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11:05 AM ET, April 17, 2010

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Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
The Battle Lines  —  Back in January, Frank Luntz wrote a memo saying that the best way to defend Wall Street from any new regulation was to spuriously characterize efforts at regulatory reform as leading to “endless bailouts.”  Then earlier this week, GOP Senate leaders Mitch McConnell …
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Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Obama: 'Financial WMD's demand regs  —  Thumbing through the issues of a new poll portraying what a battleground the midterm congressional elections will be,Celinda Lake, the Democratic pollster on the bipartisan team that produced the poll, found her tongue slipping each time she mentioned Wall Street reform …
David M. Herszenhorn / The Caucus:
Senate Republicans Band Together in Opposing Financial Bill
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:   Hedge fund manager in Goldman Sachs case is major Democratic donor
Michael C. Moynihan / Hit & Run:
Bill Clinton: Tim McVeigh Hated the Guv'mint Too  —  Filming and interviewing at yesterday's Tea Party rally in DC with my Reason.tv comrade Meredith Bragg, we met some perfectly normal, clever, interesting people (including a black goth kid from West Virginia who really, really wanted to …
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Jana Winter / Fox News:
Teacher Who Sought to ‘Demolish’ Tea Party Placed on Leave From School  —  An Oregon teacher who announced his intention to “dismantle and demolish the Tea Party” has been placed on administrative leave until his school district finishes its investigation into whether his political activity crossed the line
Alex Pappas / The Daily Caller:
Massachusetts Republican Scott Brown calls Obama's Tea Party remarks ‘sad’  —  The Senate's newest Republican called it “sad” that Barack Obama told a laughing crowd of Democratic donors on Tax Day that he was amused by the antics of Tea Partiers, who the president said should be thanking …
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
Annalyn Censky / CNNMoney.com:
GE: 7,000 tax returns, $0 U.S. tax bill  —  NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) — General Electric filed more than 7,000 income tax returns in hundreds of global jurisdictions last year, but when push came to shove, the company owed the U.S. government a whopping bill of $0.  —  How'd it pull off that trick?
Discussion: JONATHAN TURLEY and Don Surber
Lucas van Praag / Goldman Sachs:
Goldman Sachs Makes Further Comments on SEC Complaint  —  The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. (NYSE: GS) said today:We are disappointed that the SEC would bring this action related to a single transaction in the face of an extensive record which establishes that the accusations are unfounded in law and fact.
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Katie Benner / Fortune:
The SEC says John Paulson won't be next
Rob Moritz / Arkansas News:
Judge strikes down adoption ban  —  LITTLE ROCK — A circuit judge Friday struck down a state law banning unmarried couples from adopting and serving as foster parents.  —  Act 1 unconstitutionally burdens non-marital relationships and acts of sexual intimacy between adults by forcing …
Telegraph:
How Barack Obama invented himself  —  David Remnick's new biography of Barack Obama shines a light on a man who only saw his father for 10 days, and whose dazzling success may have hinged on his wife's willingness to take risks.  —  David Remnick, the editor of the New Yorker …
Walter Alarkon / The Hill:
Tax hikes still on the table for GOP at Obama's fiscal commission  —  Republicans aren't ruling out raising taxes or any other option for dealing with the country's debt problem as they head into the White House fiscal commission's first meeting.  —  “Everything is on the table,” …
Discussion: The New Republic
Charles Levinson / Wall Street Journal:
Israel iPad Ban Puzzles Many  —  Government Cites Wireless Interference, but Apple Tablet Uses Standard Chips  —  JERUSALEM—Israel this week has been blocking travelers from bringing Apple Inc.'s new iPad into the country saying the device's wireless technology threatens to create interference …
Kyle / Right Wing Watch:
Lafferty: ENDA Will Allow The VA To Molest Our Disabled Veterans  —  The Friday afternoon session of the Freedom Federation's “Awakening” conference has been dedicated to dozens of different breakout sessions, including one on “The LGBT Agenda” featuring Rena Lindevaldsen and Matt Barber …
Michael Winter / USA Today:
Arizona legalizes carrying concealed gun without a permit  —  In Arizona, it's now legal for (most) adults to carry a concealed weapon without a permit.  Republican Gov. Jan Brewer just signed the legislation, putting her state in the same camp as Alaska and Vermont.
Susie Madrak / Crooks and Liars:
Conservatives Are Just Beside Themselves Over ‘Glee’ Making Fun of The Half Governor.  Oh, Boo Hoo.  —  Seriously, the right-wing hysteria about - well, just about everything is wearing thin.  There's something so over the top, something so, well, histrionic about John Nolte's take on “Glee …
The Politico:
A tale of two Obamas: Up in D.C., down in U.S.  —  The cover of The Atlantic this month shows a shirt-sleeved President Barack Obama and the headline, “WHY HE'S RIGHT.”  It reflects the Washington conventional wisdom that Obama is on a roll, bolstered by his long-delayed victory on health reform.
Discussion: Commentary
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Voters Currently Divided on Second Obama Term  —  Just under half say he deserves re-election  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Registered voters are about evenly divided over whether President Barack Obama is deserving of a second term in office.  Currently, 46% say he deserves re-election and 50% say he does not.
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Julia Preston / New York Times:
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Free exchange:
Curb your enthusiasm  —  ECONOMIC optimism fills the air …
Mike Allen / The Politico:
DNC to pump $50M into midterms
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Los Angeles Times:
Obama orders most hospitals to grant gays visitation rights
Carol D. Leonnig / Washington Post:
Massa wrote chief of staff $40,000 check after announcing he would quit Congress
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Obama adviser gets sick at White House
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Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Barbour, advisers privately mull 2012
Discussion: The Reaction
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Discussion: The Huffington Post