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5:15 PM ET, April 8, 2010

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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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Zaid Jilani / Think Progress:
Beck admits he doesn't give 'a flying crap about the political process. ...
Discussion: Daily Kos
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
Democracy in America:
This week's Economist/YouGov poll
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 …
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
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 …
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Andy Barr / The Politico:
Pawlenty: Nuke move a ‘bad decision’
Discussion: GOP 12
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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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: The Plum Line and Swampland
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.
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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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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.
Discussion: Mediaite and The Page
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Drew Wheatley / The Hill:
Report: Douglass to leave White House
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
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.
Discussion: Hot Air
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Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Voters Rate Economy as Top Issue for 2010
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.
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Sen. John Kerry / Congress Blog:
Ratify START this year
Discussion: CNN
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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Clifford J. Levy / New York Times:
Kyrgyz Opposition Group Says It Will Rule for 6 Months  —  MOSCOW — After a day of bloody protests that forced Kyrgyzstan's president to flee the capital, a transitional government led by a former foreign minister said on Thursday that it had taken power, dissolved Parliament and would remain in office for six months.
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Wall Street Journal:
Kyrgyz Opposition Forms Government
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 …
Discussion: Don Surber
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.
Jay Bookman:
GOP's ‘Repeal and replace’ slogan has no grounding in reality  —  AJC editors and columnists just finished a pretty wide-ranging 80-minute interview with Sen. Saxby Chambliss and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, and I took the opportunity to ask a question that had been nagging at me for a while.
 
 
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Ezra Klein:
The unemployment rate and November
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BBC:
Sex Pistols manager McLaren dies
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Sam Quinones / Los Angeles Times:
Humboldt County afraid of being uprooted from pot perch
msnbc.com:
‘The Rachel Maddow Show’ for Tuesday, April 6, 2010
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Bob Owens / Pajamas Media:
Shame on WikiLeaks: Framing Lawful Engagement as Anti-American Propaganda (Part Two)
 Earlier Items: 
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
Jess Bravin / Law Blog:
Chief Justice Roberts on Obama, Justice Stevens, Law Reviews, More
Discussion: Concurring Opinions and SCOTUSblog
Michelle Malkin:
More anti-anti-Census nonsense: Bill Press calls for Erick Erickson's arrest