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4:25 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 …
Fawn Johnson / Wall Street Journal:
Goldman Is Charged With Subprime Fraud  —  WASHINGTON—The Securities & Exchange Commission on Friday charged Goldman Sachs Group Inc. with defrauding investors by allegedly marketing a financial product tied to subprime mortgages without telling them a big hedge fund was on the other side of the trade.
Lucas van Praag / Goldman Sachs:
Goldman Sachs Responds to SEC Complaint
Discussion: Credit Writedowns and DealBook
Felix Salmon:
Goldman's Abacus lies
Tim Fernholz / American Prospect:
SEC Charges Goldman Sachs With Fraud in Civil Suit.
Discussion: Clusterstock
The Huffington Post:
Goldman Sachs FRAUD Charges Filed By SEC Over Subprime Mortgage Securities
Discussion: Clusterstock
Susan Pulliam / Wall Street Journal:
Goldman Director to Leave
Justin Elliott / TPMMuckraker:
SEC Slaps Goldman With Civil Fraud Complaint
Discussion: TPMDC, The Page and Free exchange
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.
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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.
Kasie Hunt / The Politico:   Kyl: Liu's writings ‘vicious’
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
No space in the closet?
Discussion: Riehl World View
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Elena Kagan Whisper Campaign Slammed By Gay Rights Groups
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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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.
Sam Youngman / The Hill:
Obama ‘amused’ by Tea Party rallies
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 …
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Republicans seek to tie Obama to Goldman
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Republicans united in opposition to financial reform bill
Discussion: The Note, Ezra Klein and The Politico
Beth Reinhard / Naked Politics:
Crist will look at indie bid ‘later on’  —  A day after vetoing a contentious teacher tenure bill in Tallahassee, Gov. Charlie Crist basked in the warm embrace of Miami-Dade educators and deflected questions about leaving the Republican party.  —  “I'm not thinking about that today,” …
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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 …
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.
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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 …
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Andy Barr / The Politico:   Clinton draws parallels to Okla. City
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.
Discussion: Iowa Independent
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 White House:
Presidential Memorandum - Hospital Visitation  —  There are few moments in our lives that call for greater compassion and companionship than when a loved one is admitted to the hospital.  In these hours of need and moments of pain and anxiety, all of us would hope to have a hand to hold …
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Michael D. Shear / Washington Post:
Obama orders hospitals to grant same-sex couples visitation rights
 
 
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