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7:05 PM ET, April 13, 2010

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Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Obama's disregard for media reaches new heights at nuclear summit  —  World leaders arriving in Washington for President Obama's Nuclear Security Summit must have felt for a moment that they had instead been transported to Soviet-era Moscow.  —  They entered a capital that had become a military encampment …
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Cat Corben / American Thinker:
Obama Attends Non-Existent Soccer Game?  —  Reading the story about President Obama breaking tradition and ditching the presidential press pool over the weekend to watch one of his daughter's soccer games, it appears harmless, right?  Not so.  It is rather disturbing when you dissect it.
Jackson Diehl / PostPartisan:
At nuclear summit, Obama snubs an ally  —  Forty-seven world leaders are Barack Obama's guests in Washington Tuesday at the nuclear security summit.  Obama is holding bilateral meetings with just twelve of them.  That's led to some awkward exclusions — and some unfortunate appearances, as well.
Discussion: Eunomia and New Atlanticist
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
WHEN THE LEADER OF THE FREE WORLD LEADS.... President Obama's …
Michelle Malkin:
A cautionary note about the beating in New Orleans; Update: No Palin pins involved  —  Scroll for updates...  I'm getting bombarded with angry e-mails about the terrible assault on Louisiana GOP Gov. Bobby Jindal's campaign fundraising chief, Allee Bautsch, and her boyfriend in the French Quarter of New Orleans over the weekend.
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Jim Hoft / Gateway Pundit:
GOP Official & Boyfriend Savagely Beaten In Politically Motivated Attack - Including Broken Leg, Jaw, Concussion... Media Silent (UPDATES)  —  Allee Bautsch and her boyfriend.  —  The governor's office said Monday that Allee Bautsch suffered a broken leg and her boyfriend suffered a concussion …
Macaoidh / The Hayride:
The Brennan's Beatdown: Piecing Together A Story (Updated, 9:50 a.m.)
Marsha Shuler / WBRZ-TV:
Jindal chief fundraiser injured in altercation
Kristinn / freerepublic.com:
Report: Attack on Jindal Aide and Boyfriend Politically Motivated …
Carol D. Leonnig / Washington Post:
Staffers' accounts paint more detailed, troubling picture of Massa's office  —  Just three months after Eric Massa was elected to Congress, his young male employees on Capitol Hill began complaining to supervisors that the lawmaker was making aggressive, sexual overtures toward them, according to new interviews and internal documents.
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
MASSA'S GONE, ENSIGN'S A SITTING SENATOR.... The Washington Post …
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Boehner renews call for ethics probe into Dem leadership's knowledge …
Discussion: The Politico
Matthew Mosk / ABCNEWS:
Sarah Palin Earned How Much Since July?!  —  With A Steady Stream of Six-Figure Speaking Gigs, The Former Alaska Governor's Haul May Be Even Bigger  —  Pundits can debate the political costs and benefits of Sarah Palin's decision to step down as Alaska governor, but the monetary advantages …
Erick Erickson / RedState:
The National Tax Day Amalgamated Federation of Confederated Unions of Concerned Tea Party Patriot Expresses of America and the United States Ltd., LLC, and Inc.  —  “These concerns are American and we do ourselves a disservice if we segment ourselves into anything less than heirs of our American Revolution.”
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Media Research Center:
TV's Tea Party Travesty
Discussion: NewsBusters.org and Sister Toldjah
Susan Crabtree / The Hill:
GOP warns Obama over SCOTUS litmus test on Citizens United  —  The landmark Citizens United case has become a flash point in the ideological fight over President Barack Obama's next Supreme Court choice.  —  Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) took to the Senate floor Tuesday to warn Obama …
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Reid says immigration reform not on the agenda this work period
Discussion: The Politico and CNN
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
The case against Elena Kagan
Megan McArdle / The Atlantic Online:
What's the Matter With Fox News?  —  I've been reading the debates touched off by Julian Sanchez's post on “a systematic trend toward “epistemic closure” in the modern conservative movement.”  I'm nervous about wading in because almost anything I say is bound to offend someone I like.
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Crooked Timber:
Nobody knows the trouble they've seen  —  I'm not sure why Holbo thinks he should have all the fun when it comes to libertarians and history.  Here's Megan McArdle, earlier today: … It is indeed hard to be a conservative in American media.  One is always wondering, what if I get something wrong?
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Lieberman: ‘Thank God’ political momentum now with Republicans  —  Independent Sen. Joe Lieberman (Conn.) suggested in a new interview that he was grateful that political momentum now seemed to be on the side of Republicans.  —  Lieberman, an Independent senator who caucuses with Democrats …
WNYmedia.net:
EXTREMELY GRAPHIC IMAGES IN THIS POST  —  It's been written countless times that Republican gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino is something of a walking contradiction.  But let's take him at his word that the tragic death of his son Patrick in 2009 caused him to re-assess his life, his past, and his values.
Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. / The Jawa Report:
Colbert Owns Wiki Leak (UPDATE: Video and More PWNAGE Added)  —  ***Bumped because we're all posting at the same time***  —  When my students tell me how much they love John Stewart I usually tell them that Stephen Colbert is way better.  Sure, I tell them, John Stewart has the smartest writers …
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Glynnis MacNicol / Mediaite:   Stephen Colbert Accuses Wikileaks Founder Of ‘Manipulating’ The Public
Mark Shanahan / Names:
Barney Frank gets a high-altitude haranguing on health care  —  Barney Frank has enemies, even 30,000 feet in the air.  —  Flying back to Boston from LA yesterday, the congressman was assailed by a pair of ophthalmologists upset about the health care reform bill.
Charles Gasparino / FOXBusiness.com:
Street Execs Give Pols Earful on Financial Reform  —  As a financial reform bill starts to take shape in Washington, two key lawmakers came to New York City last week to explain what it means for Wall Street, and how financial executives might help prevent some of its least market-friendly aspects …
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Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Obama vs. Palin 2012: No contest in '10  —  President Barack Obama's job approval may have slid — 51 percent in a new CNN/Opinion Research Corp. survey, 46 today in the Gallup daily track, 45 yesterday.  —  But given a choice of the first-term Democratic president and the former governor of Alaska …
Discussion: CNN
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CNN:
CNN Poll: Americans say Obama respected by world leaders
Discussion: Left Coast Rebel
Jared Allen / The Hill:
Hoyer criticizes Bachman for denying racial epithet  —  House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) on Tuesday chided Rep. Michelle Bachmann (D-Minn.) for denying that a protester shouted a racial epithet at Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) during last month's healthcare battle.
Rasmussen Reports:
Election 2010: Pennsylvania Democratic Primary for Senate  —  Pennsylvania Democratic Senate Primary: Specter 44%, Sestak 42%  —  Pennsylvania's Democratic Primary is a month away, and the race between incumbent Senator Arlen Specter and challenger Joe Sestak is now a dead heat.
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Republicans Lead by 48% to 44% on Congressional Ballot  —  Republican Party maintains an advantage on voter enthusiasm  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Gallup Daily tracking for the week ending April 11 puts Republicans slightly ahead of Democrats, 48% to 44%, in the congressional voting preferences of registered voters nationally.
Paul Krugman:
Andrew Ross Sorkin Owes Several People an Apology … I certainly never said anything like that, and I don't think Nouriel did either.  First of all, I never called for “nationalizing the entire banking system” — I wanted the government to take temporary full ownership of a few weak banks …
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Republicans in Disarray  —  The Republican Party may have a big election year anyway, but Americans sure don't think much of it or its leadership.  —  Only 28% of voters in the country say they approve of the current direction of the GOP with 51% disapproving.
Petula Dvorak / Washington Post:
Virginia pharmacy had plenty of moral convictions, few clients  —  The Divine Mercy Care Pharmacy in Chantilly proudly and purposefully limited what it would stock on its shelves.  But it turns out that no birth control pills, no condoms, no porn, no tobacco and even no makeup added up to one thing:
Mark Murray / msnbc.com:
Army to court martial ‘birther’ officer  —  From NBC's Jim Miklaszewski and Mark MurrayU.S. military officials tell NBC News that the U.S. Army will court martial a lieutenant colonel who refuses to deploy to Afghanistan because he considers orders from President Obama to be “illegal.”
Glenn Thrush / Glenn Thrush's Blog:
Contract: Palin demands first class, bendable straws  —  Some California State University did a little dumpster diving and found what they claim is a copy of Sarah Palin's contract to appear there on June 25 speech to the CSU Stanislaus Foundation.  —  The pages they found don't contain her compensation …
Discussion: The Swamp and Associated Press
Paul Waldman / American Prospect:
Getting Blunt About Health Insurance.  —  Last week, I commented on some Republican senators who pretended that you could outlaw denials of health coverage for pre-existing conditions without having an individual mandate by suggesting that they just don't care enough about the policy dilemma to bother making sense.
 
