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9:00 AM ET, April 26, 2010

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Frank Sharry / The Huffington Post:
Lindsey Graham and the Real “Cynical Political Ploy” on Immigration  —  Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) has been courageous in working with Democrats on both comprehensive immigration reform and climate change legislation.  He has seemed deeply committed to both.
Discussion: Washington Monthly and The Hill
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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.
Jonathan Martin / Reuters:   ‘Nobody wins’ on immigration reform
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:   Sunday Roundup
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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Paul Krugman:
Can't Anybody Here Play This Game?
Discussion: TalkLeft and The Huffington Post
Carrie Budoff Brown / The Politico:
Wall St. showdown on Senate floor
Discussion: The Hill
Jon Hilsenrath / Washington Wire:
Geithner: ‘I Never Had A Real Job’
Discussion: Townhall.com
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 …
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.
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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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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 …
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 …
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.
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 receives Foreign Office apology
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.
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Simon Johnson / The Atlantic Online:
The Quiet Coup  —  The crash has laid bare many unpleasant truths about the United States.  One of the most alarming, says a former chief economist of the International Monetary Fund, is that the finance industry has effectively captured our government—a state of affairs …
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
David Rogers / The Politico:
Baucus: A bank tax is coming  —  It was a short hallway conversation but spoke volumes about the dilemma facing Democrats, hungry for new revenues after emptying the cupboard on health care reform.  —  “I don't think there's much doubt that there will be a bank tax,” Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus told POLITICO.
 
 
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Times of London:
Nick Clegg: I will not prop up ‘irrelevant’ Brown
Discussion: Guardian and BBC
Philip Brasher / Des Moines Register:
Biotech crops go before Supreme Court this week
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Brad Stone / New York Times:
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Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
Obama and Democrats appeal to new voters in midterms
Discussion: Townhall.com, Political Punch and CNN
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United-Continental Talks Said to Snag Over Price
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New York Times:
Elite U.S. Units Step Up Effort in Afghan City Before Attack
Discussion: Firedoglake and The Page
Amanda Terkel / Think Progress:
Palin: With his ‘chalkboard technique,’ Glenn Beck is ‘changing our country.’
Michael Yaki / San Francisco Chronicle:
Arizona Anti-Immigrant Law: Boycott the Grand Canyon State
Discussion: Philly.com
Steven Greenhouse / New York Times:
W. Willard Wirtz, Former Labor Chief, Dies at 98
Rahim Faiez / Associated Press:
80 Afghan schoolgirls sick in week; poison feared
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and BBC
BBC:
Election seat calculator
Discussion: FiveThirtyEight and Marbury