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2:15 PM ET, April 26, 2010

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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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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.
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Lieberman: Reid will bring energy bill to floor, maybe before immigration  —  Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) said Monday that he'd been told that an energy bill would be brought to the Senate floor this year, even possibly before immigration.  —  Lieberman suggested Monday that energy legislation …
Discussion: The Swamp and The New Republic
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Online:
Why Graham Dumped the Democrats
Discussion: Ezra Klein and The New Republic
Byron York / Beltway Confidential:   Why Graham balked; can Dems win by losing on climate AND immigration?
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.
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Shelby: Senate unlikely to get deal Monday on Wall Street reform
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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The Anchoress:
Was Jones' Joke Anti-Semitic?
Discussion: alicublog
John Campbell / Breitbart.tv:
OBAMA'S NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISOR TELLS JOKE DEPICTING JEWS AS GREEDY MERCHANTS
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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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 …
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.
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Tim Fernholz / American Prospect:
Can Deregulation Solve the Rating-Agencies Problem?
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
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 …
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:
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: TPM LiveWire
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Tammy Vigil / KDVR:
Colorado closely watching Arizona illegal immigrant crackdown
Discussion: Patchwork Nation
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
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 …
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.
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” …
Discussion: Think Progress and The Hill
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.
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
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.
Discussion: Weekly Standard and Hit & Run
 
 
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Simon Johnson / The Atlantic Online:
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