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7:20 AM ET, April 30, 2010

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Damien Cave / New York Times:
Crist Announces Independent Bid for Senate  —  MIAMI — Gov. Charlie Crist announced Thursday that he will run independently for the United States Senate, giving Florida a race that will once again make the state a gawk-worthy stage of American politics, where the country's desires, fears and conflicts play out.
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Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Charlie Crist: Assume nothing, Silva says  —  There could be, in the defection of Florida Gov. Charlie Crist from the party in which he made his career, a message about more than the ambition of one politician.  —  From the start, this was one Republican who looked out for his own fortunes …
Discussion: CNN
CNN:
Staffers resign in wake of Crist announcement
Discussion: The Page
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Crist declares ‘system broken,’ announces independent run
Discussion: Firedoglake, MyDD and CNN
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Charlie Crist to run for Senate as an independent
Christina Bellantoni / TPMDC:   Cornyn To Crist: I Want My Money Back Too!
New York Times:
Prosecutors Said to Start Inquiry at Goldman  —  By LOUISE STORY and MICHAEL J. de la MERCED  —  Federal prosecutors have opened an investigation into trading at Goldman Sachs, raising the possibility of criminal charges against the Wall Street giant, according to people familiar with the matter.
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Wall Street Journal:
Criminal Probe Looks Into Goldman Trading  —  Federal prosecutors are conducting a criminal investigation into whether Goldman Sachs Group Inc. or its employees committed securities fraud in connection with its mortgage trading, people familiar with the probe say.
Perry Bacon Jr / Washington Post:
Democrats unveil immigration-reform proposal  —  Senate Democrats officially unveiled a proposal to reform America's immigration system on Thursday, looking past the fact that no Republican has offered support for the effort and President Obama a day earlier played down the chances of legislation passing this year.
Discussion: Hot Air and Freedom's Lighthouse
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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Democrats pledge to move toward 2010 vote on immigration reform
Discussion: The Politico
Ezra Klein:
Sen. Lindsey Graham: ‘I care equally about immigration and climate change’
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
More Americans Favor Than Oppose Arizona Immigration Law  —  Among those who have heard of law, 51% favor and 39% oppose it  —  PRINCETON, NJ — More than three-quarters of Americans have heard about the state of Arizona's new immigration law, and of these, 51% say they favor it and 39% oppose it.
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Sean J. Miller / Ballot Box:
Toomey backs Arizona immigration law (updated)
Discussion: The Politico
Joseph Abrams / Fox News:
EXCLUSIVE: U.N. Elects Iran to Commission on Women's Rights  —  Without fanfare, the United Nations this week elected Iran to its Commission on the Status of Women, handing a four-year seat on the influential human rights body to a theocratic state in which stoning is enshrined in law …
Washington Post:
As oil spill hits Louisiana coast, critics assail Obama's offshore drilling plan  —  The worsening oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico on Thursday threatened not only the shores of five states but also President Obama's plan to open vast stretches of U.S. coastline to oil and gas drilling.
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Ynetnews:
British protesters attack Israel's deputy ambassador  —  Pro-Palestinian protesters storm towards Talya Lador-Fresher after her speech at Manchester University, prompting police to whisk her away from site.  Protesters proceed to encircle police car, climb on hood.  Ambassador Ron Prosor says sweeping denunciation expected
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iPhone Finder Regrets His ‘Mistake’  —  The person who found and sold an Apple iPhone prototype says he regrets not doing more to return the device to its owner, according to a statement provided by his attorney Thursday in response to queries from Wired.com.
Steve Jobs / Apple:
Thoughts on Flash  —  Apple has a long relationship with Adobe.  In fact, we met Adobe's founders when they were in their proverbial garage.  Apple was their first big customer, adopting their Postscript language for our new Laserwriter printer.  Apple invested in Adobe and owned around 20% of the company for many years.
John F. Harris / The Politico:
The man in the middle  —  Back in 1987, the man hired to crack wise at the annual White House Correspondents' Association Dinner had a case of jagged nerves.  —  Ronald Reagan was president, and Jay Leno was just turning 37 — already a celebrated comic, not yet one of the country's most familiar faces.
Discussion: The Page
Michael Beckel / OpenSecrets.org:
Hordes of Hired Guns Earned About $19 Million Per Day As Lobbying Soared to Nearly $1 Billion in First Quarter  —  Hordes of hired K Street guns are in high demand as President Barack Obama and congressional Democrats seek to implement grand legislative plans.
Desmond Tutu / The Huffington Post:
Arizona: The Wrong Answer  —  I am saddened today at the prospect of a young Hispanic immigrant in Arizona going to the grocery store and forgetting to bring her passport and immigration documents with her.  I cannot be dispassionate about the fact that the very act of her being in the grocery store …
Chad Pergram / The Speakers Lobby:
House Approves Puerto Rico Vote Legislation  —  The House of Representatives voted Thursday to allow Puerto Ricans to decide their own political future and relationship with the United States.  —  The vote was 223 to 169.  Rep. Louise Slaughter, D-N.Y., voted present.
Discussion: Freedom's Lighthouse
Washington Examiner:
Want to get rich?  Work for feds  —  For decades, public sector unions have peddled the fantasy that government employees were paid less than their counterparts in the private sector.  In fact, the pay disparity is the other way around.  Government workers, especially at the federal level …
Ed White / Associated Press:
Judge asks feds to show militia did more than talk  —  DETROIT (AP) - A federal judge challenged prosecutors Wednesday to show that nine members of a Michigan militia accused of plotting war against the government had done more than just talk and should remain locked up.
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Amanda Terkel / Think Progress:
Conservatives Mock Pelosi For Airbrushed Magazine Shot, Stay Silent On Laura Bush's Retouched Book Cover  —  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is on the May/June 2010 cover of the DC magazine “Capitol File,” and conservatives are all worked up that the photograph of her may have been airbrushed.
Alessandra Stanley / New York Times:
One Woman's ‘Truth’: Rielle Hunter Talks to Oprah  —  Rielle Hunter, who told Oprah Winfrey in a program broadcast on Thursday that John Edwards had a secret affair with her because “he wanted to live a life of truth,” is a tough interview, tougher in some ways than President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran.
 
 
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Peter Allen / Daily Mail:
Three-year-old boy arrested as suspected terrorist in France
Discussion: Big Brass Blog
Margalit Fox / New York Times:
Leslie Buck, Designer of Iconic Coffee Cup, Dies at 87
Discussion: Gawker
Economist:
Who should govern Britain?  —  Forget the hypotheticals and look at the policies.
Discussion: Guardian
New York Times:
Europe Acts Swiftly on Long-Delayed Greek Bailout
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
Durbin Says “Bleeding Heart Liberals” …
Arizona Daily Star:
Legislators take aim anew at ethnic-studies programs
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Mike Lillis / The Washington Independent:
In Ohio, Dems Rip One of Their Own Over ‘Racist’ Remarks
Discussion: WLWT-TV, Think Progress and The Eye
Dirk Lammers / Associated Press:
Wind energy company to lay off workers at SD plant
Discussion: Townhall.com and Riehl World View
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Julian E. Barnes / Los Angeles Times:
Afghan Taliban getting stronger, Pentagon says
New York Times:
Obama's Remarks at Dorothy Height's Funeral Service
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Eric Zimmermann / The Hill:
Mack (R) compares Ariz. law to Nazi Germany
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Obama: “I do think at a certain point you've made enough money”
Lauren Beale / Los Angeles Times:
Al Gore, Tipper Gore snap up Montecito-area villa