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1:40 AM ET, April 19, 2010

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Louise Story / New York Times:
Top Goldman Leaders Said to Have Overseen Mortgage Unit  —  Tensions were rising inside Goldman Sachs.  —  It was late 2006, and an argument had broken out inside the Wall Street bank's prized mortgage unit — a dispute that would reach all the way up to the executive suite.
Discussion: New York Magazine
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Vicky Ward / The Huffington Post:
Senior Goldman Exec Is Married to Former Head of ACA  —  Friday, as news of the allegations of fraud at Goldman Sachs spread, I got a call from someone who works in the insurance business.  —  “Check out the former head of ACA” he said referring to the now-defunct and formerly …
Discussion: Clusterstock
Free exchange:
First, define the problem  —  I HAVE been meaning to summarise my thoughts on financial regulatory reform in the wake of the Hyman Minsky conference on same.  I have to say, it has left me with a sense of resigned cycnicism.  I'll get to details in a moment, but I think that the most important thing …
Erick Erickson / RedState:
Is the Obama Administration Behind An Astroturf Anti-Tea Party Website?  —  “Cass Sunstein has favored the government using outside parties as government propaganda agents to paint their opposition as fringe and undermine their credibility.”  —  Astroturf is the act of professional interest …
Jay Rosen:
David Gregory: “No, I won't fact check my guests and you guys can't make me...” A time line.  —  David Gregory, the host of NBC's Meet the Press, has painted himself into a strange corner with his assertion that there's no need to fact check what his guests say on the air because viewers can do that “on their own terms.”
Ed Kilgore / Salon:
The Republicans' 2012 problem  —  November 2010 is looking awfully good for the GOP.  But November 2012?  Not so much  —  Talk to most Democratic activists, and they'll concede that a Republican takeover of the House this fall is entirely possible.  Some will even contemplate …
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Kenneth P. Vogel / The Politico:
Gingrich raises $2.7 million
Discussion: GOP 12
Jeff Poor / NewsBusters.org:
Time's Klein: Beck, Palin Potentially Committing Sedition against U.S. Government; Heilemann Adds Limbaugh  —  Liberals are all too often eager to charge conservative personalities of using hyperbole to gain a political advantage, especially when it contradicts their world view …
Joseph Curl / Washington Times:
Obama skips Polish funeral, heads to golf course  —  A massive volcanic plume covering most of Europe forced President Obama to cancel a Sunday trip to Poland to attend the funeral of the nation's president.  But the last-minute change left an opening in his schedule, so the president headed to the links for a round of golf instead.
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
It's Aggregate Demand, Stupid  —  David Wessel explains Christina Romer's view of the economic situation: … Here's the nominal GDP situation:  —  Brad DeLong remarks: … Every time there's a downturn a certain swathe of the elite starts to label it unfixable and structural.
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
No Minstrel Show Here!  —  Charles Blow recently deplored the lack of authentic diversity at a Dallas Tea Party, describing it as a “minstrel show”.  Conor Friedersdorf notes the heads they lose problem being faced by the Tea Party: … Jut so.  Meanwhile, I am eagerly awaiting a correction on this from Mr. Blow:
Discussion: Michelle Malkin
Pew Research Center:
Distrust, Discontent, Anger and Partisan Rancor  —  The People and Their Government  —  By almost every conceivable measure Americans are less positive and more critical of government these days.  A new Pew Research Center survey finds a perfect storm of conditions associated with distrust of government …
Andrea Elliott / New York Times:
Reaching Out Quietly to Muslims in America  —  When President Obama took the stage in Cairo last June, promising a new relationship with the Islamic world, Muslims in America wondered only half-jokingly whether the overture included them.  After all, Mr. Obama had kept his distance during the campaign …
Discussion: The Jawa Report
Robert Moffit / Washington Post:
Obama's health reform isn't modeled after Heritage Foundation ideas  —  Think tank analysts usually brim with pride when the president of the United States goes around claiming that his policies are based on their work.  But when President Obama tries to sell his health-care law …
Discussion: Grasping Reality …
Adam Savit / Big Government:
The Pastor, the Pedophile and CAIR  —  On April 5 the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) issued a press release urging GOP leaders to “insist” that Congresswoman Sue Myrick (R-NC) withdraw support from the non-profit grassroots advocacy organization ACT! for America.
Matt Corley / Think Progress:
McCain Denies That He Is ‘Running Away From The Maverick Title’: ‘I Prefer Great American Myself’  —  Facing a tough primary challenge from former Congressman J.D. Hayworth, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) has been moving hard to the right.  In an interview with Newsweek earlier this month …
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Bruce Drake / Politics Daily:
McCain: I Was a ‘Maverick,’ Now I'm a ‘Partisan’
Political Punch:
A Clinton on the Court?  Go Younger, They Would Advise  —  I asked former President Bill Clinton why he isn't on the short list for a Supreme Court appointment, to follow in the footsteps of President William Howard Taft, the last former president to be appointed to the Court.
Discussion: New York Magazine and Gothamist
Isabel Oakeshott / Times of London:
NHS bars woman after she saw private doctor  —  A WOMAN has been denied an operation on the NHS after paying for a private consultation to deal with her severe back pain.  —  Jenny Whitehead, a breast cancer survivor, paid £250 for an appointment with the orthopaedic surgeon …
New York Times:
Editorial: With Financial Reform, Whose Side Are the Republicans On?  —  Last month Democrats on the Senate banking committee passed a reasonably tough financial regulatory reform bill.  Now Republican leaders have suddenly begun lashing out against it.  —  Did they belatedly discover some problem?
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Tony Romm / The Hill:
McConnell: Liquidation fund isn't only problem with financial reform
Michael Barone / Associated Press:
Tea parties fight Obama's culture of dependence  —  “Do you realize,” CNN's Susan Roesgen asked a man at the April 15, 2009, tea party in Chicago, “that you're eligible for a $400 credit?”  When the man refused to drop his “drop socialism” sign, she went on, “Did you know that the state …
Rosa Prince / Telegraph:
General election 2010: war in Afghanistan to play part UK in campaign  —  The war in Afghanistan is expected to enter the election campaign as an issue belatedly this week ahead of the second leaders' debate and its focus on international affairs.  —  While the conflict has been a running political theme …
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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
UK Election Comments 1.0
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
 
 
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BBC:
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Discussion: JONATHAN TURLEY and Truthdig
James C. McKinley Jr / New York Times:
Fleeing Drug Violence, Mexicans Pour Into U.S.
Discussion: ThreatsWatch and Pat Dollard
Rasmussen Reports:
57% Have More Trust In Those In Congress Who Voted Against Bailouts
Discussion: Scared Monkeys and RedState
Matt Duss / Think Progress:
Clinton: If Obama Offers Peace Plan, ‘I Will Support It’
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Anemona Hartocollis / New York Times:
New York an Insurance Lab on Skyrocketing Rates
Discussion: Hot Air and Don Surber
CNN:
Schumer: Five major airlines commit to no carry-on fees
Discussion: The Hill
The Note:
With an Eye on 2012, Pataki Launches Anti-ObamaCare Group
Discussion: GOP 12
Karoli / Crooks and Liars:
Koch Industries denies funding tea parties, but official filings say otherwise
Jack Date / ABCNEWS:
Clinton on Rush, Mistakes, Advice for Obama
Tony Romm / The Hill:
Gibbs: White House proposed end to anonymous administration sourcing
 

 
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