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9:20 AM 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.
New York Times:
Glare on Goldman From U.S. and Beyond  —  Calls for increased scrutiny of Goldman Sachs emerged on Sunday as two congressmen pressed for investigations into possible taxpayer losses generated in securities sold by the firm, and the British prime minister also asked his nation's securities regulator …
Wall Street Journal:
SEC Probing Other Soured Deals  —  The Securities and Exchange Commission, after having hit Goldman Sachs Group Inc. with a civil fraud charge, is investigating whether other mortgage deals arranged by some of Wall Street's biggest firms may have crossed the line into misleading investors.
Vicky Ward / The Huffington Post:
Senior Goldman Exec Is Married to Former Head of ACA
Discussion: Clusterstock
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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Erick Erickson / RedState:
Is the Obama Administration Behind An Astroturf Anti-Tea Party Website?  —  “Cass Sunstein has favored the government using outside parties as government propaganda agents to paint their opposition as fringe and undermine their credibility.”  —  Astroturf is the act of professional interest …
Liz Sidoti / Associated Press:   Poll: 4 out of 5 Americans don't trust Washington
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
Andrea Elliott / New York Times:
Reaching Out Quietly to Muslims in America  —  When President Obama took the stage in Cairo last June, promising a new relationship with the Islamic world, Muslims in America wondered only half-jokingly whether the overture included them.  After all, Mr. Obama had kept his distance during the campaign …
Jay Rosen:
David Gregory: “No, I won't fact check my guests and you guys can't make me...” A time line.  —  David Gregory, the host of NBC's Meet the Press, has painted himself into a strange corner with his assertion that there's no need to fact check what his guests say on the air because viewers can do that “on their own terms.”
Jeff Poor / NewsBusters.org:
Time's Klein: Beck, Palin Potentially Committing Sedition against U.S. Government; Heilemann Adds Limbaugh  —  Liberals are all too often eager to charge conservative personalities of using hyperbole to gain a political advantage, especially when it contradicts their world view …
Ed Kilgore / Salon:
The Republicans' 2012 problem  —  November 2010 is looking awfully good for the GOP.  But November 2012?  Not so much  —  Talk to most Democratic activists, and they'll concede that a Republican takeover of the House this fall is entirely possible.  Some will even contemplate …
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Kenneth P. Vogel / The Politico:
Gingrich raises $2.7 million
Discussion: GOP 12
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.
Joseph Curl / Washington Times:
Obama skips Polish funeral, heads to golf course  —  A massive volcanic plume covering most of Europe forced President Obama to cancel a Sunday trip to Poland to attend the funeral of the nation's president.  But the last-minute change left an opening in his schedule, so the president headed to the links for a round of golf instead.
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?”
Sean J. Miller / The Hill:
Obama swooping into L.A. to boost Boxer in tough re-election fight  —  President Barack Obama returns to Southern California on Monday for his first fundraising swing in nearly a year to lend support to Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.).  —  The three-term Democrat has seen her reelection prospects diminish …
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 …
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.
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
No Minstrel Show Here!  —  Charles Blow recently deplored the lack of authentic diversity at a Dallas Tea Party, describing it as a “minstrel show”.  Conor Friedersdorf notes the heads they lose problem being faced by the Tea Party: … Jut so.  Meanwhile, I am eagerly awaiting a correction on this from Mr. Blow:
David Rogers / The Politico:
An insider becomes a reformer  —  Chris Dodd is the Institutional Man beset by failed institutions, from Wall Street banks to his beloved Senate.  —  But the Connecticut Democrat and Senate Banking Committee chairman is also a born counterpuncher.  —  This is no Sam Rayburn …
Discussion: CNN and The Caucus
Robert Moffit / Washington Post:
Obama's health reform isn't modeled after Heritage Foundation ideas  —  Think tank analysts usually brim with pride when the president of the United States goes around claiming that his policies are based on their work.  But when President Obama tries to sell his health-care law …
Discussion: Grasping Reality …
New York Times:
The F.C.C. and the Internet  —  With the Internet fast becoming the most important communications channel, it is untenable for the United States not to have a regulator to ensure nondiscriminatory access, guarantee interconnectivity among rival networks and protect consumers from potential abuse.
Discussion: Post Tech and LewRockwell.com Blog
 
 
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