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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 …
Discussion: The Hill and Eschaton
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.
Matthew Mosk / ABCNEWS:
Sarah Palin Has Earned an Estimated $12 Million 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 …
Rasmussen Reports:
34% Say They Or Someone Close To Them Part of Tea Party Movement  —  Twenty-four percent (24%) of U.S. voters now say they consider themselves a part of the Tea Party movement, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey.  That's an eight-point increase from 16% a month ago.
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Erick Erickson / RedState:
The National Tax Day Amalgamated Federation of Confederated Unions …
Valerie Bauman / Associated Press:
Foes of tea party movement to infiltrate rallies
Media Research Center:
TV's Tea Party Travesty
Discussion: NewsBusters.org
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
Robert Pear / New York Times:
Washington Memo: Baffled by Health Plan?  So Are Some Lawmakers  —  WASHINGTON — It is often said that the new health care law will affect almost every American in some way.  And, perhaps fittingly if unintentionally, no one may be more affected than members of Congress themselves.
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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.
David Cho / Washington Post:
Obama team points to smaller deficit numbers  —  The federal deficit is running significantly lower than it did last year, with the budget gap for the first half of fiscal 2010 down 8 percent over the same period a year ago, senior Obama administration officials said Monday.
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Brad DeLong / Grasping Reality with Our Minions …:
Deficit: This Is Not Good News  —  David Cho writes:
Ezra Klein:   Lower deficits aren't always better deficits
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Lieberman: ‘Thank God’ political momentum now with Republicans  —  It's a good thing that voters have moved against the prospect of one-party control of Congress for decades, Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) said.  —  Lieberman, an Independent senator who caucuses with Democrats …
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.
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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Sewell Chan / New York Times:   McConnell Faults Democratic Plan to Overhaul Financial Rules
Kristinn / freerepublic.com:
Report: Attack on Jindal Aide and Boyfriend Politically Motivated (Beaten for wearing Palin buttons)  —  Allee Bautsch, chief campaign fundraiser for Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, and her boyfriend Joe Brown, were savagely beaten Friday night in New Orleans after leaving …
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Michael Levenson / Boston Globe:
A GOP divide on Palin's Hub rally
Discussion: msnbc.com, Hotline On Call and The Page
Associated Press:
Okla. tea parties and lawmakers envision militia  —  OKLAHOMA CITY - Frustrated by recent political setbacks, tea party leaders and some conservative members of the Oklahoma Legislature say they would like to create a new volunteer militia to help defend against what they believe are improper federal infringements on state sovereignty.
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Lee Fang / Think Progress:
Oklahoma Republicans Conspire With Tea Parties To Form Anti-Federal …
New York Times:
Lehman Channeled Risks Through ‘Alter Ego’ Firm  —  It was like a hidden passage on Wall Street, a secret channel that enabled billions of dollars to flow through Lehman Brothers.  —  In the years before its collapse, Lehman used a small company — its “alter ego,” in the words of a former Lehman trader …
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.
Discussion: CNN and The Politico
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.
Amanda Terkel / Think Progress:
O'Reilly: I Don't Report On ‘African-Americans Or Their Problems’ Much Because I'm Afraid Of Being Called Racist  —  In 2007, Fox News host Bill O'Reilly came under heavy criticism after attending Harlem soul food restaurant Sylvia's with the Rev. Al Sharpton.
Discussion: Mediaite
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 …
Discussion: Mediaite and Jules Crittenden
Bob Herbert / New York Times:
‘A Different Creature’  —  Nancy Pelosi, at lunch, was making the point that this latest recession was not a typical cyclical downturn.  —  “This is a different creature,” she said, “and it demands that we see it in a different way.”  —  The evidence is stark.
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 …
Quinnipiac University:
Cuomo Stomps Little-Known Republicans 2-1, Quinnipiac University New York State Poll Finds; Pataki Would Top GOP Field, Lead Gillibrand  —  New York State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo has a 74 - 14 percent job approval rating and commanding leads of 2-1 or more against the little-known Republican contenders …
Jason Horowitz / Washington Post:
Obama spokesman Gibbs sounds eager for future strategist role  —  Robert Gibbs does not seem particularly attached to his office.  —  There is a dormant fireplace ("a problem with the flue," Gibbs said), a cluttered desk, a flat-screen television and a smaller monitor simultaneously displaying C-SPAN, MSNBC, the networks.
 
 
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Rise of the Female Nerds
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Petula Dvorak / Washington Post:
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