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2:30 PM 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 …
Michelle Malkin:
How to spot and tag a Tea Party infiltrator  —  Happy Tax Day Tea Party.  Be safe out there.  A few tips on how to spot and tag a Tea Party infiltrator:  —  1. Ask them what the 10th amendment says.  —  2. Two letters: B.O. (and I'm not talking about the president's initials).
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.
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
A CONFUSED GROUP OF MISLED PEOPLE.... A new New York Times/CBS News poll was released last night, taking a closer look at those who identify with the so-called Tea Party “movement.”  The results confirm much of what we already know — this is a confused contingent of conservative white people older than 45 …
CBS News:
Tea Party Supporters: Who They Are and What They Believe
Washington Examiner:
Tea Partiers are at a crossroads
Discussion: Riehl World View
Room for Debate:
What Tea Party Backers Want
Evan McMorris-Santoro / TPMDC:
Tea Party Express Announces 2010 Election Target List
Discussion: RedState and The Page
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 …
St. Petersburg Times:
Gov. Crist vetoes teacher tenure bill  —  TALLAHASSEE — After weeks of protest and a deluge of messages, Gov. Charlie Crist on Thursday vetoed a bill that would link teacher pay to student test scores and wipe out tenure for new teachers.  —  “I know in my heart it's the right thing to do,” Crist said of his veto.
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Jeb Bush: ‘Wizard of Oz’
Discussion: CNN and The Politico
Norm Eisen / White Blog Feed:
President Obama and Vice President Biden's Tax Returns  —  Today, the President released his 2009 federal income and gift tax returns.  He and the First Lady filed their income tax return jointly and reported an adjusted gross income of $ 5,505,409.  The vast majority of the family's 2009 income …
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Obama's tax return: $5.5 million earned  —  President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama today reported earning $5.5 million last year, with the vast majority of it from the sale of the president's books.  —  The first couple also paid $1.792 million in federal income taxes …
Discussion: The Politico and CNN
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.
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.
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Obama, GOP folks knotted up  —  Our monthly look ahead to the 2012 Presidential race finds Barack Obama more or less tied with all four of the leading candidates for the Republican nomination.  He trails Mike Huckabee 47-45 and Mitt Romney 45-44, ties Newt Gingrich at 45-45, and leads Sarah Palin 47-45.
Discussion: The Hill, GOP 12, Commentary and MyDD
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
“A Half-Term Former Governor With A TV Show”
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Tommy Thompson says no to Wisconsin Senate race  —  Former Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson has decided against challenging Sen. Russ Feingold (D), robbing Republicans of their top recruit and likely removing the race from most target lists.  —  “My family did not want me to run,” Thompson told a local newspaper.
Thompson says he won't run against Feingold
Discussion: TPMDC
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.
Eric Boehlert / Media Matters for America:
Did Glenn Beck just post a new ratings low for 2010?  —  It sure looks that way, as Beck's ratings continue to sag.  —  Bottom line: Over the last nine months, Beck gained and then lost nearly one million viewers.  Trust me, in the world of cable news, that's not small feat.
New York Times:
Volcanic Ash Closes Down Air Traffic in North Europe  —  LONDON — Civil aviation authorities closed airspace and shut down airports in Britain, France, Scandinavia and other parts of Europe on Thursday as a high-altitude cloud of ash drifted south and east from an erupting volcano in Iceland.
Iceland's volcanic ash halts flights in northern Europe
Ed Martin For Congress:
Sail Away from Taxes; Take a Free Ride with Carnahan  —  IMMEDIATE RELEASE  —  Press Contact: Theresa Petry, (314) 807-7077  —  Rep. Carnahan avoids taxes and fails yet again to register his yacht  —  (ST. LOUIS, MO.) April 14, 2010 - As Americans prepare to file and pay their taxes …
Discussion: RedState
Jim Hoft / Gateway Pundit:   Figures.  Lib Rep. Russ Carnahan Parks Unregistered Yacht …
ABC News:
Obama opens up on Rudd relationship  —  United States president Barack Obama says he and Prime Minister Kevin Rudd share several personality traits - one of which is humility.  —  The US president made the comments to the 7.30 Report's Kerry O'Brien during an interview which will be aired on ABC1 tonight.
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.
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 …
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.
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.
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Elena Kagan's Stints in Court May Hint at a Style On It  —  WASHINGTON — Two weeks ago, Solicitor General Elena Kagan, a leading contender for appointment to the Supreme Court, presented her sixth argument there.  She bantered easily with the justices, and she seemed to have a special rapport …
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 …
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Chris Stirewalt / Associated Press:
Hating the government finally goes mainstream
Discussion: 24Ahead
Dan Froomkin / The Huffington Post:
You Don't Really Hate Paying Your Taxes
Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar / Associated Press:
AP-GfK Poll: Resistance to health care bill strong
Spencer S. Hsu / Washington Post:
Former NSA executive charged with leaking information to newspaper
Discussion: TalkLeft and Wizbang
Mark Murray /
Discussion: Weekly Standard and The Page
Ezra Klein:
Sen. Bob Corker: ‘The bill as it now is written allows ... bailouts in perpetuity’
Discussion: Grasping Reality …
Jim Galloway / Political Insider:
Red-state conservatives and the U.S. census
Teddy Davis / ABCNEWS:
Tea Parties Unveil ‘Contract From America’
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Melissa and Tammy Etheridge Separate
Sarah Posner / American Prospect:
The Lord Is My Insurer
Discussion: AmSpecBlog
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Eric Holder's Guantanamo Bay morass
Discussion: JustOneMinute and USS Neverdock
Ezra Klein:
Sens. McConnell and Cornyn go to Wall Street
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Jake Sherman / The Politico:
GOP split over terms of new ‘Contract’