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1:00 AM ET, April 15, 2010


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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 …
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.
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.
CBS News:
Tea Party Supporters: Who They Are and What They Believe  —  Posted by Brian Montopoli 185 comments - Share - - - Share - E-mail - Print - Font CBS News Poll analysis by the CBS News Polling Unit: Sarah Dutton, Jennifer De Pinto, Fred Backus and Anthony Salvanto.  —  They're white.  They're older.
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Sarah Palin paints the President as a foreigner and calls his policies: ‘Un-American’ at Boston Tea Party rally  —  The conservative movement will do everything they can to keep trying to paint Obama as a foreigner.  The Birthers are still here as you'd expect because proof means nothing …
Discussion: NECN and The Plum Line
Michelle Malkin:
Denver radicals issue Tea Party crash call: “Cut loose and let these racist crackers know they are opposed.”  —  A Mumia-worshiping nutball group in Denver has just issued this Tea Party sabotage call: … “Cut loose?”  —  I hope law enforcement is on alert and on guard.  —  You'll love their logo:
Sean Trende / Real Clear Politics:
How Bad Could 2010 Really Get For Democrats?
Eric Roper / Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Tea Party rally cost taxpayers nearly $14k
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 …
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Sarah Palin become an issue in KY-Senate primary  —  Kentucky Secretary of State Trey Grayson said today that Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin was not currently qualified to be president, an admission that his Republican opponent immediately moved to exploit in advance of their May 18 intraparty squabble.
Discussion: Hot Air
Cenk Uygur / The Huffington Post:
Discovery Channel Insider: Sarah Palin's Show Is “a New All Time Low for Discovery”
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
Andrew Porter / Telegraph:
General Election 2010: Conservatives lead in 100 key seats, Telegraph poll shows  —  The Conservatives are on course for a convincing election victory after a new poll for The Daily Telegraph showed the party is leading Labour by 12 points in crucial marginal constituencies.
Matt Raymond /
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 …
Mark Lavie / Associated Press:
Israeli officials say Syria gives Hezbollah Scuds  —  JERUSALEM - Israeli defense officials said Wednesday they believe Hezbollah has Scud missiles that could hit all of Israel, a day after Israel's president accused Syria of supplying the Lebanese guerrillas with the weapons for the first time.
Discussion: Jihad Watch and TigerHawk
Ethan Bronner / New York Times:
Israel Says Syria Gave Missiles to Hezbollah
Agence France Presse:
US concerned Syria may supply Scuds to Hezbollah
Discussion: The Washington Note
Ronald S. Lauder / World Jewish Congress:
Full Text of Letter from Ronald S. Lauder to President Obama  —  Dear President Obama:  —  I write today as a proud American and a proud Jew.  —  Jews around the world are concerned today.  We are concerned about the nuclear ambitions of an Iranian regime that brags about its genocidal intentions against Israel.
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.
White House press corps sued for doing Obama's ‘bidding’
Discussion: Right Now, Mediaite and FishBowlDC
Manhattan Institute:
UNDERFUNDED TEACHER PENSION PLANS:  —  It's Worse Than You Think  —  Josh Barro, Walter B. Wriston Fellow, Manhattan Institute for Policy Research  —  Stuart Buck, Distinguished Doctoral Fellow, Department of Education Reform, University of Arkansas  —  Executive Summary
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 …
Larry King Files for Divorce #8  —  TMZ has learned Larry King just filed for divorce from his wife Shawn Southwick — the 8th time King's pulled the plug on a marriage.  —  In the divorce papers, filed moments ago in L.A. County Superior Court, Larry blames the split on “irreconcilable differences.”
Discussion: The Awl, PopEater and New York Magazine
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
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.
David Crawford / Wall Street Journal:
H-P Executives Face Bribery Probes  —  German and Russian authorities are investigating whether Hewlett-Packard Co. executives paid millions of dollars in bribes to win a contract in Russia, according to people familiar with the matter.  —  German prosecutors are looking into the possibility …
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 …
Zaid Jilani / Think Progress:
McConnell Tries To Dodge Repeated Questions About His Wall Street Fundraising  —  Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has been blasting the Senate's financial regulatory reform bill in recent days, falsely arguing that it “institutionalizes” bailouts for Wall Street.
Tyler Cowen / Marginal Revolution:
Do women today have more libertarian freedom than in 1880?  —  Bryan Caplan set off a debate which has spread to many corners of the blogosphere.  I have no interest in recapping and evaluating the whole thing but I'd like to make a simple but neglected point: negative liberty and positive liberty are not separable.
Ross Douthat:
Correcting Christopher Hitchens  —  I do not usually respond to Christopher Hitchens' attacks on the Catholic Church, but since he begins his latest column with a reference to yours truly, I will make an exception, and examine one of the piece's more dubious claims: … There are a number of difficulties here.
Jeffrey Goldberg / The Atlantic Online:
Gen. Petraeus, King of the Conservative Lecture Circuit  —  Gen. David Petraeus, who led the successful surge in Iraq and who supervises the American campaign in Afghanistan, is now attempting to root out pockets of al Qaeda activity at the country's leading conservative think tanks.
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!
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Scott / Power Line:
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Discussion: Big Journalism and HazZzMat
Greg Jaffe / Washington Post:
U.S. forces leave Afghanistan's Korengal Valley
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Discussion: CNN
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Discussion: Chicago Sun Times and TalkLeft
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Holder Won't Rule Out N.Y. 9/11 Trial
Discussion: Gothamist and New York Magazine
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The Note:
Mike Huckabee Blasts Student Newspaper for ‘Sensationalizing’ …
Discussion: Wonk Room and Pam's House Blend
Ezra Klein:
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