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3:35 PM ET, April 10, 2010

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New York Times:
Polish President Dies in Jet Crash in Russia  —  WARSAW — A plane carrying the Polish president and dozens of the country's top political and military leaders to the site of the Soviet massacre of Polish officers in World War II crashed in western Russia on Saturday, killing everyone on board.
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theblogprof:
KGB'd?  Polish President, High Level Officials Die In Plane Crash Over Russia  —  The sad news this morning of the Polish President and some of the highest-level leaders in the Polish government over Russia smells rancid to me.  Consider that:  — Polish president Lech Kaczynski was a friend of the US …
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: Pajamas Media and Scared Monkeys
Associated Press:
Polish leader, 96 others dead in Russia jet crash  —  SMOLENSK, Russia - Polish President Lech Kaczynski and some of the country's highest military and civilian leaders died on Saturday when the presidential plane crashed as it came in for a landing in thick fog in western Russia, killing 97, officials said.
Reliapundit / THE ASTUTE BLOGGERS:
POLAND'S PRESIDENT AND 132 OTHERS DIE IN PLANE CRASH ON WAY TO COMMEMORATE THE KATYN MASSACRE  —  UPDATED - SCROLL DOWN...  BBC: … PICTURES AND VIDEO OF THE CRASH SITE.  HERE.  —  SAD.  HORRIBLE.  RIP.  —  MORE ON THE KATYN MASSACRE: … THE MASSACRE WAS NOT ATYPICAL; IT WAS AN S.O.P. - FOR AND STALIN AND THE USSR.
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 …
CNN:
Polish president killed in plane crash
BBC:
Polish president dies in plane crash
Discussion: Mediaite
The Politico:
Polish president dies in plane crash
Discussion: CNN
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 …
Amy Gardner / Washington Post:
Palin fires up GOP on Obama, midterm elections at annual conference  —  NEW ORLEANS — Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin captivated a crowd of more than 3,000 Republican Party activists here Friday with a speech featuring the same blend of folksiness and anti-Obama fire that has made her an icon within …
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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.
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The Politico:
Right gears for court fight, not filibuster
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
“Bias”  —  Not to nitpick too much, but the decision by Andrew Golis and Chris Lehman to kick off their new Yahoo News venture with lame efforts at even-handedness kind of annoyed me: … I think it's important to note that on the Media Matters “about us” page they don't once mention bias.
Discussion: Yahoo! News
Bob Herbert / New York Times:
A Voice of Reason  —  The Republican Party is not simply the “just-say-no” party.  It's also a shameless advocate of the free lunch.  Ronald Reagan famously told us he could jack up defense spending, cut taxes and balance the federal budget all at the same time.  —  George W. Bush put two big wars on a credit card.
Discussion: Liberal Values
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Haley Barbour's growing influence  —  A self-described “fat redneck” is the most influential Republican in the country in our latest Friday Line.  —  Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour is that rare combination of effective politician and savvy strategist, popular in his home state and revered among …
M.C. Tracey / The Perspective:
Huckabee Rips Steele, Romney, LGBT Activists  —  Calls Romney's Healthcare Plan “Dismal Failure,” Compares Same-Sex Marriage to Incest  —  In an interview Wednesday, former Arkansas governor and Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee weighed in on embattled Republican National …
Discussion: The Huffington Post
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: The Hill, CNN and The Politico
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
REMEMBER THOSE TAX CUTS?.... April 15 comes this week …
Discussion: The White House
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.
JammieWearingFool:
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.
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.
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New York Times:
U.S. Tries Softer Approach to Afghan Leader
 
 
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