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4:00 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 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.
David Dayen / Firedoglake:
Stupak to Retire Because of Death Threats; Entire Rest of Democratic Caucus Holds Firm  —  Stupak campaign sign—now a collector's item (photo: Brian Rendel)  —  Bart Stupak will not seek re-election to Congress, Marc Ambinder reports. … If you're a politician not inclined to deliver under …
Mark Sherman / Associated Press:
Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens retiring  —  WASHINGTON - Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, the court's oldest member and leader of its liberal bloc, is retiring.  President Barack Obama now has his second high court opening to fill.  —  Stevens said Friday he will step …
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.
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.
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Outside the Box SCOTUS Idea
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Man in the News: Stevens's Retirement Ends an Era, for Court and Nation
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 …
Taylor Marsh / The Huffington Post:
Where's the Left's Sarah Palin?  —  While Democrats and the Obama White House continue to take jabs at Sarah Palin, the fact remains they can't resist rising to her bait, with the media loving to pit Palin against Obama whenever the chance arises.  Even when Pres. Obama says he's not going to respond …
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 …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Palin defends Karzai, echoes Cheney  —  Sarah Palin, whose complaints about nuclear policy President Obama brushed off yesterday, delivered an extended attack on Obama's foreign policy that closely followed Liz Cheney's criticism at the same Southern Republican Leadership Conference yesterday.
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.
Michelle Malkin:
Alan Grayson goes nuts at a Perkins family restaurant
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].”
Tim Reid / Times of London:
George W. Bush ‘knew Guantánamo prisoners were innocent’  —  George W. Bush, Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld covered up that hundreds of innocent men were sent to the Guantánamo Bay prison camp because they feared that releasing them would harm the push for war in Iraq …
Rick Albin / WOOD-TV:
Stabenow: unemployment extension likely  —  Congress on break until next week  —  GRAND RAPIDS, Michigan (WOOD) - Thousands of Americans are losing unemployment benefits this week since the US House and Senate left Washington without passing another extension.
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:   Stabenow ‘pretty confident’ Senate will approve unemployment benefits extension
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
Jonathan Rauch / National Journal Online:
David Frum, A Buckley For Our Time
Discussion: The Volokh Conspiracy
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 …
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Peter Hamby / CNN:
RNC members sign letter in support of Steele
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Paul, Romney backers stacking straw poll deck
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Government Spending  —  Budget deficits are rapidly becoming …
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33 states out of money to fund jobless benefits
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Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Foreign Policy for a Positive Sum World
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
LeMieux: Expect more retirements from the Senate