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5:15 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.
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.”
The Politico:
Va. gov ripped for Confederate month
Discussion: The Awl
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 …
Discussion: Right Now
Chairman Michael Steele / GOP.com:
Republicans and the Tea Party Movement
Discussion: The Hill and Riehl World View
Allison Sossaman / WJKT-TV:
Email Threat to Congressman Cohen
Valerie Bauman / Associated Press:
Black conservative tea party backers take heat
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 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
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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BBC:
US order to kill US-born cleric
Discussion: Truthdig
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: Laura Rozen's Blog and Commentary
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
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
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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Clifford J. Levy / New York Times:
Opposition Claims Control in Kyrgyzstan  —  MOSCOW — Large-scale protests appeared to overthrow the government of Kyrgyzstan on Wednesday and its president fled before an outbreak of mayhem and violence in the capital of Bishkek and elsewhere in the country, an important Amerian ally in Central Asia.
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.
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.”
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.
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 …
Russell Berman / E2-Wire:
House liberals shift climate change tactics, will not draw ‘lines in the sand’  —  Liberal House Democrats are shifting their political tactics on climate change after failing to secure a public option in the new healthcare reform law.  —  The move comes in the wake of liberals having to walk …
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.
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
NYT: O-Care is really No-Care  —  For months, media outlets like the New York Times scolded conservatives over their concerns about rationed medical care.  Sarah Palin outraged them by referring to “death panels” when the ObamaCare bill wound up containing language enabling “comparative effectiveness” …
Pascal Fletcher / Reuters:
Florida says challenge to healthcare reform widens  —  (Reuters) - Five more states are joining a Florida-led group of states in a lawsuit challenging President Barack Obama's overhaul of the U.S. healthcare system, Florida's attorney general said on Wednesday.
Discussion: Hot Air and NewsReal Blog
Megan McArdle / The Atlantic Online:
GM: More Troubles Coming Down the Road  —  The Government Accountability Office has a report out today on the unfunded liabilities of the GM and Chrysler pensions.  The most controversial aspect of the bankruptcy reorganizations orchestrated by the Obama administration is that the companies reaffirmed …
 
 
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