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5:10 PM ET, April 12, 2010


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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 …
Political Punch:
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 …
Douglas Burns / Iowa Independent:   King, Bachmann co-opt abortion rights message to attack health reform
Mark Halperin / Time:
GOP Avoids Fight on Replacing Justice John Paul Stevens
Tim Graham /
Ridiculous: WaPo Claims Stevens Exit Will 'Almost Certainly Mean …
Discussion: Power Line and SCOTUSblog
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.
Discussion: The Atlantic Online and GOP 12
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.
Clive Crook / Financial Times:
In search of a moderate Republican
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Bernie Quigley / Pundits Blog:
The two Republican Parties: Do we still need the Senate?
Discussion: CNN and The Politico
Victor Zapanta / Think Progress:
VIDEO: Republicans Facing An Identity Crisis …
Christina Bellantoni / TPMDC:
Saving Steele: How The RNC Chairman's Party Allies Closed Ranks
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.
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.
Discussion: TPMDC and Talking Points Memo
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.
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 …
Josh Kraushaar / The Politico:
GOP ties Critz to health care
Erika Lovley / The Politico:
‘Little punk staffers’ fuming at GOP
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.
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 …
Mary Beth Sheridan / Washington Post:
Kazakhstan to allow U.S. overflights
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.
Sam Youngman / The Hill:
White House: Ukraine will get rid of all nuke material by 2012
Discussion: The Politico
Transcript: George Stephanopoulos Interviews Russian President Dmitry Medvedev
Discussion: Commentary
Conan O'Brien coming to TBS … And the winner of the Conan O'Brien sweepstakes is ... TBS.  —  According to a press release sent out by the cable network (which, like CNN, is a unit of Time Warner), the comedian is joining TBS to host a late-night show that is expected to debut in November.
Bill Carter / Media Decoder:
How the Conan O'Brien-TBS Deal Happened
Discussion: Joe. My. God.
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Democrats' Economic Confidence Improving
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Cheney Knew They Were Innocent
Discussion: and Prairie Weather
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Doing it With Hustle  —  Marin Cogan reports on Tom Perriello's …
Discussion: The Politico, Open Left and TPMDC
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Senate Dems to push unemployment extension, eye yearlong fix soon
Discussion: Open Left and The Politico
John Vidal / Guardian:
Leak reveals US climate strategy
Discussion: Dot Earth
James Surowiecki / New Yorker:
TIMING THE RECOVERY  —  Given high unemployment and flat wages …
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Washington Post:
Millions of unemployed may never recover
Discussion: Hot Air
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
The Milwaukee Voucher Failure
John Marzulli / NY Daily News:
Zazi, Al Qaeda pals planned rush-hour attack on Grand Central …