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9:50 AM ET, April 21, 2010

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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.”
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Peter Nicholas / Los Angeles Times:
Obama falters on immigration reform promises
Discussion: The Hill
Bruce Carroll / Big Journalism:
Media Kept Well Away as Obama Clashes With Gays and Lesbians in Washington, L.A.
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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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 …
Sam Youngman / The Hill:
Supreme Court pick to be made by May 26
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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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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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.
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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The Huffington Post:
Lindsey Graham Gay?  Conservative Group ALIPAC Demands Senator ‘Admit Homosexuality’  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  William Gheen, head of the conservative, anti-"amnesty," anti-illegal immigration group Americans for Legal Immigration PAC (ALIPAC), spoke at a Greenville …
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 …
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
Geoffrey Dickens / NewsBusters.org:
Matthews: Republicans Like Rubio Taking Part in ‘Stalinesque’ Purge of GOP  —  Chris Matthews — who was offended by Rush Limbaugh calling the Obama administration the “regime”— claimed the Republicans were engaged in a “Stalinesque” purge.  On Tuesday's Hardball Matthews charged …
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J.P. Freire / Beltway Confidential:
Is Goldman Obama's Enron?  No, it's worse (Updated)  —  Campaign contributions from Goldman Sachs employees to President Obama are nearly seven times as much as President Bush received from Enron workers, according to numbers on OpenSecrets.org.  —  President Bush's connections to Enron …
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Mike Allen / The Politico:
GOP seeks SEC records on Goldman
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.
Discussion: Betsy's Page and Firedoglake
Ilya Somin / The Volokh Conspiracy:
Timothy McVeigh Was No Libertarian: The Fallacy of Conflating Two Very Different Types of “Anti-Government” Movements  —  Some commentators are associating the Oklahoma City bombings of 15 years ago and other far right violence with the rise of “anti-government” sentiment in opposition …
Discussion: LewRockwell.com Blog
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.
Barbarossa / The Jawa Report:
Insider: Top Ohio homeland security officials falsify credentials, obtained fake diploma mill degrees  —  ***Sticky until noon.  Scroll down for more updates.  Our correspondent inside the Ohio Department of Homeland Security brings even more troubling news.
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Obama meets on Court pick but several weeks to go — NYT declares you a tastemaker: Exclusive excerpt of Leibo's Playbook opus — POLITICO announces expansion, lands Maggie Haberman  —  REP. ISSA talks SEC-Goldman on CNBC at 8:05 a.m. ET.  —  RAHM EMANUEL previewed the midterm/reelect message during …
Discussion: New York Times, FishbowlDC and Mediaite
Washington Examiner:
Losing faith in government  —  Data continues to pour in from a variety of sources indicating that faith in government is at a record low.  Pew Research Center's latest survey found that only 22 percent of those polled trust the federal government “almost always or most of the time.”
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
John Meroney / The Atlantic Online:
Ronald Reagan and James Dean: Rare Video From 1954  —  Today, it's an astonishing, even eerie, scene: the icon of modern American conservatism, whose rise to political prominence was galvanized by the cultural rebellion of the 1960s, fighting off an attack-at-gunpoint by the quintessential modern American rebel.
Daniel Larison / Eunomia:
McCain's Integrity  —  There is a new round of “where have you gone, John McCain?” liberal commentary starting up.  I used to find this amusing, but it is all based on a profound misunderstanding of McCain the politician.  Recently, McCain has been making a fool of himself by repudiating …
Thomas Erdbrink / Washington Post:
Iran seeks to persuade Security Council not to back tough nuclear sanctions  —  TEHRAN — Facing increasing momentum behind a U.S.-backed bid for new sanctions against it, Iran is launching a broad diplomatic offensive aimed at persuading as many U.N. Security Council members as possible …
Discussion: Commentary
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Obama Approval Slips Further in Fifth Quarter to 48.8%  —  Ranks among lowest fifth-quarter averages for elected presidents  —  PRINCETON, NJ — President Barack Obama averaged 48.8% job approval for his fifth quarter in office, spanning Jan. 20-April 19 Gallup Daily tracking.
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Atlas Shrugs and JammieWearingFool
 
 
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