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12:30 PM ET, April 8, 2010


 Top Items: 
Air Marshals Stop Alleged ‘Shoe Bomb’ Attempt On United Jet to Denver  —  Qatari Diplomat In Custody After Attempting to ‘Light Up’ His Shoes  —  Federal air marshals subdued a man who authorities say attempted to “light his shoes on fire” on a United flight from Washington Reagan to Denver Wednesday night …
Gabriel Malor / Ace of Spades HQ:
MISUNDERSTANDING?  —  ABOVE THE POST UPDATE: According to CNN, another diplomat is saying that this is a misunderstanding.  The story is that the man was smoking in the lavatory and when challenged by an air marshal, he mouthed off sarcastically “I was trying to light my shoes on fire.”
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Latest  —  Okay, this story has moved pretty rapidly.
Washington Post:
Qatari diplomat, apparently smoking in onboard bathroom …
The Atlantic Online:   Minute-by-Minute, the Qatari Shoe Bomber Who Wasn't
NBC: Passenger subdued aboard United jet
Discussion: Associated Press and The Agonist
New York Times:
Qatari Diplomat Held After Incident on Plane
Discussion: Swampland and Marbury
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Palin, Bachmann enthrall Minn. rally  —  Two of the conservative movement's biggest stars, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.), lavished praise on each other Wednesday at a boisterous rally held at the Minneapolis Convention Center.
Peter Slevin / Washington Post:
Two Republican stars — Palin and Bachmann — align for first time
CNN:   Palin hails Steele as ‘independent outsider’
Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Bachmann, Palin dazzle the faithful
Discussion: The Daily Caller
The Note:
Palin Says Obama's Nuke Stance Is Like a Kid Who Says ‘Punch Me in the Face’
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Palin: Steele ‘doing a great job’
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Brian Montopoli / CBS News:
Sarah Palin, Michele Bachmann Rally Thousands in Minneapolis
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Obama and Medvedev 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.
Macon Phillips / White Blog Feed:
The New START Treaty and Protocol  —  Earlier today, President Obama and President Medvedev of Russia signed the New START treaty and its protocol.  PDF versions of these documents are available here:  —  Read the Treaty (pdf) Read the Protocol (pdf)  —  After signing these documents …
Fox News:
Obama, Medvedev Sign Treaty to Cut Nuclear Arms
Discussion: The Jawa Report and Gateway Pundit
Anita Kumar / Washington Post:
Virginia governor amends Confederate history proclamation to include slavery  —  RICHMOND — After a barrage of nationwide criticism for excluding slavery from his Confederate History Month proclamation, Virginia Gov. Robert F. McDonnell (R) on Wednesday conceded that it was “a major omission” …
Gail Collins / New York Times:
A Confederacy of Dunces  —  April is the cruelest month.  Or, if you live in Virginia, Confederate History Month.  —  The state is buzzing over Gov. Bob McDonnell's proclamation urging citizens to spend the month recalling Virginia's days as a member of the Confederate States of America.
Discussion:, The Awl and driftglass
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
McDonnell apologizes
Michelle Malkin:
The anti-Stupak Express — and the backlash against Beltway incumbency  —  If Democrat Rep. Bart Stupak, who sold his Obamacare vote and his pro-life principles for a cheap piece of paper, thinks voters in Michigan are willing to forgive and forget, he's sadly mistaken.
CNN:   Tea Party movement attempts to unite?
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Voters Issue Strong Rebuke of Incumbents in Congress
Bill Pennington / New York Times:
Augusta's Chairman Rebukes Woods  —  AUGUSTA, Ga. — The annual Masters address by the chairman of the Augusta National Golf Club is usually a routine, even humdrum, affair.  The principal topic of conversation is often the speed of the greens, and the closest thing to controversy …
Thomas Boswell / Washington Post:
A Masters win would be too much too soon for Tiger Woods
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 …
Lumi Boldovici /
The Female Century vs The Hetaerae Century & The John Edwards “Affair”  —  Now, that the slogan “job creation” is being paraded by the democrats in office as an accomplishment of great significance meant to alleviate the serious economic precarious situation facing the country.
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.
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Voters Rate Economy as Top Issue for 2010  —  Majority of registered voters say it will be extremely important to their vote  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Fifty-seven percent of registered voters say the economy will be extremely important to their vote for Congress this year, making it the top issue in the 2010 elections.
Democracy in America:
This week's Economist/YouGov poll  —  SOME highlights from this week's Economist/YouGov poll:  —  • Little has changed when it comes to the health-care reform bill.  Public opinion about the overall reform remains just about evenly divided, as it has for months.
Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
Chart of the Day: Cutting the Deficit
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Rasmussen Reports:
Election 2010: Colorado Senate  —  Colorado Senate: Norton 46%, Bennet 41%  —  Incumbent Democrat Michael Bennet has edged slightly closer to his strongest Republican rival, ex-Lieutenant Governor Jane Norton, in Colorado's U.S. Senate race.  —  The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey …
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) …
Discussion: Think Progress and Plunderbund
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Discussion: PopWatch and Media Decoder
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For Laurence Tribe, a Nebulous Justice Dept. Niche
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Specter says he still would've backed health bill had he stayed in GOP
Discussion: CNN and The Times Herald
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Why Hamid Karzai makes a bad partner for the U.S.
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Hawaii House Race: Turf Fight in Paradise
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Robert Rubin returns
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China Appears Set to Make Currency More Flexible
HCR: Pelosi tells the simple-minded American people not to worry …
Keith Bradsher / New York Times:
China Offers High-Speed Rail to California
Discussion: Beat the Press
Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
Internal grumbling over Republican healthcare message intensifies