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11:25 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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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
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 …
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.
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: KDVR and Patchwork Nation
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Kevin Johnson / USA Today:   Arizona immigration law creates rift
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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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.
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Obama video kicks off '10 election effort  —  President Barack Obama made a personal appeal to Democrats on Monday to work to keep Democrats in office in this fall's midterm elections.  —  In a new web video this morning, the president announced the beginning of his “Vote 2010” initiative.
Discussion: Left Coast Rebel and Breitbart.tv
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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: 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.
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 …
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” …
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 …
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.
 
 
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Jeffrey Fleishman / Los Angeles Times:
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Boston Herald:
Home Field advantage
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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
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Right Now
Sean Gardiner / Wall Street Journal:
Police Let Terrorist Slip Through
Discussion: City Room
Mark Halperin / Time:
The Secrets of Obama's Underappreciated Success
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Kevin Bogardus / The Hill:
Unions wait to see Citizens United ‘fix’
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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
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.’
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