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Daniel Wagner / Associated Press:
SEC staffers watched porn as economy crashed  —  WASHINGTON - Senior staffers at the Securities and Exchange Commission spent hours surfing pornographic websites on government-issued computers while they were being paid to police the financial system, an agency watchdog says.
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Jonathan Karl / ABCNEWS:
SEC Officials Surfing Porn During Financial Crisis, Report Finds  —  SEC Employees Exposed Downloading, Uploading Pornography at Work  —  The Securities and Exchange Commission is the sheriff of the financial industry, looking for crimes such as Bernard Madoff's Ponzi scheme …
CNN:
Report: SEC staffers watched porn as economy crashed
Daniel Indiviglio / The Atlantic Online:
Did Porn Cause the Financial Crisis?
Discussion: Wonkette
Jonathan Karl / ABCNEWS:
SEC Officials Surfed Porn, Ignored Fraud
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Government War  —  In these columns I try to give voice to a philosophy you might call progressive conservatism.  It starts with the wisdom of Edmund Burke — the belief that the world is more complex than we can know and we should be skeptical of handing too much power to government planners.
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Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Party Affiliation Gap in U.S. Narrowest Since 2005  —  Democratic advantage shrinks as more independents lean to the Republican Party  —  PRINCETON, NJ — The advantage in public support the Democratic Party built up during the latter part of the Bush administration and the early part …
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Don't Cry for Wall Street  —  On Thursday, President Obama went to Manhattan, where he urged an audience drawn largely from Wall Street to back financial reform.  “I believe,” he declared, “that these reforms are, in the end, not only in the best interest of our country, but in the best interest of the financial sector.”
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Robert Kuttner / The Huffington Post:   Financial Reform at a Crossroads
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Dodd: Fannie and Freddie must be addressed in ‘next wave’ of legislation
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Obama Blasts Arizona Illegal Immigration Effort  —  This is pretty big: Obama just now sharply condemned the controversial anti-illegal immigration effort in Arizona, calling it “misguided” and “irresponsible” — and even said his administration could insert itself into the fight if civil rights are found to be violated.
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The Hill:
Obama slams Arizona bill as fight lifts immigration to top of agenda
Discussion: The Swamp
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
Barack Obama Strangelove Backing A Weapon Too Crazy For Bush/Cheney  —  The NY Times continues to present the Administration spin in favor of reducing our nuclear arsenal.  Part of the rationale was that our conventional weapons, such as smart bombs and cruise missile, are much more accurate and powerful.
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Wall Street Journal:
The Real Republican Civil War  —  The struggle between Marco Rubio and Charlie Crist for the Florida Senate seat symbolizes the rift between the reformers and the establishment in the GOP.  —  Marco Rubio appeared on a Sunday talk show this month to say something remarkable.
Discussion: Commentary
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Reid Wilson / Hotline On Call:
LeMieux Considering His Own Future
Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar / Associated Press:
Report says health care will cover more, cost more  —  WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama's health care overhaul law is getting a mixed verdict in the first comprehensive look by neutral experts: More Americans will be covered, but costs are also going up.  —  Economic experts at the Health …
Stephanie Schriock / EMILY's List:
GOP: Put Betty Sutton ‘back in the kitchen’?!  —  What's the best way to move women back decades?  Just ask the GOP.  —  The Republican Review, an apparent newsletter produced by the Medina County (Ohio) Republican Executive Committee, states the following:
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Amanda Terkel / Think Progress:
GOP newsletter: 'Let's take Betty Sutton out of the House and put …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Schumer: Obama's ‘counter-productive’ Israel policy ‘has to stop’  —  New York Senator Chuck Schumer harshly criticized the Obama Administration's attempts to exert pressure on Israel today, making him the highest-ranking Democrat to object to Obama's policies in such blunt terms.
Martin Finucane / Boston Globe:
Scott Brown rules out 2012 presidential run, backs Romney  —  Massachusetts Republican Senator Scott Brown said this morning he was ruling out a presidential run in 2012 and that he supported former Bay State governor Mitt Romney in the race.  —  “Yes, absolutely, 2012, I'm ruling it out …
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
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CNN:
TRENDING: Brown sticking with Romney over Palin
Discussion: The Politico
Carol D. Leonnig / Washington Post:
Potential Supreme Court pick Garland could find foes on left  —  Unlike several other possible candidates to succeed retiring Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Merrick B. Garland probably won't face conservative opposition.  Instead, it could be liberals lining up against him.
Discussion: The Caucus and DC Dicta
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Dan Eggen / Washington Post:
Democrats plan to introduce bill to blunt ruling on political spending
Discussion: The Plum Line
Karen Brettell / XE:
Derivatives industry fights back as reform momentum grows  —  Representatives for the $450 trillion, privately-traded derivatives industry on Thursday fought back against growing momentum for reforms that would require contracts to be traded on exchanges, calling it unnecessary and likely harmful to industrial companies.
Discussion: Ezra Klein
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Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:   Jamie Dimon Inadvertently Makes the Case for Derivatives Reform
The Politico:
White House leaves Durbin hanging  —  Sen. Dick Durbin slipped into the West Wing last week to ask Rahm Emanuel for White House help in saving Barack Obama's old Senate seat.  —  But he didn't leave with any ironclad commitments.  —  Durbin told Emanuel that Democratic nominee Alexi Giannoulias …
Sarah Palin / Facebook:
Institutionalizing Crony Capitalism  —  In the wake of the recent financial meltdown, Americans know that we need reform.  Not only have many individuals learned lessons about personal responsibility through this, but we've been able to engage in a discussion about government's appropriate role.
Rush Limbaugh / Wall Street Journal:
Liberals and the Violence Card  —  Conservative protest is motivated by a love of what America stands for.  —  The latest liberal meme is to equate skepticism of the Obama administration with a tendency toward violence.  That takes me back 15 years ago to the time President Bill Clinton accused …
US News:
Hoyer Sees Election Trouble for House Democrats  —  Nationally-recognized election prognosticator Charlie Cook isn't the only one who sees the majority for House Democrats slipping away.  Today, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer agreed, but said that he and others will mount a strong campaign …
Discussion: The Eye
Wall Street Journal:
Greece Requests Financial Aid  —  Bowing to market pressure, Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou said Friday he will ask for the European Union and International Monetary Fund to activate an emergency financial support package to help shore up public finances.
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New York Times:
Greece Calls for Activation of Financial Rescue
Discussion: Associated Press and Mother Jones
NBC Chicago:
Redactions Revealed: The Six Secrets You Need to Know From the Obama Subpoena Request  —  Former governor Rod Blagojevich's defense team asked Thursday to issue a trial subpoena to the President of the United States of America.  —  The motion, intended to be heavily redacted …
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Agence France Presse:
Poll says Obama, Dalai Lama world's most popular  —  PARIS (AFP) - US President Barack Obama and the Dalai Lama are the world's two most popular leaders, according to a poll conducted in six countries and released on Friday.  —  Obama won 77 percent backing, one percentage point higher than in November …
Discussion: The Hill and The Page
 
 
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