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1:15 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 …
Justin Elliott / TPMMuckraker:
SEC Slaps Goldman With Civil Fraud Complaint
Fawn Johnson / Wall Street Journal:
Goldman Is Charged With Subprime Fraud
Discussion: Hot Air and Deal Journal
Susan Pulliam / Wall Street Journal:
Goldman Director to Leave
Sam Youngman / The Hill:
Obama ‘amused’ by Tea Party rallies  —  President Barack Obama struck a hyperpartisan note Thursday, telling Democrats that he was “amused” by the Tax Day Tea Party rallies.  —  Obama, addressing a Democratic National Committee (DNC) fundraiser in Miami, did little to endear himself …
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Jim Hoft / Gateway Pundit:
Racist Leftist Infiltrators Driven From Tea Party Rallies (Video) ...Updates  —  Leftist and racist infiltrators were forced to flee at tea party rallies in St. Louis, San Francisco, Oceanside and Greensboro.  —  Patriots -4 Alinsky Thugs -0  —  In St. Louis tonight local patriots drove …
Michelle Malkin:
The Crashers: They came, they saw, they failed  —  You were ready for the Tea Party saboteurs.  And boy, did they fail epically.  Saul Alinsky would be ashamed.  —  Grass-roots activists smoked out the infiltrators — and tagged them immediately.  —  Reader Celeste in Columbus, Ohio, sends photos of a great comeuppance.
Washington Post:
How the Democrats can avoid a November bloodbath  —  Media reports suggest that President Obama is turning his attention toward the midterm congressional elections.  There are a few things it is imperative he understand if he is to, at the least, minimize Democratic losses in November.
Matea Gold / Show Tracker:
Fox News yanks Sean Hannity from Cincinnati Tea Party rally he was set to star in
CNN:
Obama says Tea Partiers owe him a thank you
Discussion: Townhall.com and The Politico
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
White House complains about CBS News blog post saying that possible Supreme Court nominee is gay  —  The White House ripped CBS News on Thursday for publishing an online column by a blogger who made assertions about the sexual orientation of Solicitor General Elena Kagan, widely viewed as a leading candidate for the Supreme Court.
Michael D. Shear / Washington Post:
Obama orders hospitals to grant same-sex couples visitation rights  —  President Obama on Thursday signed a memorandum requiring hospitals to allow gays and lesbians to have non-family visitors and to grant their partners medical power of attorney.  —  The president ordered the Department …
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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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Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Endgame: Jeb Bush slams Crist, Connie Mack resigns as campaign chairman
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 …
Laura Myers / Las Vegas Review-Journal:
U.S. SENATE RACE: Poll: Reid loses full ballot test  —  Third-party, nonpartisan candidates have little impact  —  U.S. Sen. Harry Reid must pick up far more support from crossover Republicans and independents to win re-election, according to a new poll that shows him losing to the GOP front-runner …
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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Political Punch:
Obama at Democratic Fundraiser: Tea Partiers Should Be Thanking Him for Tax Cuts
Fox News:
Obama Renews Call for Bipartisanship, Takes Jab at Tea Partiers
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Clinton draws parallels to Okla. City  —  Former President Bill Clinton on Friday said that “legitimate” comparisons can be drawn between today's grassroots anger and resentment toward the government and the right-wing extremism that bubbled up prior to the bombing of a federal building in Oklahoma City 15 years ago.
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
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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” …
Mark Mazzetti / New York Times:
C.I.A. Document Details Destruction of Tapes  —  WASHINGTON — Porter J. Goss, the former director of the Central Intelligence Agency, in 2005 approved of the decision by one of his top aides to destroy dozens of videotapes documenting the brutal interrogation of two detainees, according to an internal C.I.A. document released Thursday.
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
Obama's nuclear strutting and fretting  —  There was something oddly disproportionate about the just-concluded nuclear summit to which President Obama summoned 46 world leaders, the largest such gathering on American soil since 1945.  That meeting was about the founding of the United Nations …
The Rothenberg / The Rothenberg Political Report:
New House Ratings: 44 Seats Moved Toward GOP  —  We are still seven months until the midterm elections, so there is at least some possibility that the landscape could shift or that Democratic attacks on the GOP could keep Republican gains down to a minimum.  —  Substantial Republican gains …
John P. Martin / Philly.com:
Lawyer: Laptops took thousands of images  —  The system that Lower Merion school officials used to track lost and stolen laptops wound up secretly capturing thousands of images, including photographs of students in their homes, Web sites they visited, and excerpts of their online chats …
NY Daily News:
Whistleblower Bradley Birkenfeld: Some U.S. pols kept off-shore accounts with UBS  —  A former banker who blew the whistle on thousands of secret bank accounts rich Americans held at Swiss giant UBS claimed Thursday some U.S. politicians also kept off-shore accounts with the bank.
Discussion: Main Justice
 
 
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Draft Congressional Ethics Rules Would Recognize Gay Marriages
Rasmussen Reports:
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Discussion: Advocate
Frank Newport / Gallup:
Americans' Views on Healthcare Law Remain Stable
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New York Times:
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Discussion: Credit Slips
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What People Don't Know About Federal Income Taxes
Discussion: PoliBlog and Outside The Beltway