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11:35 AM ET, April 22, 2010

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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 …
Kerry Eleveld / Advocate:
White House Sends Mixed Messages on DADT  —  As LGBT activists grow more desperate to repeal “don't ask, don't tell” before the midterm elections, a picture is emerging of a divided White House where President Barack Obama's own words are sometimes odds with the message his administration is sending about repeal.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Middle East politics, abroad and at home
Discussion: Ynetnews, Time and CNN
The White House:
Remarks by National Security Advisor James L. Jones at the …
Discussion: Israpundit and TPMCafe
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  —  President Barack Obama on Thursday will warn Wall Street that another financial crisis is certain unless financial regulatory reform is signed.  —  Obama, in a speech at New York City's Cooper Union …
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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Ben Geman / The Hill:
Pelosi tells Reid: Immigration bill before climate change is ‘fine’
Laura Meckler / Wall Street Journal:
Democrats Revive Immigration Push
Discussion: Commentary
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.
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Washington Post:
Senators close to a deal on financial regulation bill  —  Key members of both parties said Wednesday that they are close to agreeing on the main elements of a bill to overhaul the nation's financial regulations, raising the prospect that the Senate could begin formal discussion of the landmark legislation early next week.
Gail Collins / New York Times:
Dance of the Derivatives  —  The United States Senate.  Feel the love.
Discussion: The Huffington Post
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.
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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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, BBC, thetorydiary and Swampland
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.
Discussion: Commentary and Betsy's Page
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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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 …
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...
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”.
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 …
Joan Walsh / Salon:
There is no liberal Rush Limbaugh  —  I didn't have a Sarah Palin moment when asked to name one.  My silence was my answer  —  I'm traveling this week so blogging is light.  But I'm compelled to comment on the way the right is hyping my Tuesday appearance on “Morning Joe.”
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.
Candance Moore / NewsBusters.org:
Shocking Report: Police Find TEA Parties More Peaceful Than Anti-war Protests  —  On Monday, the Christian Science Monitor bucked its mainstream peers by reporting something truthful about the TEA party movement: police officials have begun to relax security requirements at conservative rallies …
Discussion: Confederate Yankee
Adam Serwer / American Prospect:
A Kinder, Gentler Gitmo  —  Obama hasn't departed from the Bush administration tactics on national security, he's just changed tone.  —  Two weeks ago, Noor Uthman Mohammed sat in the same high-security military-commissions courtroom at Camp Justice, Guantánamo Bay …
 
 
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Michael Mitchell / The Huffington Post:
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Karen Tumulty / Washington Post:
Prominent Republicans making more endorsements in primary races
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Jed Lewison / Daily Kos:
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David Freed / The Atlantic Online:
The Wrong Man  —  In the fall of 2001, a nation reeling …
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Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
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