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9:15 AM ET, April 16, 2010


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Sam Youngman / The Hill:
Obama ‘amused’ by Tea Party rallies  —  President Barack Obama struck a hyperpartisan note Thursday, telling Democrats that he was “amused” by the Tax Day Tea Party rallies.  —  Obama, addressing a Democratic National Committee (DNC) fundraiser in Miami, did little to endear himself …
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 …
Washington Post:
How the Democrats can avoid a November bloodbath  —  Media reports suggest that President Obama is turning his attention toward the midterm congressional elections.  There are a few things it is imperative he understand if he is to, at the least, minimize Democratic losses in November.
Michelle Malkin:
Obama mocks, we remember
Discussion: Hot Air
The Huffington Post:   Tea Parties Protest Tax Day 2010 (PICTURES, VIDEO)
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 …
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
Obama Widens Medical Rights for Same-Sex Partners  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama on Thursday ordered his health secretary to issue new rules aimed at granting hospital visiting rights to same-sex partners.  —  The White House announced the rule changes, which will also make it easier …
Obama orders hospital visitation rights for gays, lesbians  —  Washington (CNN) — President Obama has asked the Department of Health and Human Services to establish a rule that would prevent hospitals from denying visitation privileges to gay and lesbian partners.
Mark Mazzetti / New York Times:
C.I.A. Document Details Destruction of Tapes  —  WASHINGTON — Porter J. Goss, the former director of the Central Intelligence Agency, in 2005 approved of the decision by one of his top aides to destroy dozens of videotapes documenting the brutal interrogation of two detainees, according to an internal C.I.A. document released Thursday.
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
White House complains about CBS News blog post saying that possible Supreme Court nominee is gay  —  The White House ripped CBS News on Thursday for publishing an online column by a blogger who made assertions about the sexual orientation of Solicitor General Elena Kagan, widely viewed as a leading candidate for the Supreme Court.
Eric Liu / The Politico:   Right uses Liu to frame court debate
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
The Fire Next Time  —  On Tuesday, Mitch McConnell, the Senate minority leader, called for the abolition of municipal fire departments.  —  Firefighters, he declared, “won't solve the problems that led to recent fires.  They will make them worse.”  The existence of fire departments …
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 …
Brent Kallestad /
Former Sen. Mack withdraws as Crist campaign chair  —  TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Gov. Charlie Crist's political mentor, former U.S. Sen. Connie Mack, resigned Thursday as Crist's campaign chairman in his race for the U.S. Senate.  —  Mack wrote a terse, two-paragraph letter to his one-time protege …
Laura Myers / Las Vegas Review-Journal:
U.S. SENATE RACE: Poll: Reid loses full ballot test  —  Third-party, nonpartisan candidates have little impact  —  U.S. Sen. Harry Reid must pick up far more support from crossover Republicans and independents to win re-election, according to a new poll that shows him losing to the GOP front-runner …
Marcus Walker / Wall Street Journal:
Graft Feeds Greek Crisis  —  ATHENS—Behind the budget crisis roiling Greece lies a riddle: Why does the state spend so lavishly but collect taxes so poorly?  Many Greeks say the answer needs only two words: fakelaki and rousfeti.  —  Fakelaki is the Greek for “little envelopes,” …
Discussion: Clusterstock and The Page
Landon Thomas Jr / New York Times:
Debt Worries Shift to Portugal, Spurred by Rising Bond Rates
John P. Martin /
Lawyer: Laptops took thousands of images  —  The system that Lower Merion school officials used to track lost and stolen laptops wound up secretly capturing thousands of images, including photographs of students in their homes, Web sites they visited, and excerpts of their online chats …
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.
Discussion: Firedoglake and The Moderate Voice
William D. Cohan / Fortune:
Merrill Lynch's $50 billion feud … (Fortune) — For Stan O'Neal, late August 2007 was a period of great anxiety.  The chairman and CEO of Merrill Lynch was vacationing at his home on Martha's Vineyard and, as the world would later learn, playing a lot of golf.
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 …
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
Recalling '95 Bombing, Clinton Sees Parallels  —  WASHINGTON — With the 15th anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing approaching, former President Bill Clinton on Thursday drew parallels between the antigovernment tone that preceded that devastating attack and the political tumult of today …
Washington Post:
‘Tea party’ protesters gather in Washington to rally against taxes, spending  —  Thousands of conservative “tea party” activists streamed into the nation's capital Thursday to protest Obama administration policies and denounce what they regard as excessive taxation and government spending.
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 Politico and The Swamp
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 …
Stephanie Condon / CBS News:
What's Obama Doing to Your Taxes?  —  When President Obama outlined his 2011 budget proposal in February, he said government cannot “continue to spend as if deficits don't have consequences... as if the hard-earned tax dollars of the American people can be treated like Monopoly money.”
Lawrence H. Summers / The Huffington Post:
Relief for Middle Class Families
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Lance Burri / The TrogloPundit:
The Madison, Wisconsin, Tax Day Tea Party
Discussion: The Other McCain
J. Matt Barber / Washington Times:
Barney and Barack's anti-religion agenda
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Tom Madigan / The Hotline's Blogometer:
BLOGGERS POLL: Immigration Hesitation
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