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9:10 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
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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Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Banking Reform Sells Better When “Wall Street” Is Mentioned  —  Americans favor regulating Wall Street banks by 50% to 36%  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Americans are about evenly divided on the merits of giving the federal government new powers to regulate large banks and major financial institutions …
Discussion: The Swamp
Marco Ceglie / The Huffington Post:
Who Are the Other 95 Percent?  —  On April 15th, alongside …
Peter J. Wallison / Wall Street Journal:
Fannie and Freddie Amnesia
Discussion: Salon and Betsy's Page
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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Guardian:
Gizmodo paid for iPhone 4G: so are they receivers of stolen goods?
Brian Lam / Gizmodo:
A Letter: Apple Wants Its Secret iPhone Back
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
Sarina Fazan / ABC Action News:
Crist ‘listening’ to suggestions he run as an independent … TAMPA, FL — Gov. Charlie Crist sat down with ABC Action News reporter Sarina Fazan Monday afternoon.  When asked about whether or not he will run as an independent in the race for U.S. Senate, he said he has not made up his mind yet.
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Naftali Bendavid / Wall Street Journal:
GOP Split Over How to Win in Fall
Discussion: The Politico, The Page and The Note
Jeff Zeleny / The Caucus:
Crist Faces New Pressure in Senate Race
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.
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Randal C. Archibold / New York Times:
Immigration Bill Reflects a Firebrand's Impact
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
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, Telegraph and Guardian
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Reuters:
US climate report publicized in runup to Senate bill  —  Source: Reuters  —  An environmental coalition publicized a new U.S. draft report on climate change on Monday, one week before the expected unveiling of a compromise U.S. Senate bill that aims to curb greenhouse gas emissions.
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
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Ben Geman / The Hill:
Inhofe sees only 26 votes for climate bill
Discussion: Power Line
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
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 …
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.
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.
Lynn Sweet / Chicago Sun Times:
Mayor Rahm?  ‘I would like to run’  —  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.”
Discussion: The Plum Line
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
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
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
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
 
 
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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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John Markoff / New York Times:
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Hit & Run:
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Discussion: The Daily Dish
Claire Heininger / New Jersey Online:
Gov. Chris Christie accuses N.J. teachers' union of 'using students …
Charles Fried / The New Republic:
Everyone's Dean  —  Why Elena Kagan has earned the respect of conservatives, like me.
Discussion: Townhall.com
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
What's behind the anti-Tea Party hate narrative?
Agence France Presse:
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 Earlier Items: 
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
Why the Left Needs Racism
Faiz Shakir / Think Progress:
Perry: Anyone Who's Not A ‘Rank Political Hack’ …
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
FBI says 66-year-old man arrested after March threat against Rep. Brown-Waite
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The Obama Effect  —  One argument many of us made in favor …
Discussion: Daniel W. Drezner, Salon, BBC and HazZzMat