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10:10 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 …
Annie Lowrey / The Washington Independent:
Democrat Ben Nelson Votes Against Moving Forward With Financial Regulation  —  Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) has voted no on the cloture motion to start debate on Sen. Chris Dodd's (D-Conn.) financial regulatory reform bill — meaning the motion will likely fail, 58 to 42, short of the 60 votes needed.
David M. Herszenhorn / New York Times:
G.O.P. Readies a Rival Bill on Financial Regulation  —  WASHINGTON — Senate Republicans are working to finalize their own version of legislation to tighten regulation of the nation's financial system, and aides said their version could be put forward as a rival to the Democrats' proposal …
Karoli / Crooks and Liars:
Breaking: Ben Nelson votes for FinReg filibuster with his Republican buddies  —  The first test cloture vote is taking place right now in the Senate.  In true form, Ben Nelson has voted with his Republican friends and Wall Street benefactors to filibuster financial reform.
Washington Post:
Talks continue as GOP senators block advance of financial overhaul bill
Ian Swanson / The Hill:
Jumping into immigration reform could cut both ways politically for Democrats
Discussion: CNN, Power Line and
Wall Street Journal:
Finance Bill Fails to Move Forward in Key Test Vote
Discussion: Fausta's Blog
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:   Democrat Ben Nelson breaks with party, votes against forwarding financial reform
The Note:
With FinReg Filibuster Nigh; Rhetoric Heats Up
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Daily Kos
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Business and labor groups warn senators they're watching Wall St. reform votes
Discussion: The Politico
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 …
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.
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
National Security Advisor Gen. James Jones Scares Me
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Jones apologizes for Jewish joke
Police Seize Jason Chen's Computers  —  Last Friday night, California's Rapid Enforcement Allied Computer Team entered editor Jason Chen's home without him present, seizing four computers and two servers.  They did so using a warrant by Judge of Superior Court of San Mateo.
Kasie Hunt / The Politico:
Dem: Ariz. law like ‘Nazi Germany’  —  A Colorado Democrat says Arizona is on its way to becoming a “police state” and its new immigration law is “reminiscent” of Nazi Germany.  —  “It is absolutely reminiscent of second class status of Jews in Germany prior to World War II …
Discussion: CNN and Hot Air
Alexander Mooney / CNN:
Napolitano takes aim at Arizona immigration law
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
McCain unsure Arizona law is legal
Discussion: Hot Air, The Hill and
Art Beast / The Daily Beast:
Hate the Law, Not Arizonans
Discussion: The Note
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 …
Digby / Hullabaloo:
Not What He Needs?  —  I'm going to lose my mind if I have to listen to any more gasbags go on about how poor Lindsay Graham has been stabbed in the back because Harry Reid put immigration reform before climate change for nothing but personal political reasons.
Discussion: The Politico
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Online:
Why Graham Dumped the Democrats
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 …
Joe Gandelman / The Moderate Voice:
A Case Study In 21st Century Political Spin and Hot-Button Pushing
Discussion: Liberal Values
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.
Alex Seitz-Wald / Think Progress:
City Of San Francisco Moves To Join Growing Boycott Of Arizona …
Andrew Breitbart / Big Government:
No More Beer Summits: Tea Party ‘N-Word’ Incident Didn't Happen, And the Congressional Black Caucus Owes America an Apology  —  Rep. Andre Carson wants to change the subject.  I don't blame him.  —  On April 13, 2010 he told AP reporter Jesse Washington, “I think we need to move toward …
David Neiwert / Crooks and Liars:
David Duke defends the Tea Parties from charges of racism: Why …
Rasmussen Reports:
Nationally, 60% Favor Letting Local Police Stop and Verify Immigration Status  —  Arizona Governor Jan Brewer last week signed a new law into effect that authorizes local police to stop and verify the immigration status of anyone they suspect of being an illegal immigrant.
Rasmussen Reports:
Election 2010: North Dakota House of Representatives
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 …
Silvana Naguib / American Prospect:
What to Make of ‘Boobquake’?  —  Today, women gathered in Washington's Dupont Circle for a protest.  There weren't typo-ridden signs or rallying cries to pass legislation.  Instead, there were just a lot of low-cut shirts.  —  Jen McCreight came up with the idea for the protest and proposed …
Ross Douthat:
Does Conservatism Need Fox News?  —  Amid a long commentary on last week's Jim Manzi-Mark Levin dust-up (and related matters), Jonah Goldberg made the following observation: … I suppose that it depends on what you mean by “success.”  In a sense, the last eighteen months have been enormously successful …
Hibah Yousuf /
Economists: The stimulus didn't help  —  NEW YORK ( — 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.
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 …
Damian Paletta / Wall Street Journal:
Democrats to Kill Derivatives Provision Pushed by Berkshire  —  Senate Democrats agreed Monday to kill a provision from their derivatives bill pushed by Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc., a change one analyst predicted could force the Nebraska company to set aside up to $8 billion.
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Discussion: The Fix
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