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11:05 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 …
Jim Hoft / Gateway Pundit:
Racist Leftist Infiltrators Driven From Tea Party Rallies (Video) ...Updates
Obama says Tea Partiers owe him a thank you
Discussion: The Politico and Left Coast Rebel
Fox News:
Obama Renews Call for Bipartisanship, Takes Jab at Tea Partiers
Michelle Malkin:   Obama mocks, we remember
Lance Burri / The TrogloPundit:
The Madison, Wisconsin, Tax Day Tea Party
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
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 …
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 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 …
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 …
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
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 …
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 …
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.
New York Times:
Fighting Foreclosures  —  From the start, the central concern about President Obama's antiforeclosure effort has been that it would postpone foreclosures but ultimately not prevent enough to ease the economic strain from mass defaults.  That concern seems increasingly justified.
Eliott C. McLaughlin / CNN:
Experts: Angry rhetoric disturbing but protected  —  (CNN) — Letting disgruntled citizens vent is important to national security, experts say, but some messages emanating from angry Americans in recent weeks have pressed the boundaries of free speech.  —  Politicians have reported slurs as well as threatening letters and phone calls.
Discussion: Hot Air
Stu Burguiere / Washington Post:
What Glenn Beck meant about social justice  —  executive producer, The Glenn Beck Program>  —  Like everyone else in America, Glenn Beck thinks “social justice” —  if its defined as charitable outreach to the poor—  is a good idea.  He supports it, he believes in it, he does it.
Discussion: Michelle Malkin and Erick's blog
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
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Online:
The New Senate Energy Bill: A Preview  —  Despite the odds, Senate Democrats are determined to pass a comprehensive energy bill by year's end.  Their best vehicle is likely to debut on April 26, when Sens. John Kerry, Joseph Lieberman and Lindsey Graham unveil their long-awaited legislation.
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Frank Newport / Gallup:
Americans' Views on Healthcare Law Remain Stable
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Susan Pulliam / Wall Street Journal:
Goldman Director to Leave
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Jerome Taylor / The Independent:
Persecuted Yemeni Jews to be given sanctuary in Britain
Discussion: The Jawa Report
Nathan Diament / Reuters:
The heart and soul of Israel
Discussion: Commentary and Guardian
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Imam and Informant Tells Why He Lied
Discussion: CNN and TalkLeft
 Earlier Items: 
Eric Lach / TPM LiveWire:
Victoria Jackson Sings 'There's A Communist Living In The White House …
Juliet Eilperin / Washington Post:
Senators will unveil climate bill April 26
Phil Izzo / Wall Street Journal:
Economists Are Split Over Inflation
Marcus Walker / Wall Street Journal:
Graft Feeds Greek Crisis
Discussion: Clusterstock and The Page
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Dobbs-Mania Explodes Over Manhattan
Victor Zapanta / Think Progress:
Steve King Blows Up, Physically Grabs TP Blogger When Asked …
Discussion: Firedoglake and The Moderate Voice