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12:35 AM ET, April 17, 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
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 …
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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: Grasping Reality …
Associated Press:
Bank bill in peril, WH urges part be dropped
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and Open Left
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
The Fire Next Time  —  On Tuesday, Mitch McConnell …
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.
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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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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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 …
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 …
Alex Pappas / The Daily Caller:
Massachusetts Republican Scott Brown calls Obama's Tea Party remarks ‘sad’  —  The Senate's newest Republican called it “sad” that Barack Obama told a laughing crowd of Democratic donors on Tax Day that he was amused by the antics of Tea Partiers, who the president said should be thanking …
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
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Pete Winn / CNSNews:
Legal Experts Blast Judge's Decision: ‘If National Day of Prayer Is Unconstitutional, the Constitution Is Unconstitutional’  —  (CNSNews.com) - Conservative legal experts say a federal district judge in Wisconsin had no legal basis for declaring the National Day of Prayer unconstitutional - and predict the decision cannot stand.
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.
Kasie Hunt / The Politico:
Kyl: Liu's writings ‘vicious’  —  A top Senate Republican hammered liberal law professor Goodwin Liu's writings as “vicious, emotionally and racially charged” at his confirmation hearing Friday - igniting the first real test of whether Republicans will be able to block the most controversial …
Discussion: ABCNEWS and Michelle Malkin
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” …
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 …
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
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
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 …
 
 
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Curb your enthusiasm  —  ECONOMIC optimism fills the air …
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Ben Armbruster / Think Progress:
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