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3:55 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?  —  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: 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
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.
Discussion: OpenSecrets.org, CNN and The Hill
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 American Spectator
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 …
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
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 …
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.
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.
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.
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
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
Julian Glover / Guardian:
Labour fights to avoid third as Lib Dem surge holds  —  Gordon Brown's party could end up in third place as the latest poll suggests support has not yet hit bedrock  —  Labour is battling to avoid a disastrous third place in next week's election, according to the latest Guardian/ICM poll.
Discussion: The Daily Dish
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 …
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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Wall Street Journal:
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Noel Sheppard / NewsBusters.org:
Reuters Editor: Limbaugh's Right About Oklahoma City Bombing Not Clinton
Discussion: Hot Air
Peter S. Goodman / New York Times:
From Docks to Dealerships, Signs of Economic Turn
Discussion: Sweetness & Light and DailyFinance
Sean Gardiner / Wall Street Journal:
Police Let Terrorist Slip Through
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Simon Johnson / The Atlantic Online:
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