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6:35 PM ET, April 19, 2010

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Jesse Westbrook / Bloomberg:
SEC Said to Vote 3-2 to Sue Goldman Sachs Over CDOs  —  The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission split 3-2 along party lines to approve an enforcement case against Goldman Sachs Group Inc., according to two people with knowledge of the vote.  —  SEC Chairman Mary Schapiro sided …
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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 …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Goldman figure Paulson hosted Romney, Steele last week
Discussion: CNN and Wonkette
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Gregg: ‘Disingenuous’ for Dems to use Goldman to push financial reform
CNN:
Wall Street reform: Senate is ready
Louise Story / New York Times:
Top Goldman Leaders Said to Have Overseen Mortgage Unit
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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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 …
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.
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Jillian Rayfield / TPM LiveWire:
Former Rep. Tancredo: Send Obama Back To Kenya!  —  A Tea Party rally in Greenville, South Carolina over the weekend took some of the Tea Party's violent rhetoric to new levels, with speakers attacking everything from President Obama's citizenship to Sen. Lindsey Graham's sexuality.
The State:
Obama assailed at Upstate Tea Party
Discussion: The Caucus, The Hill and TPM LiveWire
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 …
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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Steven Thomma / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Poll: Americans' distrust of federal government is deepening
Discussion: Daily Kos
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 …
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.
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.
Discussion: Left in the West and Balloon Juice
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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 …
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?”
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 …
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The Obama Effect  —  One argument many of us made in favor of the election of Barack Obama was that he would instantly help the US recover from its nadir of global reputation in the Bush-Cheney pre-emptive war-and-torture era.  No, I sure didn't argue that this would change everything overnight …
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:
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: The Atlantic Online and EconLog
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.
Ned Parker / Los Angeles Times:
Secret prison revealed in Baghdad  —  Forces under the office of Prime Minister Maliki held hundreds of Sunni men at the facility.  The U.S. fears that the news will stoke instability.  —  Reporting from Baghdad  —  Hundreds of Sunni men disappeared for months into a secret Baghdad prison under …
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
Peter Beinart / The Daily Beast:
Elena Kagan's Achilles' Heel  —  Hungry Beast Giving Beast Women in the World  —  Blogs and Stories  —  Obama's potential Supreme Court pick banned military recruiting at Harvard Law.  Peter Beinart on how that stance has damaged liberals—and why conservatives are right to bash her for it.
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 …
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
The long, clear, inspiring record of Diane Wood  —  If one were to analogize the search for Justice Stevens' replacement to the recently concluded health care debate, Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Diane Wood would be the public option.  Just as the truly left-wing health care approach …
Los Angeles Times:
Iran unveils air defense system as U.S. defends policy  —  At Iran's annual Army Day parade, various air defense and missile systems are displayed and touted.  U.S. officials, responding to a leaked memo, say Iran policy is not being reassessed.  —  Iranian navy troops march during …
Discussion: Politics Daily and PoliBlog
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.
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Lieberman, Collins serve administration subpoenas on Ft. Hood  —  Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) and Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine.) on Monday issued subpoenas to the Obama administration regarding the shootings at Ft. Hood last year.  —  The two senators had threatened to subpoena the administration …
Discussion: CNN
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
QUOTE OF THE DAY.... Last week, the Boston Globe talked to Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) about his opposition to Wall Street reform.  He initially explained that he disapproves of the bill because it adds “an extra layer of regulation,” but that's absurd.  Asked how the legislation could be improved …
 
 
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Maggie Haberman / New York Post:
Bloomberg learned of Obama visit from the news
Discussion: Gothamist
Kasie Hunt / The Politico:
McCain tacks right on immigration
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
FBI says 66-year-old man arrested after March threat against Rep. Brown-Waite
Discussion: The Politico and CNN
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
Mullen's Myth of Geostrategic Equivalence
Discussion: Swampland
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Obama California-bound for Boxer, party
Discussion: The Note
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
 Earlier Items: 
Vanessa O'Connell / Wall Street Journal:
Gun Advocates Open New Front
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Rasmussen Reports:
Election 2010: Indiana Senate
Jonathan Strong / The Daily Caller:
Congress may get fined by its own health-care law
Discussion: Hit & Run and RedState
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
Julian Glover / Guardian:
Lib Dems surge 10 points in poll