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10:25 AM ET, April 10, 2010


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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
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.
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 …
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Justice Stevens' retirement and Elena Kagan
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Outside the Box SCOTUS Idea
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 —  WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama's nominee to head the Justice Department's Office of Legal Counsel has withdrawn her bid for confirmation, after several Republicans objected to her criticism of the Bush administration's terrorist interrogation policies.
The Huffington Post:
Dawn Johnsen, Key Obama Justice Nominee, Withdraws Her Nomination  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  Dawn Johnsen, the president's appointment to the Office of Legal Counsel whose nomination has lingered in Congressional limbo for more than a year, has officially withdrawn her candidacy for the post …
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Obama Nominee to Legal Office Withdraws
Discussion: Power Line
Daniel Foster / The Corner on National Review Online:
SCOTUS Short-List: from Left to Lefter — By: Daniel Foster
Discussion: TPMDC and FiveThirtyEight
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 …
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
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
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 …
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.
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 Politico and The Hill
New York Times:
U.S. Tries Softer Approach to Afghan Leader  —  WASHINGTON — After more than a year of watching America's ability to influence President Hamid Karzai ebb, Obama administration officials now admit privately that the tough-love approach Mr. Obama adopted when he came to power may have been a big mistake.
Fouad Ajami / Wall Street Journal:
Afghanistan and the Decline of American Power
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
Ted Mann / The Day newspaper:
McMahon warned steroid doctor of investigation  —  In December 1989, as federal investigators were zeroing in on a Pennsylvania doctor who would soon be convicted of selling steroids to professional wrestlers, Linda McMahon sent a confidential memo to a fellow executive at Titan Sports …
Luke Harding / Guardian:
Kyrgyzstan president left only $80m  —  • Bakiyev ‘plundered state and favoured family’  —  • Otunbayeva says Russia recognises new regime  —  The head of Kyrgyzstan's new interim government yesterday revealed that her country was broke and said that the former president …
Transcript: George Stephanopoulos Interviews President Obama  —  ‘Good Morning America’ Anchor Sat Down for Exclusive Interview Following START Treaty Signing … GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS: Mr. President, thanks very much for doing this.  —  OBAMA: Thank you.
Anne Flaherty / Associated Press:
Republicans expected to line up behind New START
Discussion: Open Congress
Confederate Yankee:
Obama Questions Palin's Nuclear Wisdom  —  He simply doesn't know when to shut up: … Palin's view of nuclear weapons was shaped by her stint as the commander in chief of the Alaskan National Guard, our first line of defense against Soviet nuclear weapons.
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Donald Sensing / Sense of Events:
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Discussion: Politics Daily, Romenesko and USA Today
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GOP Obamacare strategy: Try repeal, then cut
 Earlier Items: 
Jonah Goldberg / National Review:
If We Europeanize, Europe Is in Trouble
Discussion: Riehl World View
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Study: Health aid made some countries cut budgets
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Discussion: Bloomberg