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12:00 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.
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Gregg: ‘Disingenuous’ for Dems to use Goldman to push financial reform
CNN:
Wall Street reform: Senate is ready
Discussion: The Swamp and Ben Smith's Blog
Michael Corkery / Deal Journal:
Goldman Responds Again to SEC Complaint
Discussion: Dealbreaker
Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
Financial Reform and American Politics
David Rogers / The Politico:
An insider becomes a reformer
ABCNEWS:
Obama Hits the Road for Financial Reform
Discussion: CNN
Vicky Ward / The Huffington Post:
Senior Goldman Exec Is Married to Former Head of ACA
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Geithner to meet with Collins on reform
Discussion: The Page
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.
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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 …
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
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?”
Ernesto Londoño / Washington Post:
Al-Qaeda in Iraq leaders killed, U.S. and Iraqi officials say  —  BAGHDAD — The two leaders of the Sunni insurgent group al-Qaeda in Iraq have been killed in an air strike carried out by American troops, Iraqi and U.S. officials announced Monday.  —  The deaths of Abu Ayyub al-Masri …
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BBC:
Top Iraqi al-Qaeda leaders killed
BBC:
Airlines condemn ‘European mess’  —  The international airline association has criticised Europe's governments for the way they closed airspace because of volcanic ash from Iceland.  —  IATA chief Giovanni Bisignani told the BBC: “This is a European embarrassment and... a European mess.”
Discussion: Gothamist and Balloon Juice
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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
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 …
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 …
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.
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
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 …
 
 
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Julian Glover / Guardian:
Lib Dems surge 10 points in poll
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
Martin Ivens / Times of London:
Get packing: Brussels decrees holidays are a human right
Discussion: Hot Air, AmSpecBlog and Moonbattery
John / Power Line:
Was Vicious Attack On Republicans Inspired by Democratic Party?
Discussion: Big Journalism
Paul Krugman:
Six Doctrines In Search Of A Policy Regime
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Group: White House delaying 'Don't Ask' repeal
 Earlier Items: 
Sean J. Miller / The Hill:
Obama swooping into L.A. to boost Boxer in tough re-election fight
Discussion: CNN