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12:25 PM 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.
Political Punch:
Obama Launches DNC “Vote 2010” Midterm Election Effort
Discussion: INSTAPUTZ
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.
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Tammy Vigil / KDVR:
Colorado closely watching Arizona illegal immigrant crackdown
Discussion: Patchwork Nation
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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Mark Halperin / Time:
Obama Ahead of Election 2010: The Secrets of His Success  —  Barack Obama's right-wing opponents cast him as a socialist failure.  His left-wing hecklers see him as an overcautious hedger.  But, critics notwithstanding, the President is on a path to be a huge success by the time of November's midterm elections.
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.
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John Campbell / Breitbart.tv:
OBAMA'S NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISOR TELLS JOKE DEPICTING JEWS AS GREEDY MERCHANTS
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
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 …
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
Pierre Thomas / ABCNEWS:
Behind the Scenes at Homeland Security  —  Napolitano Calls Arizona Immigration Law ‘Misguided,’ Wants Reform With Fines, Biometric Registration, Mandatory English  —  Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said in an exclusive interview she agreed with President Obama's assessment …
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 …
Discussion: EdLabor Journal
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.
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 …
Lyle Denniston / SCOTUSblog:
Court to rule on violent video games  —  The Supreme Court agreed Monday to rule on the constitutionality of a state law banning the sale or rental of violent video games to minors.  The Court accepted for review an appeal by the state of California, urging the Court to adopt …
Discussion: Althouse
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” …
Wall Street Journal:
ObamaCare Mulligan  —  About those lower insurance costs we promised . . . .  When President Obama signed his health-care reform last month, he declared it will “lower costs for families and for businesses and for the federal government.”  So why, barely a month later …
Discussion: Betsy's Page
 
 
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Farewell  —  And thanks for reading.  —  Does the editor …
Noel Sheppard / NewsBusters.org:
Reuters Editor: Limbaugh's Right About Oklahoma City Bombing Not Clinton
Discussion: Hot Air
Peter S. Goodman / New York Times:
From Docks to Dealerships, Signs of Economic Turn
Discussion: DailyFinance and Sweetness & Light
Jeffrey Fleishman / Los Angeles Times:
Suicide bomber attacks British ambassador's motorcade in Yemen
Boston Herald:
Home Field advantage
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Sean Gardiner / Wall Street Journal:
Police Let Terrorist Slip Through
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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
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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