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2:05 PM ET, April 20, 2010

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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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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.
The Politico:
Goldman Sachs taps ex-W.H. counsel
Binyamin Appelbaum / New York Times:
A Difficult Path in Goldman Case
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Lincoln says she won't return Goldman contributions
Discussion: Swampland
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 …
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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.
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Gay protesters interrupt Obama at California fundraiser for Barbara Boxer
Karen Ocamb / LGBT POV:
DADT Protester Talks About Disrupting Obama Fundraiser for Boxer
New York Times:
For Apple, Lost iPhone Is a Big Deal  —  For anyone who has ever lost a cellphone, remember this: it could be worse.  You could be the person who left his phone in a bar in California.  And it wasn't just any phone; it was a supersecret version of the next iPhone.
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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. …
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Ariane De Vogue / ABCNEWS:
Supreme Court Voids Ban on Dogfighting Videos
Discussion: The Swamp and CNN
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 …
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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Washington Examiner:
To Clinton, criticism is terrorism
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Gun-toting protesters voice violent thoughts peacefully
Discussion: Harry's Place
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.
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
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias and The Swamp
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.
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
Media Matters Action Network:
McCain: AZ Bill's Racial Profiling Aspect Is Fine Because Immigrants “Are Intentionally Causing Accidents.” … O'REILLY: Now, next week, the governor is going to sign, we believe, a very stringent state law that gives the police in Arizona very, very broad authority to question people.
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Eunomia
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Russell Berman / The Hill:
Hoyer says House won't vote on D.C. voting rights bill  —  The House will not vote on a bill granting the District of Columbia a voting member of Congress, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said Tuesday.  —  “The price was too high,” said Hoyer (D-Md.), who cited extraneous measures …
Discussion: CNN and The Note
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Jake Sherman / The Politico:
Dems ditch D.C. voting rights bill
Discussion: Townhall.com
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 …
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 …
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.
Paul Caron / TaxProf Blog:
Tax Court Rejects “Geithner Defense,” Says Reliance on TurboTax Does Not Excuse Taxpayer From Penalty for Errors on Tax Return  —  The Tax Court yesterday rejected the taxpayer's use of the “Geithner defense” and held that blaming TurboTax for errors on her return did not excuse her from penalties.
Discussion: Law Blog and Going Concern
Doug Struck / Christian Science Monitor:
Buying carbon offsets may ease eco-guilt but not global warming  —  Voluntary carbon offsets are a ‘Wild West’ market ripe for fraud, exaggeration, and poorly run projects that probably do little to ease global warming.  —  Tiszakeszi, Hungary  —  A forest was supposed to be here, inhaling carbon dioxide.
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Bill Carter / Media Decoder:
Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert To Stay on Comedy Central Through 2012 Election  —  With Conan O'Brien about to change the calculus of late-night cable programming, the Comedy Central channel has made a move to lock up its two dominant stars, Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert.
Discussion: Mediaite
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.”
 
 
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Eric Zimmermann / The Hill:
Emanuel: 'I'm the fundamental core'
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BBC:
Web hit by hi-tech crime wave
Discussion: Pajamas Media and TechCrunch
Arthur Delaney / The Huffington Post:
K Street Carve-Outs: Financial Industry Lobbyists Find Gaps In Dodd Bill
CNN:
N.Y. Yankees going to the White House
Discussion: The Page
Lonnae O'Neal Parker / Washington Post:
HRC head gets praise, flak for Obama's gay-rights initiatives
Associated Press:
Mitt Romney takes to life in new California home
Stephen G. Smith / Washington Examiner:
In defense of Obama's golfing adventures
Discussion: Moonbattery
 Earlier Items: 
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
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David Brooks / New York Times:
Riders on the Storm  —  In 2001, Cass R. Sunstein wrote an essay …
CNN:
Biden to announce change in Title IX women's sports policy
Discussion: TalkLeft
Pamela Geller / Human Events:
Free Speech Denied In Miami
Discussion: Jihad Watch and Atlas Shrugs
John Markoff / New York Times:
Cyberattack on Google Said to Hit Password System
Discussion: Guardian and Silicon Alley Insider
Eamon Javers / The Politico:
Debate tests members' financial IQs
Discussion: The Caucus and Indecision Forever
Bruce J. Schulman / The Politico:
The costs of crossing the president