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11:10 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.
Wall Street Journal:
Deal Near on Derivatives
Robert Kuttner / The Huffington Post:
Obama Rejects Bipartisan Bank Deal
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
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.
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.
Discussion: KDVR and Patchwork Nation
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Kevin Johnson / USA Today:   Arizona immigration law creates rift
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.
Juliet Eilperin / Washington Post:
On climate bill, Democrats work to overcome Graham's immigration objections  —  The current predicament of the Senate climate and energy proposal, which was attractive enough to lure the leaders of not only the Christian Coalition but also ConocoPhillips, Exelon and Duke Energy …
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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 …
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.
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” …
New York Times:
Elite U.S. Units Step Up Effort in Afghan City Before Attack  —  Small bands of elite American Special Operations forces have been operating with increased intensity for several weeks in Kandahar, southern Afghanistan's largest city, picking up or picking off insurgent leaders to weaken …
Discussion: Firedoglake and The Page
 
 
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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
Discussion: City Room
Mark Halperin / Time:
The Secrets of Obama's Underappreciated Success
Discussion: The Page
USA Today:
Economists say recovery looks stronger than expected
Kevin Bogardus / The Hill:
Unions wait to see Citizens United ‘fix’
New York Times:
Oil Leaks Could Take Months to Stop
Discussion: Balloon Juice
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Finding Hill day care not child's play
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Philip Brasher / Des Moines Register:
Biotech crops go before Supreme Court this week
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Brad Stone / New York Times:
Sex Ads Seen Adding Revenue to Craigslist
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
David Rogers / The Politico:
Baucus: A bank tax is coming
Amanda Terkel / Think Progress:
Palin: With his ‘chalkboard technique,’ Glenn Beck is ‘changing our country.’
ninemsn:
‘Gay dog’ refused entry to Adelaide restaurant
Telegraph:
Pope ‘could cancel UK visit’ over ‘offensive’ Foreign Office memo