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7:35 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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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 …
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.
Discussion: MyDD, Bloomberg and Balloon Juice
Damian Paletta / Wall Street Journal:
Democrats to Kill Derivatives Provision Pushed by Berkshire
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:   Democrat Ben Nelson breaks with party, votes against forwarding financial 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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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 …
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:
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
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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 Newshoggers.com
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
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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Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Online:
Why Graham Dumped the Democrats
Wall Street Journal:
Finance Bill Fails to Move Forward in Key Test Vote  —  Delay is Likely Temporary as Parties Continue Negotiations on Terms of Overhaul  —  WASHINGTON—U.S. Senate Republicans stood together Monday to successfully block lawmakers from moving ahead with sweeping legislation …
Discussion: Fausta's Blog
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Business and labor groups warn senators they're watching Wall St. reform votes
Discussion: The Politico
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 …
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Joe Gandelman / The Moderate Voice:   A Case Study In 21st Century Political Spin and Hot-Button Pushing
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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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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Alex Seitz-Wald / Think Progress:
City Of San Francisco Moves To Join Growing Boycott Of Arizona …
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.
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Gabriel Sherman / New York Magazine:
The Revolution Will Be Commercialized
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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Matthew Continetti / Weekly Standard:
The Financial Reform Mind-meld
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
 
 
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CNN:
Lieberman opens up about becoming an independent
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Andrew Breitbart / Big Government:
No More Beer Summits: Tea Party ‘N-Word’ …
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Wall Street Journal Says It's Up to You, New York, New York
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NY-19: Candidate says GOP liberated Europe in WWII
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 Earlier Items: 
Alex Seitz-Wald / Think Progress:
Beck calls Bush a ‘progressive,’ says Obama is doing ‘exactly’ the same thing.
Julian Glover / Guardian:
Labour fights to avoid third as Lib Dem surge holds
Calculated Risk:
Q1 2010: Homeownership Rate Lowest Since Q1 2000
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: Hit & Run and Althouse
Wall Street Journal:
ObamaCare Mulligan  —  About those lower insurance costs we promised . . . .