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4:10 AM ET, April 24, 2010

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John Fritze / USA Today:
Gov. Brewer signs controversial immigration bill  —  Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer today signed a controversial immigration bill into state law, advancing a politically charged debate that is already having reverberations in Washington.  —  “Respect for the rule of law means respect for every law,” said Brewer, a Republican.
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Randal C. Archibold / New York Times:
U.S.'s Toughest Immigration Law Is Signed in Arizona  —  PHOENIX — Gov. Jan Brewer of Arizona signed the toughest illegal immigration bill in the country into law on Friday, aimed at identifying, prosecuting and deporting illegal immigrants.  The governor's move unleashed immediate protests …
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.
Discussion: Hot Air
Alia Beard Rau / Arizona Republic:
Arizona governor signs immigration law; foes promise fight  —  Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer today signed into law an immigration bill that gives the state toughest law in the nation, making it a state crime to be in the country illegally and requiring local police to enforce federal immigration laws.
Yvonne Wingett / Arizona Republic:
Arizona immigration bill ignites outcry from students and Latino advocates  —  While a poll indicates a 70 percent approval rating for Senate Bill 1070, the tough immigration legislation awaiting the governor's veto or signature also has unleashed a groundswell of activism among Arizona's young people …
Discussion: American Power and Instapundit
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Online:
Have Conservatives Gone Mad?  —  Serious thinkers on the right have finally gotten around to a full and open debate on the epistemic closure problem that's plaguing the conservative movement.  The issue, to put it in terms that even I can understand, because I didn't study philosophy much in college: has the conservative base gone mad?
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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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
“History Happened”  —  I find myself in agreement with David …
Chicago Breaking Business:
FDIC closes Broadway Bank, Amcore, five others  —  Ricky McCullough, associate ombudsman for the FDIC, talks to the media about the closing of Broadway Bank on Friday, April 23.  (Phil Velasquez/ Chicago Tribune)  —  By Becky Yerak |  Broadway Bank, the family-run lender …
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
The Specter of Socialism is Haunting Jonah Goldberg  —  I'm egomaniacal enough to keep tabs on what's being said about me on the internet, so I've seen a ton of conservative blogs quote this section of a Jonah Goldberg article in Commentary purporting to vindicate the right's “socialist” hits on Barack Obama:
Discussion: Open Left
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Jonah Goldberg / Commentary:
What Kind of Socialist Is Barack Obama?
Newt Gingrich / Washington Post:
How America became a ‘secular-socialist machine’
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Ezra Klein:
Why do Harvard kids head to Wall Street?  An interview with an ex-Wall Street recruit.  —  One of the common complaints about Wall Street is that it sucks up a lot of Ivy League talent that could be going toward more productive endeavors.  The common assumption is that the students are just following the money.
Dahlia Lithwick / Slate:
Maybe America doesn't want an immobilized judicial branch after all. … - Climate Change Is Going To Reshape the American Electoral Map.  Here's How.- J. Lo's New Movie Is Terrible but Not as Bad as Other Rom-Coms- Project Runway Finale: The Nazi-Inspired Designs Win?
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Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Judging for the Powerful  —  Dahlia Lithwick tries to construct …
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Juliet Lapidos / Slate:
Why is the bill to regulate financial firms going through …
Discussion: Washington Post
Jeanne Cummings / The Politico:
Greenpeace says no to energy bill  —  Offering the first evidence of the complex Senate debate that lies ahead on an energy reform bill, the environmental group Greenpeace said Friday it intends to oppose the legislation that a bipartisan group of Senators intend to introduce next week.
Discussion: DownWithTyranny!
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Catholic League:
NOT ALL GAY SEX IS ABUSIVE  —  Catholic League president Bill Donohue comments on a story in today's New York Times about a case of alleged sexual abuse committed by a Chilean priest:  —  If a 17-year old guy has sex with an older guy for twenty years, and continues to have sex with him at the age of 38 …
Art Beast / The Daily Beast:
Edwards to Testify About Sex Tape  —  Hungry Beast Giving Beast Women in the World  —  Blogs and Stories  —  John Edwards will testify under oath about his relationship with mistress Rielle Hunter, facing questions about the infamous sex tape and whether he spent campaign funds to hide the relationship.
