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11:45 AM 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.
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.
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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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.
Randal C. Archibold / New York Times:
Growing Split in Arizona Over Immigration
Discussion: Althouse and Cynthia Tucker
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Shelby: Senate unlikely to get deal Monday on Wall Street reform  —  Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) expressed pessimism Monday that there will be a deal on Wall Street reform.  —  Shelby, the ranking member of the Senate Banking Committee, said he wasn't optimistic that senators would reach …
Discussion: The Swamp
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Wall Street Journal:
Deal Near on Derivatives
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 …
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.
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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.
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
AMBITION AND SUCCESS ARE NOT OFTEN PUNISHED.... Today, a tri-partisan climate/energy bill was supposed to be unveiled after months of efforts.  The package — crafted by Sens. John Kerry (D-Mass.), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), and Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) — faced an uphill climb …
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias and The Note
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Mark Halperin / Time:
The Secrets of Obama's Underappreciated Success  —  Barack Obama's right-wing opponents have cast him as a socialist failure.  His left-wing hecklers see him as an over-cautious hedger.  But, critics notwithstanding, President Obama is on the path to be a huge success by the time of November's midterm elections.
Discussion: The Page
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Obama video kicks off '10 election effort
Discussion: Left Coast Rebel and Breitbart.tv
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
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: JustOneMinute and Prairie Weather
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
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 …
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.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
McCain unsure Arizona law is legal  —  John McCain — who has spoken supportively of his state's crackdown on illegal immigrants — appeared torn on the issue at a town hall meeting Saturday:  —  Although McCain had sounded a note of support for the bill, calling it a “good tool” …
Boston Herald:
Home Field advantage  —  Bradys' pigskin palace slammed  —  What kind of U.N. environmental ambassador builds a 20,000 square-foot home with a six-car garage, an elevator and a lagoon?  Why, that would be the Hub's favorite Pats fan, Gisele Bundchen!  —  And a paparazzo's sneak pics …
Discussion: Tim Blair and JammieWearingFool
 
 
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Peter S. Goodman / New York Times:
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Jeffrey Fleishman / Los Angeles Times:
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The Note:
Bush Memoir Set for November Release
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Dan Nowicki / Arizona Republic:
Hayworth: ‘Birther bill’ doesn't go far enough
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Sean Gardiner / Wall Street Journal:
Police Let Terrorist Slip Through
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USA Today:
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Unions wait to see Citizens United ‘fix’
Brad Stone / New York Times:
Sex Ads Seen Adding Revenue to Craigslist
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David Rogers / The Politico:
Baucus: A bank tax is coming
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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.’
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