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4:25 PM ET, April 12, 2010


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Another Name on President Obama's Supreme Court Short List  —  Last Friday we told you that President Obama's short list of possible nominees to replace Justice John Paul Stevens on the US Supreme Court contains fewer than 10 names.  —  We told you that 7th circuit Court of Appeals Judge Diane Wood …
Mark Halperin / Time:
GOP Avoids Fight on Replacing Justice John Paul Stevens
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.
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.
Javier Manjarres / The Shark Tank:
Sarah Palin- “I Love Marco Rubio!”  —  The 2010 Southern Republican Leadership Convention (SRLC) in New Orleans featured a star-studded line up of prominent Republican politcos, headlined by former Governor Sarah Palin.  Palin's speech was well received, but it was what she said immediately afterwards that was most newsworthy.
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
The Sarcasm of Sarah Palin
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
Bernie Quigley / Pundits Blog:
The two Republican Parties: Do we still need the Senate?
Discussion: The Politico and CNN
Victor Zapanta / Think Progress:
VIDEO: Republicans Facing An Identity Crisis …
Ezra Klein:
The political case for immigration reform  —  I'd say it's pretty unlikely that comprehensive immigration reform happens this year.  But then, who cares what I think?  Harry Reid is in charge of the Senate, and he says he's got 56 votes, and it's gonna happen.
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
‘BARTER WITH YOUR DOCTOR’.... Once in a great while …
Discussion: TPMDC and Talking Points Memo
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
Political pendulum in Michigan swings away from the Democrats
Discussion: The Page
Zaid Jilani / Think Progress:
Russian President says what distinguishes Obama ‘from many other people’ is that he is ‘a thinker.’  —  Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, one of 47 world leaders gathering for the Nuclear Security Summit in Washington, D.C., appeared on ABC's Good Morning America to relay his country's concerns ahead of the summit.
Transcript: George Stephanopoulos Interviews Russian President Dmitry Medvedev
Discussion: Commentary
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 …
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 …
David Dayen / Firedoglake:
HI-01: AFL-CIO Backs Hanabusa  —  I've been writing about the special election in Hawaii, where the DCCC has apparently favored LieberDem Ed Case over Colleen Hanabusa in the winner-take-all special election to replace Neil Abercrombie, who is running for Governor.
Reid Wilson / Hotline On Call:
AFL-CIO For Hanabusa In HI
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.
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 …
Michael Barbaro / City Room:
Powell Says He Will Challenge Rangel  —  Assemblyman Adam Clayton Powell IV announced on Monday that he would challenge Representative Charles B. Rangel in this fall's Democratic primary, setting the stage for a deeply personal battle between two of Harlem's biggest political names and oldest foes.
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 poised to undergo some cosmetic changes.  It will not, however, follow ABC's lead on the fact-checking front.
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Cheney Knew They Were Innocent  —  The inmates at Gitmo were routinely referred to as “the worst of the worst.”  Rumsfeld, Bush and Cheney all knowingly pushed this lie.  And it was a lie - because they all knew that the chaotic way in which these terror suspects had been captured had left …
Discussion: and Prairie Weather
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.
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Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Democrats' Economic Confidence Improving
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Doing it With Hustle  —  Marin Cogan reports on Tom Perriello's …
Discussion: The Politico, Open Left and TPMDC
Jeannine Aversa / Associated Press:
AP survey: Recovery to remain sluggish into 2011
Discussion: Hot Air, Below The Beltway and The Page
Conan O'Brien coming to TBS
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Senate Dems to push unemployment extension, eye yearlong fix soon
Discussion: The Politico and Open Left
John Vidal / Guardian:
Leak reveals US climate strategy
Discussion: Dot Earth
James Surowiecki / New Yorker:
TIMING THE RECOVERY  —  Given high unemployment and flat wages …
Washington Post:
Millions of unemployed may never recover
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Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
The Milwaukee Voucher Failure
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Op-Ed Columnist: Bank Failures: Why Georgia?
Discussion: Economist's View