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10:05 PM ET, April 18, 2010

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Erick Erickson / RedState:
Is the Obama Administration Behind An Astroturf Anti-Tea Party Website?  —  “Cass Sunstein has favored the government using outside parties as government propaganda agents to paint their opposition as fringe and undermine their credibility.”  —  Astroturf is the act of professional interest …
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
It's Aggregate Demand, Stupid  —  David Wessel explains Christina Romer's view of the economic situation: … Here's the nominal GDP situation:  —  Brad DeLong remarks: … Every time there's a downturn a certain swathe of the elite starts to label it unfixable and structural.
Discussion: The Other McCain and Eschaton
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David Wessel / Real Time Economics:
Romer: 'It's Aggregate Demand, Stupid'
Jay Rosen:
David Gregory: “No, I won't fact check my guests and you guys can't make me...” A time line.  —  David Gregory, the host of NBC's Meet the Press, has painted himself into a strange corner with his assertion that there's no need to fact check what his guests say on the air because viewers can do that “on their own terms.”
Discussion: The Agonist and Balloon Juice
Ed Kilgore / Salon:
The Republicans' 2012 problem  —  November 2010 is looking awfully good for the GOP.  But November 2012?  Not so much  —  Talk to most Democratic activists, and they'll concede that a Republican takeover of the House this fall is entirely possible.  Some will even contemplate …
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 …
Matt Corley / Think Progress:
McCain Denies That He Is ‘Running Away From The Maverick Title’: ‘I Prefer Great American Myself’  —  Facing a tough primary challenge from former Congressman J.D. Hayworth, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) has been moving hard to the right.  In an interview with Newsweek earlier this month …
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Bruce Drake / Politics Daily:
McCain: I Was a ‘Maverick,’ Now I'm a ‘Partisan’
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
Matt Duss / Think Progress:
Clinton: If Obama Offers Peace Plan, ‘I Will Support It’  —  Discussing the Middle East peace process on ABC's This Week, host Jake Tapper asked former President Bill Clinton whether he thought it was “time for President Obama to put a peace plan on the table,” as has been reported the administration is considering.
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Mark Steyn / The Corner on National Review Online:
Who Needs Apartheid? — By: Mark Steyn
Discussion: Israel Matzav
Isabel Oakeshott / Times of London:
NHS bars woman after she saw private doctor  —  A WOMAN has been denied an operation on the NHS after paying for a private consultation to deal with her severe back pain.  —  Jenny Whitehead, a breast cancer survivor, paid £250 for an appointment with the orthopaedic surgeon …
Free exchange:
First, define the problem  —  I HAVE been meaning to summarise my thoughts on financial regulatory reform in the wake of the Hyman Minsky conference on same.  I have to say, it has left me with a sense of resigned cycnicism.  I'll get to details in a moment, but I think that the most important thing …
Vicky Ward / The Huffington Post:
Senior Goldman Exec Is Married to Former Head of ACA  —  Friday, as news of the allegations of fraud at Goldman Sachs spread, I got a call from someone who works in the insurance business.  —  “Check out the former head of ACA” he said referring to the now-defunct and formerly …
Discussion: Clusterstock
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Political Punch:
A Clinton on the Court?  Go Younger, They Would Advise  —  I asked former President Bill Clinton why he isn't on the short list for a Supreme Court appointment, to follow in the footsteps of President William Howard Taft, the last former president to be appointed to the Court.
Discussion: New York Magazine and Gothamist
Tony Romm / The Hill:
Gibbs: White House proposed end to anonymous administration sourcing  —  Press Secretary Robert Gibbs approached White House reporters earlier this year in an attempt to end the long-standing practice of sourcing claims to anonymous administration officials, he told CNN on Sunday.
Discussion: RedState and The Politico
Rachel Donadio / New York Times:
Pope Meets Victims Abused by Priests in Malta  —  VALLETTA, Malta — In his first such encounter since a sexual abuse scandal began to envelop the Catholic Church in recent months, Pope Benedict XVI met privately on Sunday with a small group of victims of sexual abuse by priests, expressing his …
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
UK Election Comments 1.0  —  Expat TPM Reader TG checks in from the UK ...  (ed.note: In consultation with TG, one passage of the original email was deleted to obscure just which constituency TG's working in.)
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
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Rosa Prince / Telegraph:
General election 2010: war in Afghanistan to play part UK in campaign
 
 
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James C. McKinley Jr / New York Times:
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Rasmussen Reports:
57% Have More Trust In Those In Congress Who Voted Against Bailouts
Discussion: Scared Monkeys and RedState
Associated Press:
Palin talks to women in Kentucky
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CNN:
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The Note:
With an Eye on 2012, Pataki Launches Anti-ObamaCare Group
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Karoli / Crooks and Liars:
Koch Industries denies funding tea parties, but official filings say otherwise
Jack Date / ABCNEWS:
Clinton on Rush, Mistakes, Advice for Obama
Nina Lakhani / The Independent:
Gore takes cash for water campaign from chemical firm
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