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12:50 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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Kate Zernike / New York Times:
Testing Influence of the Tea Party in Kentucky Race  —  PIKEVILLE, Ky. — Most any other year, this state's open Senate seat would be Trey Grayson's.  —  The Tea Party movement may aid Dr. Rand Paul in his bid for Kentucky's open Senate seat.  —  The latest on President Obama …
Bill Barrow / New Orleans Times-Picayune:
Texas Gov. Rick Perry tries to match Palin as a GOP crowd-pleaser
Discussion: Firedoglake
Peter Hamby / CNN:
Romney nips Paul in GOP straw poll
Discussion: Below The Beltway
The Politico:
Romney wins SRLC straw poll
Discussion: Liberty Maven and Ben Smith's Blog
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 has an important op-ed piece in today's New York Times, summarizing the larger significance of Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell's “Confederate History Month” proclamation.  —  If you're just joining us, McDonnell reversed recent practice …
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.”
Discussion: CNN and The Hill
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.
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
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
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Clinton: ‘Thank goodness’ for healthcare  —  Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who attempted to overhaul the nation's healthcare insurance as first lady during the first term of her husband, former President Bill Clinton, has a couple of words for President Barack Obama's success during his first term:
Discussion: CNN
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.”
Discussion: Hot Air
Andrew Ferguson / Weekly Standard:
Nudge Nudge, Wink Wink  —  Behavioral economics—the governing theory of Obama's nanny state.  —  Among the many transformative experiences President Obama says he has planned for us, one in particular has gone relatively unnoticed.  He has vowed to remake the methods by which the federal …
Discussion: The Volokh Conspiracy
 
 
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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
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 …
Julia Preston / New York Times:
Senate Leader Vows to Take Up Immigration Overhaul