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5:10 PM ET, April 14, 2010

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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.
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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 …
Sean Trende / Real Clear Politics:
How Bad Could 2010 Really Get For Democrats?  —  Though Election Day is still months away, pundits have already begun to speculate on possible outcomes for this year's midterms.  There's a general consensus that Democrats will lose seats in November, but beyond that opinions vary widely on how big those losses might be.
Liz Sidoti / Associated Press:
AP-GfK Poll: Obama slips, other Dems slide, too
Michael Barone / Beltway Confidential:
President Ron Paul
Ezra Klein:
Sen. Mark Warner: Mitch McConnell 'either doesn't understand or chooses not to understand'  —  When Sen. Mitch McConnell said that the Senate financial-regulation bill meant “endless taxpayer-funded bailouts for big Wall Street banks,” he was, knowingly or not, taking aim at a policy …
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Sam Youngman / The Hill:
McConnell: White House trying to ‘jam’ GOP on financial overhaul  —  Republican congressional leaders are criticizing President Barack Obama for bulldozing them on financial regulatory legislation.  —  Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) exited a White House meeting on the issue Wednesday …
Discussion: The Politico and CNN
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  —  Surveys show Americans think taxes are already too high, even for the rich.  —  Jean-Baptiste Colbert, the 17th-century French minister of finance, once remarked that “the art of taxation consists in so plucking the goose as to obtain the largest amount …
Kenneth P. Vogel / The Politico:
GOP operatives crash the tea party  —  Just days after the first widespread tea party demonstrators hit the streets a year ago Thursday, Joe Wierzbicki, a Republican political consultant with the Sacramento firm Russo Marsh + Rogers, made a proposal to his colleagues that he said could …
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Andy Barr / The Politico:
Palin throws Boston tea party  —  The Tea Party Express, headlined by former Alaska GOP Gov. Sarah Palin, descended on Boston Wednesday on the eve of tax day.  —  Palin - making her third high-profile appearance in the last week - rallied anti-tax activists not far from the docks …
Sean Higgins / Investor's Business Daily:
Hoyer Admits: Tea Party Spurs Members To Consider Retiring
Discussion: RedState
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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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.
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WorldNetDaily:
White House press corps sued for doing Obama's ‘bidding’
Discussion: Mediaite, Right Now and FishBowlDC
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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New York Post:
Spitzer spent 100G on girls
Discussion: Gothamist and Ben Smith's Blog
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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Yahoo / Local News from Sarasota Herald-Tribune:
Fla. governor dodges question on political future
Discussion: Washington Wire
DownWithTyranny!:
Corrupt K Street Lobbyists Set Up A New Blue Dog Think Tank To Undermine Working Families  —  Blue Dogs are often most reviled for crossing the aisle and voting with Republicans on key issues like healthcare reform and financial reform.  Last November, when 39 Democrats voted against healthcare reform, for example, 25 were Blue Dogs.
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and Wonkette
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Howie Klein / The Huffington Post:   Who Let The Blue Dogs Out?
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Why FL-19 isn't a health care referendum  —  In the immediate wake of soon-to-be Rep. Ted Deutch's (D) victory in a special election in Florida's 19th district on Tuesday, the Democratic National Committee released a statement casting it as a rejection of Republican claims that health care …
The Politico:
Agitated McCain: Don't call me a maverick  —  John McCain — who built his political persona and his 2008 presidential campaign around the claim that he's a “maverick” — told Newsweek recently: “I never considered myself a maverick.”  —  When POLITICO asked McCain about the contradiction …
Miriam Jordan / Wall Street Journal:
Arizona Clears Strict Immigration Bill  —  Arizona lawmakers on Tuesday passed one of the toughest pieces of immigration-enforcement legislation in the country, which would make it a violation of state law to be in the U.S. without proper documentation.  —  It would also grant police the power …
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 …
Discussion: The Daily Dish
The Note:
Mike Huckabee Blasts Student Newspaper for ‘Sensationalizing’ Comments on Gay Marriage  —  ABC News' Huma Khan reports: In an unusual battlefront, former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee is embroiled in a heated war of words with a college newspaper after telling a student reporter that it is …
Discussion: Wonk Room and Pam's House Blend
Matt Corley / Think Progress:
Bachmann: 'We're hoping that President Obama's policies don't succeed.'  —  Before President Obama took office in January 2009 in the midst of an economic crisis, Rush Limbaugh was rooting for his failure, declaring “I hope Obama fails.”  Though some GOP leaders claimed that “no one wants” …
 
 
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SOS - RED ALERT - New York Times About to Put American Troops in Deadly Peril
Agence France Presse:
US concerned Syria may supply Scuds to Hezbollah
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
McCaskill: ‘Card-check’ legislation not going to come up in Senate
Jeffrey Goldberg / The Atlantic Online:
Gen. Petraeus, King of the Conservative Lecture Circuit
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
Fox News:
Republicans Push Obama to ‘Pull the Trigger’ on Iran
Discussion: Think Progress, CBS News and Commentary
Wall Street Journal:
Crony Contracts  —  Want federal business?  Better be a union shop.
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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Hathos Alert  —  The RNC warns you to hide your oxygen and sneezing little girls:
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David Neiwert / Crooks and Liars:
O'Reilly lies to Coburn: 'Nobody's ever said' at Fox you'll …
Discussion: News Hounds and Hullabaloo
Cenk Uygur / The Huffington Post:
Discovery Channel Insider: Sarah Palin's Show Is “a New All Time Low for Discovery”
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Bernanke to Unemployed: Drop Dead
Discussion: Washington Post
Matthew Continetti / Weekly Standard:
2012 Watch: The Gingrich Surge
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