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9:20 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 …
Dems say go, GOP says not yet  —  Washington (CNN) — Senate Majority leader Harry Reid has scheduled a late afternoon vote Monday to move ahead with a Senate financial reform bill, but Republicans warn they are not prepared to launch debate on the measure.  —  Leading lawmakers …
Wall Street Journal:
Deal Near on Derivatives
Discussion: Political Punch, DealBook and The BLT
Carrie Budoff Brown / The Politico:
Wall St. showdown on Senate floor
Discussion: The Hill
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.
Discussion: Washington Wire and The Hill
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
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:   Sunday Roundup
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.
Political Punch:
Corker Claw Back Targets Wall Street Wallets for Failed Institutions  —  Republican Senator Bob Corker plans to one-up populist measures to reign-in Wall Street with a provision to punish top officials of failed financial institutions that require federal intervention by taking their personal wealth.
Paul Krugman:
Can't Anybody Here Play This Game?
Discussion: TalkLeft and The Huffington Post
Jon Hilsenrath / Washington Wire:
Geithner: ‘I Never Had A Real Job’
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.
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 …
‘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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
Discussion: Prairie Weather
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.
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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Erika Lovley / The Politico:
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Discussion: Sweetness & Light
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
Discussion: Washington Post and DC Dicta
Brad Stone / New York Times:
Sex Ads Seen Adding Revenue to Craigslist
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
Obama and Democrats appeal to new voters in midterms
Discussion:, Political Punch and CNN
David Rogers / The Politico:
Baucus: A bank tax is coming
United-Continental Talks Said to Snag Over Price
New York Times:
Elite U.S. Units Step Up Effort in Afghan City Before Attack
Discussion: Firedoglake and The Page
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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
Simon Johnson / The Atlantic Online:
The Quiet Coup  —  The crash has laid bare many unpleasant truths about the United States.
Steven Greenhouse / New York Times:
W. Willard Wirtz, Former Labor Chief, Dies at 98
Associated Press:
Signs of progress as Obama envoy wraps up mission
Discussion: Power Line, The Hill and Commentary
Pope ‘could cancel UK visit’ over ‘offensive’ Foreign Office memo
Election seat calculator
Discussion: FiveThirtyEight and Marbury