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8:35 PM ET, April 14, 2010

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Rasmussen Reports:
Election 2012: Barack Obama 42%, Ron Paul 41%  —  Pit maverick Republican Congressman Ron Paul against President Obama in a hypothetical 2012 election match-up, and the race is - virtually dead even.  —  A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey of likely voters finds Obama with 42% support and Paul with 41% of the vote.
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New York Times:
Poll Finds Tea Party Backers Wealthier and More Educated  —  Tea party supporters are wealthier and more well-educated than the general public, tend to be Republican, white, male, and married, and their strong opposition to the Obama administration is more rooted in political ideology …
Sean Trende / Real Clear Politics:
How Bad Could 2010 Really Get For Democrats?  —  Though Election Day is still months away, pundits have already begun to speculate on possible outcomes for this year's midterms.  There's a general consensus that Democrats will lose seats in November, but beyond that opinions vary widely on how big those losses might be.
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Obama/Bush Nearly Divided  —  Americans are now pretty evenly divided about whether they would rather have Barack Obama or George W. Bush in the White House.  48% prefer Obama while 46% say they would rather have the old President back.  —  Bush had atrocious approval ratings for his final few years …
Kenneth P. Vogel / The Politico:
GOP operatives crash the tea party  —  Just days after the first widespread tea party demonstrators hit the streets a year ago Thursday, Joe Wierzbicki, a Republican political consultant with the Sacramento firm Russo Marsh + Rogers, made a proposal to his colleagues that he said could …
Liz Sidoti / Associated Press:
AP-GfK Poll: Obama slips, other Dems slide, too  —  WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama's national standing has slipped to a new low after his victory on the historic health care overhaul, even in the face of growing signs of economic revival, according to the latest Associated Press-GfK poll.
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Palin throws Boston tea party  —  The Tea Party Express, headlined by former Alaska GOP Gov. Sarah Palin, descended on Boston Wednesday on the eve of tax day.  —  Palin - making her third high-profile appearance in the last week - rallied anti-tax activists not far from the docks …
Shawn Millerick / Now! Hampshire:
Source: State Dems scrambling to deploy tea party ‘crashers’ UPDATE: Sullivan denies
Eric Roper / Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Tea Party rally cost taxpayers nearly $14k
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Sam Youngman / The Hill:
McConnell: White House trying to ‘jam’ GOP on financial overhaul legislation
Discussion: The Politico and CNN
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
Yes, 47% of Households Owe No Taxes.  Look Closer.  —  Forty-seven percent.  —  That's the portion of American households that owe no income tax for 2009.  The number is up from 38 percent in 2007, and it has become a popular talking point on cable television and talk radio.
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Yeas & Nays:
Arianna huffs about overbooked celebs at WHCD  —  Like a Real Housewife of New Jersey, Arianna Huffington was flipping tables, well, at least metaphorically.  —  Because like most media organizations that placed a bid for White House Correspondents dinner tables, the Huffington Post founder didn't get her way.
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Dana Rubinstein / New York Observer:
Anthony Weiner Goes Viral  —  Congressman Anthony Weiner bounded into a DJ booth at a fashionable Lower East Side bar one recent Wednesday night, grabbed the microphone with his left hand and unleashed his inner Borscht Belt.  —  “Every single moment that we are stroking our beards and gazing …
Matt Raymond / loc.gov:
How Tweet It Is!:  Library Acquires Entire Twitter Archive  —  Have you ever sent out a “tweet” on the popular Twitter social media service?  Congratulations: Your 140 characters or less will now be housed in the Library of Congress.  —  That's right.  Every public tweet, ever …
Ezra Klein:
Andy Stern: The exit interview  —  Andy Stern is the president of SEIU, a service employees union with 2.2 million members.  He led the breakaway unions that split from the AFL-CIO and formed Change to Win, and he's been a key political player during the Obama era, visiting the White House more than any other individual.
