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2:30 AM ET, April 8, 2010

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ABCNEWS:
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 …
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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.”
msnbc.com:
NBC: Passenger subdued aboard United jet  —  Air marshal smelled smoke on flight from D.C. to Denver; jet lands safely  —  A passenger was subdued by a federal air marshal during an incident aboard an airliner flying from Washington to Denver on Wednesday night, sources told NBC News.
Discussion: The Agonist
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Latest  —  Okay, this story has moved pretty rapidly.  It was initially reported as an attempted shoe bombing.  Next the idea was that it was what can only be called a very ill-considered joke on the part of the man taken into custody.  Now it seems the guy in question was smoking …
Discussion: Erick's blog
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Breaking: Attempted terror attack on U.S. flight thwarted?  Update: Misunderstanding?  —  All I've got so far is Twitter reports from CNN and NBC (via Breaking News) reporting that a guy tried to detonate explosives by lighting a fuse in his shoes on a flight from D.C. to Denver.
Discussion: TheDenverChannel.com
Anahad O'Connor / New York Times:   Air Marshals Intervene in Incident on Plane
Fox News:
Qatar Diplomat Arrested After Disturbance on United Flight
Discussion: Power Line
BBC:   ‘Diplomat detained’ on US plane
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 …
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Sister Toldjah:
Quote of the day  —  On post-Civil Rights era racism in the North and South: … - baldilocks, in a discussion that stemmed from Ed Morrissey's post on VA Gov. Bob McDonnell's major “Confederate History Month” blunder, a post with which I mostly concur - except for the part about not understanding …
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.
Ta-Nehisi Coates / The Atlantic Online:
Proud Of Being Ignorant  —  A lot of you have e-mailed me to note …
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.
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 …
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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.
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CNN:
Palin, Bachmann rally conservatives
Discussion: Pat Dollard and The Note
Devlin Barrett / Associated Press:
AP sources: FBI arrests man for threatening Pelosi  —  WASHINGTON — The FBI arrested a northern California man Wednesday for allegedly making threatening phone calls to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi over health care reform, law enforcement officials told The Associated Press.
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.
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.”
David Freddoso / Washington Examiner:
Five things we learned about Obamacare after it passed  —  “[W]e have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it, away from the fog of the controversy.”  —  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., famously said that about President Obama's health care reform package.  She was right.
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Jim Hoft / Gateway Pundit:
Harry Reid Won't Announce Stops On Bus Tour Out of Fear of Protesters
Discussion: The Hill and Pajamas Media
Clifford J. Levy / New York Times:
Upheaval in Kyrgyzstan Could Imperil Key U.S. Base  —  Police officers in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, were attacked by protesters on Wednesday.  Witnesses said the police seemed to panic.  —  Protests appear to have overthrown the government, calling into question the fate of a U.S. air base that supports the war in Afghanistan.
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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.
Anne Schroeder Mullins / The Politico:
STORMY STUNT IRKS GOP  —  Stormy Daniels and her team may not have come to a conclusion about her Senate candidacy over the past few months (and we'd be surprised if they ever do!), but she's nonetheless managed to be a thorn in the side of Louisiana Republicans.
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.”
Discussion: JustOneMinute and The Daily Dish
Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
Internal grumbling on GOP's healthcare message intensifies  —  Republican leaders on Capitol Hill are facing a mini-rebellion against their message on healthcare reform.  —  Every GOP lawmaker rejected the Democrats' bill last month, but the party is now split on whether to call for a full repeal of the new law.
AJStrata / The Strata-Sphere:
Obama Administration Confirms My Assessment On Their Deadly National Security Failures  —  Over the weekend I produced a timeline of reported events and on-the-record comments by key Obama administration officials charged with protecting this nation from terrorist attacks.
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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 …
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 …
 
 
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