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10:20 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 …
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.
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 …
Obama says Tea Partiers owe him a thank you
Discussion: Left Coast Rebel
Michelle Malkin:   Obama mocks, we remember
The Huffington Post:
Tea Parties Protest Tax Day 2010 (PICTURES, VIDEO)
Discussion: Big Brass Blog
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
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
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 …
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.
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 …
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Endgame: Jeb Bush slams Crist, Connie Mack resigns as campaign chairman
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 …
The Note:
DNC Pledges $50 Million for Midterms  —  ABC News' Teddy Davis reports: A Democratic Party official confirms that the DNC will contribute over $50 million in cash and services for the midterm elections (House, Senate, and gubernatorial races).  —  In making this announcement about the DNC's plans …
Discussion: CNN, Ben Smith's Blog and The Politico
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 …
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 …
The Rothenberg / The Rothenberg Political Report:
New House Ratings: 44 Seats Moved Toward GOP  —  We are still seven months until the midterm elections, so there is at least some possibility that the landscape could shift or that Democratic attacks on the GOP could keep Republican gains down to a minimum.  —  Substantial Republican gains …
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 …
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.
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.
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
Obama's nuclear strutting and fretting  —  There was something oddly disproportionate about the just-concluded nuclear summit to which President Obama summoned 46 world leaders, the largest such gathering on American soil since 1945.  That meeting was about the founding of the United Nations …
Discussion: Commentary
Lobbyists and Lawmakers Bond During Springsteen Concerts  —  by Marcus Stern and Sebastian Jones, ProPublica -  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. - As Bruce Springsteen belted out his working-class anthems on the floor of the Verizon Center last May, Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Ore., chair of the House Highways …
A. G. Sulzberger / New York Times:
Imam and Informant Tells Why He Lied  —  Ahmad Wais Afzali, after his sentencing on Thursday.  Mr. Afzali avoided imprisonment, but he must leave the country.  —  He had built a life in this country.  He grew up in Queens, attended high school there, and became a religious leader in his community.
Discussion: CNN and TalkLeft
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
Bruce Bartlett / Capital Gains and Games blogs:
What People Don't Know About Federal Income Taxes  —  As readers of this blog know, one of my pet peeves is all of the tea party demonstrators who are outraged by the high level of taxation in America, but who in fact know virtually nothing about taxation and grossly overestimate its burden.
Christine McConville / Boston Herald:
Gov: Health Connector chief stepping down  —  Jon Kingsdale, the executive director of the Commonwealth Health Insurance Connector Authority, the state agency that helps people in Massachusetts find health insurance, is leaving his job, Gov. Deval Patrick has announced.
Nathan Diament / Reuters:
The heart and soul of Israel  —  It is not a perfect analogy, but imagine King George III asking America's founding fathers to surrender Philadelphia in exchange for ending the Revolutionary War.  America's birthplace, including Independence Hall, where the Declaration of Independence was signed, would fly the Union Jack.
Discussion: Commentary and Guardian
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
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Jerome Taylor / The Independent:
Persecuted Yemeni Jews to be given sanctuary in Britain
Discussion: The Jawa Report
Eric Lach / TPM LiveWire:
Victoria Jackson Sings 'There's A Communist Living In The White House …
Juliet Eilperin / Washington Post:
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Phil Izzo / Wall Street Journal:
Economists Are Split Over Inflation
Ken McLaughlin / Mercury News:
Coming to a mailbox near you: Meg Whitman, the magazine
Justin Elliott / TPMMuckraker:
Koch Industries: We Don't Fund Tea Parties (Except For The Tea Parties We Fund)
 Earlier Items: 
Lance Burri / The TrogloPundit:
The Madison, Wisconsin, Tax Day Tea Party
Discussion: The Other McCain and Althouse
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Dobbs-Mania Explodes Over Manhattan
Tom Madigan / The Hotline's Blogometer:
BLOGGERS POLL: Immigration Hesitation
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Norm Eisen / White Blog Feed:
President Obama and Vice President Biden's Tax Returns