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11:05 AM ET, April 8, 2010


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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.  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 …
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Breaking: Attempted terror attack on U.S. flight thwarted?
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.
Discussion: TBogg, Power Line, Commentary and The Note
Palin hails Steele as ‘independent outsider’  —  Sarah Palin told Sean Hannity Wednesday that she supports RNC Chairman Michael Steele.  —  (CNN) - A week after Sarah Palin asked Republican National Committee officials to remove her name from an invitation that suggested she might attend …
Discussion: The Politico
Peter Slevin / Washington Post:
Two Republican stars — Palin and Bachmann — align for first time  —  MINNEAPOLIS — Two of the country's most popular Republicans teamed up Wednesday for a rollicking campaign rally, with Rep. Michele Bachmann (Minn.) and former Alaska governor Sarah Palin blasting congressional Democrats …
Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Bachmann, Palin dazzle the faithful
Brian Montopoli / CBS News:
Sarah Palin, Michele Bachmann Rally Thousands in Minneapolis
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 …
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
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” …
Peter Baker / New York Times:
U.S. and Russia Sign Nuclear Arms 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.
‘An Important Milestone’: Obama, Medvedev Sign Arms Reduction Treaty
Discussion: Top of the Ticket
Carol E. Lee / The Politico:   Obama, Medvedev sign START treaty
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
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.
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.
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 …
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.
Keith Bradsher / New York Times:
China Is Reportedly Set to Revise Currency Policy  —  HONG KONG — The Chinese government is set to announce a revision of its currency policy in the coming days that will allow greater variation in the value of its currency combined with a small but immediate jump in its value against the dollar …
Discussion: Daniel W. Drezner
Peter Elkind / Fortune:
What now for Eliot Spitzer?  —  (Fortune) — Fortune editor at large Peter Elkind spent almost two years working on his new book, Rough Justice: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer, due out from Portfolio April 20.  An exclusive excerpt of the book will appear in the next issue of Fortune and on
Jan Hoffman / New York Times:
Spitzer's Long Road to Redemption
Discussion: City Room, FishBowlDC and TigerHawk
Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
Internal grumbling over Republican 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.
Matt Lewis / Politics Daily:
Hawaii House Race: Turf Fight in Paradise  —  The Hawaiian word kuleana roughly translates to turf, as in, “stay off my turf!”  —  Gangs fight over turf, and so do politicians.  It turns out that an internecine Democratic turf battle may just help elect the first Republican to the U.S. Congress from Hawaii in two decades.
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Matt Cover / CNSNews:
Rep. Wasserman Schultz Insists Health Care Law Doesn't Require Individuals to Buy Insurance  —  ( - 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.
Digby / Hullabaloo:
HCR Redux  —  Michael Hirsh wonders why Obama is not working to get a strong financial reform bill passed before the election.  Evidently, he's left it up to the retiring Chris Dodd to get some old thing passed and then he'll swoop in at the last minute and twist some arms.
Eamon Javers / The Politico:
Robert Rubin returns
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