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3:15 AM ET, April 10, 2010


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Devlin Barrett / Associated Press:
Obama pick for Justice post withdraws  —  WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama's nominee to head the Justice Department's Office of Legal Counsel has withdrawn her bid for confirmation, after several Republicans objected to her criticism of the Bush administration's terrorist interrogation policies.
The Huffington Post:
Dawn Johnsen, Key Obama Justice Nominee, Withdraws Her Nomination  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  Dawn Johnsen, the president's appointment to the Office of Legal Counsel whose nomination has lingered in Congressional limbo for more than a year, has officially withdrawn her candidacy for the post …
Ezra Klein:
Pick a politician for the Supreme Court  —  My first thought on hearing that Justice Stevens was retiring was that it'd be nice to see him replaced by a legislator with legal training rather than another lawyer.  As Matt Yglesias writes, “this is one of these things that pundits …
Discussion: Riehl World View
Who Should Replace Justice Stevens?  —  An offbeat shortlist.  —  Justice John Paul Stevens has announced his plans to retire.  Let the shortlist parlor game begin.  Of course, it already has.  The three names that the White House has been bandying about to reporters are Judge Diane Wood …
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Justice Stevens' retirement and Elena Kagan  —  Justice John Paul Stevens, who was appointed to the Supreme Court by Gerald Ford in 1975 and then became the leader of its “liberal” wing, told the White House today that he was retiring in the Summer.  I had been planning to write …
Daniel Foster / The Corner on National Review Online:
SCOTUS Short-List: from Left to Lefter — By: Daniel Foster
Discussion: TPMDC and FiveThirtyEight
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Obama Nominee to Legal Office Withdraws
Discussion: Power Line
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Justice Stevens to Retire After 34 Years
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Outside the Box SCOTUS Idea
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Justice John Paul Stevens to retire from court in June
The Politico:
Base stirred by Palin, but not sure she's ready yet  —  NEW ORLEANS - Sarah Palin dominated a sleepy Southern Republican Leadership Conference here Friday, stealing a show that had largely been ceded to her by other Republicans of national stature.  —  When Palin was introduced …
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
Faiz Shakir / Think Progress:
Jindal: ‘It Hurts Our Feelings’ To Be Called The ‘Party of No’  —  Today in his speech at the Southern Republican Leadership Conference, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) complained that characterizations of the GOP as the “Party of No” are hurtful: … Yet in the very next breath …
David Damron / Orlando Sentinel:
Grayson crashes local GOP meeting, tells Orange mayoral critic “take a walk”  —  U.S. Rep Alan Grayson, D-Orlando, walked in on an Orange County Republican Executive Committee meeting Thursday night at a Perkins restaurant and got into a confrontation with county mayoral candidate Matthew Falconer …
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Video: Alan Grayson crashes the tea party  —  A chance encounter from yesterday's meeting of Orange County Republicans via the Tea Party Patriots.  What happens when tea partiers meet a man fondly known to us all as Teacups?  Magical things, my friends:
Discussion: AmSpecBlog
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
A “Seditious Rant”  —  Yes, the right gets nuttier and nuttier.  From Liz Cheney's favorite Arab (Pushtun Karzai) to Gingrich's latest attempt to portray a responsible center-left president as some kind of radical socialist, it's a nuthouse.  But the nuthouse is not resisted by the establishment.
MSNBC Colleagues Laugh at Dimwit Norah O'Donnell  —  MSNBC laughingstock Norah O'Donnell broke out the racial radar this morning by making some lame assertions that Newt Gingrich's criticism of Barack Obama was somehow racist.  Yes, it's come to this in America.
Discussion: Riehl World View
Faiz Shakir / Think Progress:
Gingrich Pledges Government Shutdown If GOP Wins Back House And Senate
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Generic Ballot Points Toward Possible 50+ Seat Loss for Democrats  —  A couple of weeks ago, we examined the potential upside case for Democrats in November's midterms.  If the party were able to limit their losses to about 20 House seats and 3-4 Senate seats, it might not have as deleterious …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
QUOTE OF THE DAY.... I appreciate the role a nuclear arsenal can play in serving as a deterrent against adversaries.  But Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota may not appreciate the notion of a proportionate response. … There are obviously a lot of errors of fact and judgment in that quote …
Ted Mann / The Day newspaper:
McMahon warned steroid doctor of investigation  —  In December 1989, as federal investigators were zeroing in on a Pennsylvania doctor who would soon be convicted of selling steroids to professional wrestlers, Linda McMahon sent a confidential memo to a fellow executive at Titan Sports …
Anne Flaherty / Associated Press:
Republicans expected to line up behind New START  —  WASHINGTON - Despite near gridlock in the Senate, Republicans were expected to swing behind a new arms control treaty with Russia that President Barack Obama said they will like, even though some are reserving judgment until Obama can assure …
Gus Lubin / The Business Insider:
15 Mind-Blowing Facts About Wealth And Inequality In America  —  The rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer.  Cliché, sure, but it's also more true than at any time since the Gilded Age.  —  The poor are getting poorer, wages are falling behind inflation, and social mobility is at an all-time low.
Fouad Ajami / Wall Street Journal:
Afghanistan and the Decline of American Power  —  President Karzai's anti-American shift is a statement about the standing of the Obama administration in the region.  —  President Obama's “war of necessity” in Afghanistan increasingly has to it the mark of a military campaign disconnected from a bigger political strategy.
Roger Hickey /*:
URGENT: Stop CNN From Airing Deficit Propaganda  —  This weekend, CNN is giving four hours of free airtime to the leading propagandist fanning the flames of deficit hysteria, Pete Peterson, along with his lackeys.  Bloggers and online activists are joining today to promote this action:
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Majority of state chairs back Steele  —  Michael Steele seems to be on his way to surviving the latest round of calls for his resignation, and his supporters just produced a statement from 31 GOP state chairmen supporting his continued tenure —hardly an overwhelming number, but enough.
David Weigel / Right Now:
RNC members will meet with Steele to discuss ‘distraction,’ ‘concerns’
Discussion: Hot Air
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Aaron Deslatte / Orlando Sentinel:
Crist raises $1.1 million to Rubio's $3.6 million
Off the Radar: Private Planes Hidden From Public View
Discussion: Politics Daily, USA Today and Romenesko
Dan / Riehl World View:
Does The Tea Party Movement Need A Federation?
It does not pay to beat up on yourself when others will do it for free
Byron York / Associated Press:
GOP Obamacare strategy: Try repeal, then cut
Jonah Goldberg / National Review:
If We Europeanize, Europe Is in Trouble
Maria Cheng / Associated Press:
Study: Health aid made some countries cut budgets
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
GOP Senator Floats Filibuster
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Kai Wright / RaceWire:
Workers Tell Senators What They Think About Its Failure [VIDEO]
Discussion: Bloomberg
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Paul, Romney backers stacking straw poll deck
Publius /
Government Spending  —  Budget deficits are rapidly becoming …
Tim Reid / Times of London:
George W. Bush ‘knew Guantánamo prisoners were innocent’