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Peter Beinart / Blogs and Stories:
The Midterms Don't Matter  —  Hungry Beast Giving Beast Women in the World
Discussion: Right Wing Nut House
Alex Seitz-Wald / Think Progress:
Virginia DMV Pulls License Plate Coded With Neo-Nazi Message From Truck With Anti-Islam Imagery  —  A photo has been circulating the Internet this week showing a truck parked in a disabled person parking spot, emblazoned with a large Confederate flag, and featuring a picture of the World Trade Center burning.
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?
Discussion: Outside The Beltway and Hot Air
Ezra Klein:
A health-care reform Rorschach test  —  I long ago learned that cost estimates are health-care reform's version of a Rorschach test: They tell you more about the reader than the bill.  And the early reaction to the latest estimates (pdf) out of the Center for Medicaid and Medicare Services are no different.
Catherine Rampell / Economix:
M.I.T. Economist Wins John Bates Clark Medal  —  Esther Duflo, a development economist at M.I.T., has been awarded the John Bates Clark Medal.  The award is given to “that American economist under the age of 40 who is judged to have made the most significant contribution to economic thought and knowledge.”
CNN:
Palin testifies in hacking case  —  Sarah Palin took the stand for about an hour Friday morning in the Knoxville, Tennessee, trial of a man accused of hacking her e-mail, a manager in the court clerk's office said.  —  (CNN) - Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin testified that she did not realize anyone …
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
Los Angeles Times:
Public employee pensions under pressure  —  State and local leaders see the growing cost as a threat to California's fiscal well-being.  Efforts to reduce benefits are setting up a collision course with public employee unions.  —  Reporting from Sacramento
Discussion: PolitiCal and The Foundry
Ryan Grim / The Huffington Post:
Senate Test Vote Shows Broad Support For Breaking Up Banks  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  A test vote in the Senate Budget Committee on Thursday showed stronger support in the chamber for breaking up big banks than had previously been suspected.  Sen. Bernie Sanders, an independent from Vermont …
Discussion: Think Progress, Open Left and Daily Kos
CNN:
Death threats close congressman's offices  —  (CNN) - An unidentified person made two phone calls in which he threatened to blow up Rep. Raul Grijalva's Tucson, Arizona office and kill the congressman and his staff members, prompting the Democratic lawmaker to close his two district offices late Friday morning local time.
Discussion: The Politico
Chris Harris / Media Matters Action Network:
Huh?  American Family Association Says The Military Is Run By “Fundamentalist Muslims And Homosexual Activists”  —  The infamously crude Bryan Fischer, who serves as Director of Issue Analysis for Government and Public Policy at the American Family Association, today wrote on his blog …
Discussion: TPM LiveWire and AMERICAblog Gay
 
 
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R. Jeffrey Smith / Washington Post:
RNC board seeking independent review of party spending
Discussion: Political Insider
New York Times:
Wave of Fatal Bombings Widens Fissures in Iraq
Major Garrett / Row 2, Seat 4:
Obama Blasts Pending Arizona Immigration Law: “Irresponsibility”
Tyler Cowen / Business Week:
When the Country Went Cold Turkey
Discussion: EconLog and Cafe Hayek
Tim Fernholz / American Prospect:
Why The SEC Split Really Doesn't Matter.
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
GOP plans ‘aggressive’ effort against Dems' credibility on Wall Street reform
Discussion: CNN and Ben Smith's Blog
Heather / Crooks and Liars:
Republican gubernatorial candidate Tim James tells us, “This is Alabama.
 Earlier Items: 
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Dems Hope FinReg Will Be The Straw That Breaks The Elephant's Back
Barbara Starr / CNN:
U.S. military launches mystery space plane on secret mission
Discussion: Hot Air
Leo Standora / NY Daily News:
While economy crumbled, top financial watchdogs at SEC surfed …
Sean J. Miller / The Hill:
Democrats' worries grow as sharp words are exchanged in Pennsylvania primary
Discussion: Hot Air