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5:50 PM ET, April 9, 2012

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Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
Sonia Sotomayor Is Our Country's First Disabled Supreme Court Justice  —  Over at the Plum Line, Jonathan Bernstein riffs off a White House infographic on judicial appointments to remind us that although the Senate has been pretty obstructionist when it comes to confirming judges …
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CNN:
Romney: I speak with Gingrich more than Santorum  —  (CNN) - Mitt Romney, making a post-Easter appearance on the radio show of former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, said he was in touch with rival Newt Gingrich more often than Rick Santorum, despite Santorum's advantage in the delegate count.
Washington Post:
Why Ron Paul matters more than Newt Gingrich  —  Former House speaker Newt Gingrich's long, slow fade into political oblivion in this presidential primary race has received lots — and lots — of attention.  —  Supporters of Republican presidential candidate Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas …
E.J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
Obama levels straight shots at Supreme Court and Ryan budget  —  ELON, N.C.  —  Conservatives are not accustomed to being on the defensive.  —  They have long experience with attacking the evils of the left and the abuses of activist judges.  They love to assail “tax-and-spend liberals” …
Discussion: msnbc.com and Daily Kos
David Axelrod / CNN:
TRENDING: Grassley calls Obama ‘stupid’ on Twitter  —  (CNN) - Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa, who has long been an outspoken critic of President Barack Obama, used scathing language in a tweet Saturday to condemn the president's remarks about the Supreme Court last week.
Discussion: TheGazette and The New Republic
Dylan Byersand Mj Lee / Politico:
Mike Huckabee opens up on Obama
Discussion: Riehl World View
BuzzFeed:
It's “Game On” In Chicago  —  One year in, the Obama campaign unleashes itself on America.  Confident, cool, digitally dynamic.  But are they getting cocky?  —  Amy Sly for BuzzFeed  —  CHICAGO, Ill. — On the evening of April 4, campaign manager Jim Messina gathered more than 300 staffers …
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New York Times:
Major Republican Super PAC Prepares to Take On Obama
Jake Tapper / ABCNEWS:
Hoopster In Chief Puts Own Image on Ball  —  Using a special basketball festooned with his own image, President Obama shot some hoop today with former NBA players, Harlem Globetrotters and kids attending the White House Easter Egg Hunt.  —  The “Shoot for Strength” activity took place …
Discussion: Mediaite and HotAirPundit
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Jennifer Epstein / Politico:
Obama misses 7 baskets before he makes one  —  President Obama was determined to sink a basket Monday morning as he took shots on the basketball court at the White House Easter Egg Roll.  —  He was -for-3 early on as he took shots with some pros and Harlem Globetrotters players gathered …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Geneva Sands / The Hill:
Kids, Obamas play games at annual White House Easter Egg Roll
Discussion: Politico, CBS News and ABCNEWS
Associated Press:
Special prosecutor: Won't take Trayvon Martin death to grand jury, still investigating  —  ORLANDO, Fla. — Special prosecutor Angela Corey said Monday she will not take the Trayvon Martin shooting death before a grand jury.  —  Corey said she continues to investigate the case and will not involve …
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Orlando Sentinel:
Trayvon Martin: Police department shut down to public
Discussion: Guardian, Daily Kos and Mediaite
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
The Gullible Center  —  So, can we talk about the Paul Ryan phenomenon?  —  And yes, I mean the phenomenon, not the man.  Mr. Ryan, the chairman of the House Budget Committee and the principal author of the last two Congressional Republican budget proposals, isn't especially interesting.
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Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
Is the “Centrist” Brand Worth Fighting For?
Discussion: Booman Tribune
BuzzFeed:
Why The Supreme Court Will Overturn ObamaCare  —  A fantasy mansion, and a locked room.  —  Via: http://%3ci%3eShutterstock%3c/ i%3e  —  A conservative lawyer explained the logic for overturning ObamaCare as lucidly as I've heard, and on the condition of anonymity.
Discussion: Ezra Klein
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Josh Hicks / Associated Press:
Obama's selective memory of Supreme Court history
Sam Baker / The Hill:
White House has diverted $500M to IRS to implement healthcare law  —  The Obama administration is quietly diverting roughly $500 million to the IRS to help implement the president's healthcare law.  —  The money is only part of the IRS's total implementation spending, and it is being provided outside the normal appropriations process.
Alexander Burns / Politico:
Mitt's Pennsylvania attack: ‘We fired him as senator, why promote him to president?’  —  Mitt Romney's multimillion-dollar Pennsylvania ad buy starts today with a cutting attack that highlights Rick Santorum's 2006 reelection loss, a source monitoring the 2012 air war tells me.
