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1:25 AM ET, April 26, 2010

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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, Reuters and GayPatriot
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Carrie Budoff Brown / The Politico:
Wall St. showdown on Senate floor
Discussion: The Hill
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
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
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Jon Hilsenrath / Washington Wire:
Geithner: ‘I Never Had A Real Job’
Discussion: Townhall.com
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.
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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David M. Herszenhorn / New York Times:   Democrats Closing Ranks on Finance Reform
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.
CNN:
Hundreds protest immigration law in Arizona  —  Phoenix, Arizona (CNN) — Hundreds of people gathered outside Arizona's Capitol building on Sunday in a largely peaceful protest against the state's tough new immigration law.  —  Chanting “Yes we can,” waving American flags and holding signs reading …
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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 …
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
Pamela Geller / Atlas Shrugs:
THOUSANDS IN THE POURING RAIN TO SUPPORT ISRAEL AGAINST OBAMA'S ANTI-ISRAEL POLICIES  —  The rain was fitting as Obama's anti-Israel policies cast a dark cloud on the free world.  But that didn't stop thousands and thousands of Jews, Christians, Hindus and freedom loving peoples from coming out against Obama.
Discussion: Gateway Pundit and Israel Matzav
Associated Press:
Signs of progress as Obama envoy wraps up mission  —  RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — President Barack Obama's Middle East envoy wrapped up his latest diplomatic mission Sunday without getting the Palestinians to agree to indirect peace talks with Israe...
Discussion: Power Line, The Hill and Commentary
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Bridget Johnson / The Hill:
Congressman charges Obama with ‘increasing danger’ in the world
Discussion: Pajamas Media
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
Gabriel Sherman / New York Magazine:
The Revolution Will Be Commercialized  —  Sarah Palin is already president of right-wing America—and it's a position with a very big salary.  —  On the morning of July 3, 2009, a national holiday, Sarah Palin placed a call to her communications director and told her that she wanted to hold …
Steven Greenhouse / New York Times:
W. Willard Wirtz, Former Labor Chief, Dies at 98  —  W. Willard Wirtz, an outspoken champion of the unemployed who was secretary of labor under Presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson and was the last surviving member of the Kennedy cabinet, died on Saturday.  He was 98.
 
 
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