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10:55 PM ET, April 8, 2010

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Tabassum Zakaria / Reuters:
President Obama questions Sarah Palin's nuclear acumen  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama on Thursday made clear he was not going to take advice from Republican Sarah Palin when it comes to decisions about the U.S. nuclear arsenal.  —  Palin, the former vice presidential candidate …
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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 …
The Note:
Palin Says Obama's Nuke Stance Is Like a Kid Who Says ‘Punch Me in the Face’  —  ABC News' Teddy Davis reports:  —  Sarah Palin is hammering President Obama for putting unprecedented limits on the use of U.S. nuclear weapons, comparing him to a kid in a playground who is asking for a punch in the face.
Frank Newport / Gallup:
Democratic Party Image Drops to Record Low  —  Favorable images of Democratic, Republican Parties now tied  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Americans' favorable rating of the Democratic Party dropped to 41% in a late March USA Today/Gallup poll, the lowest point in the 18-year history of this measure.
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Fox News:
Read Full Poll Results.  —  President Obama's overall job approval rating dropped to a new low of 43 percent.  Nearly half — 48 percent — disapprove.  In mid-March, it was 46-48 percent.  His current rating among Democrats (80 percent) and independents (38 percent) are among his lowest ratings with these groups.
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Voters Rate Economy as Top Issue for 2010
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Republicans convene in New Orleans, with no mention of Katrina  —  Five years after President Bush's failed response to a natural disaster in New Orleans deeply damaged his party's credibility and helped sweep them from power, top Republicans speaking to supporters in New Orleans tonight made no mention of Hurricane Katrina.
Discussion: New York Times
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The Note:
Perkins Warns Steele: ‘Republicans Are Not the Only Game in Town’  —  ABC News' Rick Klein reports: Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council last week broke with RNC Chairman Michael Steele by publicly urging conservatives to stop supporting the Republican National Committee.
Chris Stirewalt / Associated Press:
GOP should fire Steele for sake of racial equality
Discussion: TPMDC, Hot Air and Beltway Confidential
CNN:
North Carolina GOP chairman asks Steele to resign
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) …
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Freedom Fighter / JOSHUAPUNDIT:
Obama's New Policy : All Israeli Nuclear Workers Now Refused US Visas  —  “No Jews Allowed!”  —  NRG/Maariv (Hebrew link only, sorry) reported today that the Israeli government was stunned when every nuclear technician at Israel's Dimona reactor who had submitted visa requests to visit …
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Roger L Simon / Pajamas Media:
BREAKING: Obama Administration Denies Visas to Israeli Nuclear Scientists
Discussion: Associated Press
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
National Democrats growing increasingly worried about Hawaii special election  —  National Democrats are growing increasingly concerned that the presence of two well-known candidates in an all-party special election in Hawaii next month will badly jeopardize their chances of holding the seat …
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Asian-American Dems take offense at DCCC Hawaii move
The Huffington Post:
Power Struggle: Inside The Battle For The Soul Of The Democratic Party (Print Version)  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  Raúl Grijalva is sitting quietly with a few of his staffers at one end of the bar, a bottle of Bud and a shot of whiskey in front of him, while his fellow Democratic members …
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Karen Travers / ABCNEWS:
EXCLUSIVE: President Obama Confident Senate Will Ratify New Nuclear Treaty  —  Obama's Message to Republicans: U.S., Russian Agreement Is ‘Absolutely Vital’ for U.S. Nuclear Agenda  —  Despite signs of Republican opposition, President Obama said today that he is confident …
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Peter Baker / New York Times:
Russia and U.S. Sign Nuclear Arms Reduction Pact
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Pawlenty: Nuke move a ‘bad decision’
Discussion: Eunomia and GOP 12
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 …
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Romney takes the 10th
Discussion: Swampland
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.
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Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
It's War: SEIU Starting Third Party In North Carolina  —  In a shot across the bow of Dems, the labor powerhouse SEIU is starting a new third party in North Carolina that hopes to field its own slate of candidates, part of an effort to make the Democratic Party more reliable on issues important to labor, I'm told.
Discussion: TPMDC, AMERICAblog News and The Page
Barak Ravid / Haaretz:
Netanyahu cancels trip to U.S. nuclear summit  —  Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu canceled a planned trip to Washington, where he was scheduled to participate in a nuclear security summit hosted by U.S. President Barack Obama, government officials said.  —  Intelligence and Atomic Energy …
Discussion: Israel Matzav
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Heather / Crooks and Liars:
Matthews and Buchanan Gush Over the ‘Dazzling’ ‘Rodeo Queens’ Palin and Bachmann  —  Matthews and Buchanan both seriously need to get a room here...ugh.  They both were just gushing over Michele Bachmann and Sarah Palin and their appearance together at a rally to raise money for Bachmann.
Louise Gray / Telegraph:
Cows absolved of causing global warming with nitrous oxide  —  Livestock could actually be good for the environment according to a new study that found grazing cows or sheep can cut emissions of a powerful greenhouse gas.  —  In the past environmentalists, from Lord Stern to Sir Paul McCartney …
Floyd Norris / New York Times:
Why So Glum?  History Suggests a Strong Recovery  —  The American economy appears to be in a cyclical recovery that is gaining strength.  Firms have begun to hire and consumer spending seems to be accelerating.  —  That is what usually happens after particularly sharp recessions …
Discussion: The Awl and The New Republic
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.
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 …
ABCNEWS:
‘Shoe Bomb’ Diplomat Was Going to See al Qaeda Inmate  —  Qatari Diplomat Allegedly Told Air Marshalls He Was Trying to Set His Sandals on Fire  —  The Qatari diplomat who was arrested for sarcastically telling air marshals on a jetliner that he was trying to set his shoes on fire was en route …
Justin Elliott / TPMMuckraker:
Prosecutor: East TX Man Distributed Pipe Bombs Because Of Anger At Government  —  An East Texas man who federal prosecutors allege left explosive devices including pipe bombs in multiple area mail boxes, was motivated in part by anger at the government, Brit Featherston …
 
 
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