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10:40 AM ET, April 1, 2011


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Woman charged with email threats  —  By Bill Glauber of the Journal Sentinel  —  Madison - A 26-year-old woman was charged Thursday with two felony counts and two misdemeanor counts for allegedly making email threats against Wisconsin lawmakers during the height of the battle over Gov. Scott Walker's budget-repair bill.
Discussion: Right Wing News
The Underground Conservative:
Early Childhood Teacher Charged In Death Threats  —  Update VI: Linked by Freedom Eden.  —  Update V: Our very first Memeorandum thread.  —  Update IV: Linked by Real Debate Wisconsin.  —  Update III: Linked by The Other McCain.  —  Update II: Linked by Gateway Pundit.
Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
BREAKING: WI Teacher Charged With Sending Death Threats to GOP Lawmakers  —  A Wisconsin early childhood teacher was charged with sending death threats to state Republican lawmakers.  —  Her name is Katherine Windels and she is a Wisconsin teacher.  —  Here's the criminal complaint.
Derek Staahl / WKOW 27:
Woman faces charges in threatening emails to lawmakers
Discussion: CNN, Hot Air and JSOnline
Jennifer Epstein / The Politico:
Scott Brown blasts ‘irresponsible’ cuts  —  While some Senate Republicans are tacking right on the budget, Sen. Scott Brown is attacking proposed cuts coming from members of his own party as “irresponsible” and urging both sides of the aisle to come together on a bipartisan deal.
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
GOP senators itching to move on from 2011 spending-cut spat  —  Senate Republicans are growing impatient with the stalemate over 2011 funding levels and want to save their political capital for a debate on the debt limit and entitlement reform.  —  But they must contend with bloc …
Bruce Bartlett / Capital Gains and Games blogs:
Dopiest Constitutional Amendment of All Time?
Associated Press:
Unemployment rate falls to 2-year low of 8.8 pct.; employers add 216K jobs in March  —  WASHINGTON — The unemployment rate fell to a two-year low of 8.8 percent in March, capping the strongest two months of hiring since before the recession began.  —  The economy added 216,000 jobs last month, the Labor Department said Friday.
Alexander Mooney / CNN:
March jobs report: Jobs gain, unemployment falls
Discussion: The Politico
Arianna Huffington / The Huffington Post:
A Word About Digital Subscriptions to The Huffington Post  —  Today marks a significant transition for The Huffington Post Media Group, as we introduce digital subscriptions for employees of The New York Times.  It's an important step that we hope you will see as an investment in The Huffington Post …
Discussion: The Wire and TechCrunch
Chris Hubbuch / La Crosse Tribune:
Democrats: We have the signatures in Kapanke recall effort  —  La Crosse area Democrats say they will file petitions today with enough signatures to trigger a recall election of Sen. Dan Kapanke, one of eight Senate Republicans targeted over votes to curtail collective bargaining rights for public workers.
Gregory Simmons / ABCNEWS:
Tea Party Sen. Pat Toomey Won't Support Moderate Republican Olympia Snowe  —  Conservative Known for Taking Out Moderate Republicans Will Stay Neutral in Key Maine Senate Race  —  Sen. Olympia Snowe, R-Maine, is a ripe target for a Tea Party challenge as she runs for re-election next year.
Discussion: The Politico and CNN
David Weigel / Weigel:
The Tea Party Comes to D.C., in Small Numbers, On Message  —  Tea Party Patriots and a small constellation of movement organizations held a rally near the Capitol just now, an attempt to back up the House and Senate GOP in the fight over the continuing resolution.  —  It was a small rally.
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
The Mellon Doctrine  —  “Liquidate labor, liquidate stocks, liquidate the farmers, liquidate real estate.”  That, according to Herbert Hoover, was the advice he received from Andrew Mellon, the Treasury secretary, as America plunged into depression.  To be fair, there's some question …
Discussion: Daily Kos and Economist's View
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
GOP launches mock ‘Obama 2012’ ad  —  The mock ad, which features Obama riding a unicorn over a rainbow, declares: “Four more years: America needs more changing.”  —  Republicans are taking aim at President Obama's impending reelection effort with a mock campaign ad outlining his first two years in office.
Discussion: Lynn Sweet
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
More Americans Back Unions Than Governors in State Disputes  —  Nearly 8 in 10 adults in union households are following the issue closely  —  PRINCETON, NJ — With political battles over state budgets and collective bargaining still playing out to varying degrees in Wisconsin, Ohio, Indiana …
Paul Bedard / US News:
Pentagon Art: $600,000 Gurgling Toad Sculpture  —  A $600,000 frog sculpture that lights up, gurgles “sounds of nature” and carries a 10-foot fairy girl on its back could soon be greeting Defense Department employees who plan to start working at the $700 million Mark Center in Alexandria, Va. this fall.
