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2:05 PM ET, April 19, 2010

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Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Looters in Loafers  —  Last October, I saw a cartoon by Mike Peters in which a teacher asks a student to create a sentence that uses the verb “sacks,” as in looting and pillaging.  The student replies, “Goldman Sachs.”  —  Sure enough, last week the Securities and Exchange Commission accused …
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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.
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Gregg: ‘Disingenuous’ for Dems to use Goldman to push financial reform
CNN:
Wall Street reform: Senate is ready
David Rogers / The Politico:
An insider becomes a reformer
Reid Wilson / Hotline On Call:
Top GOP Officials Writing Off Crist  —  Top GOP officials in DC now believe it is a virtual certainty that FL Gov. Charlie Crist (R) will bolt the GOP and run instead as an independent, sources tell Hotline OnCall.  —  Over the weekend, Crist pulled TV advertisements that had been running in key markets …
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Adam Smith / The Buzz:
Crist pulls ads; LeMieux dismisses indy talk  —  The Marco Rubio campaign says Charlie Crist has halted all its TV advertising in the Orlando and Tampa Bay markets where the anti-Rubio spots were airing.  That's presumably a sign that Crist has decided to marshal his resources for later or perhaps drop out altogether.
Mark Preston / CNN:
National Republicans preparing to back Rubio
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 …
David Weigel / Right Now:
Tancredo: Send Obama ‘back’ to Kenya  —  Former congressman Tom Tancredo's speech at the National Tea Party was a misstep that gave organizers their only lasting, negative coverage.  At a Sunday afternoon tea party rally in Greenville, S.C., where he was the keynote speaker, Tancredo stepped in it again.
Discussion: The Impolitic
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The State:   Obama assailed at Upstate Tea Party
James Hohmann / The Politico:
Tea partiers in two camps: Palin vs. Paul  —  Tea party activists are divided roughly into two camps, according to a new POLITICO/TargetPoint poll: one that's libertarian-minded and largely indifferent to hot-button values issues and another that's culturally conservative and equally concerned about social and fiscal issues.
Ernesto Londoño / Washington Post:
Al-Qaeda in Iraq leaders killed, U.S. and Iraqi officials say  —  BAGHDAD — The two leaders of the Sunni insurgent group al-Qaeda in Iraq have been killed in an air strike carried out by American troops, Iraqi and U.S. officials announced Monday.  —  The deaths of Abu Ayyub al-Masri …
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Bill Roggio / The Long War Journal:
US and Iraqi forces kill Al Masri and Baghdadi, al Qaeda in Iraq's top two leaders
Discussion: The Jawa Report and Defense Tech
Ned Parker / Los Angeles Times:
Secret prison revealed in Baghdad
Discussion: NewsReal Blog and ATTACKERMAN
Bill Clinton / New York Times:
Op-Ed Contributor: Violence Is Unacceptable in a Democracy  —  FIFTEEN years ago today, the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Building in Oklahoma City claimed the lives of 168 men, women and children.  It was, until 9/11, the worst terrorist attack in United States history.
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Ed Payne / CNN:
15 years later, victims, residents remember Oklahoma City bombing
Discussion: The Jawa Report
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
LEAVE THE 19TH AMENDMENT ALONE.... I like to think I can take a joke, and appreciate political commentary intended as humor, but this item from Thomas Mitchell, editor of the Las Vegas Review-Journal, wasn't amusing.  The headline read, “Time to repeal the 19th Amendment?”
Julian Glover / Guardian:
Lib Dems surge 10 points in poll  —  Labour forced into third place for first time ever in Guardian/ICM voting series, which began in 1984  —  The extraordinary surge in support for the Liberal Democrats continued to gather pace today as a Guardian/ICM poll put the party in second place on 30%, up ten points in a week.
Discussion: FiveThirtyEight and thetorydiary
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Byron York / Washington Examiner:
An alarming outbreak of ‘regime’ amnesia  —  Time's Joe Klein got some attention over the weekend when he said, on “The Chris Matthews Show,” that statements from Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin are “right up close to being seditious.”  What received less attention was the statement immediately following Klein's …
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
Quinnipiac University:
McCollum Leads Tight Florida Governor's Race, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Obama Approval Up As Voters Back Offshore Drilling  —  Republican State Attorney General Bill McCollum holds a narrow 40 - 36 percent lead over Florida Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink, the Democrat …
Ann Gerhart / Washington Post:
Militia movement will be packing heat at rally on the Potomac  —  Daniel Almond, a three-tour veteran of Iraq, is ready to “muster outside D.C.” on Monday with several dozen other self-proclaimed patriots, all of them armed.  They intend to make history as the first people to take their guns …
BBC:
World warming to US under Obama, BBC poll suggests  —  Views of the US around the world have improved sharply over the past year, a BBC World Service poll suggests.  —  For the first time since the annual poll began in 2005, America's influence in the world is now seen as more positive than negative.
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Americans Still Most Confident in Obama on Economy  —  Obama, business leaders have confidence of majority of Americans  —  PRINCETON, NJ — President Obama and “business leaders” engender the most confidence from Americans for their ability to do or to recommend the right thing for the economy.
Discussion: Politics Daily, The Swamp and The Hill
City Journal:
The Beholden State  —  How public-sector unions broke California  —  The camera focuses on an official of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), California's largest public-employee union, sitting in a legislative chamber and speaking into a microphone.
Discussion: EconLog
Geoff Earle / New York Post:
Hill's aides in ‘bully’ crystal  —  WASHINGTON — Politically connected staffers in Hillary Rodham Clinton's State Department twisted arms to steer a $5.4 million contract for crystal stemware to a tiny interior-design firm without putting it out for bid — a move that shut out a well-known …
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
Paul Krugman:
Six Doctrines in Search of a Policy Regime  —  Last week I gave a talk at the Levy Institute's 19th annual Hyman P. Minsky Conference, held at the Ford Foundation.  The occasion forced me to clarify my thoughts about financial reform; so here's a version of what I said.
 
 
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
THE THEOCRATIC WING OF THE GOP.... A certain former half-term …
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Jonathan Strong / The Daily Caller:
Congress may get fined by its own health-care law
Discussion: Hit & Run
Felicia Sonmez / Hotline On Call:
Evangelicals For T-Paw?  —  Could MN Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R) be the Mike Huckabee of 2012?
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
New York Post:
Andy could toss hat in the ring next week
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A. G. Sulzberger / New York Times:
New Yorkers Brace for Doorman Strike
The Note:
Rudy's Revenge II: Giuliani Backs Rival of Ron Paul's Son
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Ezra Klein:
It's the demand, stupid
 Earlier Items: 
Nina Totenberg / NPR:
Supreme Court To Hear All-Comers Policy Case
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Balloon Juice
John / Power Line:
Was Vicious Attack On Republicans Inspired by Democratic Party?
Discussion: Big Journalism
BBC:
Airlines condemn ‘European mess’
Discussion: Gothamist and Balloon Juice
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Group: White House delaying 'Don't Ask' repeal
Sean J. Miller / The Hill:
Obama swooping into L.A. to boost Boxer in tough re-election fight
Discussion: Washington Post and CNN