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2:25 PM ET, April 9, 2010

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Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Online:
Breaking: Stupak Will Retire  —  Rep. Bart Stupak (D-MI) plans to announce his retirement today, Democrats briefed on his decision said.  Stupak, the leader of a pro-life faction within his party, had received death threats and was under intense political pressure after he agreed to support …
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The Politico:
Stupak won't seek reelection  —  Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Mich.), who played a central role in the health reform fight as the leader of anti-abortion Democrats, announced that he will not run for reelection Friday afternoon, saying he wanted to spend more time with his family.
Michelle Malkin:
Dear Bart Stupak: DLTDHYOTWO; Update: Farewell letter added; Silence on abortion  —  Yesterday, I noted the anti-Stupak Tea Party Express protests scheduled today through Sunday in Michigan — and the Gallup poll reporting the anti-incumbency backlash.  —  Yesterday, Stupak was still insisting he'd run again.
Washington Post:
Anger over health-care reform spurs rise in threats against Congress members  —  Anger over the health-care overhaul has led to a nearly threefold increase in recent months in the number of serious threats against members of Congress, federal law enforcement officials said.
Monica Potts / American Prospect:
Stupak's Mistake.  —  Bart Stupak is expected to announce …
David Dayen / Firedoglake:
Stupak to Retire Because of Death Threats; Entire Rest of Democratic …
Discussion: The Caucus and NPR Topics
Mark Sherman / Associated Press:
Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens retiring  —  WASHINGTON (AP) - Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, the court's oldest member and leader of its liberal bloc, says he is retiring.  President Barack Obama now has his second high court opening to fill.
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Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Justice John Paul Stevens to retire from court in June  —  Justice John Paul Stevens, the longest-serving member of the current Supreme Court and the leader of its liberal wing, announced his retirement today, giving President Obama his second chance to make a mark on the nation's highest court.
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Justice Stevens to Retire After 34 Years  —  WASHINGTON — Associate Justice John Paul Stevens, the leader of the liberals on the Supreme Court, announced on Friday that he will retire at the end of this term, setting up a confirmation battle over his replacement that could dominate the political scene this summer.
James Vicini / Reuters:
Justice Stevens to resign, Obama to reshape court
CNN:
Who will Obama nominate to replace Stevens?
The Huffington Post:
Stephanopoulos Defends Asking Obama About Palin Critique  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  ABC News' George Stephanopoulos is defending his decision to ask President Barack Obama to respond to Sarah Palin's criticism of his nuclear non-proliferation policy, after several observers questioned …
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
WRONG QUESTION, RIGHT ANSWER.... President Obama sat down with ABC News' George Stephanopoulos for an exclusive interview in Prague yesterday, on the heels of the president signing in a new arms treaty with Russia.  The interview, portions of which were aired this morning on “Good Morning America …
Tabassum Zakaria / Reuters:
President Obama questions Sarah Palin's nuclear acumen
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Obama vs. Palin: ‘Not... nuclear expert’
Discussion: The Daily Caller and CNN
Faiz Shakir / Think Progress:
Gingrich Pledges Government Shutdown If GOP Wins Back House And Senate  —  On Wednesday night, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich told Sean Hannity that he's been tasked by the House Republican leadership to “to organize an effort over the next four or five months to develop a [new] compact or contract [with America].”
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Mike Madden / Salon:
Newt Gingrich: Say yes to government shutdowns!
Peterhamby / CNN:
RNC members sign letter in support of Steele
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
Jennifer Rubin / Commentary:
Liz Cheney: Maybe We Should Be Nice to Our Allies
Aaron Blake / The Hill:
Gingrich on this Congress: ‘We will repeal virtually everything they did’
Discussion: CNN, Suburban Guerrilla and msnbc.com
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 …
Jason / Tea Party Patriots Live:
VIDEO: Alan Grayson Interrupts Republican District Meeting  —  On Thursday, April 8th, 2010, Congressman Alan Grayson, Democrat in Florida's 8th district, interrupted a district meeting of the local Orange County Republican Executive Committee.  The meeting was being held at Perkins, a family restaurant.
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Michelle Malkin:
Alan Grayson goes nuts at a Perkins family restaurant
Discussion: Political Byline
WCBS-TV:
Union Memo Hints At Gov.'s Death  —  Teachers Union's Memo The Latest Salvo In War Of Words With Gov. Christie  —  HACKENSACK, N.J. (CBS) ― New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie isn't laughing about a teachers union's memo that hints of his death.  —  The memo is the latest salvo in a war …
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
A New Buckley?  —  Jon Rauch gushes over David Frum.  I can't gush over David (which is probably a relief to him), but I do respect him and have known him almost as long as Jon has.  And on the critical point right now, we are in agreement: conservatism is about applying a skepticism toward government …
Discussion: Change of Subject
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Jonathan Rauch / National Journal Online:
David Frum, A Buckley For Our Time
Discussion: The Volokh Conspiracy
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 …
Discussion: The Note
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Wall Street Journal:
Big Banks Mask Risk Levels  —  Quarter-End Loan Figures Sit 42% Below Peak, Then Rise as New Period Progresses; SEC Review  —  Major banks have masked their risk levels in the past five quarters by temporarily lowering their debt just before reporting it to the public, according to data from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.
 
 
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
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