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7:25 PM ET, April 21, 2010

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FreedomWorks Bullies GEICO To Axe Voice Over Actor  —  GEICO voice over actor targeted by Tea Party members after expressing opinion on FreedomWorks voicemail.  —  Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) April 21, 2010 — Los Angeles actor, D.C. Douglas, says he was dropped from the upcoming GEICO …
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David Weigel / Right Now:
Geico voice actor fired after insulting tea parties  —  Sometimes you have a headline that makes the rest of the story superfluous, but here's the background.  Actor Lance Baxter, otherwise known as “D.C. Douglas,” currently known as the man who informs you how much Geico can save you on car insurance …
Abdon M. Pallasch / Chicago Sun Times:
GOP chairman: African-Americans not given good reason to vote for party  —  Why should an African-American vote Republican?  —  “You really don't have a reason to, to be honest — we haven't done a very good job of really giving you one.  True?  True,” Republican National Chairman Michael …
Matt Kibbe / Big Government:
Geico Cancels a Hater  —  FreedomWorks staff and volunteers have suffered through bomb threats, endless hostile abuse from union patch-through calls laced with profanity, death threats, the N-word directed at an African-American employee, and a host of full-frontal creeps.
Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
MSNBC Pulls the Plug on Donny Deutsch's Weeklong Anchoring Stint  —  A week-long anchoring stint on MSNBC by Donny Deutsch ended abruptly on Wednesday, and four people briefed on the decision said the cancellation stemmed from an unflattering mention of that channel's No. 1 anchor, Keith Olbermann, a day earlier.
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Chris Ariens / TVNewser:
Donny Deutsch Off the Air after Criticism of Keith Olbermann  —  TVNewser has learned Donny Deutsch, who'd been filling in on the 3pmET hour this week on MSNBC, won't be anchoring for the rest of the week after a segment yesterday seemed to criticize his colleague Keith Olbermann.
New York Times:
Senate Panel Approves Tougher Derivative Rules  —  WASHINGTON — The Senate Agriculture Committee on Wednesday approved legislation to tighten regulation of derivatives trading, with a single Republican, Senator Charles E. Grassley of Iowa, joining Democrats in supporting the measure.  The vote was 13 to 8.
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Washington Post:
Once critical of financial regulation bill, Republicans change their tone
Quinnipiac University:
Obama's Bounce Goes Flat, Quinnipiac University National Poll Finds; But Voters Confident He Will Pick Good Judge  —  President Barack Obama's job approval, which bounced slightly to a 45 - 46 percent split March 25 in the wake of his health care victory, has flattened out at 44 - 46 percent …
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Reuters:
Obama backers show signs of disappointment
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Dems To Attack Sue Lowden With “Chickens For Checkups” Web Site  —  Chickens for Checkups!  —  That's the name of a new Web site the DSCC is planning to unveil today in an effort to draw national attention to GOP Senate candidate Sue Lowden, who doubled down this week on her assertion …
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Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Sue Lowden's Health Care Dystopia
Discussion: The New Republic
Matt Towery / Southern Political Report:
SPR exclusive bulletin: Crist to run for Florida Senate as an independent  —  It may be the worst-kept secret in American politics today, and it's apparently about to become a reality.  Reliable sources informed me today that embattled Florida Gov. Charlie Crist, whose early lead …
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Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Why Charlie Crist is no Joe Lieberman
The Politico:
Dems haunted by corporate ties  —  President Barack Obama and congressional Democrats are promising a climactic clash with Wall Street, but there's a complication in their battle plan: The Democratic Party is closer to corporate America — and to Wall Street in particular — than many Democrats would care to admit.
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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The Filter That Protects Palin From Scrutiny  —  Here's a revealing glimpse into how a delusional, incompetent, pathological liar has managed never to hold a real press conference and yet remains a credible public figure.  She avoids the filters - i.e. skeptical journalists - and deploys one simple propaganda tool:
Mark Leibovich / New York Times:
Mike Allen, the Man the White House Wakes Up To  —  Before he goes to sleep, between 11 and midnight, Dan Pfeiffer, the White House communications director, typically checks in by e-mail with the same reporter: Mike Allen of Politico, who is also the first reporter Pfeiffer corresponds with after he wakes up at 4:20.
