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8:40 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.
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 …
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.
Polish president killed in plane crash  —  (CNN) — Polish President Lech Kaczynski was killed early Saturday along with his wife, several top military officials, and the head of the national bank when their plane crashed at a western Russian airport, officials said.
Daily Mail:
A nation in mourning: Polish president and wife among 88 confirmed …
Discussion: Scared Monkeys
Luke Harding / Guardian:
Polish president among 96 killed in plane crash
Polish leader dies in plane crash
Discussion: Mediaite
The Politico:
Polish president dies in plane crash
Discussion: CNN
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 …
Gingrich says Palin ‘tremendously important’  —  Gingrich is touting Sarah Palin's role in the Republican Party.  —  (CNN) - Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, still considered among the most influential members of the Republican Party, is touting Sarah Palin's impact on the GOP and her future in the party.
Discussion: The Politico and Ben Smith's Blog
Amy Gardner / Washington Post:
Palin fires up GOP on Obama, midterm elections at annual conference
Zaid Jilani / Think Progress:
Palin blames ‘Gore-gate’ for ‘this snake oil science stuff.’
Khopkins / Southern Republican Leadership …:
SRLC 2010 Straw Poll Results  —  If the primary election for president were held today, for whom would you vote?  Please check the box by the candidate of your choice.  —  Newt Gingrich 18%  —  Mike Huckabee 4%  —  Gary Johnson 1%  —  Sarah Palin 18%  —  Ron Paul 24% (438 votes)
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and GOP 12
David Weigel / Right Now:
The SRLC straw poll, up for grabs  —  NEW ORLEANS — Supporters of Rep. Ron Paul (R-Tex.) are amused by the rumors about their straw poll prowess.  —  “We keep hearing about the well-organized Paul machine,” said Tim Shoemaker, a legislative campaigner for Paul's 501(c)4, the Campaign for Liberty …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
REMEMBER THOSE TAX CUTS?.... April 15 comes this week, so taxes will no doubt be on the minds of many.  President Obama used his weekly address to remind the public about a little detail that usually goes overlooked: he cut taxes.  —  “All across America are good, decent folks who meet …
The White House:   Weekly Address: Recovery Act Benefiting American Families During Tax Season
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Tax day: $160-billion relief, and counting
Discussion: The Hill, CNN and The Politico
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 …
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 and
Nyier Abdou / New Jersey Online:
Friends and colleagues remember Franks as tireless mentor, decisive leader … NEWARK — Former U.S. Rep Bob Franks, a longtime Republican strategist credited with engineering the resurgence of the GOP and nearly becoming governor, was remembered today by friends and colleagues as being a brilliant tactician and a natural candidate.
Discussion: The Eye
The Politico:
Right gears for fight, not filibuster  —  Conservative judicial activists say they won't ask their Republican allies to go to the mat over President Barack Obama's nominee to replace Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens by pressing for the ultimate weapon in a court fight - a filibuster.
Lyle Denniston / SCOTUSblog:
The “Kennedy Court,” only more so
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 …
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
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