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11:00 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.
Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
Financial Reform and American Politics
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Gregg: ‘Disingenuous’ for Dems to use Goldman to push financial reform
CNN:
Wall Street reform: Senate is ready
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
David Rogers / The Politico:
An insider becomes a reformer
Vicky Ward / The Huffington Post:
Senior Goldman Exec Is Married to Former Head of ACA
Discussion: Clusterstock and The Confluence
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.
Andrew Kohut / Wall Street Journal:
Americans Are More Skeptical of Washington Than Ever
Discussion: The Foundry and Commentary
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?”
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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The State:
Obama assailed at Upstate Tea Party
Discussion: TPM LiveWire
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 …
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Robert Pear / New York Times:
Obama Health Team Turns to Carrying Out New Law
Discussion: Right Angles
Ernesto Londoño / Washington Post:
2 al-Qaeda in Iraq leaders killed, prime minister says  —  BAGHDAD — Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki announced Monday that the two leaders of the Sunni insurgent group al-Qaeda in Iraq have been killed.  —  In a televised news conference, Maliki said Abu Ayyub al-Masri …
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.
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.
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:
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E.J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
The Tea Party: Populism of the privileged
BBC:
Airlines condemn ‘European mess’  —  The body that represents the world's airlines, IATA, has criticised Europe's governments for the way they closed air space because of volcanic ash.  —  The head of the airline industry body, Giovanni Bisignani, told the BBC:"This is a European embarrassment and it's a European mess".
Discussion: Balloon Juice
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Andrea Elliott / New York Times:
White House Quietly Courts Muslims in U.S.  —  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 …
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
North Carolina Democrats' votes against health care push labor to form party  —  RALEIGH, N.C. — A political rebellion is brewing inside an old funeral home near the state Capitol here.  Frustrated liberals and labor organizers are taking aim at the Democratic Party, rushing to gather enough signatures …
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
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.”
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 …
Discussion: CNN
Bill Clinton / New York Times:
Op-Ed Contributor: Violence Is Unacceptable in a Democracy  —  FIFTEEN years ago today, the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Building in Oklahoma City claimed the lives of 168 men, women and children.  It was, until 9/11, the worst terrorist attack in United States history.
 
 
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Laura Myers / Las Vegas Review-Journal:
POLITICAL EYE: Reid backers try to get Lowden's goat
Discussion: Real Clear Politics
John / Power Line:
Was Vicious Attack On Republicans Inspired by Democratic Party?
Discussion: Big Journalism
Lisa W. Foderaro / New York Times:
Alternative Education for Teachers Gaining Ground
Paul Krugman:
Six Doctrines In Search Of A Policy Regime
Discussion: Grasping Reality …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Group: White House delaying 'Don't Ask' repeal
New York Times:
The F.C.C. and the Internet  —  With the Internet fast becoming …
Discussion: Post Tech and LewRockwell.com Blog
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Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
NSA stops collecting some data to resolve issue with court
Adam Savit / Big Government:
The Pastor, the Pedophile and CAIR
Ed Kilgore / Salon:
The Republicans' 2012 problem  —  November 2010 is looking awfully good for the GOP.