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TARGETING CHRISTIE

“A strong public interest exists in knowing whether the executive in charge of the nations most-watched cable newschannel is acting as a political consultant to a prospective Republican presidential candidate. As journalists, plaintiffs may properly assert that public interest as a basis for obtaining these records.”

(From a lawsuit against New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, filed by the American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey on behalf of John Cook, a reporter for the online gossip site Gawker.com.)

“We’re seeking records of Christie’s communications with Fox News chairman Roger Ailes. Christie claims they should remain secret under the state’s executive privilege. We disagree,” Mr. Cook says, citing a New York magazine account that claims Mr. Christie and Mr. Ailes “have a relationship” and dined together at the news executive’s weekend home in Putnam County, N.Y.

TERROR FROM WHERE?

Is it “terror from the Left?” asks Instapundit and Pajamas Media contributor Glenn Reynolds, after news that the office of Americans for Tax Reform, located just five blocks from the White House, was evacuated Monday after a bomb threat.

“The police are conducting an investigation,” spokesman John Kartch tells Inside the Beltway. The nonprofit was founded in 1985 by Grover Norquist, at the behest of President Reagan.

“You know, that happened to D.C. tea party organizers, too,” Mr. Reynolds adds, recalling an unpleasant incident in 2009 when FreedomWorks, a conservative group founded by Dick Armey, received a bomb threat and also was evacuated.

HOLA, PRESIDENTE OBAMA

Relations between the White House and a pivotal voting bloc are cooling. Dismayed Latinos say they are “victims of White House immigration policies,” claiming that President Obama has deported more people than any other president in history. And they march on the White House on Tuesday, with Democratic firepower.

CASA de Maryland, CARECEN, Familias Unidas, Progressive Maryland and five other organizations will rally, they say, to remember 1 million deportees and “hear chilling stories of families caught in broken administrative policies.” Joining them: Reps. Raul M. Grijalva of Arizona, Luis V. Gutierrez of Illinois, Michael M. Honda of California and John Lewis of Georgia.

What they all want: “A stay on the deportations of DREAM Act students and parents of U.S. citizen children and lifting of the 10-year re-entry bar for parents, the termination of local law enforcement immigration programs such as Secure Communities, and the cancellation of administration policies that risk work-site organizing and worker rights such as E-Verify.”

THE BIG EDIT

Oh, the irony: A Media Research Center analysis finds that some White House-friendly broadcasters ignore the public’s opposition to an increased debt ceiling — even when its documented by their own polls.

“CBSs poll showed that 49 percent of the public opposes raising the debt ceiling, and NBCs poll showed 43 percent. But neither network reported these findings,” the study says. “CNN on-air hosts scandalously ignore the fact that their polling found 66 percent of Americans supported the House GOP’s ‘Cut, Cap and Balance’ plan and that 74 percent would support a balanced-budget amendment to the Constitution.

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