 
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Mark Stricherz / The Catholic Pol:
Pope should apologize and explain
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Online:
Beating Obesity  —  By 2015, four out of 10 Americans may be obese.
Discussion: Ezra Klein
Jonah Goldberg / The Corner on National Review Online:
Obama's Nukes — By: Jonah Goldberg
Discussion: Sadly, No! and alicublog
David Catanese / The Politico:
GOP sites pledge allegiance to flag
Discussion: The Awl and Smart Politics
Larry Kudlow / Money & Politics Blog:
A V-Shaped Boom Is Coming
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
Stuart Elliott / Media Decoder:
CNN Fights Back With ‘Objectivity’ Arguments
Discussion: Beet.TV
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Health care figure running for Florida Governor
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Amanda Terkel / Think Progress:
O'Reilly: I Don't Report On 'African-Americans Or Their Problems …
Discussion: Mediaite and NewsBusters.org
Amanda Marcotte / American Prospect:
Rise of the Female Nerds
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Byron York / Beltway Confidential:
‘Learn to Speak Tea Bag’ cartoonist wins Pulitzer
Bob Herbert / New York Times:
‘A Different Creature’  —  Nancy Pelosi, at lunch …
 

 
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Aaron Fritschner / @fritschner:
[Thread] Uri Berliner's essay on NPR bias has significant problems, including verifiable falsehoods, flawed arguments, and questionable voter registration data

Dylan Byers / @dylanbyers:
Sources: former Disney TV chief Ben Sherwood and former Hearst Magazines exec Joanna Coles will buy a 49% stake in The Daily Beast; Barry Diller will retain 51%

Matthew Keys / The Desk:
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