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1:10 PM 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.
Washington Post:
Qatari diplomat, apparently smoking in onboard bathroom …
The Atlantic Online:   Minute-by-Minute, the Qatari Shoe Bomber Who Wasn't
NBC: Passenger subdued aboard United jet
Discussion: Associated Press and The Agonist
New York Times:
Qatari Diplomat Held After Incident on Plane
Discussion: Swampland and Marbury
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.
Peter Slevin / Washington Post:
Two Republican stars — Palin and Bachmann — align for first time  —  MINNEAPOLIS — Two of the country's most popular Republicans, Rep. Michele Bachmann (Minn.) and former Alaska governor Sarah Palin, teamed up Wednesday for a rollicking campaign rally that targeted President Obama as weak …
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 …
Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Bachmann, Palin dazzle the faithful
Discussion: The Daily Caller and NPR Topics
The Note:
Palin Says Obama's Nuke Stance Is Like a Kid Who Says ‘Punch Me in the Face’
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Obama and Medvedev 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.
Macon Phillips / White Blog Feed:
The New START Treaty and Protocol  —  Earlier today, President Obama and President Medvedev of Russia signed the New START treaty and its protocol.  PDF versions of these documents are available here:  —  Read the Treaty (pdf) Read the Protocol (pdf)  —  After signing these documents …
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” …
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
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
McDonnell apologizes
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
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 …
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.
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 …
Discussion: AmSpecBlog
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
Democracy in America:
This week's Economist/YouGov poll
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.
Michelle Malkin:
The anti-Stupak Express — and the backlash against Beltway incumbency
Discussion: Gallup, Hot Air and American Power
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) …
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.
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 …
Michelle Malkin:
More anti-anti-Census nonsense: Bill Press calls for Erick Erickson's arrest  —  Lib-talker Bill Press is not only a liar.  He's a silly harridan.  And he proves the point I've been making since last year about the Left's criminalization of dissent over the census.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Asian-American Dems take offense at DCCC Hawaii move  —  Asian-American Democrats are criticizing the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee for favoring a white former congressman from Hawaii over the Asian-American State Senate President in a hotly contested special election to represent a majority-minority Hawaii district.
Discussion: The Page, and TPMDC
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Voters Rate Economy as Top Issue for 2010  —  Majority of registered voters say it will be extremely important to their vote  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Fifty-seven percent of registered voters say the economy will be extremely important to their vote for Congress this year, making it the top issue in the 2010 elections.
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