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
SEIU's Stern makes retirement official in video
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
Geoffrey R. Stone / New York Times:
Our Fill-in-the-Blank Constitution  —  AS the Senate awaits the nomination of a new Supreme Court justice, a frank discussion is needed on the proper role of judges in our constitutional system.  For 30 years, conservative commentators have persuaded the public that conservative judges apply the law …
John Hudson / The Atlantic Wire:
Terry Gross: What I Read  —  How do other people deal with the torrent of information that pours down on us all?  Do they have some secret?  Perhaps.  We are asking various journalists who seem well-informed to describe their media diets.  This is from an exchange with Terry Gross …
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
David Freddoso / Washington Examiner:
Three more things we learned about Obamacare after it passed  —  “[W]e have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it,” said Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., as she rushed headlong toward passing President Obama's health care reform bill.  —  The idea was to pass something — Anything!
The Note:
Mike Huckabee Blasts Student Newspaper for ‘Sensationalizing’ Comments on Gay Marriage  —  ABC News' Huma Khan reports: In an unusual battlefront, former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee is embroiled in a heated war of words with a college newspaper after telling a student reporter that it is …
Discussion: Wonk Room and Pam's House Blend
Peter Wallsten / Washington Wire:
Crist: A Path to Running as an Independent?  —  Florida Gov. Charlie Crist dodged another question Wednesday about whether he would run for the U.S. Senate as an independent, the Associated Press reports.  The question referenced this story in today's Wall Street Journal on how some of his advisers …
Harold McGee / New York Times:
The Curious Cook: Why Cilantro Tastes Like Soap, for Some  —  FOOD partisanship doesn't usually reach the same heights of animosity as the political variety, except in the case of the anti-cilantro party.  The green parts of the plant that gives us coriander seeds seem to inspire …
Daniel Finkelstein / Times of London:
The single mother's manifesto  —  David Cameron says the ‘nasty party’ that castigated people like me has changed.  I'm not buying it  —  J.K. Rowling  —  I've never voted Tory before, but . . ." Those much parodied posters, with their photogenic subjects and their trite captions, remind me irresistibly of glossy greetings cards.
Discussion: Hit & Run and Crooked Timber
Miriam Jordan / Wall Street Journal:
Arizona Clears Strict Immigration Bill  —  Arizona lawmakers on Tuesday passed one of the toughest pieces of immigration-enforcement legislation in the country, which would make it a violation of state law to be in the U.S. without proper documentation.  —  It would also grant police the power …
Marc A. Thiessen / National Review:
Jane Mayer's Disaster  —  With her recent review of my book, Courting Disaster, Jane Mayer may have done a service to future generations of public servants.  The week her article appeared in The New Yorker, former CIA director Mike Hayden handed it out in his class at George Mason University's School …
ABCNEWS:
First Lady Says Mexico Still Safe for Travel  —  Michelle Obama Says U.S., Mexican Governments Can do More to Tackle Drug Issue  —  On a visit to Mexico, first lady Michelle Obama said today that in despite recent drug-related violence along the U.S. border, Mexico is still a safe country …
Discussion: CNN
Reid Wilson / Hotline On Call:
Palin Spends More De-Icing Planes Than For Candidates  —  Ex-AK Gov. Sarah Palin (R) spent more money to de-ice her private jets than she did donating money to candidates during the first 3 months of the year, according to new filings made with the FEC.  —  The filings show Palin's political wing …
Brad Thor / Big Journalism:
SOS - RED ALERT - New York Times About to Put American Troops in Deadly Peril  —  I have just received word that the New York Times is preparing to go public with a list of names of Americans covertly working in Afghanistan providing force protection for our troops, as well as the rest of our Coalition Forces.
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Why FL-19 isn't a health care referendum  —  In the immediate wake of soon-to-be Rep. Ted Deutch's (D) victory in a special election in Florida's 19th district on Tuesday, the Democratic National Committee released a statement casting it as a rejection of Republican claims that health care …
 
 
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Corrupt K Street Lobbyists Set Up A New Blue Dog Think Tank …
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David Neiwert / Crooks and Liars:
O'Reilly lies to Coburn: 'Nobody's ever said' at Fox you'll …
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Eliot Spitzer's flameout