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4:50 PM ET, April 21, 2010

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PRWeb:
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 …
Matt Kibbe / Big Government:
Geico Cancels a Hater
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.
The Politico:
Bloomberg vs. Schumer
Discussion: New York Magazine and Pat Dollard
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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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.
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Why Charlie Crist is no Joe Lieberman
Discussion: DISSENTING JUSTICE and AmSpecBlog
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
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
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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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.
Alex Pappas / The Daily Caller:
Republican baffled by Tea Party endorsement of Democrat rival  —  When the Tea Party Express last week endorsed Idaho Rep. Walt Minnick — the only Democrat to receive the backing of the conservative grassroots group — one of his Republican challengers said he was simply baffled to learn the news …
Discussion: Hot Air and Right Now
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Russell Berman / The Hill:
‘Fair Tax’ seen as wedge issue to push split between Republicans, Tea Party
Discussion: Congress Blog
Jana Winter / Fox News:
Tea Partiers Seek ‘Teachable Moment,’ Not Oregon Teacher's Job
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 …
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Real Time Economics:
Treasury Introduces New $100 Bill
Discussion: Vanity Fair
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 …
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 …
Zachary Roth / TPMMuckraker:
Ensign Campaign's Haul Last Quarter: 50 Bucks  —  Sen. John Ensign's re-election campaign took in just $50 in contributions, from one contributor, during the first quarter of 2010, according to FEC reports.  The paltry take comes as more bad news for the scandal-tarred Nevada Republican, who would run for re-election in 2012.
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Zachary Roth / TPMMuckraker:
Sole Ensign Donor: ‘All Men Are Dogs’
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.
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.
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias and TalkLeft
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 Bresnahan / The Politico:
Special panel to investigate Massa  —  The House ethics committee has created a special investigative panel to look into sexual harassment allegations surrounding former Rep. Eric Massa (D-N.Y.).  —  Massa resigned from Congress last month following revelations that his interactions with aides …
Discussion: CNN and The Note
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
Economic Scene: As Markets Fizzle, Buying May Cost Less Than Renting  —  In much of the country, for much of the last decade, renting a home has usually been a better financial move than buying one.  It's been true in Southern California, San Francisco, Phoenix, Las Vegas and large parts of Florida …
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 …
 
 
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