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2:45 PM ET, April 11, 2010

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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.”
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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 …
Bridget Johnson / The Hill:
Lieberman: Not enough votes in Senate to ratify new START treaty  —  Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) said the administration may have problems getting the START treaty signed last week ratified in the Senate.  —  Lieberman said he'd arrived at his belief on the vote tally falling short …
Discussion: Commentary
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
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.”
 
 
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66% Say America Is Overtaxed
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New York Post:
Tycoon's tyrant ties threaten Nets deal
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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
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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
David Thompson:
Unlearning Whiteness  —  TDK directs us to Jonathan Kay's account …