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8:00 AM ET, April 22, 2010

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Abdon M. Pallasch / Chicago Sun Times:
GOP chairman: African-Americans not given good reason to vote for party  —  Why should an African-American vote Republican?  —  “You really don't have a reason to, to be honest — we haven't done a very good job of really giving you one.  True?  True,” Republican National Chairman Michael …
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Alan Colmes' Liberaland:   RNC Chair Michael Steele: Blacks “Don't Have A Reason” To Vote Republican
Faiz Shakir / Think Progress:   RNC Chairman Steele: African-Americans 'don't have a reason' to vote Republican.
Charles Babington / Associated Press:
Obama suggests value-added tax may be an option  —  WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama suggested Wednesday that a new value-added tax on Americans is still on the table, seeming to show more openness to the idea than his aides have expressed in recent days.
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The Hill:
Goldman Sachs is uniquely positioned to fight fraud charges  —  Having invested $18 million over the last decade lobbying members of Congress and millions more contributing to lawmakers' campaigns, Goldman Sachs is uniquely positioned to fight the fraud charges the government has filed against it.
Discussion: Prairie Weather
David Mark / The Politico:
Posey defends ‘birther’ bill
Discussion: The Note
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
ChickenCare Goes Viral  —  Perhaps inevitably, as you can see in the picture at the left, a progressive group has now created a special ChickenCare dance remix of senate candidate Sue Lowden's proposal to bring down health care costs by adopting a barter economy in medical care.
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Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Sue Lowden's Health Care Dystopia
Discussion: The New Republic
Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
MSNBC Pulls the Plug on Donny Deutsch's Weeklong Anchoring Stint  —  A week-long anchoring stint on MSNBC by Donny Deutsch ended abruptly on Wednesday, and four people briefed on the decision said the cancellation stemmed from an unflattering mention of that channel's No. 1 anchor, Keith Olbermann, a day earlier.
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Damien Cave / New York Times:
A Republican May Test Odds as an Outsider  —  COCOA BEACH, Fla. — Gov. Charlie Crist of Florida darted out of the Tallahassee rain on Tuesday, dragging a band of reporters to his office before answering The Question: Will you leave the Republican Party to run for the United States Senate as an independent …
Discussion: FiveThirtyEight and The Politico
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Adam Smith / The Buzz:
Feds asking about Charlie Crist ties to Fla. GOP spending
Jed Lewison / Daily Kos:
Beck vs. Markos  —  Well, well, well.  Guess which Mullah of the American Taliban has decided to take on Markos?  —  It's none other than Glenn Beck, who fired back at comments that Markos made Monday evening on Countdown.  —  Beck was angry at Markos for characterizing his rhetoric as “eliminationist.”
Telegraph:
General Election 2010: Nick Clegg, the Lib Dem donors and payments into his private bank account  —  Nick Clegg received a series of payments from party donors directly into his private bank account, The Daily Telegraph can disclose.  —  The Liberal Democrat leader was paid regular monthly sums by three senior businessmen during 2006.
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The Corner on National Review Online:
Five Reasons Why American Conservatives Should be Worried …
Discussion: Eunomia and The Daily Dish
Joan Walsh / Salon:
There is no liberal Rush Limbaugh  —  I didn't have a Sarah Palin moment when asked to name one.  My silence was my answer  —  I'm traveling this week so blogging is light.  But I'm compelled to comment on the way the right is hyping my Tuesday appearance on “Morning Joe.”
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The Filter That Protects Palin From Scrutiny  —  Here's a revealing glimpse into how a delusional, incompetent, pathological liar has managed never to hold a real press conference and yet remains a credible public figure.  She avoids the filters - i.e. skeptical journalists - and deploys one simple propaganda tool:
TPMDC:
Why The GOP Suddenly Let Up On Financial Reform  —  Within 48 hours, the Republican line on financial regulatory reform went from “filibuster” to “we're very close to a deal.”  Why the shift?  Republicans and Democrats will offer up spin all day, chalking up the progress to their own doggedness …
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Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
In Judicial Bouts, Diane Wood Shows a Persuasive Punch  —  WASHINGTON — There were few liberals and just one woman on the federal appeals court in Chicago when Diane P. Wood, an antitrust expert with a flair for foreign language and an ear for playing the oboe, showed up in the summer of 1995.
Jim Manzi / The Corner on National Review Online:
Liberty and Tyranny and Epistemic Closure — By: Jim Manzi  —  Jonah notes Ross Douthat's very interesting post, in which Ross had this to say:  —  Conservative domestic policy would be in better shape if conservative magazines and conservative columnists were more willing to call out Republican politicians …
Reuters:
The tea party's exaggerated importance  —  2009 was the year when many journalists concluded they were slow to recognize the anti-government, anti-Obama rage that gave birth to the tea party movement.  —  2010 is the year when news organizations have decided to prove they get it.  —  And get it.
Discussion: Washington Wire
David Freed / The Atlantic Online:
The Wrong Man  —  In the fall of 2001, a nation reeling from the horror of 9/11 was rocked by a series of deadly anthrax attacks.  As the pressure to find a culprit mounted, the FBI, abetted by the media, found one.  The wrong one.  This is the story of how federal authorities blew …
Discussion: Firedoglake
Carol D. Leonnig / Washington Post:
FBI, Justice Dept. open probe of Massa payments after retirement announcement  —  Federal authorities have launched a public corruption investigation into events surrounding former representative Eric Massa (D-N.Y.), according to documents obtained by The Washington Post.
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Candance Moore / NewsBusters.org:
Shocking Report: Police Find TEA Parties More Peaceful Than Anti-war Protests
Laura Meckler / Wall Street Journal:
Democrats Revive Immigration Push
Discussion: EnviroKnow
Jeannine Aversa / The Daily Caller:
Government goes high-tech to redesign $100 bills
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Romney up big in New Hampshire
Discussion: GOP 12
Richard W. Rahn / Washington Times:
Could the U.S. become Argentina?
Rasmussen Reports:
59% Say Scientists Disagree ‘Significantly’ Over Global Warming
Discussion: Scared Monkeys
 Earlier Items: 
Michael Cohen / democracyarsenal.org:
Kandahar Cluster**** Watch
Justin Elliott / TPMMuckraker:
Rent-A-Front: New Group Wages Stealth Battle Against Wall Street Reform
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Bush Still Gets More Blame for Economy Than Obama
Monica Davey / New York Times:
A State With Plenty of Jobs but Few Places to Live