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6:20 PM ET, April 17, 2010

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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 …
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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
Joe Gandelman / The Moderate Voice:
McConnell's Bungle: Financial Reform Comments Traced Directly to Luntz Talking Points  —  Politics is often about having...finesse...style...flair..the ability to make it sound like the sun is shining when it's raining or that it's raining when the sun is shining.
Discussion: Newshoggers.com
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Obama: 'Financial WMD's demand regs
Discussion: CNN and AMERICAblog News
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Obama Administration Sues Goldman Sachs for Fraud, Pushes Regulatory …
David M. Herszenhorn / The Caucus:
Senate Republicans Band Together in Opposing Financial Bill
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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Michel Moutot / Agence France Presse:
Fight Al-Qaeda with satire, ridicule: researchers  —  LONDON — Satire and ridicule can help win the fight against Al-Qaeda by stripping it of its glamour and mystique, a team of researchers argue in a report released in London and in comments to AFP.  —  Beating the Islamist movement …
Discussion: YID With LID and The Jawa Report
Rich Schapiro / NY Daily News:
President George Washington racks up $300,000 late fee for two Manhattan library books  —  He may have never told a lie, but George Washington apparently had no problem stiffing a Manhattan library on two books.  —  Two centuries ago, the nation's first President borrowed two tomes …
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 and CNN
Rep. Luis Gutierrez / The Huffington Post:
Obama Must Act To Ease Arizona's Deportation Panic  —  It is open season on the Latino community in Arizona.  In Phoenix, Tucson, and across the state, people in Latino neighborhoods are afraid to leave their houses, afraid to be apart from their children for even a minute …
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 …
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
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
 
 
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