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11:35 AM ET, April 21, 2010

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Washington Post:
Once critical of financial regulation bill, Republicans change their tone  —  Key Senate Republicans on Tuesday began to back away from their sharp criticism of proposed new financial regulations and expressed optimism that a bipartisan deal on a bill that would drastically change …
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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.
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Sen. Carper: Dems should drop areas of disagreement from Wall St. reform bill  —  Democrats should drop areas of disagreement with Republicans from their Wall Street reform bill in order to move forward, Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.) suggested Wednesday.  —  Carper, a member of the Senate Finance Committee …
Ezra Klein:
Congress's bipartisan regard for Wall Street money
Rich Blake / ABCNEWS:
Largest Hedge Fund Political Donations Go to Democrats
Discussion: DealBook
St. Petersburg Times:
U.S. attorney, IRS and FBI investigating Florida GOP credit card use  —  Federal law enforcement agencies have launched a criminal investigation into the use of American Express cards issued by the Republican Party of Florida to elected officials and staff, according to sources familiar with the probe.
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Matt Towery / Southern Political Report:
SPR exclusive bulletin: Crist to run for Florida Senate as an independent
Discussion: Politics Daily
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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Jonathan Weisman / Washington Wire:
Next Up?  Obama Calls Sen. Scott Brown About Immigration  —  President Barack Obama called Massachusetts' new Republican senator, Scott Brown, from Air Force One today to deliver some news: Democrats are moving forward with an immigration overhaul in a month.
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Reuters:
Obama backers show signs of disappointment  —  (Reuters) - Gay rights activists heckled President Barack Obama this week at a Democratic event that exposed signs of disenchantment threatening the party in November's congressional elections.  —  Five million first-time voters turned out in 2008 …
Discussion: Townhall.com and Commentary
Peter Nicholas / Los Angeles Times:
Obama falters on immigration reform promises
Discussion: The Hill
Associated Press:
Ariz House: Check Obama's Citizenship  —  PHOENIX — The Arizona House on Monday voted for a provision that would require President Barack Obama to show his birth certificate if he hopes to be on the state's ballot when he runs for reelection.  —  The House voted 31-22 to add the provision to a separate bill.
Discussion: PoliBlog and Balloon Juice
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JammieWearingFool:
Earthquake in New Jersey: Majority of School Budgets Defeated  —  In a crushing rejection of the thug tactics of the teacher's unions, voters turned out in unusually high numbers Tuesday to reject a majority of proposed school budgets across the state of New Jersey, handing Governor Chris Christie …
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New Jersey Online:
N.J. voters reject school budgets in heated elections
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
EVEN LINDSEY GRAHAM DOESN'T DESERVE THIS.... I'm not generally in the habit of defending Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), but some of the abuse he's been receiving from the right is ridiculous.  —  Over the weekend, an even-crazier-than-usual Tea Party event was held in Greenville, South Carolina …
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Reid Wilson / Hotline On Call:
RNC Spent $340K On Hawaii Meeting  —  The RNC spent more than $340K at a semi-annual meeting in Honolulu in Jan., the latest example of the party spending lavishly on itself while GOP officials worry they won't have enough money to take advantage of a promising national landscape this fall.
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.
Martin Indyk / New York Times:
When Your Best Friend Gets Angry  —  How do you know when there's a real crisis in U.S.-Israel relations?  It's when the president of the United States convenes a nuclear security summit to curb Iran's nuclear ambitions, and the Israeli prime minister declines the invitation.
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Noah Shachtman / Danger Room:
Would the U.S. Shoot Down an Israeli Jet? Top Officer Won't Say
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
GOPer Tries to Ape My Snark  —  I'm not quite sure what to make of this.  A couple weeks ago our Eric Kleefeld came up with video showing Nevada Senate candidate Sue Lowden suggesting that “bartering” for medical care would be a good way to rein in spiraling health care costs.
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Most transparent White House ever...  Police chased reporters away from the White House and closed Lafayette Park today in response to a gay rights protest in which several service members in full uniform handcuffed themselves to the White House gate to protest “Don't Ask, Don't Tell.”
Bill Gertz / Washington Times:
Iran boosts Qods shock troops in Venezuela  —  Pentagon predicts U.S. clash with Islamist paramilitary  —  Iran is increasing its paramilitary Qods force operatives in Venezuela while covertly continuing supplies of weapons and explosives to Taliban and other insurgents in Afghanistan and Iraq …
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Arizona has turned into a police state: ‘Show me your papers’  —  I had a friend who isn't into politics, but would say that Bush's goal was to enact martial law over the country.  I told her she was not based in reality.  But this new law in Arizona gives the police exactly that type of power …
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R. Jeffrey Smith / Washington Post:
Both national party committees spend big chunks on fancy meals, hotels, travel  —  Both the national Democratic and Republican party committees spend about two-thirds of the money they take in on the care and comfort of committee staffs and on efforts to raise more funds, with lavish spending on limousines …
Discussion: Indecision Forever and The Page
Amanda Terkel / Think Progress:
Alaska Governor Up For Re-election Joins Lawsuit Suing Federal Government Over Health Care  —  Yesterday, Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell (R) announced that Alaska will join 20 other states suing the federal government over the constitutionality of health care reform.
Allan Hall / Telegraph:
Roots of Islamic funamentalism lie in Nazi propaganda for Arab world, book claims  —  The roots of Islamic fanaticism can be traced to Adolf Hitler's radio messages broadcast around the Arab world during the Second World War, according to a new book.  —  “Your only hope for rescue …
Discussion: Jihad Watch
 
 
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