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Judge Holds Emergency Hearing In Blagojevich Case  —  Defense Motion To Subpoena President Barack Obama Contained Sealed Information That Was Visible In Some Electronic Formats  —  CHICAGO (CBS) ― The judge presiding over the corruption case against former Gov. Rod Blagojevich summoned attorneys …
Discussion: National Review
Frances Martel / Mediaite:
Mediaite Exclusive: Censored Portions of Blago Subpoena May Implicate Team Obama
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 Surfed Porn, Ignored Fraud  —  Gov't Report Finds Securities and Exchange Commission Employees Surfing Pornographic Websites at Work  —  On a day when President Obama argued for more government regulation over the financial industry, a new government report reveals …
Ben Armbruster / Think Progress:
Issa Admits He Has No Proof For His Conspiracy That Obama White House …
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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Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Higher Taxes: The Solution to Obscene Wall Street Profits
Discussion: Ezra Klein
Jonathan Chait / The New Republic:
Conservative Radio Silence On Financial Regulation
Lee Fang / Think Progress:
VIDEO: Bank Lobbyists Huddle For Another Secret Meeting With GOP Senators  —  Earlier today, President Obama traveled to New York to tell the nation's most influential bankers to call off their “battalions of financial industry lobbyists” and embrace a new regulatory structure meant to avert another economic crisis.
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Martin Kady II / Glenn Thrush's Blog:
GOP brings KBH back into leadership
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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Richard S. Lindzen / Wall Street Journal:
Climate Science In Denial
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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Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Comedy Central censors all references to Mohammed on “South Park” …
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Puss-TV vs Non-Puss TV
Discussion: ArtsBeat, Mediaite and NewsReal Blog
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.
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Dan Eggen / Washington Post:   Democrats plan to introduce bill to blunt ruling on political spending
Matt Corley / Think Progress:
Cheney: Telling Leahy to ‘f*ck’ himself was ‘sort of the best thing I ever did.’  —  In 2004, then-Vice President Dick Cheney had a “frank exchange of views” with Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) on the Senate floor over Cheney's ties to Halliburton and President Bush's judicial nominees.
Fox News:
Franklin Graham Regrets Army's Decision to Rescind Invite to Pentagon Prayer Service  —  Evangelist Franklin Graham said Thursday that he regrets the Army's decision to rescind its invitation to him for the Pentagon's National Day of Prayer service on May 6, but expressed “strong support” for the U.S. military.
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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 …
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
Timothy P. Carney / Washington Examiner:
Alcoa's loves green, but not the environment  —  Earth Day is no longer about planting a tree or learning about conservation as much as it's about lobbying for government policy.  That's because, frankly, government policy is where the money is — as aluminum giant Alcoa made clear in its latest quarterly report.
Discussion: Townhall.com
Susan Pulliam / Wall Street Journal:
Probe Turns to Buffett Deal  —  Government Suspects Goldman Director Told Galleon of Berkshire's 2008 Investment  —  A Goldman Sachs Group Inc. director tipped off a hedge-fund billionaire about a $5 billion investment in Goldman by Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc. before a public announcement …
Discussion: DailyFinance, Clusterstock and DealBook
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 …
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.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and Guardian
Wall Street Journal:
Democrats at the Edge of the Cliff  —  Democrats are spending trillions at the worst possible moment, with a new poll showing public trust in government at a historic low of 22%.  —  There was always something eerie about the way the Democrats said their health-care legislation was what the American people had waited “70 years” for.
Ben Smith / Reuters:
Spitzer slated for red-carpet rebirth  —  The documentary's buzzy premiere is slated for the Tribeca Film Festival this weekend, and the publicists say the main character himself might show up — not some rock star or heiress, but Eliot Spitzer, the fallen former governor of New York.
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
 
 
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Drama in the Greek bond markets
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Fox News Poll: Obama Approval Up; Most Say Stop Blaming Bush
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Spokesman: Hayworth Thinks Arizona Birther Bill ‘Drawn Too Narrowly’
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Why Is the L.A. Times Burying the Obama/Khalidi Tape?
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Chicago Teacher on Tax Hike: ‘Give Up the Bucks’
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