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11:00 AM ET, April 12, 2010

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Matthew DeLong / Washington Post:
Republicans say Obama's Supreme Court pick must be mainstream  —  Senate Republican leaders declined to rule out a filibuster of President Obama's nominee to succeed retiring Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, if they think the pick falls outside the judicial mainstream.
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Ben Geman / E2-Wire:
Crunch time for climate change bill
Discussion: Pundit & Pundette
Sewell Chan / New York Times:
Democrat Predicts Fast Action on Supreme Court Vacancy
New York Times:
1994 Republican Rout Is Casting Shadow in 2010  —  WASHINGTON — The year was 1994.  Congressional Democrats were battered after a failed fight to pass a health care bill.  It was the first midterm election for a new Democratic president, Bill Clinton.  By overwhelming numbers …
Discussion: The Strata-Sphere and PoliBlog
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John Harwood / The Caucus:
Conflicting Signs for Midterm Elections  —  As if Republicans did not have enough cause for optimism this year, the pollster Neil Newhouse offers this lesson from history: Since John F. Kennedy occupied the White House, presidents with approval ratings below 50 percent have seen their parties lose …
Discussion: Democratic Strategist
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
Political pendulum in Michigan swings away from the Democrats  —  What's the matter with Michigan?  —  The Wolverine State shifted heavily toward Democrats over the past decade — Sen. Debbie Stabenow unseated a Republican incumbent in 2000, and Gov. Jennifer Granholm was elected two years later …
Discussion: The Page
John Marzulli / NY Daily News:
Zazi, Al Qaeda pals planned rush-hour attack on Grand Central, Times Square subway stations  —  Chilling new details about the foiled Al Qaeda plot to blow up the city's busiest subways have emerged as a fourth suspect was quietly arrested in Pakistan, the Daily News has learned.
John Tierney / New York Times:
Hallucinogens Have Doctors Tuning In Again  —  As a retired clinical psychologist, Clark Martin was well acquainted with traditional treatments for depression, but his own case seemed untreatable as he struggled through chemotherapy and other grueling regimens for kidney cancer.  Counseling seemed futile to him.
Discussion: JustOneMinute
Sharyl Attkisson / CBS News:
Washington Readies for Huge Nuclear Summit  —  Top of the Agenda: Securing Loose Nuclear Materials that Could End Up in the Hands of Al Qaeda  —  (CBS) The nation's capital is gearing up for a very busy couple of days.  President Obama opens a summit on nuclear security Monday with dozens of world leaders scheduled to attend.
Discussion: JOSHUAPUNDIT and The Reaction
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CNN:
Obama hosts two-day summit on nuclear security
Discussion: This Just In, Time and The Politico
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
DAVID GREGORY'S SENSE OF FACT-CHECKING.... The Washington Post's Howard Kurtz noted this morning that NBC's “Meet the Press,” still the most watched Sunday public affair show, is posed to undergo some cosmetic changes.  It will not, however, follow ABC's lead on the fact-checking front.
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Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:   Media Notes: Are newspaper critics old hat amid the flood of online critics?
Ben Pershing / Washington Post:
Bill to extend jobless benefits faces Senate showdown  —  Congress is poised for another partisan showdown over extending unemployment insurance, as concerns about the growing budget deficit have complicated the path forward for an otherwise popular program.
Discussion: MLive.com and SENATUS
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Tom Kington / Guardian:
Bishop ‘blames Jews’ for abuse row  —  A furious transatlantic row has erupted over quotes that were attributed to a retired Italian bishop, which suggested that Jews were behind the current criticism of the Catholic church's record on tackling clerical sex abuse.
Cristina Corbin / Fox News:
Tea Party Rallies Remain a Cauldron for Conspiracy Theories  —  The Tea Party Express has toured state after state trying to kick up a debate about constitutional rights and cast doubt on the legality of the recently passed health care overhaul, all with an eye toward the 2010 elections.
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Romney wades into Hawaii special election, raises $1.5 million for PAC  —  1. Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney will throw his support behind Honolulu City Councilman Charles Djou in advance of the May 22 special election, an endorsement that will draw further national attention to the increasingly competitive contest.
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
The Better Pope  —  The world didn't always agree with Pope John Paul II, but it always seemed to love him.  Handsome and charismatic, with an actor's flair and a statesman's confidence, he transformed the papacy from an Italian anachronism into a globe-trotting phenomenon.
Ed O'Keefe / Federal Eye:
GAO: Postal Service business ‘not viable’  —  Happy Monday!  The U.S. Postal Service's current business model “is not viable” and the mail agency should make deeper job and wage cuts, hire more part-time staff and consider outsourcing operations, according to a draft of a government audit acquired by The Federal Eye.
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Op-Ed Columnist: Bank Failures: Why Georgia?  —  As we look for ways to prevent future financial crises, many questions should be asked.  Here's one you may not have heard: What's the matter with Georgia?  —  I'm not sure how many people know that Georgia leads the nation in bank failures …
Discussion: Economist's View
Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
So How's the Economy Doing, Anyway?  —  Business Week's Mike Dorning thinks the economy is on the mend: … Floyd Norris of the New York Times agrees that a lot of people are being too pessimistic: … There's a lot to this.  But just off the top of my head, here are the things that gnaw at me when I hear stuff like this:
Max Bergmann / Think Progress:
Lieberman Gets A Chuckle Out Of Peddling Far-Right Nuke Myth  —  Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT), once a reliable vote in favor of nuclear arms reduction efforts, has now bought into the right-wing myth that our nuclear arsenal is deteriorating and that the U.S. needs to build new nuclear weapons.
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The Huffington Post:
Lieberman: Obama Won't Get Nukes Treaty Without Major Changes
New York Times:
U.S. Troops Fire on Bus in Afghanistan, Killing Civilians  —  KABUL, Afghanistan — American troops raked a large passenger bus with gunfire near the southern city of Kandahar on Monday morning, killing as many as five civilians and wounding 18, Afghan authorities and survivors said.
 
 
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Michael Graham / The Natural Truth:
An Angry Progressive's Picture Is Worth A Thousand “Angry, Right-Wing” Words
Discussion: Gateway Pundit and RedState
nyc.gov:
MAYOR BLOOMBERG, GOVERNOR PATERSON, ASSEMBLY SPEAKER SILVER …
Scott / Power Line:
Obama's useful idiocy: A look back
Discussion: BBC
Simon Johnson / The Baseline Scenario:
Greece Saved For Now - Is Portugal Next?
Discussion: Washington Post
Sewell Chan / New York Times:
U.S. Says Regulators Feuded Over WaMu for Years
Discussion: Wonk Room, The BLT and Calculated Risk
Deborah Solomon / Wall Street Journal:
Cost of Bailouts Eases
 Earlier Items: 
Richard Pérez-Peña / New York Times:
Poll Finds Pessimism Among Print and Broadcast Journalists
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and Romenesko
Terry Macalister / Guardian:
US military warns oil output may dip causing massive shortages by 2015
Mona Charen / Real Clear Politics:
What the Euphemisms Tell Us
Christopher Hope / Telegraph:
General Election 2010: Labour accused of using cancer patient database …
Bob Parks / Big Government:
So, 'Voicemails Expose Left's Racism'... Where's The MSM Been All This Time?
Steven Thomma / MiamiHerald.com:
Unified by hatred of Obama, GOP still searches for challenger