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11:55 AM 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 …
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 …
The Politico:
Romney wins SRLC straw poll
Discussion: Liberty Maven, Ben Smith's Blog and CNN
Peter Hamby / CNN:
Romney nips Paul in GOP straw poll
Discussion: Below The Beltway
David Weigel / Right Now:
The SRLC straw poll, up for grabs
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
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
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
Amanda Terkel / Think Progress:
Huckabee Compares Gays To Drug Users, Says They're Unfit To Adopt Kids Because ‘Children Are Not Puppies’  —  Former Arkansas governor and current Fox News personality Mike Huckabee gave an interview with the College of New Jersey's magazine The Perspective in which he made clear …
Nelson D. Schwartz / New York Times:
Interest Rates Have Nowhere to Go but Up  —  Even as prospects for the American economy brighten, consumers are about to face a new financial burden: a sustained period of rising interest rates.  —  That, economists say, is the inevitable outcome of the nation's ballooning debt …
Discussion: Beat the Press
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 Thompson:
Unlearning Whiteness  —  TDK directs us to Jonathan Kay's account of his visit to a “Thinking About Whiteness” anti-racism workshop, where he struggles to learn the rules of cultivated lunacy.  Among the teachings on offer are, … And, … Ah, very clever.  Guilt in all directions.
Luke Harding / Guardian:
Polish president among 96 killed in plane crash  —  All 96 passengers, including top Polish officials, dead after presidential aircraft crashes in thick fog  —  The Polish president, Lech Kaczynski, and his wife were among 96 people killed when their plane crashed in thick fog on its approach …
Polish president, 96 others killed in jet crash
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The Libertarians and the Democrats
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Bob Herbert / New York Times:
A Voice of Reason  —  The Republican Party is not simply the “just-say-no” party.
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