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11:25 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 …
Digby / Hullabaloo:
Teabag Nation  —  The NY Times and CBS just released a pretty comprehensive poll on the teabaggers.  It probably won't surprise you much.  —  They are extremely negative and angry.  And they really, really hate Barack Obama.  —  Here's the NY Times summary: … Way more likely.
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 …
Discussion: NECN and The Plum Line
New York Times:
Obama Speech Signals a U.S. Shift on Middle East  —  WASHINGTON — It was just a phrase at the end of President Obama's news conference on Tuesday, but it was a stark reminder of a far-reaching shift in how the United States views the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and how aggressively it might push for a peace agreement.
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.
Quinnipiac University:
Rubio Tops Crist By 23 Points In Florida GOP Senate Race, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Crist As Independent Has Slight Edge In 3-Way Race  —  Marco Rubio has opened up an elephant-sized 56 - 33 percent lead over Gov. Charlie Crist in Florida's U.S. Senate Republican primary …
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Jeb Bush: ‘Wizard of Oz’  —  Jeb Bush is having his best legislative session ever.  —  Wait a minute.  Bush, son of one former president and younger brother of another, hasn't been governor of Florida since 2006.  Yet our old friends in the city of seven hills, Marty Merzer and Brent Kallestad …
Discussion: CNN
Mark Murray /
FIRST THOUGHTS: CRIST'S THREE OPTIONS  —  Charlie Crist's has three options right now, and none of them is ideal... New Quinnipiac poll shows Rubio leading Crist by 23 points (!!!), but it has Crist leading a three-way contest... Is Palin more influential with the media than she is with Republicans? …
Ezra Klein:
Sens. McConnell and Cornyn go to Wall Street  —  It's stuff like this that makes me think Wall Street executives aren't very smart. … McConnell and Cornyn's many virtues aside, neither of them are experts on this bill.  Neither of them sits on the Senate Banking Committee.
Jake Sherman / The Politico:
GOP split over terms of new ‘Contract’  —  Republicans are salivating over the prospect of winning back the House in November, and they're planning to produce a new “Contract With America” in the hopes of sealing the deal.  —  The catch: They don't agree yet on what should be in it.
Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
Tea Party snubs GOP leaders
New York Times:
Britain Closes Airspace as Volcanic Ash Spreads  —  LONDON — British civil aviation authorities ordered the closing of the country's airspace as of noon on Thursday to shield aircraft from a high-altitude cloud of ash drifting south and east from an erupting volcano in Iceland.
Karla Adam / Washington Post:
Volcanic ash from Iceland forces cancellation of flights …
Discussion: naked capitalism
Volcanic ash disrupts N European flights
Boston Herald:
Mitt Romney-Sarah Palin in 2012?  You betcha!  —  Conservative superstar Sarah Palin opened the door yesterday to joining forces with Mitt Romney for a 2012 White House run - a hot ticket that has some Republicans licking their chops at the prospect of unseating President Obama.
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
The Great Tea-Bait  —  Heath Shuler did not hear the “N-word” on March 20.  —  It may be the most celebrated missing recording since Watergate: the nonexistent or unaccounted-for video of the tea-party protesters at the Capitol who three black congressmen claim yelled racial slurs at them on March 20, the eve of ObamaCare's enactment.
Matt Raymond / Library of Congress Blog:
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 …
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.
Mike Donahue / Wall Street Journal:
A Message from ‘Henry’  —  We're high earners not yet rich, and now the government wants us to pay more?  —  I'm in the 32% federal and 10% state income tax brackets.  I pay a 1.2% property tax on very expensive California real estate.  I am subject to the Alternative Minimum Tax.
David M. Halbfinger / New York Times:
Early Bumps in Blumenthal's Senate Run in Connecticut  —  HARTFORD — Richard Blumenthal's campaign for the Senate was supposed to be a glide.  Nothing and no one could stop him.  —  As the Connecticut attorney general, Mr. Blumenthal, a Democrat, had been sticking up for consumers …
Jay Heflin / The Hill:
Schumer intros bill banning airline carry-on fee  —  Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) on Wednesday introduced legislation that essentially bans airlines from charging a fee for carry-on bags.  —  The bill is in reaction to Spirit Airlines' recent announcement that it would charge passengers $45 for each bag brought onto their airplanes.
Wall Street Journal:
Europe's VAT Lessons  —  Rates start low and increase, while income tax rates stay high.  —  As Americans rush to complete their annual tax returns today, there is still some consolation in knowing that it could be worse: Like Europeans, we could pay both income taxes and a value-added tax, or VAT.
Sarah Posner / American Prospect:
The Lord Is My Insurer  —  How conservative Christians get around health-care reform's individual mandate.  —  “Who is this Barack Obama who mocks the armies of the living God?” demanded James Lansberry, Christian crusader against government-regulated health care, last summer in the heat of the battle over reform.
Discussion: AmSpecBlog
Jim McElhatton / Washington Times:
Taxpayers foot State Department's stiff liquor bill  —  Months after President Obama urged federal agencies last year to cut wasteful spending, the U.S. Department of State paid $3,814 to fill an order of Jack Daniel's whiskey for gratuities at one of its many overseas embassies.  —  The booze buy wasn't unusual.
New York Times:
The K.S.M. Files  —  Watching Attorney General Eric Holder struggle on Wednesday to answer senators' questions about the detention and trial of terrorism suspects made us nostalgic for the old days — back in 2009 — when the United States was making progress toward cleaning …
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Washington Times:
Sink the Murtha  —  The Navy can do better than honoring this hack  —  The late Rep. John Murtha, Pennsylvania Democrat, has achieved his highest undeserved honor.  Navy Secretary Ray Mabus has decided to name the Navy's newest San Antonio Class amphibious transport-dock LPD 26 the USS John P. Murtha.
Discussion: Michelle Malkin and Betsy's Page
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
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