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8:35 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)  —  Allee Bautsch and her boyfriend Joe Brown  —  The governor's office said Monday that Allee Bautsch suffered a broken leg and her boyfriend suffered …
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
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
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
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 …
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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Media Research Center:
TV's Tea Party Travesty
Discussion: Sister Toldjah and NewsBusters.org
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
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 …
Eric Lichtblau / New York Times:
Minting Bank Lobbyists on Capitol Hill  —  From left, Dick Armey, Richard H. Baker and Michael Oxley.  The three are among dozens of former lawmakers now lobbying Congress for the financial sector.  —  WASHINGTON — Representative Barney Frank publicly rebuked a former aide this month …
Discussion: AMERICAblog News
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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.
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 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
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Matthew Mosk / ABCNEWS:
Sarah Palin's Secret Contract Demands: Big Jets and Bendable Straws
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
 
 
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Elie Mystal / Above the Law:
U.S. News Rankings Leaked? This Happens Every Year.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
76 Senators sign on to Israel letter
Mark Stricherz / The Catholic Pol:
Pope should apologize and explain
Jonah Goldberg / The Corner on National Review Online:
Obama's Nukes — By: Jonah Goldberg
Discussion: alicublog and Sadly, No!
David Catanese / The Politico:
GOP sites pledge allegiance to flag
Discussion: The Awl and Smart Politics
Paul Waldman / American Prospect:
Getting Blunt About Health Insurance.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Health care figure running for Florida Governor
 Earlier Items: 
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
Petula Dvorak / Washington Post:
Virginia pharmacy had plenty of moral convictions, few clients
Bob Herbert / New York Times:
‘A Different Creature’  —  Nancy Pelosi, at lunch …
 

 
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