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2:30 PM ET, April 11, 2010

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Evan McMorris-Santoro / TPMDC:
Ron Paul: President Obama Is Not A Socialist  —  Near the end of the third day of this year's Southern Republican Leadership Conference, it was time for Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) to take the stage.  Paul, fresh off his victory in the CPAC straw poll, gave a characteristically fired-up speech …
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Peter Hamby / CNN:
Romney nips Paul in GOP straw poll
Discussion: Below The Beltway
Bill Barrow / New Orleans Times-Picayune:
Texas Gov. Rick Perry tries to match Palin as a GOP crowd-pleaser
Discussion: Firedoglake
The Politico:
Romney wins SRLC straw poll
Faiz Shakir / Think Progress:
Lieberman thrilled by prospect that Obama nominee could make Supreme Court ‘slightly less liberal.’  —  The Washington Post writes that, because of “the current political climate,” Justice John Paul Stevens' “decision to step down this summer will almost certainly mean a more conservative Supreme Court …
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The Hill:
Alexander: ‘Fringe,’ ‘feelings’ court nominees could provoke filibuster  —  Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) stressed Saturday that he could exercise a filibuster of President Barack Obama's Supreme Court nominee “if the president picks someone from the fringe or somone who applies their feelings insted of applying the law.”
Jon Meacham / New York Times:
Op-Ed Contributor: Confederate History Month Blurs the Truth about the Civil War  —  IN 1956, nearly a century after Fort Sumter, Robert Penn Warren went on assignment for Life magazine, traveling throughout the South after the Supreme Court's school desegregation decisions.  Racism was thick, hope thin.
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:   CODA ON CONFEDERACY CONTROVERSY.... Newsweek editor Jon Meacham …
Stephanie Condon / CBS News:
In Event of WMD Attack, “All Bets Are Off”  —  Clinton, Gates Say New U.S. Policy Puts Other Countries “On Notice” to Avoid Nuclear Path Taken by Iran, North Korea  —  (CBS) The Obama administration's nuclear posture review may have removed some of the intentional ambiguity from U.S. nuclear policy …
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and Gateway Pundit
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Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Clinton: ‘Thank goodness’ for healthcare
Discussion: CNN
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Worlds Without Women  —  When I was in Saudi Arabia, I had tea and sweets with a group of educated and sophisticated young professional women.  —  I asked why they were not more upset about living in a country where women's rights were strangled, an inbred and autocratic state more like an archaic men's club than a modern nation.
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
CASUAL ACCUSATIONS OF TREASON.... Rep. John Fleming of Louisiana, a relatively obscure Republican freshman lawmaker, published a piece this week on the Obama administration's nuclear policies and counter-proliferation efforts.  Fleming, apparently, isn't impressed, and rehashed a variety …
Laura Myers / Las Vegas Review-Journal:
SENATE POLL: Lowden leads Republican pack  —  Numbers show front-runner would beat Reid  —  Sue Lowden has established herself as the far-ahead GOP front-runner in Nevada's U.S. Senate race and the Republican most likely to beat Sen. Harry Reid, even with a Tea Party candidate …
Discussion: The Hill
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Julia Preston / New York Times:   Senate Leader Vows to Take Up Immigration Overhaul
Matt Taibbi / Taibblog:
Brooks: Let Them Eat Work … I know, I know, I was supposed to lay off David Brooks for a while.  But how can this latest gem of his possibly be ignored?  I'm beginning to absolutely love this guy — for sheer comedy value, he really doesn't have any peers at this point …
Discussion: Balloon Juice and Corrente
David Leppard / Times of London:
Met allows Islamic protesters to throw shoes  —  SCOTLAND YARD has bowed to Islamic sensitivities and accepted that Muslims are entitled to throw shoes in ritual protest — which could have the unintended consequence of politicians or the police being hit.  —  News of the concession …
Discussion: Jihad Watch
Bridget Johnson / The Hill:
Senator: Dropping ‘Islamic extremism’ term is ‘Orwellian and counterproductive’  —  Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) on Sunday called the administration's proposal to avoid the term “Islamic extremism” in national security references “absolutely Orwellian and counterproductive.”
Amira Hass / Observer:
IDF order will enable mass deportation from West Bank  —  A new military order aimed at preventing infiltration will come into force this week, enabling the deportation of tens of thousands of Palestinians from the West Bank, or their indictment on charges carrying prison terms of up to seven years.
 
 
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Victor Davis Hanson / The Corner on National …:
Is There a Rhyme or Reason to U.S. Foreign Policy?  — By: Victor Davis Hanson
Discussion: Washington Post
Andrew Ferguson / Weekly Standard:
Nudge Nudge, Wink Wink  —  Behavioral economics—the governing theory …
Discussion: The Volokh Conspiracy
Nelson D. Schwartz / New York Times:
Interest Rates Have Nowhere to Go but Up
Discussion: Beat the Press
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David Thompson:
Unlearning Whiteness  —  TDK directs us to Jonathan Kay's account …