Stories You Should Know (4/5/10)

Google News (USA)
Republican Party chairman Michael Steele defended his stewardship of party affairs Monday and dismissed criticism as the talk of GOP figures uncomfortable with his “streetwise” managerial style.

McClatchy Wire (USA)
Gov. Charlie Crist asked federal authorities Friday to investigate the Republican Party of Florida amid growing concerns about secret deals and misspent money.

Washington Post (Washington, DC)
Rep. Betsy Markey, a first-term Democrat in a Republican district, was one of just eight House members who switched their votes from “no” to “yes” when President Obama’s health-care bill finally passed Congress. Her vote left the endangered incumbent in an even more precarious position.

Los Angeles Times (Los Angeles, CA)
Republican Meg Whitman’s unprecedented performance in the race for governor has rocketed her into a narrow lead against Democrat Jerry Brown. Whitman carried 44% of voters to Brown’s 41%.

New York Times (New York, NY)
A dozen governors, led by Bill Ritter Jr. of Colorado, sat with Secretary of Education Arne Duncan in a hotel ballroom in Washington a few weeks back, praising his vision and gushing with enthusiasm over a $4 billion grant competition they hoped could land their states a jackpot of hundreds of millions of dollars.

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