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8:15 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 …
Discussion: Washington Post
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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
Discussion: The Politico
Manu Raju / Politico Live's Blog:
Shelby: Dems will lack votes Monday
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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: DaTechguy's Blog and Eschaton
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Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Obama's Quincy, Ill., appearance open
Jim Hoft / Gateway Pundit:
That Was Quick... Forget the Dialogue & Civility- Angry Coffee …
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.
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
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
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 …
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Ian Swanson / The Hill:
Summers: Administration can pursue both climate bill, immigration reform
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: Mediaite, Scared Monkeys and DealBook
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BBC:
Election seat calculator  —  The seat calculator is a rough way of converting percentage support for political parties into numbers of seats in parliament.  —  It allows you to get an idea of what the next parliament might look like, and what sort of percentage support a party will need to win a majority.
Discussion: FiveThirtyEight
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
 
 
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Rahim Faiez / Associated Press:
80 Afghan schoolgirls sick in week; poison feared
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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
Discussion: Firedoglake and Daily Kos
Guardian:
David Cameron: ‘One of the keys is the people who are liberal with a small L’
Discussion: Marbury and thetorydiary