Morgen Richmond / Big Government:
Bertha Lewis Unleashed: Bashes Conservatives and the Tea Party, Promotes Socialism  —  Apparently CEO Bertha Lewis said of ACORN yesterday “we're on life support”.  Well, I think ACORN's remaining benefactors might be a little closer to pulling the plug once and for all after watching …
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Connie Hair / Human Events:
Appeals Court Reinstates ACORN Funding Ban
CNBC:
Testimony Could Undercut SEC Charge Against Goldman  —  The government has testimony from a Paulson & Co. official that could contradict its own claims against Goldman Sachs, CNBC has learned.  —  Paolo Pellegrini told the government that he informed ACA Management that Paulson intended to bet against …
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Bush Still Gets More Blame for Economy Than Obama  —  Of the three party groups, only Republicans say Obama bears more blame than Bush  —  PRINCETON, NJ — More than a year into Barack Obama's presidency, Americans are more likely to say George W. Bush is responsible for today's economic problems …
BernardGoldberg.com:
About Jon Stewart ...  In the big scheme of things what Jon Stewart says about me or what I say about him doesn't amount to much.  It doesn't really amount to much in the small scheme of things, either.  But this is the United States of Entertainment, after all, so here goes.
Discussion: Romenesko
New Jersey Online:
N.J. voters reject school budgets in heated elections … New Jersey voters took a stand on school spending and property taxes Tuesday, rejecting 260 of 479 school budgets across 19 counties, according to unofficial results in statewide school elections.  —  In the proposed state budget …
Jim Manzi / The Corner on National Review Online:
Liberty and Tyranny and Epistemic Closure — By: Jim Manzi  —  Jonah notes Ross Douthat's very interesting post, in which Ross had this to say:  —  Conservative domestic policy would be in better shape if conservative magazines and conservative columnists were more willing to call out Republican politicians …
Carol D. Leonnig / Washington Post:
FBI, Justice Dept. open probe of Massa payments after retirement announcement  —  Federal authorities have launched a public corruption investigation into events surrounding former representative Eric Massa (D-N.Y.), according to documents obtained by The Washington Post.
Instant Tea:
UPDATED with photos, video: GetEQUAL disrupts House committee hearing … Activists from GetEQUAL interrupted a House committee hearing this morning to demand a markup of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act.  The activists approached Chairman George Miller, D-California, and attempted to hand him a magic marker.
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Steele: No reason for black GOP base  —  Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele told a group of students that African-Americans “don't have a reason” to vote for Republicans.  —  Steele was asked Tuesday night during a speech to roughly 200 students at DePaul University …
Tim Fernholz / American Prospect:
New Financial-Reform Bill Would Break Up Banks.  —  Sens. Sherrod Brown (right), Ted Kaufman, Robert Casey and Sheldon Whitehouse are introducing a new financial-reform bill, the Safe Banking Act of 2010, to limit the size of the banks — and, in the process, break up existing firms.
Matthew Jaffe / ABCNEWS:
All About the (New) Benjamins: Redesigned 100  —  Ben Franklin Gets a Makeover As New $100 Bill Unveiled  —  The recession has left many people strapped for cash, but even so, you will soon notice a new look for the $100 bill.  —  Ben Franklin's makeover was shown off at a ceremony …
David Brody / The Brody File:
Senator DeMint to Brody File: Tea Party Movement Will Bring On “Spiritual Revival”  —  Senator Jim DeMint tells The Brody File that the Tea Party is a “spiritual revival” waiting to happen.  He compares it to “The Great Awakening”.  You can watch his fascinating comments below and read a partial transcription as well.
Heather / Crooks and Liars:
Matthews Allows Gun Rights Protesters to Show Their Blind Hatred for President Obama  —  Chris Matthews allows 2nd Amendment protesters Larry Pratt and Skip Coryell to dig their own hole while trying to get them to explain what freedoms are being taken away from them and what right the 2nd Amendment protects.
 
 
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