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10:55 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.
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 …
Domenico Montanaro / msnbc.com:
FIRST THOUGHTS: LOTS OF MOVING PARTS
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Banking Reform Sells Better When “Wall Street” Is Mentioned
Discussion: The Swamp
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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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: Left Coast Rebel, PostPartisan and AOL
RealClearPolitics Video Log:
Pro-Gay Hecklers Repeatedly Interrupt Obama At DNC Fundraiser  —  Obama said he agrees that “Don't Ask, Don't Tell” needs to be repealed.  “When you got an ally like Barbara Boxer and you've got an ally like me who are standing for the same thing, then you don't know exactly why you have to holler …
kausforcalifornia.com:
Obama to Save Boxer Like He Saved Corzine!
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.
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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 …
New York Times:
For Apple, Lost iPhone Is a Big Deal
Guardian:
Gizmodo paid for iPhone 4G: so are they receivers of stolen goods?
Discussion: TechCrunch and Daring Fireball
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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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.”
Sarina Fazan / ABC Action News:
Crist ‘listening’ to suggestions he run as an independent
Nelson D. Schwartz / New York Times:
Goldman Tops Forecast, With $3.46 Billion in Earnings  —  Beset by accusations of securities fraud, Goldman Sachs nevertheless showed Tuesday that it was still very good at what it does best: making money.  —  Earnings for the Wall Street giant rose 91 percent in the first quarter of 2010 …
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Jesse Westbrook / Bloomberg:
SEC Said to Vote 3-2 to Sue Goldman Sachs Over CDOs
Binyamin Appelbaum / New York Times:
A Difficult Path in Goldman Case
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Exclusive: Goldman Sach's voicemail to staff
Discussion: DealBook, Salon and Wall Street Journal
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
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.
Discussion: The Caucus and Indecision Forever
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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 …
Lynn Sweet:
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel: Rahm eyes City Hall in post-Daley era  —  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.”
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Chicago Breaking News:
Emanuel wants to succeed Daley as mayor
Discussion: The Swamp and Commentary
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 …
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 …
Pamela Geller / Human Events:
Free Speech Denied In Miami  —  In an outrageous denial of free speech rights, Miami-Dade Transit last week forced the removal of a “Leaving Islam” ad campaign on Miami buses because the ads might be “offensive to Islam.”  —  The Freedom Defense Initiative, the new organization I have begun …
Discussion: Jihad Watch
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.
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.
Discussion: Wonk Room and JammieWearingFool
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
FACT-CHECKING GUESTS — INCENTIVES VS DISINCENTIVES.... There's been quite a bit of talk of late about the Sunday public-affairs talk shows and the role of fact-checking.  The issue was put on the map by NYU professor Jay Rosen, Rosen's ideas were touted by the Washington Post's Howard Kurtz …
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
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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David Brooks / New York Times:
Riders on the Storm  —  In 2001, Cass R. Sunstein wrote an essay …
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CNN:
Biden to announce change in Title IX women's sports policy
Discussion: TalkLeft
JammieWearingFool:
Christie Escalates Feud With Teacher's Union
Allegra Stratton / Guardian:
Gay death penalty MP faces UK ban
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
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Bill Carter / Media Decoder:
Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert To Stay on Comedy Central Through 2012 Election
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Discussion: Guardian and Silicon Alley Insider
Reuters:
US climate report publicized in runup to Senate bill
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
BBC:
Half of European flights ‘to fly’
Discussion: AMERICAblog News
Rachel Sylvester / Times of London:
But who will be Nick Clegg's political partner?
Discussion: Telegraph, Marbury and Guardian
Charles Fried / The New Republic:
Everyone's Dean  —  Why Elena Kagan has earned the respect of conservatives, like me.
Discussion: Townhall.com
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Justices Get Personal Over Privacy of Messages
Discussion: The Confluence and Swampland