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4:50 PM ET, April 23, 2010

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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 …
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
“History Happened”  —  I find myself in agreement with David Brooks' column this morning on how - unwittingly - the Obama administration was forced into the kind of big government action required to cope with several huge crises, after years of negligence and drift.
Kate Sheppard / Mother Jones:
Kerry: Three Big Oil Companies Likely to Back Climate Bill  —  When Sens. John Kerry, Lindsey Graham and Joe Lieberman release their climate bill on Monday, they expect to have the backing of three of the five major oil companies, Mother Jones has learned.  In a conference call with a coalition …
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CNN:   Climate change legislation unlikely this year, say sources
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:   GOP plans ‘aggressive’ effort against Dems' credibility on Wall Street reform
Juliet Eilperin / Washington Post:
EEI, three oil companies to back climate bill; top 10 highlights of Kerry proposal
J. Taylor Rushing / The Hill:
Sens. Schumer and McConnell go head-to-head in filibuster reform
Discussion: Daily Kos
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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Leo Standora / NY Daily News:
While economy crumbled, top financial watchdogs at SEC surfed …
Daniel Indiviglio / The Atlantic Online:
Did Porn Cause the Financial Crisis?
Discussion: CNN, Top of the Ticket and Wonkette
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Online:
Have Conservatives Gone Mad?  —  Serious thinkers on the right have finally gotten around to a full and open debate on the epistemic closure problem that's plaguing the conservative movement.  The issue, to put it in terms that even I can understand, because I didn't study philosophy much in college: has the conservative base gone mad?
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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Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
The Specter of Socialism is Haunting Jonah Goldberg  —  I'm egomaniacal enough to keep tabs on what's being said about me on the internet, so I've seen a ton of conservative blogs quote this section of a Jonah Goldberg article in Commentary purporting to vindicate the right's “socialist” hits on Barack Obama:
Discussion: Open Left
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Jonah Goldberg / Commentary:
What Kind of Socialist Is Barack Obama?  —  The assertion that Barack Obama is a socialist became a hallmark of the 2008 presidential campaign.  His opponent, John McCain, used Obama's own extemporaneous words to an Ohio plumber as Exhibit A: “When you spread the wealth around,” Obama had said, “it's good for everybody.”
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 …
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ABCNEWS:
Sarah Palin Testifies in E-Mail Hacking Trial  —  David Kernell, 22, Faces Up to 50 Years in Prison If Convicted of Hacking Former VP Candidate's Account  —  Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, taking the stand this morning in the trial of a former college student accused of breaking into her Yahoo! …
Discussion: CNN
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CNN:
Palin testifies in hacking case
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and ABCNEWS
Catholic League:
NOT ALL GAY SEX IS ABUSIVE  —  Catholic League president Bill Donohue comments on a story in today's New York Times about a case of alleged sexual abuse committed by a Chilean priest:  —  If a 17-year old guy has sex with an older guy for twenty years, and continues to have sex with him at the age of 38 …
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and Wonk Room
Dahlia Lithwick / Slate:
Maybe America doesn't want an immobilized judicial branch after all. … - Climate Change Is Going To Reshape the American Electoral Map.  Here's How.- J. Lo's New Movie Is Terrible but Not as Bad as Other Rom-Coms- Project Runway Finale: The Nazi-Inspired Designs Win?
Discussion: Washington Times
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Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Judging for the Powerful  —  Dahlia Lithwick tries to construct …
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
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
Discussion: Open Left and Taylor Marsh
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Online:
Gay Activists v. The White House: The Inside Story  —  For 17 years, the Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy has grabbed thousands of gay soldiers by their collars and thrown them out of the military.  By this time next year, that policy will be gone.  Gay people will be openly serving in the United States Armed Forces.
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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.
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
Alex Seitz-Wald / Think Progress:
Virginia DMV Pulls License Plate Coded With Neo-Nazi Message From Truck With Anti-Islam Imagery  —  A photo has been circulating the Internet this week showing a truck parked in a disabled person parking spot, emblazoned with a large Confederate flag, and featuring a picture of the World Trade Center burning.
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 …
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.
Anill / Think Progress:
Obama: ‘Irresponsible’ Arizona Immigration Bill ‘Threatens To Undermine Basic Notions Of Fairness’  —  This morning, while speaking at the Active Duty Naturalization Ceremony at the White House Rose Garden, President Obama emphasized the need for immigration reform.
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The Hill:
Obama slams Arizona bill as fight lifts immigration to top of agenda
Discussion: The Swamp
 
 
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Edmund Sanders / Los Angeles Times:
Hamas is accused of being moderate
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Heather / Crooks and Liars:
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Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
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Barbara Starr / CNN:
U.S. military launches mystery space plane on secret mission
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Sean J. Miller / The Hill:
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The Note:
Sens. Lugar, Durbin Ask Napolitano to Stop Deporting Students
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 Earlier Items: 
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Jamie Dimon Inadvertently Makes the Case for Derivatives Reform
Discussion: Ezra Klein and XE
Agence France Presse:
Poll says Obama, Dalai Lama world's most popular
Discussion: The Page and The Hill
Martin Finucane / Boston Globe:
Scott Brown rules out 2012 presidential run, backs Romney
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Schumer: Obama's ‘counter-productive’ Israel policy ‘has to stop’