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11:50 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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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.
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.
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 & Police Report  —  Allee Bautsch and her boyfriend Joe Brown  —  The governor's office said Monday that Allee Bautsch suffered a broken leg …
Marsha Shuler / WBRZ-TV:
Jindal chief fundraiser injured in altercation
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 …
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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Eric Lichtblau / New York Times:
Minting Bank Lobbyists on Capitol Hill
CNN:
CNN Poll: Who wins an Obama vs. Palin matchup?  —  A CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Tuesday indicates that President Barack Obama would top the former Alaska governor by double digits in a possible 2012 general election showdown.  —  Washington (CNN) - She may be the best …
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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: The Politico and CNN
Joan Walsh / Salon:
Breitbart peddles misleading video, again  —  His “proof” that black congressmen lied about being called “nigger” is as useless as his ACORN clips  —  Andrew Breitbart isn't fit to spit-shine the shoes of civil rights hero and Congressman John Lewis.  It's ludicrous to think that the right …
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Elie Mystal / Above the Law:
U.S. News Rankings Leaked?  This Happens Every Year.  —  We anticipated that the new U.S. News Law School Rankings would come out this week.  That means we anticipated that the new rankings would be leaked beforehand.  It happened last year; apparently U.S. News has more moles than Jack Bauer's office at CTU.
Discussion: Law Librarian Blog
Evan McMorris-Santoro / TPMDC:
Outcrazying The Crazy: How A Prankster Plans To Infiltrate And Destroy The Tea Party Movement  —  Meet Jason Levin, quite possibly the scariest man in the tea party universe.  An Oregon technology consultant, Levin is the leader of Crash The Tea Party, a plan to take down the tea party from the inside.
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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 …
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
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Megan McArdle / The Atlantic Online:
What's the Matter With Fox News?
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: Balloon Juice and Ben Smith's Blog
The Anchoress:
Obama: Makin' Friends!  —  Obama wags his finger in the face of Canadian PM Harper  —  When people wag a finger in my face, I reach out and cover their hand and say some variation of “don't say another word to me until you put that finger away.”  The variations are not always courtly, but they get the point across.
Discussion: alicublog and Pajamas Media
Matthew Mosk / ABCNEWS:
Sarah Palin's Secret Contract Demands: Big Jets and Bendable Straws  —  Read the Contract Fished Out of a California University Dumpster By Angry Students  —  Gov. Sarah Palin may be flexible on some of the perks she needs when speaking in public, but on the question of drinking straws, she shall not bend.
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Glenn Thrush / Glenn Thrush's Blog:
Contract: Palin demands first class, bendable straws
Discussion: Associated Press and The Swamp
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.”
Susan Crabtree / The Hill:
GOP warns Obama over SCOTUS litmus test on Citizens United  —  Senate Republicans on Tuesday warned President Barack Obama he'll face serious opposition to his Supreme Court nomination if he uses a landmark campaign finance case as a litmus test for a nominee.
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Reid says immigration reform not on the agenda this work period
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 …
Wall Street Journal:
U.S.: Syria Gave Scuds to Hezbollah  —  JERUSALEM—Syria has transferred long-range Scud missiles to the Lebanese Shiite militant group Hezbollah, Israeli and U.S. officials alleged, in a move that threatens to alter the Middle East's military balance and sets back a major diplomatic outreach effort …
Michael Howard Saul / Wall Street Journal:
Pataki Declines to Join New York Senate Race  —  Former New York Republican Gov. George E. Pataki has decided not to mount an election challenge against Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand this fall.  —  Instead, he said in an interview Tuesday that he would create a new national organization aimed …
msnbc.com:
First moonwalker blasts Obama's space plan  —  NBC News: Neil Armstrong says rocket cancellation is ‘devastating’  —  The first man to walk on the moon blasted President Barack Obama's decision to cancel NASA's back-to-the-moon program on Tuesday, saying that the move is “devastating” to America's space effort.
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Congress' Job Approval Rating Improves, but Still Low  —  Americans rate Democrats, Republicans in Congress similarly  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Americans' approval of the job Congress is doing remains low, at 23%, but has improved since Congress passed healthcare reform legislation.
Discussion: Top of the Ticket
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Associated Press:
Hardline Somali militants ban music on airwaves
Discussion: The Jawa Report and Jihad Watch
Rob Richie / The Huffington Post:
Why FairVote Opposes California's Prop 14 - But Seeks Reform
Julian Borger / Guardian:
Georgia ‘foiled plot to sell uranium’
Spencer S. Hsu / Washington Post:
Miss. county schools ordered to comply with desegregation order
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
76 Senators sign on to Israel letter
Discussion: RADAMISTO
Rasmussen Reports:
Election 2010: Pennsylvania Democratic Primary for Senate
Mark Stricherz / The Catholic Pol:
Pope should apologize and explain
 Earlier Items: 
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Online:
Beating Obesity  —  By 2015, four out of 10 Americans may be obese.
Discussion: Ezra Klein
David Catanese / The Politico:
GOP sites pledge allegiance to flag
Discussion: The Awl and Smart Politics
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Republicans in Disarray
Jared Allen / The Hill:
Hoyer criticizes Bachman for denying racial epithet
Petula Dvorak / Washington Post:
Virginia pharmacy had plenty of moral convictions, few clients