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5:35 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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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.
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:   Business and labor groups warn senators they're watching Wall St. reform votes
David M. Herszenhorn / New York Times:
G.O.P. Readies a Rival Bill on Financial Regulation
Discussion: Washington Monthly, TPMDC and Truthdig
The Huffington Post:
GOP Fighting To Keep Wall Street Negotiations Secret
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias and Daily Kos
Political Punch:
Anti-Defamation League: National Security Adviser Jones Told “Inappropriate, Stereotypic” Joke About Jewish Merchant  —  As first noted by the Jewish newspaper The Forward, at an event last week at The Washington Institute for Near East Policy - a pro-Israel think tank …
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Josh Rogin / Foreign Policy:
Jones under fire for Jewish joke  —  National Security Advisor Jim Jones's speech to a top Middle East think thank last week has been overshadowed somewhat by a brewing controversy over a joke he told at the outset.  But within the speech, Jones made big news on the foreign-policy front.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Jones apologizes for Jewish joke  —  National Security Adviser James Jones has apologized for an “off the cuff” joke that threatened to undermine a White House charm offensive aimed at American friends of Israel.  —  Though Jones's audience at a pro-Israel think tank didn't take offense …
Discussion: Commentary, Israel Matzav and Mediaite
The Anchoress:
Was Jones' Joke Anti-Semitic?  UPDATE  —  President Obama's National Security Advisor, retired General James Jones, with an ice-breaker:  —  Is it offensive?  —  Why, yes.  In our easily-offended society, you might say this joke wins the Triple Crown or the Insult Trifecta:
Ezra Klein:
You wouldn't like Lindsey Graham when he's angry  —  If the policy inside the Kerry-Lieberman-Graham climate change bill seem to have finally come together, it looks like the politics are about to come apart.  In a move that's surprised pretty much everybody, Harry Reid and the White House …
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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.
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Online:
Why Graham Dumped the Democrats
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Lieberman: Reid will bring energy bill to floor, maybe before immigration
Discussion: The Swamp and The New Republic
Alexander Mooney / CNN:
Napolitano takes aim at Arizona immigration law  —  (CNN) - Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano is taking aim at the new controversial law passed in her home state of Arizona dealing with illegal immigration, telling ABC News it is “not a good law in any number of reasons.”
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Jonathan J. Cooper / Associated Press:
Arizona immigration conflict heats up
Discussion: Boing Boing
Art Beast / The Daily Beast:
Hate the Law, Not Arizonans
Discussion: The Note
Jimmy Orr / Top of the Ticket:
Creators of ‘Everybody Draw Muhammad Day’ drop gag after everybody gets angry  —  “Everybody Draw Muhammad Day?”  —  As South Park's Sheila Broflovski would say: “What, What, WHAT?”  —  The outcry from Comedy Central's decision to censor an episode of South Park with depictions of Muhammad …
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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 …
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 …
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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
“In Palinworld, Palin, By Definition, Speaks The Truth.”  —  New York's cover story convinces Josh Green that Palin isn't running: … This is the conventional view in Washington.  I think it's completely wrong, dangerously complacent, and out of touch with profound shifts in media, fundraising and politics.
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 …
Matt Corley / Think Progress:
McCain On Arizona Law He Calls ‘A Good Tool’: I Don't Know ‘Whether All Of It Is Legal Or Not’  —  On Friday, Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (R) signed a draconian immigration bill into law, which gives local police officers the power to detain anyone suspected of being in the U.S. illegally.
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
McCain unsure Arizona law is legal
Discussion: The Hill and Hot Air
Amanda Terkel / Think Progress:
Texas lawmaker: Obama is 'God's punishment on us.'  —  On Saturday, Gov. Rick Perry (R-TX) and several other elected officials boosted Fox News host Glenn Beck at an event at the Oil Palace in Tyler, TX.  The day was full of right-wing flame-throwing, including Perry saying that he was …
Hibah Yousuf / CNNMoney.com:
Economists: The stimulus didn't help  —  NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) — The recovery is picking up steam as employers boost payrolls, but economists think the government's stimulus package and jobs bill had little to do with the rebound, according to a survey released Monday.
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.
Zachary Roth / TPMMuckraker:
Even After Law Aimed At Banning It, RNC Still Sending Misleading ‘Census’ Mailer  —  The Republican National Committee is continuing to send out a misleading fundraising mailer labeled “Census Document,” just weeks after Congress passed a law aimed at banning such mailers.
The Note:
Rep. Crowley: Immigration, Energy Bills Are About Jobs  —  ABC News' Rick Klein reports: With energy and immigration jostling for position on the Democratic agenda this spring, some moderate Democrats are expressing concern that Democratic leaders are straying from their promise to focus …
Sean Poulter / Daily Mail:
Remember that ash cloud?  It didn't exist, says new evidence  —  Britain's airspace was closed under false pretences, with satellite images revealing there was no doomsday volcanic ash cloud over the entire country.  —  Skies fell quiet for six days, leaving as many as 500,000 Britons stranded overseas …
New York Times:
Oil Spill Now Covering More Than 1,800 Square Miles  —  NEW ORLEANS — Coast Guard officials said Monday afternoon that the oil spill near Louisiana was now covering more than 1,800 square miles of the Gulf of Mexico, and they have been unable to engage a mechanism that could shut off …
Discussion: Climate Progress
Alex Seitz-Wald / Think Progress:
Beck calls Bush a ‘progressive,’ says Obama is doing ‘exactly’ the same thing.  —  The tea party movement is staunchly opposed to big government and deficits, but right-wing activists and their supporters have been unable to explain away the fact that former President Bush …
Rachel Gordon / San Francisco Chronicle:
1 in 3 San Francisco employees earned $100,000  —  More than 1 in 3 of San Francisco's nearly 27,000 city workers earned $100,000 or more last year - a number that has been growing steadily for the past decade.  —  The number of city workers paid at least $100,000 in base salary totaled 6,449 last year.
 
 
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Andrew Breitbart / Big Government:
No More Beer Summits: Tea Party ‘N-Word’ …
David Carr / Media Decoder:
Wall Street Journal Says It's Up to You, New York, New York
Discussion: Epicenter, BuzzMachine and Guardian
Bob Bernick Jr / Deseret News:
Poll shows Sen. Bob Bennett in trouble with Utah GOP delegates
Discussion: Firedoglake
Cliffweathers / the albany project:
NY-19: Candidate says GOP liberated Europe in WWII
Discussion: Indecision Forever
David Neiwert / Crooks and Liars:
David Duke defends the Tea Parties from charges of racism: Why …
Richard N. Haass / Wall Street Journal:
The Palestine Peace Distraction
Discussion: Israel Matzav, Wonk Room and Commentary
Julian Glover / Guardian:
Labour fights to avoid third as Lib Dem surge holds
Calculated Risk:
Q1 2010: Homeownership Rate Lowest Since Q1 2000
 Earlier Items: 
Jonathan Chait / The New Republic:
The GOP's Terrible FinReg Bluff
Discussion: Mother Jones
Michael Scherer / Swampland:
Dead Girl, Live Boy, Failed Bank: Alex Giannoulias Makes His Play
Discussion: Washington Monthly and NRSC
Lyle Denniston / SCOTUSblog:
Court to rule on violent video games
Discussion: Althouse
Foreign Policy:
Farewell  —  And thanks for reading.  —  Does the editor …
Wall Street Journal:
ObamaCare Mulligan  —  About those lower insurance costs we promised . . . .
USA Today:
Economists say recovery looks stronger than expected
Discussion: EdLabor Journal
Ezra Klein:
How do you measure ‘epistemic closure’?