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12:40 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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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.
Michael Barone / Washington Examiner:
President Ron Paul  —  Here's a shocker: pollster Scott Rasmussen reports that in a race between Barack Obama and Ron Paul, 42% of likely voters would vote for Obama and 41% would vote for Paul.  This, despite the fact that Paul gets lower support from Republicans (66%) than Obama does from Democrats (79%).
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 …
Discussion: RedState
Rasmussen Reports:
Tea Party Profile: Many Ways To Describe A Movement
Bernie Quigley / Pundits Blog:
The Tea Party one year on: Federalism and nationalism
Discussion: The Politico
Kenneth P. Vogel / The Politico:
GOP operatives crash the tea party
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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 …
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 …
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
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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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
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Bernanke to Unemployed: Drop Dead  —  Ben Bernanke's economic forecast indicates a dire future for the currently unemployed and also for young Americans who'll be graduating from school this spring and next: … That sounds right to me.  And if Congress asked me to give my forecast, that's what I would give.
Discussion: Washington Post
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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.
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 …
Discussion: TalkLeft and Fox News
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Nicholas Riccardi / Los Angeles Times:
Arizona passes strict illegal immigration act
Discussion: Feministe and RaceWire
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
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 …
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.
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 …
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
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
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 O'Brien / The Hill:
House GOP coy on plans for unemployment extension  —  House Republicans wouldn't say on Wednesday whether they would join their Senate counterparts to demand that an unemployment extension be paid for.  —  House Minority Whip Eric Cantor (R-Va.) said that while Republicans were concerned …
Discussion: The Politico
 
 
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