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1:00 AM ET, April 18, 2010

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Sean J. Miller / The Hill:
Pelosi: Two ‘pillars’ down, one more to go in passing Obama ‘blueprint’  —  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) said the Democrats are one bill away from completing President Barack Obama's “blueprint for American prosperity.”  —  “We have passed two of the three pillars in the historic healthcare …
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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 …
Joe Gandelman / The Moderate Voice:   McConnell's Bungle: Financial Reform Comments Traced Directly …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
BOEHNER TIES HIMSELF IN KNOTS.... After reports surfaced yesterday …
Discussion: The Politico, CNN and The Hill
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Obama Administration Sues Goldman Sachs for Fraud, Pushes Regulatory …
Mark Silva / The Swamp:   Obama: 'Financial WMD's demand regs
Mere Rhetoric:
Source Of Vicious Right-Wing “Whisper Campaign” Against Elena Kagan Uncovered  —  Like Domenech and Yglesias, 48 hours ago I would have sworn Kagan was out.  Now I realize that I was the gullible victim of a right-wing “whisper campaign,” launched in its latest incarnation by wingnuts …
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Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Obama Weighs Supreme Court Nominees, and Each Potential Battle
Discussion: Hot Air and Lawyers, Guns & Money
Political Punch:
Clinton: Rush Limbaugh Comment “Doesn't Make Any Sense”  —  In my EXCLUSIVE “This Week” interview, former President Bill Clinton told me Rush Limbaugh's assertion that Clinton had “set the stage for violence in this country” and that “any acts of future violence” would be on Clinton's shoulders, “doesn't make any sense”.
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RushLimbaugh.com:
Bill Clinton Links Talk Radio, Tea Parties to Non-Existent Terrorism  —  BEGIN TRANSCRIPT  —  RUSH: Let's go back, April 24th, 1995, Mississippi, Minnesota.  —  CLINTON 1995: We hear so many loud and angry voices in America today whose sole goal seems to be to try to keep some people …
New York Times:
Gates Says U.S. Lacks Strategy to Curb Iran's Nuclear Drive  —  WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates has warned in a secret three-page memorandum to top White House officials that the United States does not have an effective long-range policy for dealing with Iran's steady progress …
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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
Amanda Terkel / Think Progress:
Limbaugh: Volcanic eruption in Iceland is God's reaction to health care's passage.  —  Yesterday, hate radio host Rush Limbaugh talked about the volcanic eruption that's affecting air travel over much of Europe, saying it was “God speaking” in response to the passage of health care: … Listen here:
Discussion: Associated Press
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 …
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 …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and 24Ahead
New York Times:
Air Travel Crisis Deepens as Europe Fears Wider Impact  —  PARIS — As an increasingly large part of European airspace was shut down for the third day on Saturday and the towering fountain of ash from an Icelandic volcano showed no signs of letting up, questions about the long-term impact …
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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 …
David Wessel / Real Time Economics:
Romer: 'It's Aggregate Demand, Stupid'  —  Christina Romer, chair of the president's Council of Economic Advisers, says the reason unemployment remains so painfully high is clear: It's not the inadequacy or laziness of the workers or the long-standing mismatch between workers' skills and employers' needs.
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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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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