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10:40 PM ET, April 16, 2010

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New York Times:
U.S. Accuses Goldman Sachs of Fraud  —  Goldman Sachs, which emerged relatively unscathed from the financial crisis, was accused of securities fraud in a civil suit filed Friday by the Securities and Exchange Commission, which claims the bank created and sold a mortgage investment that was secretly devised to fail.
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U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission:
SEC Charges Goldman Sachs With Fraud in Structuring and Marketing of CDO Tied to Subprime Mortgages  —  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  —  2010-59  —  Washington, D.C., April 16, 2010 — The Securities and Exchange Commission today charged Goldman, Sachs & Co. and one of its vice presidents …
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.
Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Charges Goldman Sachs With Fraud  —  SEC Alleges Firm Misled Investors on Securities Linked to Subprime Mortgages; Major Escalation in Showdown With Wall Street  —  Goldman Sachs Group Inc.—one of the few Wall Street titans to thrive during the financial crisis—was charged …
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:   Hedge fund manager in Goldman Sachs case is major Dem donor
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Republicans seek to tie Obama to Goldman
Felix Salmon:
Goldman's Abacus lies
Susan Pulliam / Wall Street Journal:
Goldman Director to Leave
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
The Fire Next Time  —  On Tuesday, Mitch McConnell, the Senate minority leader, called for the abolition of municipal fire departments.  —  Firefighters, he declared, “won't solve the problems that led to recent fires.  They will make them worse.”  The existence of fire departments …
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Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
All 41 Senate Republicans Oppose Financial Reform Bill, Say Will Lead To ‘Endless Taxpayer Bailouts’  —  Every member of the Senate Republican Caucus has signed a letter, delivered to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, expressing opposition to the Democrats' financial regulatory reform bill …
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 …
Discussion: TPMDC and Grasping Reality …
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Republicans united in opposition to financial reform bill
Ben Domenech / The Huffington Post:
The White House, Elena Kagan, and Me  —  It's an odd thing to get attacked by the White House for a blog post, and odder still when the attack is for something mentioned in passing, and intended to highlight a political positive about a potential Supreme Court nominee.
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Kasie Hunt / The Politico:
Kyl: Liu's writings ‘vicious’
Discussion: ABCNEWS and Michelle Malkin
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
White House complains about CBS News blog post saying that possible …
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.
Discussion: Hot Air
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Charlie Cook / National Journal Online:
If Dems Lose, Will Obama Win?  —  THE PRESIDENT'S CHANCES OF GETTING RE-ELECTED MIGHT WELL RISE IF THE HOUSE FLIPS.  —  Taking the classic Tip O'Neill “all politics is local” approach, The Cook Political Report examines the 435 House races individually.  That step-by-step process indicates …
Associated Press:
Bank bill in peril, WH urges part be dropped
Michelle Malkin:
New Orleans beating follow-up: Attackers yelled “Little blonde b*tch,” “f**king faggot,” nothing political  —  The other day I noted the frenzy of commentary over the assault in New Orleans involving a campaign fund-raising staffer for Louisiana GOP Gov. Bobby Jindal and her boyfriend.
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Yahoo! News:
Brutal attack on Republican fundraiser and her boyfriend appears politically motivated  —  Last Friday night, Allee Bautsch, the chief fundraiser for Louisiana's Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal, was violently assaulted, along with her boyfriend, outside of a famed New Orleans restaurant.
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 …
Orlando and Central Florida News, Weather, Traffic:
Source: Shakeup to come in Senate race  —  LAKE MARY, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35 News) - On Thursday, Governor Charlie Crist vetoed the controversial teacher merit pay bill, breaking with conservative ranks.  Then the head of the Republican U.S. Senate Re-election Committee issued a warning …
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Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Barbour, advisers privately mull 2012  —  When asked about his presidential ambitions, Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour told reporters earlier this year that “If you see me losing 40 pounds that means I'm either running or have cancer.”  —  It might be time to start watching Barbour's waistline.
