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2:35 PM ET, April 17, 2010


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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
BOEHNER TIES HIMSELF IN KNOTS.... After reports surfaced yesterday that the Securities and Exchange Commission is going after Goldman Sachs, both sides of the political divide tried to seize on the news to make a larger point.  Only one side made sense.  —  For Democrats, the case was pretty easy …
Discussion: The Politico, CNN and The Hill
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Obama Administration Sues Goldman Sachs for Fraud, Pushes Regulatory Bill Goldman Sachs Opposes, Gets Accused by Boehner of Doing Goldman's Bidding  —  There's no denying that the financial services industry in general and employees of Goldman Sachs in general gave a lot of money to Barack Obama's campaign in 2007-2008.
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Obama: 'Financial WMD's demand regs  —  Thumbing through the issues of a new poll portraying what a battleground the midterm congressional elections will be,Celinda Lake, the Democratic pollster on the bipartisan team that produced the poll, found her tongue slipping each time she mentioned Wall Street reform …
Discussion: CNN and AMERICAblog News
McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Why's Sen. McConnell trashing Wall Street regulation bill?  —  WASHINGTON — Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell this week threw a rhetorical stick of dynamite into what had been a collegial debate about overhauling the nation's financial regulations, triggering criticism and confusion …
Ryan Grim / The Huffington Post:
Unified GOP To Block Senate From Debating Wall Street Reform
Discussion: AMERICAblog News and Guardian
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:   Hedge fund manager in Goldman Sachs case is major Democratic donor
Associated Press:   Bank bill in peril, WH urges part be dropped
Charles M. Blow / New York Times:
A Mighty Pale Tea  —  On Thursday, I came here outside Dallas for a Tea Party rally.  —  At first I thought, “Wow!  This is much more diverse than the rallies I've seen on television.”  —  Then I realized that I was looking at stadium workers.  I should have figured as much when I approached the gate.
Jana Winter / Fox News:
Teacher Who Sought to ‘Demolish’ Tea Party Placed on Leave From School  —  An Oregon teacher who announced his intention to “dismantle and demolish the Tea Party” has been placed on administrative leave until his school district finishes its investigation into whether his political activity crossed the line
Michael C. Moynihan / Hit & Run:
Bill Clinton: Tim McVeigh Hated the Guv'mint Too  —  Filming and interviewing at yesterday's Tea Party rally in DC with my comrade Meredith Bragg, we met some perfectly normal, clever, interesting people (including a black goth kid from West Virginia who really, really wanted to …
Alex Pappas / The Daily Caller:
Massachusetts Republican Scott Brown calls Obama's Tea Party remarks ‘sad’
Discussion: Scared Monkeys and Gateway Pundit
Wayne Besen / Truth Wins Out:
Pictures: TWO Monitors Extremist Conference In Lynchburg  —  For the past two days I observed The Awakening, a two day extremist conference that took place at Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA. In-depth commentary and analysis will be provided later when I return to New York City.
Kyle / Right Wing Watch:
Lafferty: ENDA Will Allow The VA To Molest Our Disabled Veterans  —  The Friday afternoon session of the Freedom Federation's “Awakening” conference has been dedicated to dozens of different breakout sessions, including one on “The LGBT Agenda” featuring Rena Lindevaldsen and Matt Barber …
James Freeman / Wall Street Journal:
New Jersey's ‘Failed Experiment’  —  The new governor is on a mission to make his state competitive again in attracting people and capital.  —  'I said all during the campaign last year that I was going to govern as if I was a one-termer," explains New Jersey Governor Chris Christie on a visit …
Associated Press:
Arizona to allow concealed weapons without permit  —  PHOENIX - Favoring the constitutional right to bear arms over others' concerns about gun safety, Gov. Jan Brewer on Friday signed into law a bill making Arizona the third state allowing people to carry a concealed weapon without requiring a permit.
Michael Winter / USA Today:   Arizona legalizes carrying concealed gun without a permit
Ash deepens Europe travel chaos  —  Virtually all of Europe's major airports remain closed as a huge plume of volcanic ash drifts south and east across the continent from Iceland.  —  Millions of air travellers are stranded across Europe after some 18,600 flights were cancelled on Friday.
Charles Levinson / Wall Street Journal:
Israel iPad Ban Puzzles Many  —  Government Cites Wireless Interference, but Apple Tablet Uses Standard Chips  —  JERUSALEM—Israel this week has been blocking travelers from bringing Apple Inc.'s new iPad into the country saying the device's wireless technology threatens to create interference …
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 …
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Dahlia Lithwick / Slate:
What Are Liberal Law Students So Sad About?
Yochi J. Dreazen / Wall Street Journal:
Pentagon to Limit Fort Hood Details
Discussion: The Hill
Julia Preston / New York Times:
Work Force Fueled by Highly Skilled Immigrants
Walter Alarkon / The Hill:
Tax hikes still on the table for GOP at Obama's fiscal commission meeting
Discussion: The New Republic
The Politico:
A tale of two Obamas: Up in D.C., down in U.S.
Discussion: Commentary
 Earlier Items: 
Free exchange:
Curb your enthusiasm  —  ECONOMIC optimism fills the air …
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Voters Currently Divided on Second Obama Term
Discussion: HotAirPundit
Los Angeles Times:
Obama orders most hospitals to grant gays visitation rights
Carol D. Leonnig / Washington Post:
Massa wrote chief of staff $40,000 check after announcing he would quit Congress
Ben Armbruster / Think Progress:
Bachmann's Latest Whopper: ‘The Federal Government Literally Owns Banks’