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2:40 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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Alexander Mooney / CNN:
Palin hails Steele as ‘independent outsider’
Matthew Continetti / Weekly Standard:
Bachmann, Palin, and GOP Enthusiasm
Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Bachmann, Palin dazzle the faithful
Discussion: The Daily Caller and NPR Topics
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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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Latest  —  Okay, this story has moved pretty rapidly.
The Atlantic Online:
Minute-by-Minute, the Qatari Shoe Bomber Who Wasn't
Discussion: The Agonist
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.
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
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Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
Chart of the Day: Cutting the Deficit  —  Ah, the American public.  God love 'em.  The Economist asked if they'd rather tackle the federal deficit by cutting spending or raising taxes, and the runaway winner was cutting spending, by a margin of 62% to 5%.  So what are we willing to cut?
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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  —  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 …
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 …
Discussion: Left Coast Rebel
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Romney takes the 10th
Discussion: The Plum Line and Swampland
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
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) …
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” …
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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.
Lumi Boldovici / chicagogop.com:
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.
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.
KCBS:
Pelosi Celebrates Healthcare in SF  —  SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was in San Francisco on Tuesday, celebrating the passage of healthcare reform.  —  She received a standing ovation from the crowd at the Mark Hopkins Hotel, describing the passage of healthcare reform …
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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 …
Sam Quinones / Los Angeles Times:
Humboldt County afraid of being uprooted from pot perch  —  As legalization of marijuana grows as a possibility, the Northern California enclave where weed culture thrives ponders its future.  Would its pot economy wither or does greater opportunity await?  —  Garberville radio host Anna …
Jess Bravin / Law Blog:
Chief Justice Roberts on Obama, Justice Stevens, Law Reviews, More  —  Chief Justice John Roberts spoke at the Indiana University law school in Indianapolis on Wednesday.  After an innocuous lecture about the court's makeup a century ago-anyone remember Justice Rufus Peckham?
Discussion: Concurring Opinions and SCOTUSblog
W. James Antle, III / American Spectator:
Republicans Against Repeal  —  Well, that didn't take long.  After Democratic supermajorities rammed through their health care bill, Republicans were full of sound and fury about how this injustice will not stand.  Even John McCain was on board, telling a television interviewer …
Discussion: Hit & Run and NewsReal Blog
msnbc.com:
‘The Rachel Maddow Show’ for Tuesday, April 6, 2010  —  KEITH OLBERMANN, “COUNTDOWN” HOST: Good evening, Rachel.  —  RACHEL MADDOW, “THE RACHEL MADDOW SHOW” HOST: Good evening, Keith.  —  Thank you very much very for that.  —  And thanks to you at home for staying with us for the next hour.
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
 
 
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New Orleans Times-Picayune:
Judge in Danziger case sickened by 'raw brutality of the shooting …
Bob Owens / Pajamas Media:
Shame on WikiLeaks: Framing Lawful Engagement as Anti-American Propaganda (Part Two)
Julian Sanchez:
Epistemic Closure, Technology, and the End of Distance
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Asian-American Dems take offense at DCCC Hawaii move
Discussion: The Page and OpenSecrets.org
Michelle Malkin:
More anti-anti-Census nonsense: Bill Press calls for Erick Erickson's arrest
Sam Schechner / Wall Street Journal:
In Big Bet, Oprah to Become Nocturnal
Discussion: PopWatch and Media Decoder
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Specter says he still would've backed health bill had he stayed in GOP
Discussion: CNN, The Times Herald and Hot Air
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Keith Bradsher / New York Times:
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Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
Internal grumbling over Republican healthcare message intensifies
Associated Press:
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