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12:10 PM ET, April 10, 2010


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New York Times:
President of Poland Killed in Plane Crash in Russia  —  MOSCOW - A plane carrying the Polish president, Lech Kaczynski, and dozens of the country's top political and military leaders crashed in a heavy fog in western Russia on Saturday morning, killing everyone aboard.
Daily Mail:
A nation in mourning: Polish president and wife among 88 confirmed dead as plane crashes in Russia  —  Polish president Lech Kaczynski and his wife Maria have been killed after their plane crashed on approach to Smolensk airport in western Russia.  —  There were conflicting reports today of the number of people on board the flight.
Discussion: theblogprof and Scared Monkeys
Polish president dies in plane crash  —  Footage from the scene shows firefighters at work amid the wreckage  —  Polish President Lech Kaczynski and scores of others have been killed in a plane crash in Russia.  —  Polish and Russian officials said no-one had survived after the plane apparently hit trees …
Discussion: Mediaite
ABC News:
Putin to head investigation into Polish president's death  —  By Moscow correspondent Norman Hermant and wires  —  Russia says Prime Minister Vladimir Putin will personally head the investigation into an aeroplane crash that killed Poland's president.  —  A total of 96 people were on board …
The Politico:
Polish president dies in plane crash  —  Poland's President Lech Kaczynski, his wife and several high-ranking officials were killed Saturday when the plane they were traveling on crashed in foggy conditions while landing at a Russian airport.  —  Kaczynski and a delegation of military and civilian leaders …
Discussion: CNN
Lyle Denniston / SCOTUSblog:
The “Kennedy Court,” only more so  —  Analysis  —  If it has been so that the Supreme Court could properly be called the “Kennedy Court,” because of Justice Anthony M. Kennedy's grip on a tie-breaking vote much of the time, that may well be even more so when the Justices open a new Term next October.
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 —  WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama's nominee to head the Justice Department's Office of Legal Counsel has withdrawn her bid for confirmation, after several Republicans objected to her criticism of the Bush administration's terrorist interrogation policies.
Who Should Replace Justice Stevens?
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Obama Nominee to Legal Office Withdraws
Discussion: Power Line
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Outside the Box SCOTUS Idea
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
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 …
Faiz Shakir / Think Progress:   Jindal: ‘It Hurts Our Feelings’ To Be Called The ‘Party of No’
David Weigel / Right Now:
RNC members will meet with Steele to discuss ‘distraction,’ ‘concerns’
Discussion: Hot Air and Washington Post
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.
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 …
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Tax day: $160-billion relief, and counting  —  More than $160 billion in tax relief has been granted to families and businesses under the American Recovery and Reinvetment Act signed into law last year, Presdent Barack Obama announced today with a radio address near the eve of Tax Day.
Discussion: CNN, The Politico and The Hill
Adam C. Smith / St. Petersburg Times:
Junior Florida Republican Party staffer had $1.3 million charged to party credit card  —  She was a 25-year-old junior staffer when the Florida Republican Party gave her an American Express card.  —  Over the next 2½ years, nearly $1.3 million in charges wound up on Melanie Phister's AmEx …
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.
New York Times:
U.S. Tries Softer Approach to Afghan Leader
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 …
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:
Deficits and Spending  —  Taking a deeper look at the film IOUSA.
Discussion: The Huffington Post
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