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9:05 AM ET, April 21, 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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Bruce Carroll / Big Journalism:
Media Kept Well Away as Obama Clashes With Gays and Lesbians in Washington, L.A.
Associated Press:
Ariz House: Check Obama's Citizenship  —  PHOENIX — The Arizona House on Monday voted for a provision that would require President Barack Obama to show his birth certificate if he hopes to be on the state's ballot when he runs for reelection.  —  The House voted 31-22 to add the provision to a separate bill.
Discussion: Balloon Juice
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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 …
St. Petersburg Times:
U.S. attorney, IRS and FBI investigating Florida GOP credit card use  —  Federal law enforcement agencies have launched a criminal investigation into the use of American Express cards issued by the Republican Party of Florida to elected officials and staff, according to sources familiar with the probe.
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
The Huffington Post:
Lindsey Graham Gay?  Conservative Group ALIPAC Demands Senator ‘Admit Homosexuality’  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  William Gheen, head of the conservative, anti-"amnesty," anti-illegal immigration group Americans for Legal Immigration PAC (ALIPAC), spoke at a Greenville …
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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.
Sam Youngman / The Hill:
Supreme Court pick to be made by May 26  —  President Barack Obama will nominate a replacement to fill the Supreme Court seat of retiring Justice John Paul Stevens no later than May 26.  —  But a senior administration official said it's “entirely likely” that the president's pick will come “well before then.”
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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
McCaskill presses GOP to reveal holds
Geoffrey Dickens / NewsBusters.org:
Matthews: Republicans Like Rubio Taking Part in ‘Stalinesque’ Purge of GOP  —  Chris Matthews — who was offended by Rush Limbaugh calling the Obama administration the “regime”— claimed the Republicans were engaged in a “Stalinesque” purge.  On Tuesday's Hardball Matthews charged …
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Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
McCain: I won't support Crist if he runs as an Independent candidate
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Arizona has turned into a police state: ‘Show me your papers’  —  I had a friend who isn't into politics, but would say that Bush's goal was to enact martial law over the country.  I told her she was not based in reality.  But this new law in Arizona gives the police exactly that type of power …
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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.
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.
JammieWearingFool:
Earthquake in New Jersey: Majority of School Budgets Defeated  —  In a crushing rejection of the thug tactics of the teacher's unions, voters turned out in unusually high numbers Tuesday to reject a majority of proposed school budgets across the state of New Jersey, handing Governor Chris Christie …
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: Outside The Beltway and Moe Lane
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Democrats maintain solid cash edge heading into 2010 midterms  —  1. The three Democratic campaign committees ended March with approximately $22 million more in the bank than their Republican counterparts, a financial edge that party strategists hope will insulate them from considerable losses in the coming midterm elections.
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 …
George Russell / Fox News:
U.N.'s Ballooning $732 Million Haiti Peacekeeping Budget Goes Mostly to Its Own Personnel  —  The United Nations has quietly upped this year's peacekeeping budget for earthquake-shattered Haiti to $732.4 million, with two-thirds of that amount going for the salary, perks and upkeep of its own personnel …
Discussion: Townhall.com
Barbarossa / The Jawa Report:
Insider: Top Ohio homeland security officials falsify credentials, obtained fake diploma mill degrees  —  ***Sticky until noon.  Scroll down for more updates.  Our correspondent inside the Ohio Department of Homeland Security brings even more troubling news.
Andrew Grice / The Independent:
Brown trains his sights on a ‘new politics’ - with the help of the Lib Dems  —  The Prime Minister tells Andrew Grice why his commitment to electoral reform is now at the core of Labour's appeal to voters.  —  Gordon Brown appealed yesterday for a “progressive alliance” …
Discussion: Telegraph, Guardian, Daily Mail and BBC
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.
Patrick McGeehan / New York Times:
Deal Reached Averting Doorman Strike in New York  —  The union members were represented by a team led by Mike Fishman, second from left.  The owners had a committee of about a dozen led by Howard Rothschild, second from right, president of the Realty Advisory Board on Labor Relations.
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 …
Thomas Erdbrink / Washington Post:
Iran seeks to persuade Security Council not to back tough nuclear sanctions  —  TEHRAN — Facing increasing momentum behind a U.S.-backed bid for new sanctions against it, Iran is launching a broad diplomatic offensive aimed at persuading as many U.N. Security Council members as possible …
Discussion: Commentary
Ilya Somin / The Volokh Conspiracy:
Timothy McVeigh Was No Libertarian: The Fallacy of Conflating Two Very Different Types of “Anti-Government” Movements  —  Some commentators are associating the Oklahoma City bombings of 15 years ago and other far right violence with the rise of “anti-government” sentiment in opposition …
Discussion: LewRockwell.com Blog
 
 
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Heather / Crooks and Liars:
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