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5:55 PM ET, April 22, 2010

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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.
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The White House:
Remarks by the President on Wall Street Reform Cooper Union, New York, New York  —  THE PRESIDENT: Thank you very much.  Everybody, please have a seat.  Thank you very much.  Well, thank you.  It is good to be back.  (Applause.)  It is good to be back in New York, it is good to be back in the Great Hall at Cooper Union.
Ezra Klein:
What would FDR do?  —  In 1936, Franklin Delano Roosevelt took the podium at Madison Square Garden to deliver a message to his critics.  “We [have] had to struggle with the old enemies of peace,” he said.  “Business and financial monopoly, speculation, reckless banking, class antagonism, sectionalism, war profiteering.
Discussion: New Deal 2.0 and Newsweek Blogs
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Higher Taxes: The Solution to Obscene Wall Street Profits  —  Ezra Klein uses some charts and graphs to demonstrate how profits and compensation have skyrocketed on Wall Street, and concludes: … I don't really understand this progressive passion for trying to micromanage the structure of the American economy.
Discussion: Ezra Klein
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.
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 …
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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Puss-TV vs Non-Puss TV  —  If you try to access the latest episode of South Park online, you get the message above.  —  I know I'm a broken record, but the two-part 200th episode was about as close to genius - and hardcore fan-pandering - as you can get.  Hennifer Lopez, Mr Hat …
Discussion: The Awl
BBC:
South Park warned on Muhammad
Frances Martel / Mediaite:
Mediaite Exclusive: Censored Portions of Blago Subpoena May Implicate Team Obama  —  Today in United States v. Rod Blagojevich: following up on his 2008 claims that then-Senator Barack Obama was one of a few people who could testify to his innocence, his defense team issued a motion today to subpoena the President to testify in court.
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WBBM-TV:
Blagojevich Defense Team Moves To Subpoena Obama  —  Defense Says Obama's Story Is Different From Likely Prosecution Witnesses  —  CHICAGO (CBS) ― The defense team for deposed Gov. Rod Blagojevich has moved to subpoena President Barack Obama to testify at Blagojevich's corruption trial.
Discussion: National Review
Mark Murray / msnbc.com:
Obama administration to appeal prayer ruling  —  From NBC's Pete Williams  —  The Justice Department says it intends to appeal a federal court ruling that found the National Day of Prayer to be a violation of the separation between church and state.  —  The ruling came in a lawsuit filed …
Discussion: The Blotter
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Charles Babington / Associated Press:
Obama suggests value-added tax may be an option
CNN:
U.S. appeals ruling striking down National Day of Prayer
Carrie Budoff Brown / The Politico:
Reid moves forward with reform vote  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said Thursday that he will not wait for Democrats and Republicans to reach a bipartisan compromise on a Wall Street reform bill, pledging to move ahead with the first key test vote Monday.
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Washington Post:
Reid says Senate will consider financial overhaul bill Monday
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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Christina Kauffman / YD Home:
Gingrich draws crowd to York speech
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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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.
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Jennifer Rubin / Commentary:
Christie Targets Public-Employee Unions
Thomas Fitzgerald / Philly.com:
In Pa. House race, identity politics with a twist  —  It's happened so often that it's now a cultural cliche: the gay politician pretending to be straight.  In most parts of the nation, homosexuality or bisexuality is a clear electoral liability.  —  Not in Center City's 182d state House district.
CNN:
Poll: Obama gets thumbs down on Israel  —  One third of Americans approve of how President Obama is handling the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians, according to a new poll.  —  Washington (CNN) - Only a third of Americans approve of the way President Obama's handling …
Discussion: Time and Israel Matzav
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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?
Jonathan Chait / The New Republic:
Conservative Radio Silence On Financial Regulation  —  Yesterday I commented on the miraculous nature of the sudden revival of financial reform.  One other key element in this upsurge is the intellectual disarray on the right.  Conservatives do not know what to say or think about this.
kff.org:
Kaiser Health Tracking Poll — April 2010  —  The first Kaiser Health Tracking Poll fielded since the passage of health reform last month finds that 8 in 10 Americans know that President Obama signed the legislation into law.  But 55 percent say they are confused about the law and more than half …
Discussion: The Fix, Daily Kos and USA Today
Heather / Crooks and Liars:
Anderson Cooper Asks Birther Arizona Rep. Cecil Ash Why He's Perpetuating Internet Rumors  —  Anderson Cooper does a pretty good job with calling out wingnut birther Arizona State Representative Cecil Ash for his decision to support a bill that would make Arizona the first official birther state (edited to make it safe for work):
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.
Fox News:
Rove's Take: Races to Watch in November, Finance Regulation Reform and Tea Party Power  —  This is a rush transcript from “On the Record,” April 21, 2010.  This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.  —  GRETA VAN SUSTEREN, FOX NEWS HOST: Tonight: Get this.  Karl Rove is a roadie?
Yves Smith / naked capitalism:
Blankfein: Suit Against Goldman Will “Hurt America”  —  An interesting disconnect exists between Goldman's public posture on the SEC's suit against it over its Abacus 2007 AC1 deal and its private remarks.  The firm has maintained that the charges are baseless and politically motivated …
 
 
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