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8:50 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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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
McDonnell apologizes  —  After a defensive first reaction, Bob McDonnell realizes that there's little upside to this fight for him:  —  The proclamation issued by this Office designating April as Confederate History Month contained a major omission.  The failure to include any reference …
Discussion: Daily Kos and Newsweek Blogs
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.
Rachel Slajda / TPM LiveWire:
Apologetic McDonnell Adds Slavery Clause To ‘Confederate History Month’ Proclamation  —  Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) has apologized for not including any mention of slavery in his proclamation declaring April “Confederate History Month” and added an extra clause to the proclamation.
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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Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
GOP lawmaker ripped by Tea Party activist  —  Republican Rep. Frank LoBiondo (N.J.) received heavy criticism from a Tea Party activist at a recent town hall meeting in his district.  —  In a YouTube video, the eighth-term congressman is grilled on his knowledge of the Constitution …
Michelle Malkin:
Desperate CNN: Hey, those Tea Party nuts aren't so bad after all.
Chairman Michael Steele / GOP.com:
Republicans and the Tea Party Movement
Discussion: Riehl World View
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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Christina Bellantoni / TPMDC:
Conservative Group's Ads Needle RNC: ‘Got Trust?’
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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Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Report: Man arrested for threatening Pelosi
Discussion: CNN and The Politico
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:
Weighing an Obama Plan to End a Mideast Logjam
Discussion: Commentary and Laura Rozen's Blog
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 …
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.”
Associated Press:
Nearly half of US households escape fed income tax  —  Recession, new tax credits have nearly half of US households paying no federal income tax  —  FILE - In this April 5, 2010 file photo, Internal Revenue Service Commissioner Douglas Shulman gestures while speaking at the National Press Club in Washington.
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 …
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David Freddoso / Washington Examiner:   Five things we learned about Obamacare after it passed
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.
Garry Wills / New York Times:
Behind Obama's Cool  —  In 2004, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky of Illinois attended a White House event wearing the campaign pin of her state's candidate for the United States Senate.  When she saw President Bush do a double take at the one word on her pin, she assured him that it spelled “Obama,” not “Osama.”
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.
New York Post:
Spitzer acknowledges he has toyed with political comeback  —  For the first time, Eliot Spitzer is acknowledging in an interview with Fortune what The Post first reported last year — that he is itching for a way back into politics and, even at this late date, hasn't totally closed the door on a race this year.
Matt Cover / CNSNews:
Rep. Wasserman Schultz Insists Health Care Law Doesn't Require Individuals to Buy Insurance  —  (CNSNews.com) - Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D.-Fla.) is insisting that the new health care law she voted for last month does not mandate that individuals buy health insurance, despite language in the law that plainly says otherwise.
Discussion: Hot Air
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
France24:
N.Korea leader sets world fashion trend: Pyongyang  —  AFP - The trademark suit sported by North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il is now in fashion worldwide thanks to his greatness, Pyongyang's official website said Wednesday.  —  Uriminzokkiri, quoting an article in communist party newspaper Rodong Sinmun …
Discussion: The New Editor and Gawker
Amanda Covarrubias / L.A. NOW:
‘Hot for Teachers’ video produced by L.A. parents protesting school budget cuts  —  Hot for Teachers w/ Megan Fox and Brian Austin Green from Megan Fox  —  The parents at Wonderland Avenue Elementary in Laurel Canyon were irate about the proposed education cuts from the state budget.
Discussion: Ill Communication and PolitiCal
 
 
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