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BREITBART.COM:
O'KEEFE VOTER FRAUD INVESTIGATION: YOUNG MAN OFFERED HOLDER'S BALLOT  —  U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has declared that there is no proof that in-person voter fraud is a problem.  He's about to see proof that even he can't deny.  —  In a new video provided to Breitbart.com …
Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
Helping the Poor is Now Apparently Anti-Bible  —  I see that fellow Orange Countian Rick Warren — he of Saddleback megachurch and Purpose Driven Life fame — is in the news again.  He was on ABC's This Week yesterday, and Jake Tapper asked him what he thought about President Obama's suggestion that God tells us to
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Hullabaloo
Mj Lee / Politico:
Herman Cain to Mitt Romney: Pick Allen West for vice president  —  Herman Cain is calling on Mitt Romney to name Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) his vice presidential nominee.  —  Asked on the “Steve Gill Show” on Monday who he would recommend if Romney were to come to him for advice on the running mate decision …
Travis Waldron / ThinkProgress:
Wisconsin State Senator Says Women Are Paid Less Because ‘Money Is More Important For Men’  —  Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) quietly repealed his state's equal pay law last week, a decision that will make it harder for victims of wage discrimination to sue for lost earnings and back wages.
JorgeMSU / CBS Detroit:
President Obama's $1 Million Pizza Party In Detroit!  —  CBS 62  —  President Barack Obama is coming to the Motor City for a $1 million pizza party being thrown for him compliments of Denise Ilitch, daughter of Little Caesars' founders Mike and Marian Ilitch.
Geoffrey Kabaservice / The New Republic:
How Democrats Are Complicit in the Republican War Against Women  —  The Republican Party's alleged “war” against women is fast emerging as a major trope of the 2012 elections.  And the charge is largely true: As the GOP has become increasingly conservative, so too has it become increasingly hostile …
Daily Mail:
Toddler on Easter egg hunt stumbles on live GRENADE... which has to be blown up by bomb squad  —  By MAIL ON SUNDAY REPORTER and IAN GARLAND  —  Police called in the bomb squad yesterday after a three-year-old boy was spotted standing on a live hand grenade during an Easter egg hunt.
Walter Russell Mead / Wall Street Journal:
The Myth of America's Decline  —  Washington now has added China, India, Brazil and Turkey to its speed-dial, along with Europe and Japan.  But it will remain the chairman of a larger board.  —  The world balance of power is changing.  Countries like China, India, Turkey and Brazil are heard …
Discussion: National Review and Via Meadia
Philip Kitcher / Opinionator:
The Taint of ‘Social Darwinism’  —  Given the well-known Republican antipathy to evolution, President Obama's recent description of the Republican budget as an example of “social Darwinism” may be a canny piece of political labeling.  In the interests of historical accuracy, however …
Annie-Rose Strasser / ThinkProgress:
Confused McConnell Thinks Female GOP Senators Agree With Him That There Is No ‘War On Women’  —  Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is either confused about what's going on in his caucus, or in denial.  —  On a local Kentucky radio show today, the Senate minority leader argued that the female members …
Stephen J. Rose / The Atlantic Online:
How We Spend  —  And what that tells us about the economy  —  EVEN AMERICANS WHO think they know where their money goes probably have no idea how their spending compares with that of their parents or grandparents.  But such figures yield a surprising picture of how our economy works—and how it's changing.
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
 
 
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Brian Stelter / New York Times:
F.C.C. Pushes for Web Site on TV Political Ad Spending
Discussion: Firedoglake and The Daily Caller
Mike Allen / Politico:
Playbook: Big companies stronger
Chris Geidner / Poliglot:
Obama Campaign Weighs in to Oppose Minnesota Marriage Amendment
Jon Bershad / Mediaite:
Rush Limbaugh: If There Is A War On Women, Obama Is The Generalissimo
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Missouri Legislator Posts Photo Comparing Same-Sex Marriage To ‘Legalized Perversion’
Discussion: BuzzFeed
Robert J. Samuelson / Washington Post:
Would Roosevelt recognize today's Social Security?
New Orleans Times-Picayune:
Local activist becomes New York Times reporter for Danziger Bridge sentencing
Discussion: Poynter
 Earlier Items: 
Yves Smith / naked capitalism:
Judge Rules Wells Fargo Engages in “Reprehensible,” …
Globe and Mail:
U.S. Navy deploys second aircraft carrier to Persian Gulf amid rising tensions with Iran
Discussion: Firedoglake and ThinkProgress
Billy Hallowell / TheBlaze.com:
REV. WRIGHT UNLEASHED: ‘WHITE SUPREMACY’ …
Rick Santorum / NY Daily News:
Jerusalem is the capital of Israel
Discussion: Israel Matzav
Josh Lederman / Ballot Box:
Warren raises $6.9M, doubling Scott Brown
Discussion: Politico, Taylor Marsh and CNN
Rob Crilly / blogs.telegraph.co.uk:
In Pakistan: your moustache or your life
Discussion: Jihad Watch and Weasel Zippers