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1:15 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 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 …
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 …
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 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.
The Note:
Abortion Foe Bart Stupak to Retire from Congress
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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?
CNN:
It's official: Justice Stevens to retire from Supreme Court
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  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama on Thursday made clear he was not going to take advice from Republican Sarah Palin when it comes to decisions about the U.S. nuclear arsenal.  —  Palin, the former vice presidential candidate …
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Obama vs. Palin: ‘Not... nuclear expert’
Discussion: CNN and The Daily Caller
Ron Fournier / Associated Press:
Gingrich: Obama is ‘most radical president ever’  —  NEW ORLEANS - Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, a potential presidential candidate in 2012, called Barack Obama on Thursday “the most radical president in American history” who oversees a “secular, socialist machine.”
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Mike Madden / Salon:
Newt Gingrich: Say yes to government shutdowns!
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 …
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 …
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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