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1:50 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 …
The Politico:
Stupak won't seek reelection  —  Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Mich.), who had a central role in the health reform fight as the leader of anti-abortion Democrats, plans to announce Friday that he will not run for reelection, a Democratic official said.  Without Stupak on the ballot …
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.
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Bart Stupak to retire  —  Michigan Democratic Rep. Bart Stupak will not seek reelection this fall, a decision that comes hard on his front-and-center (and controversial) role in the recent passage of President Barack Obama's health-care legislation.  —  “This year, after all that we've accomplished …
Monica Potts / American Prospect:
Stupak's Mistake.  —  Bart Stupak is expected to announce he will retire today, but David Weigel at The Washington Post tells us that the Tea Party Express was ready to take credit yesterday, when Stupak's decision not to run for re-election was just a rumor.
David Dayen / Firedoglake:
Stupak to Retire Because of Death Threats; Entire Rest of Democratic …
Discussion: The Caucus
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.
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  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Liberal Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens announced on Friday that he will resign, giving President Barack Obama his second high court appointment and setting up a potential partisan election-year Senate confirmation battle.
The Hill:
Justice Stevens to retire ‘in the best interests’ of the Supreme Court
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 …
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 …
Karen Travers / ABCNEWS:
EXCLUSIVE: President Obama on Nukes, Palin, Confederacy and Iran  —  Obama Brushes Back Criticism from Former Alaska Governor, Questions Virginia Civil War Controversy  —  After signing the historic nuclear disarmament treaty with Russia, President Obamapushed back in an interview with ABC News …
Tabassum Zakaria / Reuters:
President Obama questions Sarah Palin's nuclear acumen
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
QUOTE OF THE DAY.... I appreciate the role a nuclear arsenal …
Discussion: The Note
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Obama vs. Palin: ‘Not... nuclear expert’
Discussion: The Daily Caller and CNN
Mike Madden / Salon:
Newt Gingrich: Say yes to government shutdowns!  —  The former House speaker tells southern Republicans to “say yes” — especially to defunding Obama's policies  —  NEW ORLEANS — The theme of Newt Gingrich's speech Thursday night at the Southern Republican Leadership Conference was supposed to be “the party of yes.”
Peterhamby / CNN:
RNC members sign letter in support of Steele
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
Aaron Blake / The Hill:
Gingrich on this Congress: ‘We will repeal virtually everything they did’
Discussion: CNN, Suburban Guerrilla and
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 …
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 …
Jennifer Rubin / Commentary:
Liz Cheney: Maybe We Should Be Nice to Our Allies  —  Liz Cheney at the Republican Southern Leadership Conference issued a searing indictment of Obama's treatment of our allies: … Although Cheney is undeniably one of the most popular conservatives and the Left's second-favorite bogeywoman …
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:
LeMieux: Expect more retirements from the Senate
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