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Discussing a New York Times/CBS News poll showing that "Tea Party supporters are wealthier and more well-educated than the general public," former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee said on Fox News last night that "these are thoughtful, intelligent, well-read, educated people."

It is an interesting sort of blowback to the position that this is essentially a movement of very ignorant people who just don't know any better. No, these are people that passed civics in the 9th grade. And I think what makes them so angry at Congress -- they're not sure Congress has ever read the Constitution.


Huckabee continued: "These are thoughtful, intelligent, well-read, educated people. They're not folks out there that are just stirred up out of their emotion. They're stirred up out of their intellect."

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Porter Goss, then the head of the CIA, said at the time that he agreed, after the fact, with the agency's 2005 decision to destroy videotapes showing brutal interrogations -- and even joked wryly about the issue, new documents released yesterday by the CIA suggest.

Goss told Jose Rodriguez, then the head of the CIA's clandestine service and the official who ordered the destruction of the tapes, that he "agreed" with the move, according to a CIA email message, reports the New York Times. "PG laughed and said that actually, it would be he, PG, who would take the heat."

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President Obama needled tea party protesters last night in a speech at a Miami fundraiser, saying the anti-government protesters -- who staged demonstrations across the country on Tax Day yesterday -- ought to be thanking him for cutting taxes.

[TPM SLIDESHOW: More Than Just Forms: Tax Day Tea Party-Style]

"We cut taxes for 95 percent of working Americans, just like I promised we would on the campaign," Obama said.

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The man in charge of vetting possible running mates for Sen. John McCain's 2008 presidential campaign has given money to only one of those considered -- and it's not Sarah Palin.

A.B. Culvahouse, who interviewed Mitt Romney, Tim Pawlenty and Palin, has only given to Pawlenty's PAC, CNN reports, donating $500 in March.

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Bernard Kerik, the former New York Police Commissioner, former interim interior minister of Iraq, and onetime nominee to be secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, has started a new blog using the free Google Blogger service at bernardkerik.blogspot.com.

"It's all national security and terrorism stuff related to some of the threats we face, things that I think we should be looking at," Kerik, reached by phone Thursday at his Franklin Lakes, New Jersey home, tells TPMmuckraker of the new blog. He posted Monday on "the unfortunate reality of friendly fire" in response to the Wikileaks video of a U.S. helicopter killing a Reuters photographer in Iraq.

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Jon Stewart took Fox News to task last night for complaining that liberals generalize about the Tea Party -- after constantly generalizing about liberals.

He concluded: "You know, I've said it before, and I'll say it again: Go f*ck yourselves."

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Both of the Republican candidates for Senate in Kentucky spent Tax Day courting the Tea Party vote -- with Rand Paul's campaign crediting the movement with his own success in the polls as an insurgent candidate.

Rand Paul, an ophthalmologist and a son of Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX), spoke to two Tea Party events Thursday, one in Louisville and the other in Lexington. Secretary of State Trey Grayson, who began as the frontrunner for the nomination but has fallen behind in the polls, attended the Louisville event and another in Covington.

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Former Senator Connie Mack (R) has quit Gov. Charlie Crist's Senate campaign in Florida after Crist's controversial veto of a GOP-backed education bill.

Following Mack's resignation as Crist's campaign chair, Republican endorsers from inside the state government have also begun to drop of the Crist bandwagon, leaving Crist increasingly isolated in his GOP Senate primary fight with Marco Rubio.

As the AP reported last night, Mack was Crist's "political mentor" and a long time political ally. But in a letter he addressed to "Charlie" following Crist's veto of the education bill, he said he could no longer work for the man whose political career he's helped along for years.

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Carly Fiorina, the former CEO of Hewlett-Packard who's running for U.S. Senate from California, denied any knowledge of alleged bribes her company paid for contracts in Russia, according to the Sacramento Bee.

"Carly has no knowledge of these alleged actions," said spokeswoman Amy Thoma. "When she served as the CEO of HP if she had been aware of any illegal or inappropriate behavior by any employee she would have taken action immediately to terminate the parties involved."

Authorities from the U.S., Germany and Russia are investigating the company for allegedly paying millions of dollars to Russian officials for contracts in Russia, according to the Wall Street Journal. The Justice Department and Securities and Exchange Commission are looking into whether H-P violated the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, which prohibits American companies from bribing foreign officials.

Obama Extends Health Care Visitation Rights To Gay Couples President Obama has ordered the Department of Health And Human Services to draft rules requiring that hospitals receiving Medicare and Medicaid funding grant all patients the ability to designate people who can visit with them and consult on medical decisions -- a move aimed at guaranteeing health care visitation rights to same-sex couples. In his statement, Obama said: "all too often, people are made to suffer or even to pass away alone, denied the comfort of companionship in their final moments while a loved one is left worrying and pacing down the hall."

Obama's Day Ahead President Obama and Vice President Biden will receive the presidential daily briefing at 9:30 a.m. ET. Obama will deliver remarks at 10:15 a.m. ET, at the White House Conference on America's Great Outdoors. Obama will meet at 11 a.m. ET with his national security team on Afghanistan and Pakistan. Obama and Biden will have lunch at 12:45 p.m. ET. Obama and Biden will meet at 1:30 p.m. ET with the President's Economic Recovery Advisory Board.

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