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8:35 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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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 …
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.
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
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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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.
Discussion: American Power
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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 …
RealClearPolitics Video Log:
Pro-Gay Hecklers Repeatedly Interrupt Obama At DNC Fundraiser
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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Peter J. Wallison / Wall Street Journal:
Fannie and Freddie Amnesia
Discussion: Salon and Betsy's Page
Maggie Haberman / New York Post:
Bloomberg learned of Obama visit from the news
Discussion: New York Magazine
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, Guardian and Telegraph
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Boston Globe:
More from Eyjafjallajokull  —  As ash from Iceland's Eyjafjallajokull volcano continued to keep European airspace shut down over the weekend, affecting millions of travelers around the world, some government agencies and airlines clashed over the flight bans.
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BBC:
Limited flights resume in Europe
Discussion: Fausta's Blog and AMERICAblog News
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 …
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Jeff Zeleny / The Caucus:
Crist Faces New Pressure in Senate Race
Daily Mail:
Iranian cleric: Women who wear revealing clothing cause earthquakes  —  Women who wear revealing clothing and behave promiscuously are to blame for earthquakes, a senior Iranian cleric has said.  —  Hojatoleslam Kazem Sedighi's comments follow a warning by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad …
Discussion: Townhall.com and JONATHAN TURLEY
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Scheherezade Faramarzi / Associated Press:
Iranian cleric: Promiscuous women cause quakes
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.
Connie Hair / Human Events:
Beaten Jindal Staffer Says Protesters are the Perpetrators  —  The mother of one of the victims of a brutal beating in New Orleans outside of a Southern Republican Leadership Conference (SRLC) event has confirmed in a new interview that the two victims assaulted outside of the high-dollar GOP …
Kasie Hunt / The Politico:
McCain tacks right on immigration  —  Sen. John McCain has endorsed a tough Arizona anti-immigration bill that will let police arrest people who aren't carrying identification, the latest move in McCain's rightward shift in advance of a tough Republican Senate primary this summer.
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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Glenn Greenwald / Salon:   The long, clear, inspiring record of Diane Wood
Manu Raju / The Politico:
Dems race for cash — for 2012  —  A handful of Democratic senators ramped up their fundraising efforts in the first quarter of 2010 — despite the fact that they're not up for reelection until 2012.  —  The burst of fundraising activity underscores Democrats' deepest fears …
Discussion: The Page
Matt Welch / Hit & Run:
Black Tea Party Protesters vs. Keith Olbermann  —  A couple of months back, in response to criticism about his multiple characterizations of Tea Party activists as racists, MSNBC oxygen-generator Keith Olbermann issued this agonized open letter to his antagonists:
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: Swampland
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: Pat Dollard
Marco Ceglie / The Huffington Post:
Who Are the Other 95 Percent?  —  On April 15th, alongside the Tea Party's Tax Day protest in DC, members of “The Other 95%,” a new group we recently formed on Facebook, were on the Mall holding two huge signs reading “The Other 95% Say Thanks For Our Tax Cuts, Obama!”
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
Think Progress:
Sen. Corker Refutes Right-Wing Talking Point: The Resolution Fund Is ‘Anything But A Bailout’  —  Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) took to the Senate floor today to repeat the false assertion that the pending financial reform bill will lead to further taxpayer-funded bailouts.
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 …
 
 
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Ben Geman / The Hill:
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James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
Why the Left Needs Racism
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Rising again  —  Michigan Rep. Thaddeus McCotter gave a shout …
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William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
Mullen's Myth of Geostrategic Equivalence
Discussion: Swampland
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The Obama Effect  —  One argument many of us made in favor …
Discussion: Daniel W. Drezner, Salon, BBC and HazZzMat