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10:05 AM 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 …
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Press airs grievances to Gibbs
Discussion: Don Surber
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 …
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William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
Kagan Rumors Expose Left-Wing Hypocrisy and Homophobia
Discussion: American Power
Tony Romm / The Hill:
McConnell: Liquidation fund isn't only problem with financial reform bill  —  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.
Discussion: CNN
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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
Political Punch:
Clinton: Rush Limbaugh Comment “Doesn't Make Any Sense”  —  In my EXCLUSIVE “This Week” interview, former President Bill Clinton told me Rush Limbaugh's assertion that Clinton had “set the stage for violence in this country” and that “any acts of future violence” would be on Clinton's shoulders, “doesn't make any sense”.
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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
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.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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: AmSpecBlog
Amanda Terkel / Think Progress:
Limbaugh: Volcanic eruption in Iceland is God's reaction to health care's passage.  —  Yesterday, hate radio host Rush Limbaugh talked about the volcanic eruption that's affecting air travel over much of Europe, saying it was “God speaking” in response to the passage of health care: … Listen here:
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
Sean J. Miller / The Hill:
Pelosi: Two ‘pillars’ down, one more to go in passing Obama ‘blueprint’  —  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) said the Democrats are one bill away from completing President Barack Obama's “blueprint for American prosperity.”  —  “We have passed two of the three pillars in the historic healthcare …
 
 
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Sam Roberts / New York Times:
1 in 3 Americans Failed to Return Census Forms
Discussion: DCist and Truthdig
David Wessel / Real Time Economics:
Romer: 'It's Aggregate Demand, Stupid'
Rep. Luis Gutierrez / The Huffington Post:
Obama Must Act To Ease Arizona's Deportation Panic
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and 24Ahead
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Obama cancels Polish funeral journey
Discussion: CNN