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3:50 PM ET, April 25, 2010

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BBC:
Contacting aliens could be risky, Hawking warns  —  Aliens almost certainly exist but humans should make every attempt to avoid them, Stephen Hawking has warned.  —  In a series for the Discovery Channel the renowned astrophysicist said it was “perfectly rational” to assume intelligent life exists elsewhere.
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Jonathan Leake / Times of London:
Don't talk to aliens, warns Stephen Hawking  —  THE aliens are out there and Earth had better watch out, at least according to Stephen Hawking.  He has suggested that extraterrestrials are almost certain to exist — but that instead of seeking them out, humanity should be doing all it that can to avoid any contact.
Discussion: Telegraph
John M. Broder / New York Times:
Graham Pulls Support for Major Senate Climate Bill  —  WASHINGTON — In a move that may derail a comprehensive climate change and energy bill in the Senate, one of the measure's central architects, Senator Lindsey Graham, has issued an angry protest over what he says are Democratic plans …
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
GRAHAM ASKED FOR ‘STEPPED UP’ ACTION ON IMMIGRATION.... Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) is so upset that Dems might take up immigration reform this year, he's prepared to kill his own tri-partisan climate/energy bill.  Some of his concerns are reasonable — Graham was told the climate bill …
Ian Swanson / The Hill:
Summers: Administration can pursue both climate bill, immigration reform
Ben Geman / The Hill:
Monday climate bill rollout scuttled as Graham decides to walk away
John Cole / Balloon Juice:
Still Not Getting It  —  The Mustache of Understanding: … They weren't around protesting during the Bush years BECAUSE THE TEA PARTY IS REPUBLICANS.  They don't care about the deficit.  They care that a Democrat (and a black “Muslim,” to boot), is in the White House.
Discussion: Eschaton
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Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
Tea Party With a Difference  —  I've been trying to understand the Tea Party Movement.  Sounds like a lot of angry people who want to get the government out of their lives and cut both taxes and the deficit.  Nothing wrong with that — although one does wonder where they were in the Bush years.
Jim Hoft / Gateway Pundit:
That Was Quick... Forget the Dialogue & Civility- Angry Coffee Party Mob Wants Blood!  —  THE TALK IS OVER...  The leftist astroturfed Coffee Party Club advertised that they wanted to sit, sip coffee and discuss the important issues facing the country.  This leftist group …
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Reid still planning to hold vote on financial reform bill Monday  —  The office of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) Sunday said it will go ahead with a key procedural vote on the financial regulatory bill Monday even though it appears Democrats do not have the votes to approve it.
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Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Sens. Dodd, Shelby say no deal on financial bill ahead of Monday vote  —  The top two senators negotiating the terms of the financial regulatory reform bill said Sunday that a deal has not been reached ahead of a key test vote Monday.  —  Senate Banking Committee Chairman Chris Dodd (D-Conn.) …
Manu Raju / Politico Live's Blog:
Shelby: Dems will lack votes Monday
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Paul Krugman:
Can't Anybody Here Play This Game?  —  Bear with me while I vent for a moment.  On financial reform, there are clear villains in the political process: Mitch McConnell, the US Chamber of Commerce, etc.. But at this point I'm accustomed to that sort of thing.
Discussion: TalkLeft and The Baseline Scenario
Bridget Johnson / The Hill:
Congressman charges Obama with ‘increasing danger’ in the world  —  The tone against the Obama administration over its Israel policy is sharpening on both sides of the aisle, with one Republican congressman charging that the president is “increasing danger” in the world.
Discussion: Pajamas Media
New York Times:
G.O.P. Threatens Seats Long Held by Democrats  —  ASHLAND, Wis. — Representative David R. Obey has won 21 straight races, easily prevailing through wars and economic crises that have spanned presidencies from Nixon's to Obama's.  Yet the discontent with Washington surging through politics …
Discussion: Althouse and AMERICAblog News
Zachary A. Goldfarb / Washington Post:
Goldman executives cheered housing market's decline, newly released e-mails show  —  As the U.S. housing market began its epic fall nearly three years ago, top executives at Wall Street powerhouse Goldman Sachs cheered the large financial gains the firm stood to make on certain bets it had placed, according to newly released documents.
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Zachary A. Goldfarb / Washington Post:
Goldman Sachs readies forceful response against claims it misled clients
 
 
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Stephen Bates / Guardian:
Pope ‘condom’ gaffe: FO apologises
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Obama's Quincy, Ill., appearance open
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Obama: Americans ‘are all family’
The Huffington Post:
Congress Must Plug the Rate Hike Loophole
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Guardian:
David Cameron: ‘One of the keys is the people who are liberal with a small L’
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