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4:50 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
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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
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.
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Alex Pappas / The Daily Caller:
Massachusetts Republican Scott Brown calls Obama's Tea Party remarks ‘sad’
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.
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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 …
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Press airs grievances to Gibbs  —  White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs met with a delegation from the White House press corps for 75 minutes on Thursday in an effort to improve frayed relations between the two sides.  —  Ed Chen, a White House correspondent for Bloomberg News …
Discussion: Don Surber, Ben Smith's Blog and CNN
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Obama cancels Polish funeral journey  —  President Barack Obama, who planned to fly to Poland tonight to attend the funeral of former Polish President Lech Kaczynski, today cancelled that journey because of the plume of volcanic ash from Iceland that has closed airports throughout Europe.
Discussion: CNN and Chicago Breaking News
Evan Smith / Newsweek:
The Perry Doctrine … From the magazine issue dated Apr 26, 2010  —  Last week NEWSWEEK contributor Evan Smith of The Texas Tribune met with Gov. Rick Perry to talk about W, Obama, the New Deal, and his own political future.  Excerpts:  —  SUBSCRIBE  —  Exactly one year ago today …
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 …
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.
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Michael Winter / USA Today:   Arizona legalizes carrying concealed gun without a permit
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Obama Weighs Supreme Court Nominees, and Each Potential Battle  —  Jose Luis Magana/Associated Press; University of Chicago; Jose Luis Magana/Associated Press  —  Solicitor General Elena Kagan, and two federal appeals court judges, Diane P. Wood and Merrick B. Garland, are Supreme Court contenders.
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Julia Preston / New York Times:
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Walter Alarkon / The Hill:
Tax hikes still on the table for GOP at Obama's fiscal commission meeting
Discussion: The New Republic
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The Politico:
A tale of two Obamas: Up in D.C., down in U.S.
Discussion: Commentary
Telegraph:
How Barack Obama invented himself
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Voters Currently Divided on Second Obama Term