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8:45 AM ET, April 9, 2010

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Tabassum Zakaria / Reuters:
President Obama questions Sarah Palin's nuclear acumen  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama on Thursday made clear he was not going to take advice from Republican Sarah Palin when it comes to decisions about the U.S. nuclear arsenal.  —  Palin, the former vice presidential candidate …
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Rasmussen Reports:
55% Oppose Limits On U.S. Nuclear Response To Attacks
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Republicans convene in New Orleans, with no mention of Katrina  —  Five years after President Bush's failed response to a natural disaster in New Orleans deeply damaged his party's credibility and helped sweep them from power, top Republicans speaking to supporters in New Orleans tonight made no mention of Hurricane Katrina.
Discussion: Washington Post, CNN and New York Times
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Brian Montopoli / CBS News:
Newt Gingrich: We Need a President, Not an Athlete  —  NEW ORLEANS — Newt Gingrich made a rock star's entrance at the Southern Republican Leadership Conference Thursday night, entering to a standing ovation as the song “Eye of the Tiger” blared over the speakers and lights shined out over the crowd.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
CNN:
North Carolina GOP chairman asks Steele to resign
Discussion: The Note
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.
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Collapse: Democratic favorables hit 18-year low in Gallup
Freedom Fighter / JOSHUAPUNDIT:
Obama's New Policy : All Israeli Nuclear Workers Now Refused US Visas  —  “No Jews Allowed!”  —  NRG/Maariv (Hebrew link only, sorry) reported today that the Israeli government was stunned when every nuclear technician at Israel's Dimona reactor who had submitted visa requests to visit …
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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 …
Jerusalem Post:
Netanyahu cancels trip to DC Nuclear Security Summit  —  The move came amid US warnings that Turkey and Egypt plan to lead a motion demanding that Israel open its nuclear facilities for international inspection.  —  Talkbacks (26)  —  Make JPOST.COM your Home Page  —  Iranian Threat
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
It's War: SEIU Starting Third Party In North Carolina  —  In a shot across the bow of Dems, the labor powerhouse SEIU is starting a new third party in North Carolina that hopes to field its own slate of candidates, part of an effort to make the Democratic Party more reliable on issues important to labor, I'm told.
Wall Street Journal:
Big U.S. Banks Mask Risk Levels  —  Quarter-End Loan Figures Sit 42% Below Peak, Then Rise as New Period Progresses; SEC Review  —  Major banks have masked their risk levels in the past five quarters by temporarily lowering their debt just before reporting it to the public, according to data from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.
Eric Lichtblau / New York Times:
Two Nevada Republicans Call for Ensign to Bow Out  —  WASHINGTON — Senator John Ensign's political troubles worsened Thursday as more Republican colleagues from his home state of Nevada said that the ethics investigations surrounding him have threatened to damage the party statewide.
Discussion: The Politico, Taylor Marsh and The Page
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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: Hullabaloo
Washington Post:
Anger over health-care reform spurs rise in threats against Congress members  —  Anger over the health-care overhaul has led to a nearly threefold increase in recent months in the number of serious threats against members of Congress, federal law enforcement officials said.
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 …
Heather / Crooks and Liars:
Matthews and Buchanan Gush Over the ‘Dazzling’ ‘Rodeo Queens’ Palin and Bachmann  —  Matthews and Buchanan both seriously need to get a room here...ugh.  They both were just gushing over Michele Bachmann and Sarah Palin and their appearance together at a rally to raise money for Bachmann.
Little Green Footballs:
The Methane Apocalypse  —  Some very frightening news from the world of climate science, as an international scientific team discovers that the Arctic permafrost in Siberia may be starting to leak huge amounts of methane into the atmosphere.  —  And if this proves to be true, my friends …
Discussion: Dennis the Peasant
ABCNEWS:
‘Shoe Bomb’ Diplomat Was Going to See al Qaeda Inmate  —  Qatari Diplomat Allegedly Told Air Marshalls He Was Trying to Set His Sandals on Fire  —  The Qatari diplomat who was arrested for sarcastically telling air marshals on a jetliner that he was trying to set his shoes on fire was en route …
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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Tyler Durden / istockanalyst.com:
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Discussion: Townhall.com
Jim Turner / TCPalm.com:
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Linda Greenhouse / Opinionator:
Across the Border, Over the Line
David Frum / FrumForum:
Kudlow's Math  —  I appeared on Larry Kudlow's show last night …
Discussion: The New Republic and Paul Krugman
Rick Horowitz / The Huffington Post:
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