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2:45 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
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
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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.
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 …
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 …
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: New York Times and Commentary
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 and Washington Post
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Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
For the wealthy, less in taxes is not always more
Steve Lunceford / GovTwit:
Open Government Day brings new guidance from OMB  —  Open Government Day is here, and most of the hype/anticipation seems to surround today's deadline for agencies to submit their OpenGov plans as outlined in the Open Government Directive.  —  But there's another part of the OGD …
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OMB Watch:
Open Government Day Arrives April 7
Matthew Balan / NewsBusters.org:
Rosie O'Donnell: Catholic Church is Like Jonestown Suicide Cult  —  On her April 5 satellite radio show, Rosie O'Donnell took her anti-Catholicism to a new level by likening the Catholic Church to the Jonestown cult.  As Brian Maloney of The Radio Equalizer put it, “in Rosie's twisted world …
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Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
The Church's Judas Moment
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Reid: 'If the election were held today, I'd win'  —  If the Nevada Senate election were held today, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) says he'd win.  —  Reid, the top Senate Democrat, who's facing arguably the toughest reelection fight of his career, expressed confidence that he would pull out a victory this fall.
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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:   Specter claims Reid deal for Judiciary chair
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 …
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.
Clifford J. Levy / New York Times:
President Flees After Protesters in Kyrgyzstan Are Killed  —  MOSCOW — Large-scale protests appear to have overthrown the government of Kyrgyzstan, an important American ally in Central Asia, after violence between riot police officers and opposition demonstrators on Thursday killed at least 17 people.
Discussion: Eunomia and Truthdig
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.”
Fox News:
GOP Senator: Health Care Law Will Permit Sex Offenders to Get Viagra  —  The Congressional Research Service has confirmed Sen. Tom Coburn's assertions that sex offenders not in prison could get Viagra and other drugs treating erectile dysfunction under health plans subsidized by taxpayer dollars.
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.
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.
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.
 
 
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