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5:35 PM ET, April 23, 2010

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David Brooks / New York Times:
The Government War  —  In these columns I try to give voice to a philosophy you might call progressive conservatism.  It starts with the wisdom of Edmund Burke — the belief that the world is more complex than we can know and we should be skeptical of handing too much power to government planners.
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Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Party Affiliation Gap in U.S. Narrowest Since 2005  —  Democratic advantage shrinks as more independents lean to the Republican Party  —  PRINCETON, NJ — The advantage in public support the Democratic Party built up during the latter part of the Bush administration and the early part …
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
“History Happened”  —  I find myself in agreement with David Brooks' column this morning on how - unwittingly - the Obama administration was forced into the kind of big government action required to cope with several huge crises, after years of negligence and drift.
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Online:
Have Conservatives Gone Mad?  —  Serious thinkers on the right have finally gotten around to a full and open debate on the epistemic closure problem that's plaguing the conservative movement.  The issue, to put it in terms that even I can understand, because I didn't study philosophy much in college: has the conservative base gone mad?
Kate Sheppard / Mother Jones:
Kerry: Three Big Oil Companies Likely to Back Climate Bill  —  When Sens. John Kerry, Lindsey Graham and Joe Lieberman release their climate bill on Monday, they expect to have the backing of three of the five major oil companies, Mother Jones has learned.  In a conference call with a coalition …
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CNN:   Climate change legislation unlikely this year, say sources
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:   GOP plans ‘aggressive’ effort against Dems' credibility on Wall Street reform
Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar / Associated Press:
Report says health care will cover more, cost more  —  WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama's health care overhaul law is getting a mixed verdict in the first comprehensive look by neutral experts: More Americans will be covered, but costs are also going up.  —  Economic experts at the Health …
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Daniel Wagner / Associated Press:
SEC staffers watched porn as economy crashed  —  WASHINGTON - Senior staffers at the Securities and Exchange Commission spent hours surfing pornographic websites on government-issued computers while they were being paid to police the financial system, an agency watchdog says.
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Leo Standora / NY Daily News:
While economy crumbled, top financial watchdogs at SEC surfed …
John Fritze / USA Today:
Gov. Brewer signs controversial immigration bill  —  Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer today signed a controversial immigration bill into state law, advancing a politically charged debate that is already having reverberations in Washington.  —  “Respect for the rule of law means respect for every law,” said Brewer, a Republican.
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Alia Beard Rau / Arizona Republic:
Arizona governor signs immigration law; foes promise fight  —  Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer today signed into law an immigration bill that gives the state toughest law in the nation, making it a state crime to be in the country illegally and requiring local police to enforce federal immigration laws.
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
The Specter of Socialism is Haunting Jonah Goldberg  —  I'm egomaniacal enough to keep tabs on what's being said about me on the internet, so I've seen a ton of conservative blogs quote this section of a Jonah Goldberg article in Commentary purporting to vindicate the right's “socialist” hits on Barack Obama:
Discussion: Open Left
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Jonah Goldberg / Commentary:
What Kind of Socialist Is Barack Obama?
Catholic League:
NOT ALL GAY SEX IS ABUSIVE  —  Catholic League president Bill Donohue comments on a story in today's New York Times about a case of alleged sexual abuse committed by a Chilean priest:  —  If a 17-year old guy has sex with an older guy for twenty years, and continues to have sex with him at the age of 38 …
Discussion: Wonk Room and Ben Smith's Blog
CNN:
Palin testifies in hacking case  —  Sarah Palin took the stand for about an hour Friday morning in the Knoxville, Tennessee, trial of a man accused of hacking her e-mail, a manager in the court clerk's office said.  —  (CNN) - Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin testified that she did not realize anyone …
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and ABCNEWS
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ABCNEWS:
Sarah Palin Testifies in E-Mail Hacking Trial
Discussion: CNN
Dahlia Lithwick / Slate:
Maybe America doesn't want an immobilized judicial branch after all. … - Climate Change Is Going To Reshape the American Electoral Map.  Here's How.- J. Lo's New Movie Is Terrible but Not as Bad as Other Rom-Coms- Project Runway Finale: The Nazi-Inspired Designs Win?
Discussion: Washington Times
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Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Judging for the Powerful  —  Dahlia Lithwick tries to construct …
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Don't Cry for Wall Street  —  On Thursday, President Obama went to Manhattan, where he urged an audience drawn largely from Wall Street to back financial reform.  “I believe,” he declared, “that these reforms are, in the end, not only in the best interest of our country, but in the best interest of the financial sector.”
