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7:25 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: CNN and The Swamp
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 …
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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 …
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 …
The Note:
Lincoln on Derivatives Bill
Discussion: The Politico
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.”
Discussion: Clusterstock and The Agonist
Christina Bellantoni / TPMDC:
White House: Obama Won't Make Cautious Court Pick Because GOP …
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)
Andrew Ross Sorkin / New York Times:
When Wall Street Deals Resemble Casino Wagers
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.
Discussion: The Hill, 24Ahead and TPM LiveWire
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The Hill:
Dem to Obama: Push immigration or I'll tell Latino voters to stay home  —  A congressman from the president's home state is threatening that he will urge Latino voters to stay home this November if the Democratic Party does not make a concerted effort to pass comprehensive immigration reform.
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.
Discussion: Power Line, Hot Air and Big Hollywood
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, Right Now, TPMDC and The Buzz
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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 …
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Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:   Great news: FDA to regulate salt in processed foods
Shailagh Murray / Washington Post:
McConnell softens tone on finance regulation bill  —  A Democratic Wall Street overhaul bill may be gaining an unlikely champion: Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).  —  After a week of attacking the pending legislation as a ticket to new taxpayer “bailouts,” McConnell is striking a different tone.
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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
McCaskill presses GOP to reveal holds
Eric Zimmermann / The Hill:   Reid's office defends Wall St. fundraiser
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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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. …
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
Penny Starr / CNSNews:
Arizona Sheriff Says Cops Are Being Killed by Illegal Aliens; Joins Call for U.S. Troops at Border  —  (CNSNews.com) - Law enforcement officials from the Arizona counties hardest hit by illegal immigration say they want U.S. troops to help secure the border, to prevent the deaths of more officers …
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Media Matters Action Network:
McCain: AZ Bill's Racial Profiling Aspect Is Fine Because Immigrants …
Discussion: Eunomia and Washington Monthly
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Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
How Apple Lost the Next iPhone
kausforcalifornia.com:
Obama to Save Boxer Like He Saved Corzine!  —  Do Obama and Boxer realize they are on the wrong side of a tsunami of voter discontent with a government run by and for the public employee unions?  —  President Obama is “swooping” into Los Angeles today to try to save Senator Barbara Boxer …
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.
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.
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.
Kenneth Anderson / The Volokh Conspiracy:
Waco  —  Bill Clinton's invocation of Timothy McVeigh in connection with the Tea Party movement caused me to recall my review of a book on the Waco massacre that was a motivation for McVeigh.  The book under review was Reavis, The Ashes of Waco, and it appeared in the Times Literary Supplement in 1995.
Bart Barnes / Washington Post:
Dorothy I. Height, founding matriarch of civil rights movement, dies at 98  —  Dorothy I. Height, 98, a founding matriarch of the American civil rights movement whose crusade for racial justice and gender equality spanned more than six decades, died early Tuesday morning of natural causes …
David Mark / The Politico:
Inhofe: Clinton comments over the top  —  Former President Bill Clinton's comments surrounding the Oklahoma City bombing commemoration are “unconscionable” and an “over-the-top” effort to silence critics, Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) said Tuesday.  —  Clinton has drawn fire for reprising criticism …
 
 
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Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Obama Approval Slips Further in Fifth Quarter to 48.8%
Discussion: Top of the Ticket and The Eye
Casey Newton / Arizona Republic:
Presidential ‘birther bill’ advances in state House
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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
Declan McCullagh / CNET News:
Amazon fights demand for customer records
Jonathan Chait / The New Republic:
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 Earlier Items: 
Washington Examiner:
Miss America's a fan of the Palin clan
Discussion: Townhall.com
Laura Rozen / Laura Rozen's Blog:
Unpacking the Gates' Iran memo leak
David Neiwert / Crooks and Liars:
Video: Sarah Palin's speech to Women of Joy reveals church-state …