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11:15 AM ET, April 14, 2010

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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
Discussion: The New Republic
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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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.
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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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
Sean Higgins / Investor's Business Daily:
Hoyer Admits: Tea Party Spurs Members To Consider Retiring  —  House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., told reporters today that the Tea Party movement is making some members of Congress mull retirement.  —  “Do I think the negative atmosphere that has been created by the Tea Party …
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Rasmussen Reports:
Tea Party Profile: Many Ways To Describe A Movement
Discussion: RedState, Althouse and Facing South
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.
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
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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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
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
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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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 …
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 …
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.”
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 …
Nicholas Riccardi / Los Angeles Times:
Arizona passes strict illegal immigration act  —  The bill directs police to determine the immigration status of noncriminals if there is a ‘reasonable suspicion’ they are undocumented.  Immigrant rights groups say it amounts to a police state.  —  Reporting from Denver
Discussion: Feministe and RaceWire
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 …
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 …
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.
 
 
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Gerry Shih / Bay Area:
After Another Murder, Another Proposed Law
Discussion: TalkLeft and The Awl
Jim Meyers / NewsMax.com:
Lieberman: U.S. Should Attack Iran's Nuclear Program If All Else Fails
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Commentary
Andrew Jacobs / New York Times:
Strong Quake Kills Hundred in Western China
Discussion: BBC, The Lede and New York Magazine
The Politico:
Hawaii special has Dems in knots
Peter Wagner / Prison Policy Initiative:
Maryland enacts law to count incarcerated people at their home addresses
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Melissa Bartick / The Huffington Post:
Peaceful Revolution: Motherhood and the $13 Billion Guilt
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John Podhoretz / Commentary:
What “Unacceptable” Is  —  David P. Goldman, who wrote …
Discussion: GayPatriot and Below The Beltway
Spencer S. Hsu / Washington Post:
Miss. county schools ordered to comply with desegregation order
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Lauren Feiner / The Verge:
A preview of the NetChoice cases to be argued at SCOTUS on February 26, about the constitutionality of Texas and Florida laws regulating social media content

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