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9:55 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.
Robert Kuttner / The Huffington Post:
Obama Rejects Bipartisan Bank Deal  —  Although Senate Banking Committee Chris Dodd and his sometime Republican ally Richard Shelby continued to make noises on the Sunday talk shows about a possible bipartisan deal, both President Obama and House Financial Services Chairman Barney Frank …
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Carrie Budoff Brown / The Politico:
Wall St. showdown on Senate floor  —  Even as both sides closed in on a Wall Street reform deal, Senate Republicans predicted Sunday that Democrats will fail to push the overhaul bill through the chamber Monday.  —  That sets up a sharply partisan - but potentially short-lived - showdown on the Senate floor.
Discussion: The Hill
New York Times:   Parties Edge Closer on Financial Regulation Bill
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:   Reid still planning to hold vote on financial reform bill Monday
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:   Sens. Dodd, Shelby say no deal on financial bill ahead of Monday vote
Manu Raju / Politico Live's Blog:
Shelby: Dems will lack votes Monday
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
The Cushy Life of the Rightwinger  —  If you're a connoisseur of people pointing out that Jonah Goldberg isn't a very intelligent man while simultaneously being too polite to come out and say so directly, I'd highly recommend this post from Conor Friedersdorf.
The Politico:
Climate backers try to regroup  —  Backers of a bipartisan climate change bill are scrambling to revive efforts to pass legislation before the November midterms — even as Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid sticks by plans to slow-walk the measure behind immigration reform.
Discussion: CBS News
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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 …
Telegraph:
Pope ‘could cancel UK visit’ over ‘offensive’ Foreign Office memo  —  The Pope could cancel his planned visit to Britain because of a “hugely offensive” Foreign Office memo mocking his stance on abortion and birth control, sources in the Vatican said.  —  Senior Papal aides suggested …
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Stephen Bates / Guardian:
Pope ‘condom’ gaffe: FO apologises  —  Internal Foreign Office memo filled with ironic suggestions about the pope's September visit to the UK has prompted an official apology to the Vatican  —  An internal Foreign Office memo about September's papal visit to Britain, born …
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.
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Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Obama's Quincy, Ill., appearance open
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
Jon Hilsenrath / Washington Wire:
Geithner: ‘I Never Had A Real Job’  —  Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner is haunted by the misperception that he used to work on Wall Street.  —  Sen. John Kerry made the mistaken association at a hearing last year.  During an April 2009 hearing of a panel overseeing government rescue funds …
Discussion: Townhall.com
Firedoglake:
Lloyd Blankfein Auditions for Open Mic Night  —  Vampire squid at taxpayers' rally outside Goldman Sachs DC office.  (photo: SEIU via Flickr)  —  Well, well, well.  —  It seems that Lloyd Blankfein and the folks at the Vampire Squid think Sen Levin and the staff of the Senate Permanent Subcommittee …
Discussion: Bloomberg, Mediaite and Scared Monkeys
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ninemsn:
‘Gay dog’ refused entry to Adelaide restaurant  —  An Adelaide restaurant that refused a blind man entry because a waiter thought his guide dog was “gay” has been ordered to apologise and pay compensation.  —  Ian Jolly was told he could not take guide dog Nudge into the Thai Spice …
 
 
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80 Afghan schoolgirls sick in week; poison feared
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Bridget Johnson / The Hill:
Congressman charges Obama with ‘increasing danger’ in the world
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Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Obama: Americans ‘are all family’
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The Huffington Post:
Congress Must Plug the Rate Hike Loophole
Guardian:
David Cameron: ‘One of the keys is the people who are liberal with a small L’
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