Kos / Daily Kos:
HI-01: Three-way tie headed into special election  —  Research 2000 for Daily Kos. 4/11-14.  Likely voters.  MoE 5% (No trend lines)  —  Ed Case (D) 29  —  Colleen Hanabusa (D) 28  —  Charles Djou (R) 32  —  Other 4  —  Undecided 7  —  The May 22 special election is a “jungle primary” …
Los Angeles Times:
Obama orders most hospitals to grant gays visitation rights  —  Same-sex partners must get the same privileges granted heterosexual couples in hospitals that get Medicare or Medicaid funds, he says in a memo.  —  Reporting from Washington  —  President Obama late Thursday ordered …
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The White House:
Presidential Memorandum - Hospital Visitation
No Sheeples Here:
We Will Never Say Thank You  —  Fearless Reader high-tailed it out of Washington to avoid witnessing yet another Tea Party gathering within view of the White House on Tax Day.  —  He visited Florida for three reasons: to break the hearts of NASA employees, to raise scads of money …
Mike Baker / ABCNEWS:
APNewsBreak: Feds Indict Ex-Blackwater President  —  APNewsBreak: Feds indict ex-Blackwater president, 4 others on weapons charges  —  The former president of Blackwater Worldwide and four other former officials at the embattled security firm were indicted Friday on federal weapons charges …
CNN:
Obama adviser gets sick at White House  —  Richard Trumka became ill Friday while at the White House.  —  (CNN) - As President Obama was trying to tout a healthy economy on Friday, one of his top economic advisers was literally getting sick all over the White House.
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog, Hot Air and Swampland
Carol D. Leonnig / Washington Post:
Massa wrote chief of staff $40,000 check after announcing he would quit Congress  —  The day after Rep. Eric Massa announced he was resigning his office amid a sexual harassment scandal, the congressman wrote a $40,000 check to his chief of staff, federal campaign records reveal.
Discussion: The Hill and Newsweek Blogs
Rasmussen Reports:
Election 2010: Arizona Senate  —  Arizona Senate: McCain, Hayworth Lead Glassman (D)  —  Both Republican hopefuls hold an early advantage in the first Rasmussen Reports Election 2010 telephone survey of the U.S. Senate race in Arizona.  —  Newly announced Democratic candidate Rodney Glassman …
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 …
Brent Baker / NewsBusters.org:
White NBC Reporter Confronts Black Man at Tea Party Rally: ‘Have You Ever Felt Uncomfortable?’  —  “There aren't a lot of African-American men at these events,” NBC News reporter Kelly O'Donnell, a white woman, told Darryl Postell, a black man at a Tea Party rally held Thursday in Washington …
 
 
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Free exchange:
Curb your enthusiasm  —  ECONOMIC optimism fills the air …
Discussion: The Daily Dish
Ben Armbruster / Think Progress:
Bachmann's Latest Whopper: ‘The Federal Government Literally Owns Banks’
Kbh / KeithHennessey.com:
Why do so many Americans pay no income taxes?
Karl Frisch / Media Matters for America:
Dobbs confirms he's “considering” White House run …
Discussion: Open Left and Shakesville
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The 2010 Iowahawk Earth Week Virtual Cruise-In
Zach Carter / AlterNet.org:
10 Ways to Force the Stinking Rich to Share Their Wealth
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Fox News:
Navy Restores Access to Fox News Web Site After Hours Offline
Discussion: NewsReal Blog and Don Surber
 Earlier Items: 
NY Daily News:
Whistleblower Bradley Birkenfeld: Some U.S. pols kept off-shore accounts with UBS
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Taking a Look at the Top 400 Taxpayers
Discussion: Ezra Klein and NPR Blogs
Claudia La Rocco / New York Times:
Some at MoMA Performance Art Show Forget 'Look but Don't Touch'
Discussion: Gothamist and NewsBusters.org
Michelle Malkin:
The Crashers: They came, they saw, they failed
The Rothenberg / The Rothenberg Political Report:
New House Ratings: 44 Seats Moved Toward GOP
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
Obama's nuclear strutting and fretting