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2:45 PM ET, April 24, 2010

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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
GUY FAWKES, NEW REPUBLICAN HERO.... Last fall, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) organized a right-wing rally on Capitol Hill for November 5, in the hopes of killing health care reform.  After characterizing her followers as “insurgents” and “freedom fighters,” Bachmann urged far-right activists to, in her word, “scare” federal lawmakers.
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Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Video: “Remember November”  —  A dynamite little piece of expressionism from Haley Barbour and the Republican Governors Association, aimed at synthesizing the mood of angry grassroots would-be donors.  The message is familiar, but between the HD, the F/X, and the editing …
Michael Scherer / Swampland:
Republican Governors Pay Homage To Guy Fawkes
New York Times:
Goldman Sachs Messages Show It Thrived as Economy Fell  —  In late 2007 as the mortgage crisis gained momentum and many banks were suffering losses, Goldman Sachs executives traded e-mail messages saying that they were making “some serious money” betting against the housing markets.
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Carl Levin:
Senate Subcommittee Investigating Financial Crisis Releases Documents on Role of Investment Banks  —  Using Goldman Sachs as a case study, the April 27 hearing will focus on the role of investment banks in contributing to the worst U.S. economic crisis since the 1930s, resulting in the foreclosure …
The Politico:
Levin releases Goldman e-mails  —  The Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations Saturday released several e-mails from Goldman Sachs Saturday that seem to bolster SEC charges that the firm misled investors by selling them products the financial giant had in fact placed bets against.
Discussion: CNN
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
It's on: “Everybody Draw Mohammed Day” set for May 20th  —  Someone at Dan Savage's blog started it, then Michael Moynihan at Reason picked it up, now I feel obliged to help push it out there.  Says Moynihan: … Cue the predictable media squealing that “you'll only antagonize them!”
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Michael C. Moynihan / Hit & Run:
First Annual Everybody Draw Mohammad Day  —  Via Dan Savage's blog at The Stranger, some clever chappie (I don't know who) has declared May 20, 2010 “Everybody Draw Mohammad Day,” in support of Matt Stone and Trey Parker and in opposition to religious thuggery.  Why May 20?
Harry Esteve / Oregonian:
Protests, catcalls greet Sarah Palin supporters in Eugene … EUGENE — Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, acknowledging she was visiting a strange, if not hostile, place, exhorted Lane County Republicans to rise up against government excesses and misplaced values of the Obama administration.
New York Times:
Rating Agencies Shared Data, and Wall St. Seized on It  —  One of the mysteries of the financial crisis is how mortgage investments that turned out to be so bad earned credit ratings that made them look so good.  —  One answer is that Wall Street was given access to the formulas behind …
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CNN:
Obama calls for passage of financial reform bill
Discussion: The Politico
Ezra Klein:   Why do Harvard kids head to Wall Street? …
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.
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Yvonne Wingett / Arizona Republic:
Arizona immigration bill ignites outcry from students and Latino advocates
Dana Bash / CNN:
Sources: Votes lacking for immigration push in Congress  —  Washington (CNN) — The push for immigration reform may be on the front burner for congressional Democrats, but sources say that ultimately, they believe the issue is unlikely to have enough votes to pass.
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
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CNN:
Climate change legislation unlikely this year, say sources
Michael Hirsh / Newsweek:
Obama's Bad Cop  —  Clinton's played the heavy with Iran, Russia, and even Israel—and her sometimes hawkish views are finding favor with the president. … From the magazine issue dated May 3, 2010  —  It was almost like one of those moments in a buddy-cop movie when the two partners …
Discussion: Laura Rozen's Blog and The Page
AZ Family / KMSB-TV:
Statement from Arizona Hispanic Republicans  —  The following is a statement from Arizona Hispanic Republicans in response to the passage of Senate Bill 1070:  —  Phoenix, AZ - Arizona Hispanic Republicans believe that it is unfortunate for Jan Brewer to support Pearce's bill.
CNN:
In a blow to Giannoulias, family bank fails  —  The bank owned by the family of Illinois Senate candidate Alexi Giannoulias was closed by regulators on Friday.  —  Washington (CNN) - The bank owned by the family of Illinois Senate candidate Alexi Giannoulias was closed by regulators on Friday …
Discussion: Mediaite
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Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Jon Stewart of ‘The Daily Show’ Takes On Fox News  —  George W. Bush and Dick Cheney are long gone.  Fox News Channel is Jon Stewart's new enemy No. 1.  —  Last week that comedian did something that the hosts of “Fox & Friends,” the morning show on Fox News, did not do …
Discussion: Prairie Weather
 
 
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A program designed to reduce energy consumption persuaded …
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Greenpeace says no to energy bill
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