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1:45 AM ET, April 24, 2010

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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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Randal C. Archibold / New York Times:
U.S.'s Toughest Immigration Law Is Signed in Arizona  —  PHOENIX — Gov. Jan Brewer of Arizona signed the toughest illegal immigration bill in the country into law on Friday, aimed at identifying, prosecuting and deporting illegal immigrants.  The governor's move unleashed immediate protests …
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.
John / Power Line:
It Worked So Well For Bush...  Whenever President Bush talked about immigration, his approval ratings went down.  It was like clockwork: liberals never understood that the fatal decline in Bush's popularity during his second term had at least as much to do with his advocacy of “comprehensive immigration reform” as with war-weariness.
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?
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 …
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Ezra Klein:
Why do Harvard kids head to Wall Street?  An interview with an ex-Wall Street recruit.  —  One of the common complaints about Wall Street is that it sucks up a lot of Ivy League talent that could be going toward more productive endeavors.  The common assumption is that the students are just following the money.
Chicago Breaking Business:
FDIC closes Broadway Bank, Amcore, five others  —  Ricky McCullough, associate ombudsman for the FDIC, talks to the media about the closing of Broadway Bank on Friday, April 23.  (Phil Velasquez/ Chicago Tribune)  —  By Becky Yerak |  Broadway Bank, the family-run lender …
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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Jeanne Cummings / The Politico:
Greenpeace says no to energy bill  —  Offering the first evidence of the complex Senate debate that lies ahead on an energy reform bill, the environmental group Greenpeace said Friday it intends to oppose the legislation that a bipartisan group of Senators intend to introduce next week.
Discussion: DownWithTyranny!
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
GOP plans ‘aggressive’ effort against Dems' credibility on Wall Street reform  —  Senate Republicans are planning an “aggressive” effort to paint Democrats' claims about their Wall Street reform bill as not credible in light of the healthcare debate.  —  The GOP plans an effort to highlight claims …
Discussion: CNN and Ben Smith's Blog
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Byron York / Associated Press:
Will Dems ‘go for it’ on immigration reform?
J. Taylor Rushing / The Hill:
Sens. Schumer and McConnell go head-to-head in filibuster reform
Discussion: Daily Kos
CNN:   Climate change legislation unlikely this year, say sources
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 …
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?
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Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Judging for the Powerful  —  Dahlia Lithwick tries to construct …
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Art Beast / The Daily Beast:
Edwards to Testify About Sex Tape  —  Hungry Beast Giving Beast Women in the World  —  Blogs and Stories  —  John Edwards will testify under oath about his relationship with mistress Rielle Hunter, facing questions about the infamous sex tape and whether he spent campaign funds to hide the relationship.
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Peter Beinart / Blogs and Stories:
The Midterms Don't Matter  —  Hungry Beast Giving Beast Women in the World
Discussion: Right Wing Nut House
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.
Henry Louis Gates Jr / New York Times:
Op-Ed Contributor: How to End the Slavery Blame-Game  —  THANKS to an unlikely confluence of history and genetics — the fact that he is African-American and president — Barack Obama has a unique opportunity to reshape the debate over one of the most contentious issues of America's racial legacy …
Catherine Rampell / Economix:
M.I.T. Economist Wins John Bates Clark Medal  —  Esther Duflo, a development economist at M.I.T., has been awarded the John Bates Clark Medal.  The award is given to “that American economist under the age of 40 who is judged to have made the most significant contribution to economic thought and knowledge.”
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
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
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 …
Los Angeles Times:
Public employee pensions under pressure  —  State and local leaders see the growing cost as a threat to California's fiscal well-being.  Efforts to reduce benefits are setting up a collision course with public employee unions.  —  Reporting from Sacramento
Discussion: PolitiCal and The Foundry
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.
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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R. Jeffrey Smith / Washington Post:
RNC board seeking independent review of party spending
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New York Times:
Wave of Fatal Bombings Widens Fissures in Iraq
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”
Juliet Lapidos / Slate:
Why is the bill to regulate financial firms going through …
Discussion: Washington Post
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’
Discussion: The Huffington Post
 Earlier Items: 
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Online:
Gay Activists v. The White House: The Inside Story
Discussion: The Daily Dish
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
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Barbara Starr / CNN:
U.S. military launches mystery space plane on secret mission
Discussion: Hot Air
Leo Standora / NY Daily News:
While economy crumbled, top financial watchdogs at SEC surfed …
Sean J. Miller / The Hill:
Democrats' worries grow as sharp words are exchanged in Pennsylvania primary
Discussion: Hot Air
The Note:
Sens. Lugar, Durbin Ask Napolitano to Stop Deporting Students
Discussion: JammieWearingFool