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3:40 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.
CNN:
Wall Street reform: Senate is ready
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Gregg: ‘Disingenuous’ for Dems to use Goldman to push financial reform
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Goldman figure Paulson hosted Romney, Steele last week
Discussion: Wonkette
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Dodd says Wall Street reform bill would have stopped Goldman
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.
National Review:
Romney Backs Rubio, Says Education Veto Was the Last Straw [Robert Costa]  —  Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney, a potential 2012 presidential candidate, is in Tampa today to endorse U.S. Senate candidate Marco Rubio, a former Florida house speaker.  In a joint interview …
Mark Preston / CNN:
National Republicans preparing to back Rubio
Discussion: The Fix, The Note and Townhall.com
Reuters:
Top Qaeda Leaders in Iraq Killed in Raid  —  BAGHDAD (Reuters) — Iraqi intelligence officers have located and killed Abu Ayyub al-Masri, the leader of Al Qaeda in Mesopotamia, Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki announced on Monday.  —  Mr. Maliki said the intelligence team also killed Abu Omar al-Baghdadi …
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Ned Parker / Los Angeles Times:
Secret prison revealed in Baghdad
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
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: AMERICAblog News and The Impolitic
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The State:
Obama assailed at Upstate Tea Party
Discussion: The Hill and TPM LiveWire
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 …
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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.
Tyler Cowen / Marginal Revolution:
Is current unemployment all about aggregate demand?  —  Christie Romer basically says yes, Arnold Kling dissents.  —  I don't expect Romer to turn a speech into an academic debate and in this sense I don't fault her.  Nonetheless I did not find her account very persuasive.
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Ezra Klein:
It's the demand, stupid
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?”
Gizmodo:
This Is Apple's Next iPhone  —  You are looking at Apple's next iPhone.  It was found lost in a bar in Redwood City, camouflaged to look like an iPhone 3GS.  We got it.  We disassembled it.  It's the real thing, and here are all the details.  —  While Apple may tinker with the final packaging …
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.
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Guidofawkes / Guy Fawkes' blog:
New Bingle Email Blames Bungling Tories
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 …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Hillary's second husband  —  Bill Clinton, speaking to NBC, contemplates the notion of appointing Hillary to the Court:  —  I think she'd be a great Supreme Court judge.  But I think she probably thinks that it'd be better if he appointed somebody younger.  Although if you look, I mean, my mother-in-law's 91.
Discussion: msnbc.com
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.
Jonathan Strong / The Daily Caller:
Congress may get fined by its own health-care law  —  Congress may be fined tens of millions of dollars a year under its own health-care law, in part because the bill dumps members of Congress and their staffs from their current health-care plans.  —  But no one really knows for sure what the bill does, not even the experts.
Discussion: Hit & Run and RedState
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 …
 
 
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Chris Good / The Atlantic Online:
Rudy Giuliani, Ron Paul Spar Over 9/11 in Kentucky
Discussion: Riehl World View
Scheherezade Faramarzi / Associated Press:
Iranian cleric: Promiscuous women cause quakes
Discussion: Pharyngula
Vanessa O'Connell / Wall Street Journal:
Gun Advocates Open New Front
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Penn Jillette / Wall Street Journal:
An Homage to Hummer  —  Comedian Penn Jillette laments the passing …
Discussion: Hot Air and John Stossel
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
THE THEOCRATIC WING OF THE GOP.... A certain former half-term …
New York Post:
Andy could toss hat in the ring next week
 Earlier Items: 
City Journal:
The Beholden State  —  How public-sector unions broke California
Discussion: EconLog
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Americans Still Most Confident in Obama on Economy
Discussion: Politics Daily, The Swamp and The Hill
Nina Totenberg / NPR:
Supreme Court To Hear All-Comers Policy Case
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Balloon Juice
BBC:
Airlines condemn ‘European mess’
Discussion: Gothamist and Balloon Juice
Bill Clinton / New York Times:
Op-Ed Contributor: Violence Is Unacceptable in a Democracy
Geoff Earle / New York Post:
Hill's aides in ‘bully’ crystal
Discussion: JammieWearingFool