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11:40 AM ET, April 14, 2010

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Shawn Millerick / Now! Hampshire:
Source: State Dems scrambling to deploy tea party ‘crashers’  —  New Hampshire Democrats are engaged in a statewide search for liberal activists willing to attend so-called tea parties on Thursday and carry signs expressing racist or fringe sentiments, a Democratic source with knowledge of the effort tells NowHampshire.com.
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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.
Sean Higgins / Investor's Business Daily:   Hoyer Admits: Tea Party Spurs Members To Consider Retiring
Rasmussen Reports:
Tea Party Profile: Many Ways To Describe A Movement
Discussion: Althouse, RedState and Facing South
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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Arthur C. Brooks / Wall Street Journal:
‘Spreading The Wealth’ Isn't Fair
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 …
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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 …
Discussion: The Awl and Whatever
Brian Skoloff / Associated Press:
Democrat wins Fla. US House special election  —  BOCA RATON, Fla. — Republican backlash over President Barack Obama's health care overhaul had little effect in the nation's first U.S. House race of 2010.  —  Florida Democratic state Sen. Ted Deutch handily won Tuesday's special election …
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Tim Sahd / Hotline On Call:
Deutch Wins Easy Victory In FL-19 Special, As Expected
Aharding / CNN:   Democrat wins special election in Florida
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 …
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Peter Baker / New York Times:
Obama Puts His Own Mark on Foreign Policy Issues
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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Kenneth R. Bazinet / NY Daily News:
President Obama: China not fully in our corner in crackdown …
Jay Sorgi / 620WTMJ:
Thompson Denies Report He Will Not Run for US Senate  —  MILWAUKEE - According to a source who has spoken with TODAY'S TMJ4 HD's Charles Benson, former Wisconsin Governor Tommy Thompson says he will not run for Senator Russ Feingold's seat.  —  Thompson is set to announce his future at a “tea party” rally in Madison on Thursday.
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.
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Wall Street Journal:
Crist Advisers Push Independent Bid  —  Florida Governor Insists Independent Bid Isn't in the Cards Despite Conservative Primary Opponent's Big Lead in Polls  —  Gov. Charlie Crist, right, listens to teacher Scott Whittle's views on a merit-pay bill Tuesday in Tallahassee.
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Adam C. Smith / St. Petersburg Times:
Rubio touts conservative perspective at Central Florida rallies
Discussion: The Buzz, Commentary and GOP 12
Matthew Continetti / Weekly Standard:
2012 Watch: The Gingrich Surge  —  The story from the new CNN poll is that Mike Huckabee remains a popular choice for the 2012 Republican nomination.  Huckabee, Romney, and Palin continue to lead the pack — probably because they have the greatest name i.d.
Discussion: GOP 12
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Peter Elkind / Fortune:
Eliot Spitzer's flameout  —  (Fortune) — It was one of America's most shocking political sex scandals, instantly transforming New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer — who had terrified Wall Street during his political climb — into the infamous “Client 9.”  —  In Rough Justice, his new book out April 20 …
The Note:
Fight Lines: Scrambled politics, tricky paths on financial reform  —  By Rick Klein:  —  If you can get your mind out of outer space for long enough...  There's a debate set to pick up that's very much here on earth.  The terrain is tricky to navigate — but just might be hospitable with the right kind of politics.
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Wall Street Journal:
Banks Fight to Block Derivatives Rules
Discussion: Washington Post
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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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 …
Sewell Chan / New York Times:
U.S. Must Start to Rein In the Deficit, Fed Chief Says  —  WASHINGTON — The Federal Reserve chairman said Wednesday that the government must begin to make “difficult choices” to address its gaping deficits and warned that “postponing them will only make them more difficult.”
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 …
Michael Howard Saul / Wall Street Journal:
Pataki Declines to Join New York Senate Race  —  Former New York Republican Gov. George E. Pataki has decided not to mount an election challenge against Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand this fall.  —  Instead, he said in an interview Tuesday that he would create a new national organization aimed …
 
 
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