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6:50 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: Washington Monthly and Daily Kos
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
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 …
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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John Sides / The Monkey Cage:
Why It's So Hard to Cut the Federal Budget
Discussion: The Daily Dish
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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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.
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
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
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
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
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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Christina Bellantoni / TPMDC:
GOPers Debate What's Worse — Keep Steele Or Face Media Blitz If He's Fired  —  Even Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele's harshest critics agree that pushing him out before his tenure is up would be a PR nightmare — saying that even though he may deserve the boot …
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Chris Stirewalt / Associated Press:
GOP should fire Steele for sake of racial equality
Discussion: Hot Air and Beltway Confidential
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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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.
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: Left Coast Rebel and Don Surber
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
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
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.
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: Ezra Klein and Hullabaloo
Adam C. Smith / St. Petersburg Times:
As Rubio gains, Crist shifts  —  When Marco Rubio announced Wednesday that he had raised a whopping $3.6 million over the past 90 days, it was another game-changer in the Republican U.S. Senate primary.  —  This just a day after Gov. Charlie Crist bucked fellow Republicans and vetoed …
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.
Ezra Klein:
The unemployment rate and November  —  “All these wonderful graphs and not one that tracks what really matter, the unemployment RATE,” wrote visionbrkr in response to my earlier round-up of economic graphs.  Actually, I'd just forgotten to include an unemployment rate chart, it wasn't part of some devious plan to hide the metric.
 
 
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Oil drilling prompts Al Gore's first public split on climate with President Obama
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The Senate Races Post-Health Care
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AFL-CIO chief claims he witnessed disputed racial insult at Obamacare rally
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Pawlenty: Nuke move a ‘bad decision’
Discussion: GOP 12
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msnbc.com:
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W. James Antle, III / American Spectator:
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