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3:05 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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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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The Atlantic Online:
Minute-by-Minute, the Qatari Shoe Bomber Who Wasn't
Discussion: The Agonist
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Latest  —  Okay, this story has moved pretty rapidly.
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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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
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  —  The Union Leader's Drew Cline gets Mitt Romney to elaborate on his legal objections to health care legislation:  —  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.
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) …
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.
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Drew Wheatley / The Hill:
Report: Douglass to leave White House
CNN:
Suspect in Pelosi threats case weeps at court hearing  —  A man accused of threatening House Speaker Nancy Pelosi wept Thursday as he talked to his attorney before a federal court hearing.  —  San Francisco, California (CNN) - A man accused of threatening House Speaker Nancy Pelosi wept Thursday …
Discussion: The Politico
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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 …
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The Note:
Palin Says Obama's Nuke Stance Is Like a Kid Who Says ‘Punch Me in the Face’
Christina Bellantoni / TPMDC:
GOPers Debate What's Worse — Keep Steele Or Face Media Blitz If He's Fired
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.
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 …
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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msnbc.com:
‘The Rachel Maddow Show’ for Tuesday, April 6, 2010
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
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)
W. James Antle, III / American Spectator:
Republicans Against Repeal
Discussion: Hit & Run and NewsReal Blog
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
Jess Bravin / Law Blog:
Chief Justice Roberts on Obama, Justice Stevens, Law Reviews, More
Discussion: Concurring Opinions and SCOTUSblog
 Earlier Items: 
Michelle Malkin:
More anti-anti-Census nonsense: Bill Press calls for Erick Erickson's arrest
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
For Laurence Tribe, a Nebulous Justice Dept. Niche
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Specter says he still would've backed health bill had he stayed in GOP
Discussion: Hot Air, CNN and The Times Herald
Eamon Javers / The Politico:
Robert Rubin returns
Keith Bradsher / New York Times:
China Offers High-Speed Rail to California
Associated Press:
Nearly half of US households escape fed income tax