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3:00 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
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.
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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 …
CNN:
National Republicans preparing to back Rubio  —  The executive director of the National Republican Senatorial Committee urged key GOP consultants Monday to persuade Florida Gov. Charlie Crist to forgo an independent bid for Senate if he withdraws from the Republican primary, CNN has learned.
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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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
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
Discussion: The Hill
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.
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.
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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 …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
THE THEOCRATIC WING OF THE GOP.... A certain former half-term governor appears to be drifting even further away from the American mainstream.  Over the weekend, appearing at an evangelical Christian women's conference in Louisville, Sarah Palin rejected the very idea of separation of church and state …
Discussion: The Plum Line and Daily Kos
Ezra Klein:
It's the demand, stupid  —  Christina Romer remembers the first time she really had to walk Barack Obama through the scope of the mounting recession.  “As I was briefing the President-Elect by phone, I found myself saying, ‘I am so sorry, the numbers are horrible.’ The President-Elect replied, 'It's not your fault.
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Tyler Cowen / Marginal Revolution:
Is current unemployment all about aggregate demand?
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: Tim Blair and 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 …
RightOSphere:
Romney Does Not Support the Repeal of Obamacare's Individual Mandate  —  After Obamacare passed the House on March 21st, I was heartened by the rapid response of Gov. Mitt Romney who announced his commitment to fighting the implementation of the measure tooth-and-nail in an Op-Ed for the National Review:
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.
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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Penn Jillette / Wall Street Journal:
An Homage to Hummer  —  Comedian Penn Jillette laments the passing …
Discussion: Hot Air and John Stossel
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Hillary's second husband
Discussion: msnbc.com
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
McCain says border security must be top priority on immigration reform efforts
Jonathan Strong / The Daily Caller:
Congress may get fined by its own health-care law
Discussion: Hit & Run and Moe Lane
New York Post:
Andy could toss hat in the ring next week
Discussion: New York Magazine and msnbc.com
CNN:
Israeli minister worried about U.S. relations
Discussion: The Page
City Journal:
The Beholden State  —  How public-sector unions broke California
Discussion: EconLog
 Earlier Items: 
The Note:
Rudy's Revenge II: Giuliani Backs Rival of Ron Paul's Son
Discussion: CNN
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
John / Power Line:
Was Vicious Attack On Republicans Inspired by Democratic Party?
Discussion: Big Journalism and Big Government
BBC:
Airlines condemn ‘European mess’
Discussion: Gothamist and Balloon Juice
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Group: White House delaying 'Don't Ask' repeal
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