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11:20 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.”
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 …
The Atlantic Online:
Minute-by-Minute, the Qatari Shoe Bomber Who Wasn't
Discussion: Townhall.com
msnbc.com:
NBC: Passenger subdued aboard United jet
Discussion: Associated Press and The Agonist
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
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CNN:
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 …
Peter Slevin / Washington Post:
Two Republican stars — Palin and Bachmann — align for first time
Matthew Continetti / Weekly Standard:
Bachmann, Palin, and GOP Enthusiasm
Andy Barr / The Politico:   Palin: Steele ‘doing a great job’
Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Bachmann, Palin dazzle the faithful
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Brian Montopoli / CBS News:
Sarah Palin, Michele Bachmann Rally Thousands in Minneapolis
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
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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 …
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.
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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 …
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Thomas Boswell / Washington Post:
A Masters win would be too much too soon for Tiger Woods
CNN:
Tea Party movement attempts to unite?  —  (CNN) - The Tea Party activists characterize their movement as grassroots, energetic and growing in size, but organized or unified?  Those are not words used very often to discuss a movement divided among national and local chapters across the country.
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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 / 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.
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 …
Reuters:
Iran will not beg to avoid sanctions: Ahmadinejad  —  (Reuters) - Iran's president said on Thursday he would not plead with opponents of Tehran's nuclear program in order to avoid sanctions as Russia and the United States said new measures might be necessary.
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 …
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
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.
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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