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9:15 PM ET, April 20, 2010

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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Most transparent White House ever...  Police chased reporters away from the White House and closed Lafayette Park today in response to a gay rights protest in which several service members in full uniform handcuffed themselves to the White House gate to protest “Don't Ask, Don't Tell.”
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Eric Zimmermann / The Hill:
Emanuel: 'I'm the fundamental core'
Discussion: The Swamp and CNN
J.P. Freire / Beltway Confidential:
Is Goldman Obama's Enron?  No, it's worse (Updated)  —  Campaign contributions from Goldman Sachs employees to President Obama are nearly seven times as much as President Bush received from Enron workers, according to numbers on OpenSecrets.org.  —  President Bush's connections to Enron …
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Mike Allen / The Politico:
GOP seeks SEC records on Goldman  —  Rep. Darrell Issa, the top Republican on the House Oversight committee, is demanding a slew of documents from the Securities and Exchange Commission, asserting that the timing of civil charges against Goldman Sachs raises “serious questions about the commission's independence and impartiality.”
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
GOP probes whether Goldman charges were politically timed
Ben Frumin / TPM LiveWire:
Hatch: Timing Of Goldman Lawsuit Is ‘Very Suspect’ (VIDEO)
Paul Krugman:
Lucy And The Football  —  Talking Points Memo reports that Democrats are largely unprepared for the possibility that Republicans will filibuster financial reform.  —  Is this really possible?  I'm afraid it is.  My own conversations with administration officials over the past few weeks …
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Noam Scheiber / The New Republic:
Head Lock  —  The inside story of how Goldman and the banks are getting clobbered on financial reform.  —  Some two dozen executives from large corporations will be descending on Capitol Hill today to make the case against over-regulating derivatives.  The “fly-in” is being organized in part …
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Lincoln says she won't return Goldman contributions  —  Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark.) said Tuesday she won't return contributions she's received from Goldman Sachs employees.  —  Lincoln, who's authoring a section of the Wall Street reform bill that regulates derivatives markets …
Jonathan Weisman / Washington Wire:
Next Up?  Obama Calls Sen. Scott Brown About Immigration  —  President Barack Obama called Massachusetts' new Republican senator, Scott Brown, from Air Force One today to deliver some news: Democrats are moving forward with an immigration overhaul in a month.
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John Meroney / The Atlantic Online:
Ronald Reagan and James Dean: Rare Video From 1954  —  Today, it's an astonishing, even eerie, scene: the icon of modern American conservatism, whose rise to political prominence was galvanized by the cultural rebellion of the 1960s, fighting off an attack-at-gunpoint by the quintessential modern American rebel.
Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
McCain: I won't support Crist if he runs as an Independent candidate  —  Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said Tuesday he will not support Florida Gov. Charlie Crist (R) in his Senate race if he runs as an Independent.  —  Crist, who helped McCain win Florida in the 2008 presidential GOP primary …
Discussion: Hot Air, TPMDC, Right Now and The Buzz
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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
McCaskill presses GOP to reveal holds  —  Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) is trying to flush out Senate Republicans who have placed secret holds on nearly 80 of President Barack Obama's nominees.  —  McCaskill asked for unanimous consent to vote on the 18 nominees.
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Eric Zimmermann / The Hill:   Reid's office defends Wall St. fundraiser
Daniel Larison / Eunomia:
McCain's Integrity  —  There is a new round of “where have you gone, John McCain?” liberal commentary starting up.  I used to find this amusing, but it is all based on a profound misunderstanding of McCain the politician.  Recently, McCain has been making a fool of himself by repudiating …
Discussion: Balloon Juice
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Penny Starr / CNSNews:
Arizona Sheriff Says Cops Are Being Killed by Illegal Aliens …
Anill / Think Progress:
Arizona legislature demands immigrants and President of the United States verify their status.  —  Just a few days after Arizona lawmakers passed an immigration law that will essentially require anyone who is or looks like an immigrant to carry their proof of residency at all times …
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Casey Newton / Arizona Republic:
Presidential ‘birther bill’ advances in state House
Discussion: Opinion L.A. and TPM LiveWire
Christina Bellantoni / TPMDC:
White House: Obama Won't Make Cautious Court Pick Because GOP Will Oppose Whoever He Nominates  —  President Obama thinks Republicans will engage in a full battle over his Supreme Court nominee regardless of the person's ideological leanings, and in some ways “that realization is liberating for the president” …
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Sam Youngman / The Hill:
Obama to make Supreme Court pick by May 26
Discussion: CNN
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 …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Hitler Is Very Upset That Constantin Film Is Taking Down Hitler Parodies  —  For my money, memes on the Internet don't get any better than the Hitler one.  You know, the one in which you take some current event (the more mundane, the better) and shove it into the scene from the German film Downfall …
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PopEater:
Studio Plots Downfall of Hitler Meme on YouTube
Discussion: Moe Lane and Outside The Beltway
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Supreme Court voids law aimed at banning animal cruelty videos  —  The Supreme Court struck down a federal law Tuesday aimed at banning videos depicting graphic violence against animals, saying that it violates the constitutional right to free speech.  —  Chief Justice John J. Roberts Jr. …
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Halperin Takes A Stand  —  It isn't every day that a consumate inside-game reporter/pundit type like Mark Halperin aggressively calls out one party for lying, but that's exactly what Halperin did early this morning on MSNBC, talking about the GOP claim that the Dem financial reg reform bill will lead to a permanent bailout.
