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12:40 AM ET, April 20, 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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The Politico:
Goldman Sachs taps ex-W.H. counsel  —  Goldman Sachs is launching an aggressive response to its political and legal challenges with an unlikely ally at its side — President Barack Obama's former White House counsel, Gregory Craig.  —  The beleaguered Wall Street bank hired Craig …
Michael Hirsh / Newsweek Blogs:
Carl Levin: Another ‘Big Shoe to Drop’ on Goldman  —  Washington is suddenly looking very unkind to the firm that used to be known as “Government Sachs.”  Now the Senate's Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, led by Carl Levin, Democrat of Michigan, is planning to focus hearings scheduled …
Dear John Thain / The Huffington Post:
Inside a Goldman Sachs Abacus Deal
Discussion: DealBook and Clusterstock
Matt Welch / Hit & Run:
Black Tea Party Protesters vs. Keith Olbermann  —  A couple of months back, in response to criticism about his multiple characterizations of Tea Party activists as racists, MSNBC oxygen-generator Keith Olbermann issued this agonized open letter to his antagonists:
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Marco Ceglie / The Huffington Post:
Who Are the Other 95 Percent?  —  On April 15th, alongside the Tea Party's Tax Day protest in DC, members of “The Other 95%,” a new group we recently formed on Facebook, were on the Mall holding two huge signs reading “The Other 95% Say Thanks For Our Tax Cuts, Obama!”
Joe Klein / Swampland:
Sedition  —  On the Chris Mathews Show Sunday, I said that …
Discussion: Hit & Run and NewsBusters.org
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 …
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Sen. Collins pledges to block Democratic Wall Street bill  —  Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) announced after meeting with Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner on Monday that she will vote to filibuster a Democratic Wall Street reform bill.  —  Her announcement hurts Democratic chances …
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Maggie Haberman / New York Post:
Bloomberg learned of Obama visit from the news
Discussion: Gothamist and New York Magazine
Jeff Zeleny / The Caucus:
Crist Faces New Pressure in Senate Race  —  Gov. Charlie Crist of Florida faced new pressure today to abandon his campaign to win the state's Republican nomination for the United States Senate, with the head of the party's senatorial re-election committee declaring that Mr. Crist has “zero chance” to win.
Discussion: Politics Daily
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Reid Wilson / Hotline On Call:
Top GOP Officials Writing Off Crist
National Review:   Romney Backs Rubio, Says Education Veto Was the Last Straw [Robert Costa]
Connie Hair / Human Events:
Beaten Jindal Staffer Says Protesters are the Perpetrators  —  The mother of one of the victims of a brutal beating in New Orleans outside of a Southern Republican Leadership Conference (SRLC) event has confirmed in a new interview that the two victims assaulted outside of the high-dollar GOP …
Kara Rowland / Washington Times:
Gay rights protesters heckle Obama  —  LOS ANGELES |  A group of gay rights activists disrupted President Obama's speech at a fundraiser here for Sen. Barbara Boxer Monday night, decrying what they describe as Mr. Obama's inaction on overturning the military's ban on gay service members …
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Justices Get Personal Over Privacy of Messages  —  WASHINGTON — The question in a case argued Monday in the Supreme Court sounded both irresistible and important: Did a California police department violate the Constitution by reading sexually explicit text messages sent by an officer on a department-issued pager?
Discussion: Swampland
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 …
Boston Globe:
More from Eyjafjallajokull  —  As ash from Iceland's Eyjafjallajokull volcano continued to keep European airspace shut down over the weekend, affecting millions of travelers around the world, some government agencies and airlines clashed over the flight bans.
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 …
Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
Comcast Denies Connection to RightNetwork  —  Comcast denied reports Monday that it is a partner in the RightNetwork, a red state start-up that promises “content that reflects and reinforces their perspective and worldview.”  —  Comcast, the country's largest cable provider …
Kasie Hunt / The Politico:
McCain tacks right on immigration  —  Sen. John McCain has endorsed a tough Arizona anti-immigration bill that will let police arrest people who aren't carrying identification, the latest move in McCain's rightward shift in advance of a tough Republican Senate primary this summer.
Think Progress:
Sen. Corker Refutes Right-Wing Talking Point: The Resolution Fund Is ‘Anything But A Bailout’  —  Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) took to the Senate floor today to repeat the false assertion that the pending financial reform bill will lead to further taxpayer-funded bailouts.
Scheherezade Faramarzi / Associated Press:
Iranian cleric: Promiscuous women cause quakes  —  BEIRUT - A senior Iranian cleric says women who wear immodest clothing and behave promiscuously are to blame for earthquakes.  —  Iran is one of the world's most earthquake-prone countries, and the cleric's unusual explanation …
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 …
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
FBI says 66-year-old man arrested after March threat against Rep. Brown-Waite  —  A 66-year-old man was arrested Sunday for threatening Rep. Ginny Brown-Waite (R-Fla.) last month, the FBI said.  —  The man, Erik Lawrence Pidrman, was arrested by FBI and local law enforcement agents Sunday afternoon.
Discussion: Gateway Pundit, The Politico and CNN
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
Mullen's Myth of Geostrategic Equivalence  —  Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Admiral Mike Mullen told a forum at Columbia University yesterday, “Iran getting a nuclear weapon would be incredibly destabilizing.  Attacking them would also create the same kind of outcome …
Discussion: THE ASTUTE BLOGGERS and Swampland
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:
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 …
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
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 …
John Harwood / The Caucus:
Reduction Is Theme Of President's Next Act  —  As President Obama approaches the end of his administration's opening chapter, his advisers have begun a backstage debate over Chapter 2, which will be fundamentally different in tone, aspiration and political complexity.
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.
 
 
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Chris Wallace / Fox News:
Transcript: Gen. Odierno on ‘FNS’
Discussion: Swampland, Commentary and GayPatriot
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Rising again  —  Michigan Rep. Thaddeus McCotter gave a shout …
Discussion: Riehl World View
Los Angeles Times:
Iran unveils air defense system as U.S. defends policy
Discussion: PoliBlog and Politics Daily
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Lieberman, Collins serve administration subpoenas on Ft. Hood
Discussion: CNN and The Politico
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
House moving ahead on Iran sanctions
Discussion: Commentary
Chris Good / The Atlantic Online:
Rudy Giuliani, Ron Paul Spar Over 9/11 in Kentucky
Discussion: Riehl World View
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Vanessa O'Connell / Wall Street Journal:
Gun Advocates Open New Front
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Tyler Cowen / Marginal Revolution:
Is current unemployment all about aggregate demand?
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Hillary's second husband
Discussion: msnbc.com
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