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12:15 PM ET, April 22, 2010

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Byron York / Beltway Confidential:
In WH meeting, ‘Only two of the elected officials in the room had never filibustered a Supreme Court nominee’  —  When Senate leaders went to the White House Wednesday morning to discuss the Supreme Court opening, the meeting was attended by President Obama, Vice President Joe Biden …
Discussion: Hot Air
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Russell Berman / The Hill:
Hoyer casts doubt on immigration moving ahead of climate change
Discussion: The Politico
Gail Collins / New York Times:
Dance of the Derivatives  —  The United States Senate.  Feel the love.
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Laura Meckler / Wall Street Journal:
Democrats Revive Immigration Push
Discussion: Commentary
Charles Babington / Associated Press:
Obama suggests value-added tax may be an option  —  WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama suggested Wednesday that a new value-added tax on Americans is still on the table, seeming to show more openness to the idea than his aides have expressed in recent days.
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Wall Street Journal:
Israel Rebuffs U.S. on Building  —  Prime Minister Netanyahu Says He Won't Freeze Home Construction in East Jerusalem  —  By JAY SOLOMON in Washington and CHARLES LEVINSON in Jerusalem  —  Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu conveyed to the White House this weekend his rejection …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Middle East politics, abroad and at home
Discussion: Ynetnews, Time and CNN
TPMDC:
Why The GOP Suddenly Let Up On Financial Reform  —  Within 48 hours, the Republican line on financial regulatory reform went from “filibuster” to “we're very close to a deal.”  Why the shift?  Republicans and Democrats will offer up spin all day, chalking up the progress to their own doggedness …
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Sam Youngman / The Hill:
Obama set to warn of another crisis without new financial reforms
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 …
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Ralph Z. Hallow / Washington Times:
Internal RNC probe finds financial controls in disarray  —  Barely 6 1/2 months before the midterm elections, an internal investigation by the Republican National Committee has revealed that the organization is beset with questionable financial management and oversight and is spending …
Tim Shipman / Daily Mail:
'I've gone from being Churchill to a Nazi in a week': Clegg defends attack on Britain's ‘delusions of grandeur’ over WWII  —  A rattled Nick Clegg today sought to defend himself over his claim that the British people have a ‘more insidious cross to bear’ than Germany over World War II.
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Telegraph:
General Election 2010: Nick Clegg, the Lib Dem donors and payments …
Discussion: Guardian, thetorydiary, BBC and Swampland
Reuters:
The tea party's exaggerated importance  —  2009 was the year when many journalists concluded they were slow to recognize the anti-government, anti-Obama rage that gave birth to the tea party movement.  —  2010 is the year when news organizations have decided to prove they get it.  —  And get it.
realtor.org:
Existing-Home Sales Rise on Home Buyer Tax Credit and Favorable Market Conditions  —  Buyers responding to the homebuyer tax credit and favorable affordability conditions boosted existing-home sales in March, marking the beginning of an expected spring surge, according to the National Association of Realtors®.
Wall Street Journal:
The Busted Homes Behind Big Bet  —  ABERDEEN TOWNSHIP, N.J.—The government's civil-fraud allegation against Goldman Sachs Group Inc. centers on a deal the firm crafted so that hedge-fund king John Paulson could bet on a collapse in U.S. housing prices.  —  It was a dizzyingly complex transaction …
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Jeremy Wallace / Local News from Sarasota …:
Key donors backing Crist  —  SENATE CAMPAIGN: Support, even in the event of an independent run for office  —  Even as high-ranking state Republicans distance themselves from Gov. Charlie Crist, some of his biggest GOP donors are vowing to stick with him even if he leaves the party and runs as an independent for the U.S. Senate.
Discussion: Washington Wire and The Page
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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
ChickenCare Goes Viral  —  Perhaps inevitably, as you can see in the picture at the left, a progressive group has now created a special ChickenCare dance remix of senate candidate Sue Lowden's proposal to bring down health care costs by adopting a barter economy in medical care.
George F. Will / Press Association:
Bringing Thunder-ous change to New Jersey  —  The bridge spanning the Delaware River connects New Jersey's capital with this town where the nation's most interesting governor occasionally eats lunch at Cafe Antonio.  It also connects New Jersey's government with reality.
Andrew Taylor / Associated Press:
Millions face tax increases under Dems budget plan  —  WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama's Democratic allies in the Senate promise to cut the deficit by almost two-thirds over the next five years, but their budget plan could threaten about 30 million people with tax increases averaging $3,700 …
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
In Judicial Bouts, Diane Wood Shows a Persuasive Punch  —  WASHINGTON — There were few liberals and just one woman on the federal appeals court in Chicago when Diane P. Wood, an antitrust expert with a flair for foreign language and an ear for playing the oboe, showed up in the summer of 1995.
David Brody / The Brody File:
Jim DeMint Talks to Brody File About Whether He Wants to Run for President  —  Senator Jim DeMint, a favorite of the Tea party movement and an influential conservative in the country tells The Brody File that while he won't rule out running for President in 2012 he says, “It's not something I desire”.
George Russell / Fox News:
U.N.'s Ballooning $732 Million Haiti Peacekeeping Budget Goes Mostly to Its Own Personnel  —  The United Nations has quietly upped this year's peacekeeping budget for earthquake-shattered Haiti to $732.4 million, with two-thirds of that amount going for the salary, perks and upkeep of its own personnel …
Associated Press:
US military jury clears SEAL in Iraq abuse case  —  BAGHDAD (AP) — A U.S. military jury cleared a Navy SEAL Thursday of failing to prevent the beating of an Iraqi prisoner suspected of masterminding a 2004 attack that killed four American securit...
 
 
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Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
Even as momentum for Iran sanctions grows, containment seems only viable option
Discussion: Commentary and Wonk Room
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Billionaire Jeff Greene considering candidacy in Florida Senate
Dave Itzkoff / ArtsBeat:
‘South Park’ Episode Is Altered After Muslim Group's Warning
Adam Serwer / American Prospect:
A Kinder, Gentler Gitmo
Michael Mitchell / The Huffington Post:
It's Time to End Employment Discrimination
Discussion: Good As You
Nicholas D. Kristof / New York Times:
Obama Backs Down on Sudan
Discussion: Reuters
Karen Tumulty / Washington Post:
Prominent Republicans making more endorsements in primary races
Leslie Kaufman / New York Times:
At 40, Earth Day Is Now Big Business
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Kevin McGill / Associated Press:
Oil rig explodes off La.; 11 missing, 17 hurt
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Dem Response To Citizens United To Have More GOP Support, Source Says
The Hill:
Goldman Sachs is uniquely positioned to fight fraud charges
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Candance Moore / NewsBusters.org:
Shocking Report: Police Find TEA Parties More Peaceful Than Anti-war Protests
Jed Lewison / Daily Kos:
Beck vs. Markos