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8:35 AM ET, April 23, 2010

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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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Frances Martel / Mediaite:
Mediaite Exclusive: Censored Portions of Blago Subpoena May Implicate Team Obama  —  Today in United States v. Rod Blagojevich: following up on his 2008 claims that then-Senator Barack Obama was one of a few people who could testify to his innocence, his defense team issued a motion today to subpoena the President to testify in court.
WBBM-TV:
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
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
The White House:
Remarks by the President on Wall Street Reform Cooper Union, New York, New York
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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The Politico:
Reid rolls dice on Wall St. bill
Martin Kady II / Glenn Thrush's Blog:
GOP brings KBH back into leadership
New York Times:
Obama Criticizes Wall St. in Push for Reform
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
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.
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: GayPatriot
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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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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Puss-TV vs Non-Puss TV  —  If you try to access the latest episode of South Park online, you get the message above.  —  I know I'm a broken record, but the two-part 200th episode was about as close to genius - and hardcore fan-pandering - as you can get.  Hennifer Lopez, Mr Hat …
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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 …
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.
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.
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: Guardian, Telegraph, BBC and The Daily Dish
Peterhamby / CNN:
Pawlenty makes moves in South Carolina  —  Tim Pawlenty is scheduled to visit South Carolina in May.  —  Washington (CNN) - His top advisers have already started talks with key political players in South Carolina, and now Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, a potential 2012 presidential contender …
Discussion: The Fix and The Politico
G-A-Y / Good As You:
Andrea Lafferty's inability to pinpoint truth: SPLC edition  —  In addressing the fact — THE.FACT! — that her organization, the Traditional Values Coalition, is one of only twelve groups on the Southern Poverty Law Center's list of active anti-gay hate groups, Andrea Lafferty is again doing the thing for which she is best known.
Mike Lillis / The Washington Independent:
In Coal Country, a Culture of Fear  —  Massey Intimidates Workers, Families Into Silence … Charleston, W.Va. — Two weeks after the horrific explosion that killed 29 coal miners in southern West Virginia, it's business as usual for the owner of the project.
 
 
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Money Supply:
Drama in the Greek bond markets
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
Julian Ryall / Telegraph:
South Korean ship sunk by crack squad of ‘human torpedoes’
Discussion: The Jawa Report and Atlas Shrugs
Dana Blanton / Fox News:
Fox News Poll: Obama Approval Up; Most Say Stop Blaming Bush
Eric Kleefeld / TPMDC:
Spokesman: Hayworth Thinks Arizona Birther Bill ‘Drawn Too Narrowly’
Roger L Simon / Pajamas Media:
Why Is the L.A. Times Burying the Obama/Khalidi Tape?
Discussion: Riehl World View and alicublog
Publius / Big Government:
Chicago Teacher on Tax Hike: ‘Give Up the Bucks’
Discussion: Beltway Confidential
CNN:
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CNN:
Burning oil rig sinks in Gulf of Mexico
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ABCNEWS:
White House Hosts Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Rep Brian Bilbray Says He Can Spot Illegal Immigrants Based on Their Shoes
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
GOP strong in NH House races
Ben Geman / The Hill:
Graham: Immigration would ‘destroy ability to do climate change’
Mark Murray / msnbc.com:
OBAMA ADMIN. TO APPEAL PRAYER RULING
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