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6:45 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.”
msnbc.com:
NBC: Passenger subdued aboard United jet  —  Air marshal smelled smoke on flight from D.C. to Denver; jet lands safely  —  A passenger was subdued by a federal air marshal during an incident aboard an airliner flying from Washington to Denver on Wednesday night, sources told NBC News.
Discussion: Associated Press and The Agonist
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 …
Discussion: Erick's blog
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Breaking: Attempted terror attack on U.S. flight thwarted?  Update: Misunderstanding?  —  All I've got so far is Twitter reports from CNN and NBC (via Breaking News) reporting that a guy tried to detonate explosives by lighting a fuse in his shoes on a flight from D.C. to Denver.
Fox News:
Qatar Diplomat Arrested After Disturbance on United Flight  —  Fox News' source said it did not appear to involve an explosive substance or device
Discussion: Power Line
Anahad O'Connor / New York Times:   Air Marshals Intervene in Incident on Plane
BBC:   Diplomat sparks US jet bomb scare
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 …
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Sister Toldjah:
Quote of the day  —  On post-Civil Rights era racism in the North and South: … - baldilocks, in a discussion that stemmed from Ed Morrissey's post on VA Gov. Bob McDonnell's major “Confederate History Month” blunder, a post with which I mostly concur - except for the part about not understanding …
Rachel Slajda / TPM LiveWire:
Apologetic McDonnell Adds Slavery Clause To ‘Confederate History Month’ Proclamation
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.
BBC:
Kyrgyz opposition claims control  —  Violence on the streets of Bishkek as protesters and police clash  —  The opposition in Kyrgyzstan says it is setting up a “people's government” after deadly clashes left some 65 dead.  —  Ex-Foreign Minister Roza Otunbayeva told the BBC that new defence and interior ministers had been appointed.
Discussion: AMERICAblog News and Truthdig
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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.
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CNN:
Palin, Bachmann rally conservatives
Discussion: Pat Dollard and The Note
Peter Elkind / Fortune:
What now for Eliot Spitzer?  —  (Fortune) — Fortune editor at large Peter Elkind spent almost two years working on his new book, Rough Justice: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer, due out from Portfolio April 20.  An exclusive excerpt of the book will appear in the next issue of Fortune and on Fortune.com.
Discussion: The Fix and The Atlantic Online
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Matt Cover / CNSNews:
Rep. Wasserman Schultz Insists Health Care Law Doesn't Require Individuals to Buy Insurance  —  (CNSNews.com) - Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D.-Fla.) is insisting that the new health care law she voted for last month does not mandate that individuals buy health insurance, despite language in the law that plainly says otherwise.
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 …
David Freddoso / Washington Examiner:
Five things we learned about Obamacare after it passed  —  “[W]e have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it, away from the fog of the controversy.”  —  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., famously said that about President Obama's health care reform package.  She was right.
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Jim Hoft / Gateway Pundit:
Harry Reid Won't Announce Stops On Bus Tour Out of Fear of Protesters
Discussion: Pajamas Media
Devlin Barrett / Associated Press:
AP sources: FBI arrests man for threatening Pelosi  —  WASHINGTON — The FBI arrested a northern California man Wednesday for allegedly making threatening phone calls to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi over health care reform, law enforcement officials told The Associated Press.
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
GOP lawmaker ripped by Tea Party activist  —  Republican Rep. Frank LoBiondo (N.J.) received heavy criticism from a Tea Party activist at a recent town hall meeting in his district.  —  In a YouTube video, the eighth-term congressman is grilled on his knowledge of the Constitution …
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Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Voters Issue Strong Rebuke of Incumbents in Congress  —  Fewer than half (49%) would re-elect own member, 28% for most members  —  PRINCETON, NJ — A record-low percentage of U.S. voters — 28% — say most members of Congress deserve to be re-elected.  The previous low was 29% in October 1992.
Anne Schroeder Mullins / The Politico:
STORMY STUNT IRKS GOP  —  Stormy Daniels and her team may not have come to a conclusion about her Senate candidacy over the past few months (and we'd be surprised if they ever do!), but she's nonetheless managed to be a thorn in the side of Louisiana Republicans.
Dick Morris / The Hill:
GOP will win House, Senate  —  Stanley Greenberg and James Carville claim that the Republican Party has peaked too soon.  —  Stanley Greenberg and James Carville claim that the Republican Party has peaked too soon.  Incredibly, Greenberg says that “when we look back on this, we're going to say Massachusetts is when 1994 happened.”
Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
Internal grumbling on GOP's 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.
Garry Wills / New York Times:
Behind Obama's Cool  —  In 2004, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky of Illinois attended a White House event wearing the campaign pin of her state's candidate for the United States Senate.  When she saw President Bush do a double take at the one word on her pin, she assured him that it spelled “Obama,” not “Osama.”
Discussion: JustOneMinute and The Daily Dish
Keith Bradsher / New York Times:
China Offers High-Speed Rail to California  —  BEIJING — Nearly 150 years after American railroads brought in thousands of Chinese laborers to build rail lines across the West, China is poised once again to play a role in American rail construction.  But this time, it would be an entirely different role …
Craig Whitlock / Washington Post:
U.S. looks to nonnuclear weapons to use as deterrent  —  As the White House pushes for cuts in the U.S. nuclear arsenal, the Pentagon is developing a weapon to help fill the gap: missiles armed with conventional warheads that could strike anywhere in the world in less than an hour.
Discussion: Guardian and American Power
 
 
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