Stephen Moore / Wall Street Journal:
We've Become a Nation of Takers, Not Makers  —  More Americans work for the government than in manufacturing, farming, fishing, forestry, mining and utilities combined.  —  If you want to understand better why so many states—from New York to Wisconsin to California—are teetering on the brink …
Discussion: Don Surber
Libya-Owned Bank Got 73 Loans From Fed Discount Window After Lehman Fell  —  Arab Banking Corp., the lender part- owned by the Central Bank of Libya, used a New York branch to get 73 loans from the U.S. Federal Reserve in the 18 months after Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. collapsed.
Mike Blanchfield / Canadian Press:
Amnesty blasts Tories' rights record, citing pro-Israel stance, funding cuts  —  The report raises many frequent criticisms of Tory foreign policy, including a tilt toward Israel in the Middle East and the defunding of non-governmental agencies.  —  OTTAWA—The Harper government …
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Unions deploy money and muscle in Battle of Wisconsin  —  Chief Political Correspondent Follow Him @ByronYork  —  If you own a business in southern Wisconsin, you might have received a letter from the Wisconsin State Employees Union, Council 24 of the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees.
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
BELTWAY CONFIDENTIAL  —  Uncovered: New $2 billion bailout in Obamacare  — TAGS: - center for consumer information and insurance oversight - early retiree reinsurance program - obamacare  —  Chief Political Correspondent Follow Him @ByronYork  —  Investigators for the House Energy …
Los Angeles Times:
Radioactivity surges again at Japan nuclear plant  —  Work on containing the crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi complex is hampered because the level of radioactive iodine found in water inside exceeds 10,000 times the safety standard, officials say.  —  An aerial photo taken by a small drone shows damage …
Discussion: Fox News and The Jawa Report
Caroline May / The Daily Caller:
Don't forget your hijab, soldier!  American servicewomen encouraged to wear headscarves in Afghanistan  —  In an effort to get closer to the local population, American female soldiers stationed in Afghanistan are being encouraged to wear a Muslim headscarf when interacting with civilians.
Laura B. Martinez / Monitor:
Cartels threaten to kill Texas Rangers, ICE agents  —  BROWNSVILLE — A new law enforcement bulletin warns that members of drug cartels have been overheard plotting to kill federal agents and Texas Rangers who guard the border, officials in Washington reported Thursday.
Discussion: Doug Ross and Pajamas Media
Associated Press:
Ohio Union Bill Signed Into Law By John Kasich … John Kasich , John Kasich Collective Bargaining , John Kasich Union Bill , Kasich Collective Bargaining , Kasich Union Bill , John Kasich Union Law , Kasich Union Law , Obama Collective Bargaining Restrictions , Ohio Anti-Union Bill …
Exclusive: WANTED: U.S. workers for crippled Japan nuke plant  —  (Reuters) - As foreign assignments go this must be just about the most dangerous going.  —  A U.S. recruiter is hiring nuclear power workers in the United States to help Japan gain control of the stricken Fukushima Daiichi plant, which has been spewing radiation.
Discussion: AOL News, Sky Dancing and The Page
Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:
Florida GOP backs down in standoff over 2012 primary date  —  The head of the Florida GOP encouraged state lawmakers late Thursday to accede to the Republican National Committee's demand for a later 2012 presidential primary date.  —  It came after GOP leaders in both Iowa and South Carolina threatened …
Discussion: CNN
Aaron_Sharockman / St. Petersburg Times:
Democrat chastized for saying ‘uterus’ on House floor  —  During last week's discussion about a bill that would prohibit governments from deducting union dues from a worker's paycheck, state Rep. Scott Randolph, D-Orlando, used his time during floor debate to argue that Republicans are against regulations …
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Los Angeles Times:
Former Obama aides likely to start independent fundraising group
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Matt Stoller / New Deal 2.0:
Comptroller of the Currency Orders National Banks to Cover Up Foreclosure Scandal
Washington Post:
In Libya mission, war blurs humanitarian focus
The Hill:
Boehner to GOP freshmen: ‘No number’ yet in budget talks
Discussion: The Politico
Daily Mail:
Why did we give this murderer sanctuary? …
Discussion: Pajamas Media
New York Times:
Without the Campaign Donors, This Wouldn't Be Possible
Discussion: Power Line
 Earlier Items: 
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Obama up in Florida  —  It doesn't look like Florida will be losing …
Discussion: Orlando Sentinel
Debbie Siegelbaum / The Hill:
GOP says 5,000 non-citizens voting in Colorado a ‘wake-up call’ for states
New York Times:
NATO Warns Rebels Against Attacking Civilians