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Robert Kuttner / The Huffington Post:
Financial Reform at a Crossroads
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and Open Left
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
Barack Obama Strangelove Backing A Weapon Too Crazy For Bush/Cheney  —  The NY Times continues to present the Administration spin in favor of reducing our nuclear arsenal.  Part of the rationale was that our conventional weapons, such as smart bombs and cruise missile, are much more accurate and powerful.
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The Politico:
White House leaves Durbin hanging  —  Sen. Dick Durbin slipped into the West Wing last week to ask Rahm Emanuel for White House help in saving Barack Obama's old Senate seat.  —  But he didn't leave with any ironclad commitments.  —  Durbin told Emanuel that Democratic nominee Alexi Giannoulias …
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Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Online:   Gay Activists v. The White House: The Inside Story
Sarah Palin / Facebook:
Institutionalizing Crony Capitalism  —  In the wake of the recent financial meltdown, Americans know that we need reform.  Not only have many individuals learned lessons about personal responsibility through this, but we've been able to engage in a discussion about government's appropriate role.
Rush Limbaugh / Wall Street Journal:
Liberals and the Violence Card  —  Conservative protest is motivated by a love of what America stands for.  —  The latest liberal meme is to equate skepticism of the Obama administration with a tendency toward violence.  That takes me back 15 years ago to the time President Bill Clinton accused …
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Obama Blasts Arizona Illegal Immigration Effort  —  This is pretty big: Obama just now sharply condemned the controversial anti-illegal immigration effort in Arizona, calling it “misguided” and “irresponsible” — and even said his administration could insert itself into the fight if civil rights are found to be violated.
Wall Street Journal:
The Real Republican Civil War  —  The struggle between Marco Rubio and Charlie Crist for the Florida Senate seat symbolizes the rift between the reformers and the establishment in the GOP.  —  Marco Rubio appeared on a Sunday talk show this month to say something remarkable.
Discussion: Commentary
Alex Seitz-Wald / Think Progress:
Virginia DMV Pulls License Plate Coded With Neo-Nazi Message From Truck With Anti-Islam Imagery  —  A photo has been circulating the Internet this week showing a truck parked in a disabled person parking spot, emblazoned with a large Confederate flag, and featuring a picture of the World Trade Center burning.
Alan Weisman / CNN:
Is the Earth striking back?  —  Editor's note: Alan Weisman is the author of “The World Without Us,” an international bestseller now in 33 languages.  It was named the Best Nonfiction Book of 2007 by both Time magazine and Entertainment Weekly, the #1 Nonfiction Audiobook of 2007 by iTunes …
The Note:
Sens. Lugar, Durbin Ask Napolitano to Stop Deporting Students  —  ABC News' Devin Dwyer reports: With prospects of immigration reform this year continuing to fade, a bipartisan duo of Senators has asked Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano to halt deportation of some undocumented immigrants …
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
Heather / Crooks and Liars:
Republican gubernatorial candidate Tim James tells us, “This is Alabama.  We speak English.”  —  From The Rachel Maddow Blog — ‘This is Alabama.  We speak English’: … This guy is about as subtle as a brick upside your head.  —  h/t Laffy
CNN:
Death threats close congressman's offices  —  (CNN) - An unidentified person made two phone calls in which he threatened to blow up Rep. Raul Grijalva's Tucson, Arizona office and kill the congressman and his staff members, prompting the Democratic lawmaker to close his two district offices late Friday morning local time.
Discussion: The Politico
 
 
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Ryan Grim / The Huffington Post:
Senate Test Vote Shows Broad Support For Breaking Up Banks
Discussion: Think Progress, Open Left and Daily Kos
Major Garrett / Row 2, Seat 4:
Obama Blasts Pending Arizona Immigration Law: “Irresponsibility”
Los Angeles Times:
Public employee pensions under pressure
Discussion: The Foundry
Juliet Lapidos / Slate:
Why is the bill to regulate financial firms going through …
Tyler Cowen / Business Week:
When the Country Went Cold Turkey
Discussion: EconLog and Cafe Hayek
Tim Fernholz / American Prospect:
Why The SEC Split Really Doesn't Matter.
Newt Gingrich / Washington Post:
How America became a ‘secular-socialist machine’
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Edmund Sanders / Los Angeles Times:
Hamas is accused of being moderate
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias and ATTACKERMAN
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Dems Hope FinReg Will Be The Straw That Breaks The Elephant's Back
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Barbara Starr / CNN:
U.S. military launches mystery space plane on secret mission
Discussion: Hot Air
Sean J. Miller / The Hill:
Democrats' worries grow as sharp words are exchanged in Pennsylvania primary
Discussion: Hot Air
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Jamie Dimon Inadvertently Makes the Case for Derivatives Reform
Discussion: XE and Ezra Klein