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2:05 PM ET, April 22, 2010

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Peter Baker / New York Times:
Obama Issues Sharp Call for Reforms on Wall Street  —  WASHINGTON - President Obama is traveling to the shadow of Wall Street on Thursday to counter what he calls “the furious efforts of industry lobbyists” trying to weaken or kill new financial regulations that he says are needed to stave off a second Great Depression.
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TPMDC:
Why The GOP Suddenly Let Up On Financial Reform
Sam Youngman / The Hill:   Obama on Wall Street: A vote for reform is a vote to stop bailouts
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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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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Reuters:
Exclusive: WellPoint routinely targets breast cancer patients  —  (Reuters) - One after another, shortly after a diagnosis of breast cancer, each of the women learned that her health insurance had been canceled.  First there was Yenny Hsu, who lived and worked in Los Angeles.
Discussion: Wonk Room and Swampland
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Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
WellPoint Targets Breast Cancer Patients for Recision  —  Federal investigators have told Reuters that WellPoint, the country's largest insurance company, is using an algorithm to target women with breast cancer for the express purpose of dropping their coverage.
Discussion: RHRealityCheck.org
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Michael Steele Acknowledges GOP Had “Southern Strategy” For Decades  —  A lot of people are pointing to a new set of remarks Michael Steele made about the Republican Party and race, in which Steele acknowledged that the GOP hasn't given African Americans a reason to support the party.
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Ralph Z. Hallow / Washington Times:
Internal RNC probe finds financial controls in disarray
Abdon M. Pallasch / Chicago Sun Times:
GOP chairman: African-Americans not given good reason to vote for party
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.
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Candance Moore / NewsBusters.org:
Shocking Report: Police Find TEA Parties More Peaceful Than Anti-war Protests
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 …
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CNN:
Poll: Obama gets thumbs down on Israel
Discussion: Israel Matzav
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Middle East politics, abroad and at home
Discussion: Time and Ynetnews
Dave Itzkoff / ArtsBeat:
‘South Park’ Episode Is Altered After Muslim Group's Warning  —  A message posted on SouthParkStudios.com, the Web site of Trey Parker and Matt Stone's production company.  —  8:56 a.m. |  Updated  —  An episode of “South Park” that continued a story line involving the Prophet Muhammad …
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.
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®.
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Calculated Risk:
More on Existing Home Sales and Inventory
Discussion: Free exchange and The Big Picture
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 …
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.
Tim Cavanaugh / Hit & Run:
First They Came For Hitler...  The thousand-year reich of Downfall parodies has ended in ruins.  Constantin Films, the German producer of the 2004 film Der Untergang, has compelled YouTube to start taking down the popular Hitler-rants-about-funny-thing-X clips.
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.
Marist Poll:
4/22: Making Change with the 50 Dollar Bill  —  A Republican congressman from North Carolina has proposed legislation that would replace the image of President Ulysses S. Grant on the fifty dollar bill with that of President Ronald Reagan.  Do Americans want this change to occur?
Discussion: Texas on the Potomac and The Swamp
Time:
BANKS: Deposits Guaranteed … Through the great banking houses of Manhattan last week ran wild-eyed alarm.  Big bankers stared at one another in anger and astonishment.  A bill just passed by both houses of Congress would rivet upon their institutions what they considered a monstrous system of guaranteeing bank deposits.
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and Swampland
 
 
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Ezra Klein:
Dodd: 'It's not size; we're preoccupied with size.'
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Thomas Fitzgerald / Philly.com:
In Pa. House race, identity politics with a twist
Discussion: Moonbattery and Seattle Times
kff.org:
Kaiser Health Tracking Poll — April 2010
Discussion: The Fix and USA Today
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Billionaire Jeff Greene considering candidacy in Florida Senate
George Russell / Fox News:
U.N.'s Ballooning $732 Million Haiti Peacekeeping Budget Goes Mostly …
Gail Collins / New York Times:
Dance of the Derivatives  —  The United States Senate.  Feel the love.
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Adam Serwer / American Prospect:
A Kinder, Gentler Gitmo
 Earlier Items: 
David Brody / The Brody File:
Jim DeMint Talks to Brody File About Whether He Wants to Run for President
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
Jeremy Wallace / Local News from Sarasota …:
Key donors backing Crist
Discussion: Washington Wire and The Page
Wall Street Journal:
The Busted Homes Behind Big Bet