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1:30 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 …
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.
CBS News:
Tea Party Supporters: Who They Are and What They Believe  —  Posted by Brian Montopoli 185 comments - Share - - - Share - E-mail - Print - Font CBS News Poll analysis by the CBS News Polling Unit: Sarah Dutton, Jennifer De Pinto, Fred Backus and Anthony Salvanto.  —  They're white.  They're older.
Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
Tea Party snubs GOP leaders  —  The Tea Party is hosting a Tax Day rally on Thursday in Washington, but the Republicans leaders in the House and Senate are not invited.  —  Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.), Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl (Ariz.), House Minority Leader John Boehner …
Washington Examiner:
Tea Partiers are at a crossroads
Discussion: Riehl World View
New York Times:
Polling the Tea Party
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
A CONFUSED GROUP OF MISLED PEOPLE.... A new New York Times/CBS News poll …
Discussion: JustOneMinute
Stephanie Condon / CBS News:
Poll: “Birther” Myth Persists Among Tea Partiers, All Americans
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias and Brendan Nyhan
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
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.
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: GOP 12, The Hill and Commentary
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
“A Half-Term Former Governor With A TV Show”
New York Times:
Volcanic Ash Shuts Down Air Traffic in North Europe  —  LONDON — Civil aviation authorities closed air space 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
Adam Gabbatt / Guardian:
Icelandic ash cloud closes Britain's airports
Discussion: BBC, Newsweek Blogs, The Awl and TechCrunch
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 …
George F. Will / Washington Post:
For high court nominee, no (political) experience necessary
Discussion: Commentary and Opinion L.A.
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.
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 …
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.
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.
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.
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 …
Teddy Davis / ABCNEWS:
Tea Parties Unveil ‘Contract From America’  —  Democratic Party Spokesman Says Contract Amounts to ‘Slogans Not a Plan’  —  Tea Party activists are once again descending on Washington, D.C., and this time they have a 10-point “Contract From America” that they want the next Congress to follow.
Andrew Porter / Telegraph:
General Election 2010: Conservatives lead in 100 key seats, Telegraph poll shows  —  The Conservatives are on course for a convincing election victory after a new poll for The Daily Telegraph showed the party is leading Labour by 12 points in crucial marginal constituencies.
Ezra Klein:
Sen. Bob Corker: ‘The bill as it now is written allows ... bailouts in perpetuity’  —  In negotiations stretching from the spring of 2009 to February of 2010, Sens. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) and Mark Warner (D-Va.) worked together to agree on financial-regulation bill.
Discussion: Grasping Reality …
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Eric Holder's Guantanamo Bay morass
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Jay Heflin / The Hill:
Schumer intros bill banning airline carry-on fee
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’