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7:15 PM ET, April 8, 2010

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Stephanie Condon / CBS News:
Poll: Low Favorability Ratings for Sarah Palin  —  CBS News Poll analysis by the CBS News Polling Unit: Sarah Dutton, Jennifer De Pinto, Fred Backus and Anthony Salvanto.  —  Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin continues to receive unfavorable ratings from the American public overall …
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The Note:
Perkins Warns Steele: ‘Republicans Are Not the Only Game in Town’  —  ABC News' Rick Klein reports: Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council last week broke with RNC Chairman Michael Steele by publicly urging conservatives to stop supporting the Republican National Committee.
Frank Newport / Gallup:
Democratic Party Image Drops to Record Low  —  Favorable images of Democratic, Republican Parties now tied  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Americans' favorable rating of the Democratic Party dropped to 41% in a late March USA Today/Gallup poll, the lowest point in the 18-year history of this measure.
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Fox News:
Read Full Poll Results.  —  President Obama's overall job approval rating dropped to a new low of 43 percent.  Nearly half — 48 percent — disapprove.  In mid-March, it was 46-48 percent.  His current rating among Democrats (80 percent) and independents (38 percent) are among his lowest ratings with these groups.
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Voters Rate Economy as Top Issue for 2010
Lacey Rose / Forbes:
Glenn Beck Inc  —  In his empire there's the ideology—and then there's the money machine.  —  Five and a half hours before showtime Glenn Beck still isn't quite sure how he'll provide tonight's entertainment, “The Future of History”—two hours of monologue (and answers to preselected questions) …
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Zaid Jilani / Think Progress:
Beck admits he doesn't give 'a flying crap about the political process. ...
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Daily Kos
Ezra Klein:
Cutting defense spending more popular than cutting education or Social Security  —  The chart above comes from Annie Lowrey, and is the single best explanation of why it's so much easier to say you want to cut government spending than it is to actually cut it.
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Quinnipiac University:
Republicans Lead In Pennsylvania Senate, Governor Races, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Rendell Approval Up, While Obama Approval Is Down  —  Republican Pat Toomey is back on top 46 - 41 percent over Sen. Arlen Specter in Pennsylvania's seesaw U.S. Senate race, while Attorney General Tom Corbett …
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Rasmussen Reports:
Election 2010: Colorado Senate
Drew Cline:
Romney: Obamacare is unconstitutional  —  In an interview at the Union Leader this morning, Mitt Romney said President Obama's health care plan was an unconstitutional violation of the 10th Amendment.  —  Romney has been saying that a key difference between his Massachusetts health care reform …
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Romney takes the 10th
Discussion: Swampland
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Russia and U.S. Sign Nuclear Arms Reduction Pact  —  PRAGUE — With flourish and fanfare, President Obama and President Dmitri A. Medvedev of Russia signed a nuclear arms control treaty on Thursday and opened what they hoped would be a new era in the tumultuous relationship between two former cold war adversaries.
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Karen Travers / ABCNEWS:
EXCLUSIVE: President Obama Confident Senate Will Ratify New Nuclear Treaty
Discussion: The Note, The Page and Political Punch
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Pawlenty: Nuke move a ‘bad decision’
Discussion: Eunomia and GOP 12
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
National Democrats growing increasingly worried about Hawaii special election  —  National Democrats are growing increasingly concerned that the presence of two well-known candidates in an all-party special election in Hawaii next month will badly jeopardize their chances of holding the seat …
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Asian-American Dems take offense at DCCC Hawaii move
Mary Katharine Ham / Weekly Standard:
It's On: CBO Fielding VAT Questions From Congress  —  White House advisor Paul Volcker made news this week by calling a value-added tax (VAT) “not as toxic an idea” as it's been in the past for tackling the nation's deficit problem.  Today, Congressional Budget Office Director Douglas Elmendorf confirmed he's …
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Jonathan Allen / The Politico:
CBO chief says debt ‘unsustainable’
Discussion: The Note
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
Linda Douglass leaving White House  —  Linda Douglass, the network TV correspondent who became a top pitchwoman for President Obama's health care plan, is leaving the White House.  —  She sounds like she needs a break; her last day is April 16, and she leaves for vacation the next day.
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Drew Wheatley / The Hill:
Report: Douglass to leave White House
The Huffington Post:
Power Struggle: Inside The Battle For The Soul Of The Democratic Party (Print Version)  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  Raúl Grijalva is sitting quietly with a few of his staffers at one end of the bar, a bottle of Bud and a shot of whiskey in front of him, while his fellow Democratic members …
Discussion: Ezra Klein and Hullabaloo
Christina Bellantoni / TPMDC:
GOPers Debate What's Worse — Keep Steele Or Face Media Blitz If He's Fired  —  Even Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele's harshest critics agree that pushing him out before his tenure is up would be a PR nightmare — saying that even though he may deserve the boot …
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Chris Stirewalt / Associated Press:
GOP should fire Steele for sake of racial equality
Discussion: Hot Air and Beltway Confidential
Louise Gray / Telegraph:
Cows absolved of causing global warming with nitrous oxide  —  Livestock could actually be good for the environment according to a new study that found grazing cows or sheep can cut emissions of a powerful greenhouse gas.  —  In the past environmentalists, from Lord Stern to Sir Paul McCartney …
Discussion: Left Coast Rebel and Don Surber
Floyd Norris / New York Times:
Why So Glum?  History Suggests a Strong Recovery  —  The American economy appears to be in a cyclical recovery that is gaining strength.  Firms have begun to hire and consumer spending seems to be accelerating.  —  That is what usually happens after particularly sharp recessions …
Discussion: The Awl and The New Republic
Roger L Simon / Pajamas Media:
BREAKING: Obama Administration Denies Visas to Israeli Nuclear Scientists  —  The Obama administration is now denying U.S. visas to Israeli scientists who work at that nation's Dimona nuclear reactor.  This startling reversal of traditional policy was reported April 7, 2010 …
ABCNEWS:
No Charges for Qatar Diplomat in Plane Scare  —  Authorities Say Mohammed al Modadi Told Air Marshals, 'I'm Lighting My Shoes on Fire'  —  The Qatari diplomat who caused a midair security scare won't face charges after claiming he was trying to light his shoes on fire when it appears he was simply smoking in the bathroom.
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ABCNEWS:
Air Marshals Stop Alleged ‘Shoe Bomb’ Attempt On United Jet to Denver
CNN:
Suspect in Pelosi threats case weeps at court hearing  —  A man accused of threatening House Speaker Nancy Pelosi wept Thursday as he talked to his attorney before a federal court hearing.  —  San Francisco, California (CNN) - A man accused of threatening House Speaker Nancy Pelosi wept Thursday …
Discussion: The Politico
Think Progress:
ANALYSIS: Nearly 70% Of Officials In Right-Wing Health Care Suit Are Up For Re-Election Or Higher Office  —  Even before President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act into law, right-wing state attorneys general were announcing their intentions to sue the federal government over the constitutionality of health care reform.
Discussion: Fox News and Wonk Room
 
 
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Russell Berman / E2-Wire:
Oil drilling prompts Al Gore's first public split on climate with President Obama
Byron York / Beltway Confidential:
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BBC:
Sex Pistols manager McLaren dies
Jay Bookman:
GOP's ‘Repeal and replace’ slogan has no grounding in reality
Adam C. Smith / St. Petersburg Times:
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