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11:40 PM ET, April 12, 2010


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Zachary Roth / TPMMuckraker:
Tea Party NY Gov Candidate's E-Mails Exposed: Racism, Porn, Bestiality  —  An online news outlet in New York state has obtained dozens of emails, many of them racist and sexually graphic, which it reports were sent by Carl Paladino, the Tea-Party-backed Republican candidate for governor of New York …
Edward Mason / Boston Herald:
Scott Brown snubs Sarah Palin, bags Tea Party rally  —  U.S. Sen. Scott Brown, whose stunning victory in January was fueled in part by Tea Party anger, has snubbed the fiery grassroots group and declined its invitation to join Sarah Palin Wednesday at a massive rally on Boston Common, the Herald has learned.
DougJ / Balloon Juice:
Principled opposition to big government  —  Carl Paladino, a Tea Party candidate for governor in New York State has been sending out stuff like this emails (via WNYMedia—scroll down the link with caution as the larger article contains many NSFW images):  —  I can't ascertain …
Lawrence Budd / Dayton Daily News:
Racial slur by Tea Party leader hits home
Andy Barr / The Politico:   Brown camp: No snub intended
Alan Colmes' Liberaland:
Tea Party Candidate For New York Governor Reportedly Sent Out Racist, Graphic Emails
Discussion: New York Post and Mediaite
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
SEIU officials: Stern to resign  —  Service Employees International Union President Andrew Stern, one of America's most prominent labor leaders, is set to resign, according to a member of the union's board and another SEIU official.  —  The President of an SEIU local based in Seattle …
Michelle Malkin:
Purple People upheaval: What's behind SEIU thug-in-chief Andy Stern's resignation?
Discussion: The Nation and BeyondChron
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
White House kills Hillary SCOTUS buzz  —  The White House moved quickly today to squelch the widening speculation that Hillary Clinton could be nominated to the Supreme Court, as Senator Orrin Hatch suggested this morning.  —  “The President thinks Secretary Clinton is doing an excellent job …
Douglas Burns / Iowa Independent:
King, Bachmann co-opt abortion rights message to attack health reform  —  SERGEANT BLUFF, Iowa — Co-opting the argument advocates of legal abortion have used for decades, two leading congressional conservatives Saturday said health-care reform is nothing short of a federal intrusion …
Discussion: TPMDC
Heather / Crooks and Liars:
Bill Kristol: Kagan Would Be Respectable Choice for Supreme Court …
Tim Graham /
Ridiculous: WaPo Claims Stevens Exit Will 'Almost Certainly Mean …
Political Punch:
Another Name on President Obama's Supreme Court Short List
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
NYT: ObamaCare may have accidentally stripped Congress of health coverage  —  The perfect ending to a day that saw support for repealing O-Care reach a new high in Rasmussen (58 percent) and support for The One reach a new weekly low in Gallup (47 percent).  Turns out that fantastically long …
Robert Pear / New York Times:
Washington Memo: Baffled by Health Plan?  So Are Some Lawmakers  —  WASHINGTON — It is often said that the new health care law will affect almost every American in some way.  And, perhaps fittingly if unintentionally, no one may be more affected than members of Congress themselves.
Frank Newport / Gallup:
Obama Weekly Approval at 47%, Lowest Yet by One Point
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
The Sarcasm of Sarah Palin  —  Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin delivered a well-received speech on Friday at the Southern Republican Leadership Conference, an address defined — as almost all of her public pronouncements have been in the 18 months since she emerged on the national political scene — by a stinging sense of sarcasm.
Clive Crook / Financial Times:
In search of a moderate Republican
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Boehner: Repealing healthcare law GOP's ‘No. 1 priority’  —  Repealing healthcare reform will be Republicans' “No. 1 priority,” their House leader said Monday.  —  House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) said that repealing the healthcare legislation passed in Congress last month …
Erika Lovley / The Politico:
‘Little punk staffers’ fuming at GOP
Josh Kraushaar / The Politico:
GOP ties Critz to health care
Jay Heflin / The Hill:
Healthcare law to sock middle class with a $3.9 billion tax increase in 2019  —  Taxpayers earning less than $200,000 a year will pay roughly $3.9 billion more in taxes — in 2019 alone — because of healthcare reform, according to the Joint Committee on Taxation, Congress's official scorekeeper for legislation.
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
‘BARTER WITH YOUR DOCTOR’.... Once in a great while, we get a peek at Republicans' health care ideals, but rarely do we see them articulated as candidly as Sue Lowden described them last week.  —  Lowden is a former state senator and chair of the Nevada Republican Party.
Eric Kleefeld / TPMDC:
NV-SEN Candidate Sue Lowden (R): ‘Barter With Your Doctor’ (VIDEO)
J. Taylor Rushing / The Hill:
Coburn predicts likely defeat of his unemployment objection  —  Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) conceded Monday that Democrats are likely to have the votes to overcome his objection to proceeding with a bill to extend unemployment benefits.  —  Coburn, who blocked efforts to pass an extension …
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
Senators End Impasse on Extending Jobless Aid
Bill Carter / Media Decoder:
How the Conan O'Brien-TBS Deal Happened  —  Conan O'Brien's manager, Gavin Polone, said that a whirlwind negotiation of only about 10 days led the late-night star to leave network television and jump to the cable network, TBS.  —  “They called us about a week and a half ago,” Mr. Polone said, in outlining how the negotiations began.
Discussion: CNN and Joe. My. God.
Conan O'Brien coming to TBS
Wall Street Journal:
Did FDR End the Depression?  —  The economy took off after the postwar Congress cut taxes  —  'He got us out of the Great Depression.  " That's probably the most frequent comment made about President Franklin Roosevelt, who died 65 years ago today.  Every Democratic president from Truman …
Jamie Guzzardo / CNN:
Conn. bishops fight sex abuse bill  —  Hartford, Connecticut (CNN) — A bill in Connecticut's legislature that would remove the statute of limitations on child sexual abuse cases has sparked a fervent response from the state's Roman Catholic bishops, who released a letter to parishioners Saturday imploring them to oppose the measure.
David Cho / Washington Post:
White House points to smaller deficit numbers  —  The federal deficit is running significantly lower than it did last year, with the budget gap for the first half of fiscal 2010 down 8 percent over the same period a year ago, senior Obama administration officials said Monday.
Roger L Simon / Pajamas Media:
CORRECTION: Visa Policy For Israeli Nuclear Scientists Did Not Begin With Obama Admin  —  On April 8, 2010, I wrote an article in this space implying that the Obama administration had instituted a new policy restricting entry to the United States for Israeli nuclear scientists who worked at the Dimona reactor.
Discussion: The Volokh Conspiracy
Sara Libby / Salon:
What about the next great female pundit?  —  Respected Op-Ed pages may be getting young new blood, but they're still mostly made up of white men  —  Late last week, Politico's Michael Calderone fretted over the fact that so many young, wonder-boy pundits were climbing to the top …
Discussion: The American Scene
Josh Rogin / Foreign Policy:
Obama: We're still working on our democracy  —  President Obama said Sunday that the United States is still “working on” democracy and a top aide said he has taken “historic steps” to improve democracy in the United States during his time in office.  —  The remarks came as Obama met …
Kos / Daily Kos:
Immigration reform as Democratic electoral firewall  —  Like health care reform before it, immigration reform has been declared dead more times than Al Qaida's #2 man.  Yet this past weekend, Harry Reid spoke to an immigration rally in Las Vegas and promised action on the issue.
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Monica Potts / American Prospect:
About Those Working Stats.  —  Last week, New York Times …
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