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1:05 PM ET, April 26, 2010

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Jon Cohen / Behind the Numbers:
Most back stricter financial reform, advantage Obama  —  About two-thirds of Americans support stricter regulations on the way banks and other financial institutions conduct their business, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.  —  Majorities also back two main components …
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
THE FATE OF WALL STREET REFORM.... Last week, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) scheduled the first procedural vote — the motion to proceed — on Wall Street reform for about 5 p.m. (ET) today.  As of yesterday, Republicans were still prepared to voice their unanimous opposition, blocking the debate from getting underway.
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Shelby: Senate unlikely to get deal Monday on Wall Street reform
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 …
Jonathan Martin / Reuters:
‘Nobody wins’ on immigration reform  —  The Arizona Legislature's passage of a new hard-line anti-immigration law may force both Democrats and Republicans into a place they don't want to be: dealing with the contentious, no-win issue of immigration reform in the midst of an election year.
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Ross Douthat / New York Times:
Not Even in South Park?  —  Two months before 9/11, Comedy Central aired an episode of “South Park” entitled “Super Best Friends,” in which the cartoon show's foul-mouthed urchins sought assistance from an unusual team of superheroes.  These particular superfriends were all religious figures …
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Amanda Terkel / Think Progress:
Even Tancredo worries AZ immigration law may go too far: People shouldn't be pulled over for how they look.  —  Former Colorado Republican congressman Tom Tancredo is known as a far-right ideologue when it comes to immigration, with fellow Republican Dick Armey lamenting that Tancredo is “alienating” Latinos from the GOP.
Discussion: TPM LiveWire
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Tammy Vigil / KDVR:
Colorado closely watching Arizona illegal immigrant crackdown
Discussion: Patchwork Nation
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Op-Ed Columnist: Berating the Rating Agencies  —  Let's hear it for the Senate's Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations.  Its work on the financial crisis is increasingly looking like the 21st-century version of the Pecora hearings, which helped usher in New Deal-era financial regulation.
Sammy Benoit / YID With LID:
National Security Adviser Jones: Jews Are Greedy Merchants  —  As the National Security Adviser, General James Jones is not known as a friend of the Jewish State.  It was Jones who put together the team of Brent Scowcroft and Zbigniew Brzezinski to meet with the President and advise him to impose a solution on Israel.
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John Campbell / Breitbart.tv:
OBAMA'S NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISOR TELLS JOKE DEPICTING JEWS AS GREEDY MERCHANTS
Mark Halperin / Time:
Obama Ahead of Election 2010: The Secrets of His Success  —  Barack Obama's right-wing opponents cast him as a socialist failure.  His left-wing hecklers see him as an overcautious hedger.  But, critics notwithstanding, the President is on a path to be a huge success by the time of November's midterm elections.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Obama seeks to ‘reconnect...young people, African-Americans, Latinos, and women’ for 2010  —  The Democratic National Committee this morning released this clip of the president rallying the troops, if rather coolly, for 2010.  Obama's express goal: “reconnecting” with the voters who voted …
Discussion: Townhall.com, Hot Air and JOSHUAPUNDIT
Ezra Klein:
How do you measure ‘epistemic closure’?  —  “Epistemic closure,” Julian Sanchez writes, is the toxic result of “confirmation bias plus a sufficiently large array of multimedia conservative outlets to constitute a complete media counterculture, plus an overbroad ideological justification …
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
Obama and Democrats appeal to new voters in midterms  —  President Obama will declare his stake in the November midterm elections for the first time on Monday as his Democratic Party announces an ambitious strategy to appeal to independent voters in its quest to maintain control of Congress.
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Political Punch:
Obama Launches DNC “Vote 2010” Midterm Election Effort
Discussion: Hotline On Call and INSTAPUTZ
Pierre Thomas / ABCNEWS:
Behind the Scenes at Homeland Security  —  Napolitano Calls Arizona Immigration Law ‘Misguided,’ Wants Reform With Fines, Biometric Registration, Mandatory English  —  Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said in an exclusive interview she agreed with President Obama's assessment …
Discussion: Feministe
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New York Times:
Oil Leaks Could Take Months to Stop
Discussion: Balloon Juice and Online NewsHour
Meredith Traina / WPIX:
Thousands Protest Obama's Stance On Israel  —  NEW YORK (WPIX) - Thousands of Jews gathered outside the Israeli Consulate Sunday to protest President Obama's position towards Israel.  —  Organizers said the event supports “Israel's right to build and live in its own country,” …
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Pamela Geller / Atlas Shrugs:
THOUSANDS IN THE POURING RAIN TO SUPPORT ISRAEL AGAINST OBAMA'S ANTI-ISRAEL POLICIES
Discussion: Israel Matzav
Michael Scherer / Swampland:
Dead Girl, Live Boy, Failed Bank: Alex Giannoulias Makes His Play  —  The Illinois Senate race is playing out like an academic case study in crises management.  Imagine this: Your client, a former chief loan officer for a local bank, is a Democrat heading into a Republican election year, in a state long stained by political corruption.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
USA Today:
Economists say recovery looks stronger than expected  —  The recovery is shaping up to be stronger than expected and there is little risk the economy will slip back into a recession, according to USA TODAY's quarterly survey of 46 leading economists.  —  Yet most still say the rebound …
Discussion: EdLabor Journal
John O'Connor / The State:
Bauer takes aim at the ‘lazy’ in S.C.  —  Republican gubernatorial debate held in Spartanburg  —  SPARTANBURG - Lazy state residents are contributing to the number of illegal immigrants in South Carolina, Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer said during a Republican gubernatorial debate Friday, living off public aid rather than working.
Wall Street Journal:
ObamaCare Mulligan  —  About those lower insurance costs we promised . . . .  When President Obama signed his health-care reform last month, he declared it will “lower costs for families and for businesses and for the federal government.”  So why, barely a month later …
Discussion: Betsy's Page
Wall Street Journal:
Deal Near on Derivatives  —  Berkshire Presses Lawmakers to Roll Back Proposed Curbs, Avoiding Potential Hit  —  WASHINGTON—Democrats took a step toward their goal of overhauling financial regulation, reaching a tentative deal to set restrictions on trading in exotic financial instruments known as derivatives.
Foreign Policy:
Farewell  —  And thanks for reading.  —  Does the editor of Foreign Policy magazine need to be a U.S. citizen?  That was my first question in mid-1996 upon learning that the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, the think tank that then owned the magazine, was looking for a new editor.
Noel Sheppard / NewsBusters.org:
Reuters Editor: Limbaugh's Right About Oklahoma City Bombing Not Clinton  —  A truly extraordinary thing happened on CNN Sunday: a mainstream media representative actually took Rush Limbaugh's side in a dispute with Bill Clinton.  —  As readers are likely aware, the conservative talk radio host …
Discussion: Hot Air
 
 
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Peter S. Goodman / New York Times:
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New York Times:
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Simon Johnson / The Atlantic Online:
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