Discussion: Daily Kos
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Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Obama Approval Slips Further in Fifth Quarter to 48.8%  —  Ranks among lowest fifth-quarter averages for elected presidents  —  PRINCETON, NJ — President Barack Obama averaged 48.8% job approval for his fifth quarter in office, spanning Jan. 20-April 19 Gallup Daily tracking.
Heather / Crooks and Liars:
Bernard Goldberg Admits Jon Stewart is Right About His Generalizations and Then Attacks Him  —  I said last week that Bernard Goldberg wasn't going to be happy after Jon Stewart ended his segment Fox News Pundits Don't Agree With Demonizing an Entire Group Unless it's the Liberals by telling Bernard Goldberg to go f**k himself.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
California senator complains of harassment from Palin fans  —  California State Senator Leland Yee, who has been battling a state university over disclosing Sarah Palin's speaking contract, complains in a press release today that he's been getting nasty emails and faxes.
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
GOPer Tries to Ape My Snark  —  I'm not quite sure what to make of this.  A couple weeks ago our Eric Kleefeld came up with video showing Nevada Senate candidate Sue Lowden suggesting that “bartering” for medical care would be a good way to rein in spiraling health care costs.
Discussion: TPMDC
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Burns leads Critz 44-41  —  Buoyed by an electorate that is exceptionally sour on national Democrats, Republican Tim Burns has a 44-41 lead over Democrat Mark Critz in the special election to replace John Murtha in the House.  —  It's a rare election these days where both candidates are viewed pretty favorably in the district.
Ben Armbruster / Think Progress:
Rubio: 'I Don't Think Any Of Us Are Going To Blame Israel' If They Decide To Attack Iran  —  Yesterday, a conservative Florida blogger interviewed Republican GOP Senate candidate Marco Rubio about “the struggle against Radical Islam and Global Terrorism.”  When asked if he would support …
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
Bill Black Testimony on Lehman Bankruptcy - Transcript and Video  —  FDL Contributor Bill Black scorched everyone with his testimony on the failure of Lehman Brothers before the House Financial Services Committee today.  His prepared remarks can be found here (PDF).
Declan McCullagh / CNET News:
Amazon fights demand for customer records  —  Amazon.com filed a lawsuit on Monday to fend off a sweeping demand from North Carolina's tax collectors: detailed records including names and addresses of customers and information about exactly what they purchased.
Washington Examiner:
Miss America's a fan of the Palin clan  —  You betcha Caressa Cameron's not picking political sides, but Miss America 2010 is willing to say she's a fan of the Palins.  —  “She's someone who cares about the world around her, and she comes from a pageantry background,” Cameron said of Sarah Palin …
Discussion: Townhall.com
 
 
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Walter Alarkon / The Hill:
Senate Democrats' budget to allow use of reconciliation rules
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David Mark / The Politico:
Inhofe: Clinton comments over the top
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House GOP Plans New ‘Contract With America’ After Labor Day
Ethan Bronner / New York Times:
Memo From Jerusalem: Mood Is Dark as Israel Marks Its 62nd Year
David Weigel / Right Now:
Poll: Sen. Bob Bennett (R-Utah) in deep trouble with GOP voters
Discussion: Salt Lake Tribune and Wonkette
Jonathan Chait / The New Republic:
The Health Care Repeal Fantasy
Laura Rozen / Laura Rozen's Blog:
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David Neiwert / Crooks and Liars:
Video: Sarah Palin's speech to Women of Joy reveals church-state …
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