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9:40 AM ET, April 20, 2010

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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 …
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The Note:
Crist's Passions: Listening for Answers the GOP May Not Want  —  Charlie Crist gets to set the course for the GOP after all.  (Whether it's where Republicans want to be led — that's another question.)  —  Since we know that he's listening and all — what he's hearing back is some mixed sounds, of varying volumes.
Lynn Sweet / Chicago Sun Times:
Mayor Rahm?  ‘I would like to run’  —  WASHINGTON — White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel, who in January tried to quash stories about a future Chicago mayoral bid, on Monday put his interest in City Hall on the record: “One day I would like to run for mayor of the city of Chicago.”
Discussion: The Plum Line
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Gay rights protesters interrupt Obama speech at fundraiser  —  Gay rights protesters interrupted President Barack Obama's speech at a fundraiser for California Sen. Barbara Boxer (D) Monday night in Los Angeles.  —  Activists from a group called GetEQUAL began shouting at Obama while he was speaking at the podium.
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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 …
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Gay protesters interrupt Obama at California fundraiser for Barbara Boxer  —  After a long day of work in Washington and a long transcontinental flight to Los Angeles, President Obama told a crowd of Democratic donors in Los Angeles Monday night that he was “fired up!”  —  Turns out so were some of the crowd members.
Discussion: AOL
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 …
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Brian Lam / Gizmodo:
A Letter: Apple Wants Its Secret iPhone Back  —  Well, how can I explain this?  I got some interesting calls today.  It was Apple.  And they wanted their phone back.  —  This phone was lost, and then found.  But from Apple's perspective, it could have been considered stolen.
Guardian:
Gizmodo paid for iPhone 4G: so are they receivers of stolen goods?
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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Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Banking Reform Sells Better When “Wall Street” Is Mentioned  —  Americans favor regulating Wall Street banks by 50% to 36%  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Americans are about evenly divided on the merits of giving the federal government new powers to regulate large banks and major financial institutions …
Discussion: Washington Post and The Swamp
Peter J. Wallison / Wall Street Journal:
Fannie and Freddie Amnesia
Discussion: Salon and Betsy's Page
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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Mike Allen / The Politico:
Exclusive: Goldman Sach's voicemail to staff
Discussion: DealBook, Salon and Wall Street Journal
Michael Hirsh / Newsweek Blogs:
Carl Levin: Another ‘Big Shoe to Drop’ on Goldman
BBC:
Half of Europe flights ‘to fly’  —  About half of flights over Europe are expected to go ahead on Tuesday, the Eurocontrol air traffic agency says.  —  A limited number of flights have taken off in northern Europe after five days of a blanket no-fly zone caused by the spread of volcanic ash from Iceland.
Discussion: AMERICAblog News
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Randal C. Archibold / New York Times:
Immigration Bill Reflects a Firebrand's Impact  —  PHOENIX — The Arizona Senate passed one of the most stringent immigration laws in the country on Monday, marking a new level of influence for a Republican state senator who not long ago was seen by many as an eccentric firebrand.
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Lyndsey Layton / Washington Post:
FDA plans to limit amount of salt allowed in processed foods for health reasons  —  The Food and Drug Administration is planning an unprecedented effort to gradually reduce the salt consumed each day by Americans, saying that less sodium in everything from soup to nuts would prevent thousands …
Discussion: Politics Daily and Pat Dollard
Bruce J. Schulman / The Politico:
The costs of crossing the president  —  Will the White House punish Democrats who defected on the monumental health care overhaul?  —  “There is not a whole lot of [President] Barack Obama and [Vice President] Joe Biden to spare on a good day,” one senior White House official told POLITICO.
Rachel Sylvester / Times of London:
But who will be Nick Clegg's political partner?  —  The Lib Dem leader has a problem with Gordon Brown ... but the Tories may prove incompatible too  —  Nick Clegg has been saying for months that he'd dance across the studio in a pink tutu for a place in the leaders' TV debate.
Discussion: Marbury, Telegraph and Guardian
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Byron York / Washington Examiner:
What's behind the anti-Tea Party hate narrative?  —  There's a new narrative taking hold in the wake of the recent Tea Party protests and the 15th anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing: The Tea Partiers' intense opposition to the Obama administration has led to overheated political rhetoric …
Sarina Fazan / ABC Action News:
Crist ‘listening’ to suggestions he run as an independent … TAMPA, FL — Gov. Charlie Crist sat down with ABC Action News reporter Sarina Fazan Monday afternoon.  When asked about whether or not he will run as an independent in the race for U.S. Senate, he said he has not made up his mind yet.
Eamon Javers / The Politico:
Debate tests members' financial IQs  —  Ask White House economic adviser Austan Goolsbee about derivatives, and he'll tell you about free tacos.  —  That's the trouble with the financial regulatory reform debate: The arcane terminology of the financial world can be daunting.
Naftali Bendavid / Wall Street Journal:
GOP Split Over How to Win in Fall  —  WASHINGTON—Sen. John Cornyn, who is spearheading the Republicans' campaign to take back the Senate, is on a roll.  The GOP snatched a seat in Massachusetts and polls favor Republicans in many key states.  —  But the genial Texas lawyer is facing an unusual challenge …
Discussion: The Politico, The Page and The Note
Reuters:
US climate report publicized in runup to Senate bill  —  Source: Reuters  —  An environmental coalition publicized a new U.S. draft report on climate change on Monday, one week before the expected unveiling of a compromise U.S. Senate bill that aims to curb greenhouse gas emissions.
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
Robert Costa / The Corner on National Review Online:
Crist: 'I'm Staying in This Race' — By: Robert Costa  —  In an exclusive interview, Gov. Charlie Crist (R., Fla.) tells National Review Online that “damn right, I'm staying in this race.”  He tells us that he will not run as a Democrat.  “I was never going to do that.”
Spencer S. Hsu / Washington Post:
Two senators subpoena Obama administration for information on Fort Hood shootings  —  Sens. Joseph I. Lieberman (I-Conn.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) issued the first congressional subpoenas of the Obama administration Monday after accusing the White House of stonewalling their requests for information about the Fort Hood shootings.
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: The Confluence and Swampland
John Markoff / New York Times:
Cyberattack on Google Said to Hit Password System  —  Ever since Google disclosed in January that Internet intruders had stolen information from its computers, the exact nature and extent of the theft has been a closely guarded company secret.  But a person with direct knowledge of the investigation …
Discussion: Guardian and Silicon Alley Insider
Bill Carter / Media Decoder:
Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert To Stay on Comedy Central Through 2012 Election  —  With Conan O'Brien about to change the calculus of late-night cable programming, the Comedy Central channel has made a move to lock up its two dominant stars, Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert.
Discussion: Mediaite
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
As Abbott Flocks From Palm To Twitter, Pass Becomes The First Twitter CTO  —  Last Friday, news hit that Michael Abbott, Palm's head of software and services, the man in charge of its webOS platform, was leaving the company.  The news, which broke via a regulatory filing …
Charles Fried / The New Republic:
Everyone's Dean  —  Why Elena Kagan has earned the respect of conservatives, like me.  —  Some years ago, I told my colleague Jack Goldsmith, when his role in revoking the notorious Yoo-Bybee torture memos became public, that the only thing worse than being demonized by the left is being lionized by the left.
Discussion: Townhall.com
 
 
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Manu Raju / The Politico:
Dems race for cash — for 2012
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Rising again  —  Michigan Rep. Thaddeus McCotter gave a shout …
Discussion: Riehl World View
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The Obama Effect  —  One argument many of us made in favor …
Discussion: Daniel W. Drezner, Salon, BBC and HazZzMat