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7:40 PM ET, April 30, 2010

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Sarah Palin / Facebook:
Domestic Drilling: Why We Can Still Believe  —  We've all been shocked and saddened by the tragic events in the Gulf of Mexico.  My heart breaks for coastal residents who are facing fears of the unknown impacts of the oil spill.  —  As an Alaskan, I can speak from the heart about the tragedy of an oil spill.
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Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
“I'm Just Noting the Timing Here”  —  Me, in email with a friend last night about the Louisiana oil spill: … Honest to God, I didn't know he'd said this a few hours earlier: … Plus there's this, from the friend I was emailing with: “Maybe not Obama, but the WSJ snuck it in their story yesterday …
Campbell Robertson / New York Times:
Oil From Spill Is Reported to Have Reached the Coast  —  NEW ORLEANS —Coast Guard officials were investigating reports early Friday morning that oil from a massive spill in the Gulf of Mexico had washed ashore overnight, threatening fisheries and wildlife in fragile marshes and islands along the Gulf Coast.
Paul Krugman:
The Oil Spill Is Obama's Fault  —  No, I haven't lost my mind — that's not what I believe.  But you know that's what the talk-show hosts will be saying soon, if they haven't already started.  The only question is what the story will be.  —  Will it be claims that liberals …
Ezra Klein:
Oil spill an inside job?  —  If Rush Limbaugh was on the far left, he'd be a 9/11 truther.  As it is, he's on the far right, and has decided to become an oil-spill truther: … Is there literally nothing this man can say that will convince Republicans to disavow him?  —  Photo credit: By Ron Edmonds/Associated Press
Discussion: Mediaite
Huma Khan / ABCNEWS:
EXCLUSIVE: Administration Vows No New Offshore Drilling Until Investigation
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Dems spark alarm with call for national ID card  —  A plan by Senate Democratic leaders to reform the nation's immigrations laws ran into strong opposition from civil liberties defenders before lawmakers even unveiled it Thursday.  —  Democratic leaders have proposed requiring every worker …
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Ezra Klein:
Is a biometric, national ID card an immigration game changer?  —  The Democrats' immigration-reform proposal (pdf) is 26 pages long.  Pages 8 through 18 are devoted to “ending illegal employment through biometric employment verification.”  I don't think the Democrats are going to like me calling …
John Cole / Balloon Juice:
Holy Loads of Tone Deaf
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Boehner: GOP could pick up 100 seats  —  House Republicans could win 100 or more seats in this fall's elections, House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) said Friday.  —  Boehner said he believes there is no seat that the GOP cannot win during this election cycle, judging by Sen. Scott Brown's …
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NPR:
Boehner: GOP Will Repeal Health Care Law  —  House Republican Leader John Boehner has said that his party will repeal the new health care law if the GOP gains a congressional majority in November.  —  “I think that we need to repeal the health care law and replace it with common-sense steps …
Wall Street Journal:
Republicans Might Want to Rent, not Own, the House  —  President Barack Obama went on a campaign-style barnstorming tour of the Midwest this week, a reminder that this is a big political year posing a big political question: Can Republicans take back control of the House of Representatives?
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
BOEHNER TAKES CREDIT FOR DEMOCRATIC HEALTH CARE ADVANCES. …
Discussion: NPR, Think Progress and Daily Kos
Ben Raines / Breaking News from the Press-Register:
Leaked report: Government fears Deepwater Horizon well could become unchecked gusher … A confidential government report on the unfolding spill disaster in the Gulf makes clear the Coast Guard now fears the well could become an unchecked gusher shooting millions of gallons of oil per day into the Gulf.
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Wall Street Journal:
Drilling Process Attracts Scrutiny in Rig Explosion  —  An oil-drilling procedure called cementing is coming under scrutiny as a possible cause of the explosion on the Deepwater Horizon rig in the Gulf of Mexico that has led to one of the biggest oil spills in U.S. history, drilling experts said Thursday.
