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11:50 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:
Report: 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
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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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 …
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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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 …
Discussion: Washington Wire and Hot Air
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 her back in the kitchen.'  —  The Medina County Republican Party in Medina, OH has put out a Spring 2010 edition of its newsletter titled the “Republican Review” that urges supporters to “slow the pace of President Obama's slippery slide …
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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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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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
Political Punch:
Army Disinvites Franklin Graham from National Day of Prayer Event  —  ABC News' Luis Martinez reports:  —  The Army has disinvited Christian evangelist Franklin Graham from speaking at the Pentagon's National Day of Prayer service on May 6 because of his past controversial comments about Islam.
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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
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: The Eye
The Hill:
Obama slams Arizona bill as fight lifts immigration to top of agenda  —  A controversial bill approved by Arizona's state legislation pushing the immigration debate to the forefront of the U.S. Senate.  —  President Barack Obama on Friday criticized the legislation, which would allow Arizona's state police …
Discussion: The Swamp
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
 
 
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