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2:05 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.
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
McDonnell Says Slavery Wasn't a “Significant” Part of Confederate Virginia; Virginia Secessionists Disagree  —  Bob McDonnell explains why his proclamation about the glories of a short-lived herrenvolk republic founded on the principle of chattel slavery didn't mention the word “slavery.”
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
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
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
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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 …
Adam Serwer / American Prospect:
American Extremist Cleric Anwar al-Awlaki Targeted for Killing by U.S.
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 …
Ali Akbar Dareini / Associated Press:
Iran ridicules Obama's “cowboy” nuclear strategy  —  TEHRAN, Iran - Iran's hard-line president on Wednesday ridiculed President Barack Obama's new nuclear strategy, which turns the U.S. focus away from the Cold War threats and instead aims to stop the spread of atomic weapons to rogue states or terrorists.
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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: WILLisms.com
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Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
For the wealthy, less in taxes is not always more
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.
Jennifer Swift / The Hill:
Murdoch: Palin not on Fox as journalist  —  Sarah Palin's role on Fox News is as a commentator, not a journalist, according to media mogul and Fox News owner Rupert Murdoch.  —  Murdoch also said ratings leap whenever the former Alaska governor is on, and “we're not adverse to high ratings.”
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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 …
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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:   Specter claims Reid deal for Judiciary chair
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.
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.
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 …
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.
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.
David Boaz / Reason:
Up from Slavery  —  There's no such thing as a golden age of lost liberty  —  For many libertarians, “the road to serfdom” is not just the title of a great book but also the window through which they see the world.  We're losing our freedom, year after year, they think.
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 …
 
 
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