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6:40 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 …
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
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 For Wearing Palin Pins - 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.)
Kristinn / freerepublic.com:
Report: Attack on Jindal Aide and Boyfriend Politically Motivated …
Marsha Shuler / WBRZ-TV:
Jindal chief fundraiser injured in altercation
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 …
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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Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
The case against Elena Kagan
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Reid says immigration reform not on the agenda this work period
Discussion: The Politico and CNN
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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Evan McMorris-Santoro / TPMDC:
Outcrazying The Crazy: How A Prankster Plans To Infiltrate …
Media Research Center:
TV's Tea Party Travesty
Discussion: NewsBusters.org and Sister Toldjah
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
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.
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 …
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.
The Politico:
Lincoln Wall Street bill tacks left  —  A new proposal by Senate Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Blanche Lincoln would require sweeping changes to the $450 trillion derivatives market, including forcing big banks to spin off “swaps desks” that handle the complex financial instruments …
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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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
Mark Stricherz / The Catholic Pol:
Pope should apologize and explain  —  Everybody has an opinion about whether Pope Benedict, or more precisely then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, handled the sex abuse crisis in the Catholic Church well or not.  Many Catholics defend Ratzinger on the grounds that he was out of the loop …
Larry Kudlow / Money & Politics Blog:
A V-Shaped Boom Is Coming  —  Conservatives shouldn't fight the tale of the tape.  —  Sometimes you have to take out your political lenses and look at the actual statistics to get a true picture of the health of the American economy.  Right now, those statistics are saying …
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
 
 
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Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Online:
Beating Obesity  —  By 2015, four out of 10 Americans may be obese.
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Glenn Thrush / Glenn Thrush's Blog:
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Washington Post:
Summit draft calls for securing all nuclear material in four years
Discussion: Swampland and The Daily Beast
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
Stuart Elliott / Media Decoder:
CNN Fights Back With ‘Objectivity’ Arguments
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Health care figure running for Florida Governor
Amanda Terkel / Think Progress:
O'Reilly: I Don't Report On 'African-Americans Or Their Problems …
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Amanda Marcotte / American Prospect:
Rise of the Female Nerds
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Byron York / Beltway Confidential:
‘Learn to Speak Tea Bag’ cartoonist wins Pulitzer
Bob Herbert / New York Times:
‘A Different Creature’  —  Nancy Pelosi, at lunch …
Robert Pear / New York Times:
Washington Memo: Baffled by Health Plan? So Are Some Lawmakers