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4:15 AM ET, April 14, 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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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.
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.
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
Wave In The Soccer Moms (And Dads!)  —  I love a mystery as well as the next person, but the American Thinker is leaving me feeling shortchanged.  Cat Corben puzzled over a gap in Obama's schedule when he ditched the press pool, and came back with this: … Let's skip to the dissection:
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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
Discussion: The Hayride
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 …
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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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
Discussion: The Politico and CNN
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
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 …
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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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.
Mary Beth Sheridan / Washington Post:
Obama secures 47-nation pact at nuclear summit  —  President Obama persuaded 46 countries Tuesday to sign on to a plan to put the world's nuclear material beyond the reach of terrorists within four years, but the commitments are voluntary, and experts said reaching the goal will be difficult.
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
WHEN THE LEADER OF THE FREE WORLD LEADS.... President Obama's …
Julian Borger / Guardian:   Georgia ‘foiled plot to sell uranium’
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.
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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Matthew Mosk / ABCNEWS:
Sarah Palin Earned How Much Since July?!
Carl Hulse / The Caucus:
Reid Hits Pause Button on Immigration  —  Senator Harry Reid today retreated from the notion of the Senate moving quickly on immigration law changes, saying any overhaul would have to wait.  —  “We won't get to immigration reform this work period,” Mr. Reid, the Nevada Democrat and majority leader …
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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
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?
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Megan McArdle / The Atlantic Online:
What's the Matter With Fox News?
Robert Wright / Opinionator:
The Price of Assassination  —  I wouldn't have believed you if you'd told me 20 years ago that America would someday be routinely firing missiles into countries it's not at war with.  For that matter, I wouldn't have believed you if you'd told me a few months ago that America would soon …
Discussion: Balkinization and Hot Air
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
76 Senators sign on to Israel letter  —  More than three quarters of the U.S. Senate, including 38 Democrats, have signed on to a letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton implicitly rebuking the Obama Administration for its confrontational stance toward Israel.
Discussion: Israel Matzav and RADAMISTO
Andrew Porter / Telegraph:
General Election 2010: we need people power not state power, says David Cameron  —  David Cameron unveiled an ambitious plan to roll back the size of the state with an election manifesto that placed responsibility and self-reliance at the heart of the nation's regeneration.
Discussion: BBC, Guardian and The Daily Dish
Glenn Beck:
Vote for your favorite cover!  —  Glenn Beck's new novel, The Overton Window, will be released on June 15th.  Glenn wants your feedback, what's your favorite book cover?  Take a look below and then vote.  The results will be released at a later date...
Melissa Bartick / The Huffington Post:
Peaceful Revolution: Motherhood and the $13 Billion Guilt  —  Since this month's publication of my paper “The Burden of Suboptimal Breastfeeding in the United States” in Pediatrics with Arnold Reinhold, I'm often asked by reporters what the US can do better to improve our breastfeeding rates.
Discussion: TheFeministBreeder
Aharding / CNN:
Democrat wins special election in Florida  —  (CNN) - Democrat Ted Deutch won a special election Tuesday for a Florida congressional seat in the nation's first federal election since the passage of the Democrats' health care plan.  —  Deutch held a sizable lead over Republican Ed Lynch late Tuesday night …
Discussion: The Politico
 
 
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John Podhoretz / Commentary:
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Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
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Discussion: Top of the Ticket
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Glynnis MacNicol / Mediaite:
Stephen Colbert Accuses Wikileaks Founder Of ‘Manipulating’ The Public