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11:25 AM ET, April 23, 2010

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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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Jonathan Karl / ABCNEWS:
SEC Officials Surfing Porn During Financial Crisis, Report Finds  —  SEC Employees Exposed Downloading, Uploading Pornography at Work  —  The Securities and Exchange Commission is the sheriff of the financial industry, looking for crimes such as Bernard Madoff's Ponzi scheme …
Jonathan Karl / ABCNEWS:
SEC Officials Surfed Porn, Ignored Fraud
CNN:
SEC staffers watched porn as economy crashed
Discussion: Politics Daily and First Draft
Zachary A. Goldfarb / Washington Post:
SEC divided on vote to file Goldman lawsuit
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Schumer: Obama's ‘counter-productive’ Israel policy ‘has to stop’  —  New York Senator Chuck Schumer harshly criticized the Obama Administration's attempts to exert pressure on Israel today, making him the highest-ranking Democrat to object to Obama's policies in such blunt terms.
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NachumSegal.com:
Nachum Segal Speaks with US Senator (NY-D) Charles Schumer on JM in the AM
Discussion: The Hill and Israel Matzav
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 …
Discussion: Washington Wire and Hot Air
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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.
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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Carol D. Leonnig / Washington Post:
Potential Supreme Court pick Garland could find foes on left  —  Unlike several other possible candidates to succeed retiring Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Merrick B. Garland probably won't face conservative opposition.  Instead, it could be liberals lining up against him.
Discussion: The Caucus and DC Dicta
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Dan Eggen / Washington Post:
Democrats plan to introduce bill to blunt ruling on political spending
Discussion: The Plum Line
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / The Caucus:
A Brisk First Round on Supreme Court Search
Discussion: The Page
Stephanie Schriock / EMILY's List:
GOP: Put Betty Sutton ‘back in the kitchen’?!  —  What's the best way to move women back decades?  Just ask the GOP.  —  The Republican Review, an apparent newsletter produced by the Medina County (Ohio) Republican Executive Committee, states the following:
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Amanda Terkel / Think Progress:
GOP newsletter: 'Let's take Betty Sutton out of the House and put …
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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New York Times:
U.S. Faces Choice on New Weapons for Fast Strikes  —  WASHINGTON — In coming years, President Obama will decide whether to deploy a new class of weapons capable of reaching any corner of the earth from the United States in under an hour and with such accuracy and force that they would greatly …
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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NBC Chicago:
Redactions Revealed: The Six Secrets You Need to Know From the Obama Subpoena Request  —  Former governor Rod Blagojevich's defense team asked Thursday to issue a trial subpoena to the President of the United States of America.  —  The motion, intended to be heavily redacted …
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Frances Martel / Mediaite:
Mediaite Exclusive: Censored Portions of Blago Subpoena May Implicate Team Obama
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
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 …
The Corner on National Review Online:
Liberty, Tyranny, and the Globe — By: NRO Staff  —  I don't know Jim Manzi, but given his out-of-nowhere rant, you'd think I ran over his dog or something.  Feel free to read my book, and the chapter Manzi distorts and cherry-picks, yourself.  You don't need Manzi to interpret it.
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US News:
Hoyer Sees Election Trouble for House Democrats  —  Nationally-recognized election prognosticator Charlie Cook isn't the only one who sees the majority for House Democrats slipping away.  Today, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer agreed, but said that he and others will mount a strong campaign …
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's … and The Eye
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.
Discussion: Hot Air and Pajamas Media
Roland Watson / Times of London:
David Cameron edges second leaders' debate, according to Times poll  —  David Cameron scored a narrow victory over Nick Clegg in the second leaders' debate last night after an impassioned contest turned personal.  —  The Tory leader scraped a win — on 37 per cent to Mr Clegg's 36 per cent — according to a Populus poll for The Times.
Discussion: Telegraph, Guardian and The Daily Dish
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Guardian:
Clegg survives storm in TV debate
Discussion: BBC and AMERICAblog News
Joe Gandelman / The Moderate Voice:
Democrat “Outs” Another Democrat For Being Straight  —  If you've been looking for further proof that American politics is going thoroughly bonkers as partisans claw for increasingly personal labels to hurl at and discredit foes or those who don't agree — it's a lot easier doing …
Discussion: Hot Air, GayPatriot and Daily Kos
Dana Blanton / Fox News:
Fox News Poll: Obama Approval Up; Most Say Stop Blaming Bush  —  A Fox News poll released Thursday finds 66 percent of voters think President Obama should start taking responsibility.  That's more than three times as many as the 21 percent who think it's right to continue to blame …
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 …
 
 
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