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12:20 PM ET, April 18, 2010

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New York Times:
Gates Says U.S. Lacks Strategy to Curb Iran's Nuclear Drive  —  WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates has warned in a secret three-page memorandum to top White House officials that the United States does not have an effective long-range policy for dealing with Iran's steady progress …
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Allahpundit / Hot Air:
NYT: Secret Gates memo warns that U.S. has no strategy for dealing with a nuclear Iran  —  A Saturday night bombshell to scramble the scheduled Sunday morning chat show salutes to Obama's dopey nuclear summit.  Read it now so that you'll have the proper frame of mind when Paul Krugman …
Tony Romm / The Hill:
McConnell: Liquidation fund isn't only problem with financial reform  —  Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) on Sunday said it was more than just the so-called “bailout fund” that's keeping him from supporting Democrats' financial regulatory reform bill.
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CNN:
McConnell weighs in on independent bid by Crist  —  Washington (CNN) - Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said Sunday that Florida's Republican governor would lose the support of the GOP if he decided to mount an independent bid for Florida's open Senate seat in this year's election.
Joe Gandelman / The Moderate Voice:   McConnell's Bungle: Financial Reform Comments Traced Directly …
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
How Clinton exploited Oklahoma City for political gain  —  Former President Bill Clinton (AP Photo/Ben Margot, File) (AP)  —  With the 15th anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing Monday, former President Bill Clinton is playing a starring role in the liberal effort to draw what the New York Times calls …
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Michael Barone / Associated Press:
Tea parties fight Obama's culture of dependence  —  “Do you realize,” CNN's Susan Roesgen asked a man at the April 15, 2009, tea party in Chicago, “that you're eligible for a $400 credit?”  When the man refused to drop his “drop socialism” sign, she went on, “Did you know that the state …
Discussion: Scared Monkeys and AmSpecBlog
Mere Rhetoric:
Source Of Vicious Right-Wing “Whisper Campaign” Against Elena Kagan Uncovered  —  Like Domenech and Yglesias, 48 hours ago I would have sworn Kagan was out.  Now I realize that I was the gullible victim of a right-wing “whisper campaign,” launched in its latest incarnation by wingnuts …
Mark Steyn / The Corner on National Review Online:
Who Needs Apartheid?  — By: Mark Steyn  —  This is a question that should be asked more often:  —  Moshe Ya'alon, a former Israel Defense Forces general who now serves as Benjamin Netanyahu's strategic affairs minister, posed the following query in an interview published in the Jerusalem Post …
Discussion: Israel Matzav
Bruce Drake / Politics Daily:
McCain: I Was a ‘Maverick,’ Now I'm a ‘Partisan’  —  Arizona Sen. John McCain, trying to fend off a primary challenger trying to outflank him on the right, also found himself trying Sunday to put straight whether he was a “maverick” or not.  —  McCain's “maverick” reputation and his past willingness …
Discussion: Think Progress
Frank Rich / New York Times:
Welcome to Confederate History Month  —  It's kind of like that legendary stunt on the prime-time soap “Dallas,” where we learned that nothing bad had really happened because the previous season's episodes were all a dream.  We now know that the wave of anger that crashed on the Capitol …
Discussion: Prairie Weather and Balloon Juice
Harry Siegel / Politico Live's Blog:
Geithner praises ‘positive side’ of tea parties  —  Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner praised the “positive side” of the tea party movement Sunday, suggesting the movement's concern with deficits could align the group with the administration in the future.
Nina Lakhani / The Independent:
Gore takes cash for water campaign from chemical firm  —  Environmentalists condemn former vice-president for letting controversial company fund Life Earth  —  Al Gore, the self-styled squeakiest-clean and deepest-green politician in American history, has some explaining to do this weekend.
Discussion: JammieWearingFool and RedState
 
 
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