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Tweet Of The Day  —  “Every a**hole who ever chanted 'Drill baby drill …
Ben Raines / Breaking News from the Press-Register:
Gulf of Mexico oil spill 2010: The worst-case scenario
Discussion: Wonkette
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
MLBPA: AZ Immigration Law “Could have a negative impact on hundreds of Major League players”  —  The executive director of the Major League Baseball Player's Association has released a strong statement condemning the Arizona immigration law.  I've pasted it below the fold:
Discussion: Yahoo! Sports and Crooks and Liars
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Jim Balloch / Knoxville News-Sentinel:
Jury convicts Palin e-mail intruder on two counts; mistrial declared on ID theft  —  KNOXVILLE - A federal jury this afternoon convicted Sarah Palin e-mail intruder David C. Kernell of felony destruction of records to hamper a federal investigation and misdemeanor unlawfully obtaining information from a protected computer.
Discussion: palingates
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CNN:
TRENDING: Man found guilty in Palin e-mail case
Discussion: ABCNEWS
Sarah Palin / Facebook:
The Hacker Case Verdict
Fox News:
Arizona Legislature Passes Bill to Curb ‘Chauvanism’ in Ethnic Studies Programs  —  After making national headlines for a new law on illegal immigrants, the Arizona Legislature sent Gov. Jan Brewer a bill Thursday that would ban ethnic studies programs in the state that critics say currently advocate separatism and racial preferences.
The Politico:
WHCD A-LIST GUEST LIST  —  If you're not going to the White House Correspondents' Dinner, no doubt you want to know exactly who is.  If you are, you'll want to know who's going to be where.  So, for your celeb-stalking needs —whether you're after Scarlett Johansson, Bradley Cooper …
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Ben Smith / The Politico:
Obama: ‘A guy who doubles down’
Discussion: CNN
Miriam Jordan / Wall Street Journal:
Arizona Grades Teachers on Fluency  —  State Pushes School Districts to Reassign Instructors With Heavy Accents or Other Shortcomings in Their English  —  PHOENIX—As the academic year winds down, Creighton School Principal Rosemary Agneessens faces a wrenching decision …
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Amanda Terkel / Think Progress:
Gates To Congress: Don't Repeal Don't Ask, Don't Tell This Year  —  As part of the Obama administration's plan to repeal Don't Ask, Don't Tell (DADT), the Pentagon has convened a “Working Group” that is meeting with servicemembers, chaplains, and others individuals about how to repeal the ban …
Discussion: Firedoglake
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CNN:
Gates to Congress: Don't mess with 'don't ask, don't tell' yet
Discussion: The Politico
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
GDP growth drops to 3.2% in first quarter of 2010  —  In January, Barack Obama and Democrats insisted that the 5.7% annual growth rate in the fourth quarter of 2009 showed that their stimulus plan had set the American economy back on track for rapid growth and job creation.
Discussion: Washington Post
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Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
The Progressive Movement is Officially Dead  —  Hey, Sierra Club: There's a giant flaming ball of oil being pushed straight for the coasts of Alabama and Mississippi.  Might be the worst environmental event in decades.  I know it makes the President's recent decision to allow offshore drilling look …
Discussion: The New Republic
DavidNYC / Swing State Project:
PA-12: Dems Trailing in Special to Replace Murtha  —  Research 2000 for Daily Kos (4/26-28, likely voters, no trendlines): … Things are looking tough for Democrats in the race to fill the late Jack Murtha's House seat, with Research 2000 giving Republican Tim Burns his biggest lead yet.
Discussion: TPMDC
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Josh Kraushaar / The Politico:
Kos poll: Burns by six
Discussion: Real Clear Politics and Ballot Box
Ezra Klein:
Sen. Carl Levin: ‘We ought to eliminate the damn synthetics’  —  Sen. Carl Levin chairs the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, and has used it not only for Tuesday's hearing on Goldman Sachs, but for previous hearings on the ratings agencies, the mortgage issuers and more.
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Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
After reporter's subpoena, critics call Obama's leak-plugging efforts Bush-like  —  The Justice Department's decision to subpoena a New York Times reporter this week has convinced some press advocates that President Obama's team is pursuing leaks with the same fervor as the Bush administration.
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
 
 
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Guardian:
The liberal moment has come
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Andy Barr / The Politico:
Ariz. targets ‘human-animal hybrids’
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Suffolk University:
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