurance coverage, President Obama and Democratic lawmakers are targeting them again.  —  When Congress takes up Obama's proposed $3.8 trillion budget this year …
Discussion: Washington Post and WILLisms.com
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.
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.
Jake Tapper / ABCNEWS:
New Nuclear Policy Enrages Republicans  —  Critics Say New Policy Sends Wrong Message to Iran and North Korea  —  President Obama says his new nuclear policy restricts the use of weapons while continuing to protect the United States and its allies, but some Republican critics argue …
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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
 
 
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