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4:40 PM ET, April 26, 2010

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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, Mediaite and Israel Matzav
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:
Discussion: The Daily Caller and alicublog
Sammy Benoit / YID With LID:
National Security Adviser Jones: Jews Are Greedy Merchants
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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David M. Herszenhorn / New York Times:
G.O.P. Readies a Rival Bill on Financial Regulation
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Truthdig
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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  —  South Carolina Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham's getting an enormous amount of flack for subtracting his initial from the Kerry-Graham-Lieberman energy bill that was due to be revealed this morning.  Graham's decision delays debate and could possibly be fatal for the bill's prospects.
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Lieberman: Reid will bring energy bill to floor, maybe before immigration
Discussion: The Swamp and The New Republic
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.
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 …
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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 …
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
Amanda Terkel / Think Progress:
Even Tancredo worries AZ immigration law may go too far …
Art Beast / The Daily Beast:
Hate the Law, Not Arizonans
Discussion: The Note
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
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.
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.
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 …
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.
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.
John O'Connor / The State:
Bauer takes aim at the ‘lazy’ in S.C.  —  Republican gubernatorial debate held in Spartanburg  —  SPARTANBURG - Lazy state residents are contributing to the number of illegal immigrants in South Carolina, Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer said during a Republican gubernatorial debate Friday, living off public aid rather than working.
Jonathan Chait / The New Republic:
The GOP's Terrible FinReg Bluff  —  As of now, it looks like the Republicans will filibuster the first vote on financial reform.  It also looks like they're pursuing the most asinine political strategy I've ever heard of, according to Politico: … So wait.
Discussion: The Daily Dish and Mother Jones
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.
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 …
 
 
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Richard N. Haass / Wall Street Journal:
The Palestine Peace Distraction
Discussion: Israel Matzav, Wonk Room and Commentary
Joshua Partlow / Washington Post:
Afghans burn NATO trucks in response to killing of 3 civilians
Discussion: Politics Daily
Washington Post:
U.S. messages to Syria may not be getting through
Julian Glover / Guardian:
Labour fights to avoid third as Lib Dem surge holds
Calculated Risk:
Q1 2010: Homeownership Rate Lowest Since Q1 2000
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 …
 Earlier Items: 
Wall Street Journal:
ObamaCare Mulligan  —  About those lower insurance costs we promised . . . .
Discussion: Betsy's Page
Noel Sheppard / NewsBusters.org:
Reuters Editor: Limbaugh's Right About Oklahoma City Bombing Not Clinton
Discussion: Hot Air
Sean Gardiner / Wall Street Journal:
Police Let Terrorist Slip Through
Discussion: City Room and Sweetness & Light
USA Today:
Economists say recovery looks stronger than expected
Discussion: EdLabor Journal
Ezra Klein:
How do you measure ‘epistemic closure’?
Simon Johnson / The Atlantic Online:
The Quiet Coup  —  The crash has laid bare many unpleasant truths about the United States.