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10:05 PM ET, April 15, 2010


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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
Discussion: CNN and The Politico
Michael D. Shear / Washington Post:
Obama orders hospitals to grant same-sex couples visitation rights  —  President Obama on Thursday signed a memorandum requiring hospitals to allow gays and lesbians to have non-family visitors and to grant their partners medical power of attorney.  —  The president ordered the Department …
Obama orders hospital visitation rights for gays, lesbians
Matea Gold / Show Tracker:
Fox News yanks Sean Hannity from Cincinnati Tea Party rally he was set to star in  —  Angry Fox News executives ordered host Sean Hannity to abandon plans to broadcast his nightly show as part of a Tea Party rally in Cincinnati on Thursday after top executives learned that he was set to headline the event …
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).
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
McConnell lacks support to block Wall Street reform bill  —  Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) does not have enough solid commitments from GOP lawmakers to block consideration of a Democratic Wall Street reform bill.  —  McConnell has circulated a letter within the GOP conference …
Tom Madigan / The Hotline's Blogometer:
BLOGGERS POLL: Immigration Hesitation
Discussion: TalkLeft and The Volokh Conspiracy
Evan McMorris-Santoro / TPMDC:
Tea Party Express Announces 2010 Election Target List
Stephanie Condon / CBS News:
Poll: “Birther” Myth Persists Among Tea Partiers, All Americans  —  CBS News Poll analysis by the CBS News Polling Unit: Sarah Dutton,Jennifer De Pinto, Fred Backus and Anthony Salvanto.  —  Although the Constitution requires American presidents to be natural born citizens …
Washington Examiner:
Tea Partiers are at a crossroads
Discussion: Riehl World View
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.
Quinnipiac University:
Rubio Tops Crist By 23 Points In Florida GOP Senate Race …
Robert J. Samuelson / Newsweek:
Today Is the Best Tax Day of Your Life  —  Looking back, we may all remember April 15, 2010, as the day we got off cheaply.  Why a growing deficit and increased spending on health care and Social Security nearly guarantee higher tax bills in our future.  —  Almost nobody likes tax day …
Spencer S. Hsu / Washington Post:
Former NSA executive charged with leaking information to newspaper  —  A former senior executive with the National Security Agency has been indicted on 10 felony charges related to the alleged leaking of classified information to a national newspaper in 2006 and 2007, the Justice Department announced Thursday morning.
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Breaking: NSA exec charged with leaking classified info in 2006, 2007
Discussion: NewsReal Blog
Associated Press:
Obama Sees Manned Missions to Mars  —  CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — President Barack Obama predicted Thursday his new space exploration plans would lead American astronauts to Mars and back in his lifetime, a bold forecast relying on rockets and propulsion still to be imagined and built.
Sam Youngman / The Hill:
Obama brushes off criticism, says he's ‘100 percent’ committed to NASA
Discussion: The Swamp
Kenneth Chang / New York Times:
Obama Promises Renewed Space Program
Discussion: Swampland
Clark Hoyt / The Public Editor's Journal:
Dueling Columnists  —  A surprising disagreement has broken out between two Times columnists, with Paul Krugman demanding an apology from Andrew Ross Sorkin and Sorkin so far refusing to back down.  —  The argument is over what approach Krugman, the Nobel Prize-winning economist who writes …
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.
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
“A Half-Term Former Governor With A TV Show”
John Blake / CNN:
Socialists weigh in on Obama  —  (CNN) — Billy Wharton should be happy.  —  “Socialized health care” is on its way.  The “socialist agenda” is taking over America.  And best of all, Barack Obama, a “committed socialist ideologue,” is in the Oval Office.
Victor Zapanta / Think Progress:
Steve King Blows Up, Physically Grabs TP Blogger When Asked About His Justification Of IRS Attack  —  In February, a software engineer named Joseph Stack flew a small aircraft into an IRS building in Texas, killing two people and leaving another two hospitalized.
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.
Massive fireball reported across Midwestern sky  —  (CNN) — Authorities in several Midwestern states were flooded Wednesday night with reports of a gigantic fireball lighting up the sky, the National Weather Service said.  —  The fireball was visible for about 15 minutes beginning about 10 p.m. …
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.
J. Taylor Rushing / The Hill:
Lieberman warns he'll issue subpoenas over Ft. Hood shootings  —  Senate Homeland Security Committee Chairman Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) on Thursday threatened to subpoena the Obama administration if it doesn't release information by next Monday on the Fort Hood shootings in November.
Discussion: CNN, The Politico and Commentary
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The Closing Of The Conservative Mind, Ctd  —  Jonathan Bernstein thinks that this somewhat bizarre post by McArdle, in response to Julian Sanchez's posts on the conservative cocoon, is an attempt to hijack the thread.  Matt Steinglass engages respectfully.  Chait goes after Jonah Goldberg, who leans heavily on Megan's post:
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E.J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
As taxes come due, let's give the IRS some credit
Discussion: BLACKFIVE
Philip Klein / AmSpecBlog:
RomneyCare Administrator Steps Down to Seek Job Working on ObamaCare
The Note:
Blockade Lifted - Senate Will Pass Unemployment Extension Tonight
Discussion: The Politico and Political Punch
Chris Rovzar / New York Magazine:
Spitzer Compares Himself to Icarus
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and Vanity Fair
J. Taylor Rushing / The Hill:
Pataki eying higher prize than Senate says GOP campaign chief
Discussion: GOP 12
 Earlier Items: 
Nicole Belle / Crooks and Liars:
Oklahoma Catholics Upset Over Perceived Genitalia On Crucifix
Chris Stirewalt / Associated Press:
Hating the government finally goes mainstream
Discussion: 24Ahead and Beltway Confidential
Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar / Associated Press:
AP-GfK Poll: Resistance to health care bill strong