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2:40 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 …
Discussion: Washington Post, Reuters and GayPatriot
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Carrie Budoff Brown / The Politico:
Wall St. showdown on Senate floor
Discussion: The Hill
David M. Herszenhorn / New York Times:   Democrats Closing Ranks on Finance Reform
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Reid still planning to hold vote on financial reform bill Monday
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:   Sens. Dodd, Shelby say no deal on financial bill ahead of Monday vote
Paul Krugman:
Can't Anybody Here Play This Game?  —  Bear with me while I vent for a moment.  On financial reform, there are clear villains in the political process: Mitch McConnell, the US Chamber of Commerce, etc.. But at this point I'm accustomed to that sort of thing.
Discussion: TalkLeft
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Jon Hilsenrath / Washington Wire:
Geithner: ‘I Never Had A Real Job’
Discussion: Townhall.com
Simon Johnson / The Baseline Scenario:
The Sickening Abuse Of Power At The Heart of Wall Street
Discussion: The Huffington Post
BBC:
Contacting aliens could be risky, Hawking warns  —  Aliens almost certainly exist but humans should make every attempt to avoid them, Stephen Hawking has warned.  —  In a series for the Discovery Channel the renowned astrophysicist said it was “perfectly rational” to assume intelligent life exists elsewhere.
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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.
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.
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 ‘condom’ gaffe: FO apologises
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 …
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.
Discussion: CBS News
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
GRAHAM ASKED FOR ‘STEPPED UP’ ACTION ON IMMIGRATION. …
Ian Swanson / The Hill:
Summers: Administration can pursue both climate bill, immigration reform
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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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 …
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
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.
Discussion: Gateway Pundit and Israel Matzav
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 …
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 …
John Cole / Balloon Juice:
Still Not Getting It  —  The Mustache of Understanding: … They weren't around protesting during the Bush years BECAUSE THE TEA PARTY IS REPUBLICANS.  They don't care about the deficit.  They care that a Democrat (and a black “Muslim,” to boot), is in the White House.
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Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Obama's Quincy, Ill., appearance open
Discussion: The Politico
Jim Hoft / Gateway Pundit:
That Was Quick... Forget the Dialogue & Civility- Angry Coffee …
 
 
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Discussion: Crooks and Liars and BBC