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12:50 AM ET, April 28, 2010


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Orlando Sentinel:
Rove says he has ‘problems’ with AZ immigration law  —  THE VILLAGES - Karl Rove, chief political strategist for former President George W. Bush, today questioned a controversial new Arizona law designed to cut down on illegal immigration by making it a crime to not produce proof of citizenship when a law enforcement officer demands it.
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Jeb Bush speaks out against Ariz. law  —  Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is speaking out against the new hard-line immigration law in Arizona, becoming the first prominent national Republican to do so.  —  “I think it creates unintended consequences,” he said in a telephone interview with POLITICO Tuesday.
George F. Will / Washington Post:
A law Arizona can live with  —  “Misguided and irresponsible” is how Arizona's new law pertaining to illegal immigration is characterized by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.  She represents San Francisco, which calls itself a “sanctuary city,” an exercise in exhibitionism that means …
Amanda Terkel / Think Progress:
Sen. Graham Comes Out As The Second Republican Lawmaker To Condemn Arizona's Anti-Immigration Law  —  Today on MSNBC, Morning Joe host Joe Scarborough — who is also a former Republican congressman — took aim at Arizona's draconian anti-immigration law, calling it “un-American”: … Watch it:
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
A carefully crafted immigration law in Arizona  —  The chattering class is aghast at Arizona's new immigration law.  “Harkens back to apartheid,” says the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Cynthia Tucker.  “Shameful,” says the Washington Post's E.J. Dionne.  “ invitation to abuse,” says the New York Times' David Brooks.
Martha Mendoza / Associated Press:
Mexico issues travel alert over new Arizona law
Susan Crabtree / The Hill:
Sen. Graham says immigration dead until borders are secured
Linda Greenhouse / Opinionator:
Breathing While Undocumented  —  I'm glad I've already seen the Grand Canyon.
Rich Lowry / National Review:
Hysterics against Arizona  —  EDITOR'S NOTE: This column …
Discussion: Grim's Hall
Arizona law ‘poorly conceived,’ says Obama
Mexico Issues Travel Warning for Arizona Over Law
Discussion: Politics Daily
Kevin Johnson / USA Today:
Arizona agency seeks federal help on immigration law
Glenn Thrush / The Politico:
White House not caving to Graham
Discussion: CNN
David Weigel / Right Now:
I, Sarah Palin defender  —  Last night I appeared on MSNBC's Countdown with Keith Olbermann to talk about a story that had been driven into the mainstream by the blog PalinGates.  The story: Palin made three statements that PalinGates believed may have been false, and therefore grounds for perjury.
Tommy Christopher / Mediaite:
Keith Olbermann Gets Bad News on Sarah Palin Perjury Accusation  —  On last night's Countdown, Keith Olbermann reported on perjury accusations leveled at Sarah Palin by little-blog-that-could Palingates.  At issue is whether Palin opened herself up to criminal liability by claiming …
Newsdesk / Clout St:
Kirk to skip Sarah Palin fundaiser
Discussion: NBC Chicago, GOP 12 and The Eye
Damian Paletta / Real Time Economics:
Republican Alternative To Democrats' Financial Overhaul Takes Shape  —  Senate Republicans are circulating their own financial overhaul plan as they continue to block the effort by Democrats to bring a White House-backed bill to the Senate floor for a vote.  —  Here are highlights …
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Republicans Circulate Draft of Financial Regulation Alternative  —  Damian Paletta at the Wall Street Journal offers a summary of a 20 page draft of a GOP alternative approach to financial regulation.  Overall it's extremely vague, but appears to be . . . staggeringly similar to what's already in Chris Dodd's bill.
Discussion: Open Left
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Actuary denies delaying report  —  The Chief Medicare Actuary, Richard Foster, called “completely inaccurate” a report that the Department of Health and Human Services buried a report on health care in the days before a crucial vote.  —  “Consistent with the Office of the Actuary's longstanding …
Nancy-Ann DeParle / White Blog Feed:
More Support for Young Adults
Discussion: Mercury Rising and Newsweek Blogs
James C. McKinley Jr / New York Times:
Strict Abortion Measures Enacted in Oklahoma  —  The Oklahoma Legislature voted overwhelmingly Tuesday to override vetoes of two highly restrictive abortion measures, one making it a law that women undergo an ultrasound and listen to a detailed description of the fetus before having an abortion.
James Q. Lynch / Gazette:
3rd District GOP hopefuls take tough stances on immigration  —  Third District GOP congressional hopefuls called for more R&D on illegal immigration - as in round-up and deport.  —  Speaking at a Tama County Republican forum Monday, six candidates for the GOP nomination to face seven -term Democratic …
Discussion: Right Now
Jason Hancock / Iowa Independent:
Install microchips in illegal immigrants, GOP candidate says
Robert Gehrke / Salt Lake Tribune:
Poll stunner: Sen. Bennett on brink of defeat  —  Politics » With time running out, Lee, Bridgewater take the lead among GOP delegates.  —  Unless Sen. Bob Bennett's political fortunes change dramatically in the next two weeks, he could become Utah's first incumbent U.S. senator to lose his party's nomination in seven decades.
Thomas Burr / Salt Lake Tribune:
Could Chaffetz top Hatch in 2012?
Discussion: The Eye
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
“Enthusiastic” Voters Prefer GOP by 20 Points in 2010 Vote  —  Overall, congressional vote preferences are evenly divided  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Although U.S. registered voters are closely divided in their 2010 congressional election preferences, those who say they are “very enthusiastic about voting” …
Steven Ertelt / Pro-Life Headlines:
Governor Brewer Makes Arizona First to Drop Abortion Funding in Health Care  —  Phoenix, AZ ( — State legislators in Tennessee may have beaten their colleagues in Arizona in passing a law to allow the state to opt out of some of the abortion funding in the government-run health care bill President Barack Obama signed.
Igor / Wonk Room:
Arizona Becomes First State To Officially Limit Abortion Coverage …
Discussion: Daily Kos
Sharon Bernstein / Los Angeles Times:
Happy Meal toys could be banned in Santa Clara County  —  A county supervisor has created a stir with his proposal to bar the inclusion of toys in restaurant meals that contain high amounts of sugar, salt or certain fats.  —  Backers of the ban say free toys influence children's food choices.
Democracy Corps:
Is this the Final Chapter or a New Chapter?  —  We still do not know how this story ends.  We could be at the beginning of a new, six-month chapter with voters growing more invested in the country's current course and shifting their thinking about the issues and stakes.
House votes to block lawmakers' 2011 pay increase  —  The House of Representatives voted Tuesday to block the annual pay raise for members of Congress.  —  Washington (CNN) - With midterm elections on the horizon and the nation's unemployment rate at 9.7 percent, the House …
Discussion: The Politico, The Hill and USA Today
Perry Bacon Jr / Washington Post:
House approves measure blocking congressional pay raise
Discussion: Truthdig
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Goddard leads in Arizona  —  The Governor's race in Arizona continues to shape up as a rare opportunity for Democrats this year to pick up a major office they don't already have control of.  But although Terry Goddard still leads all of his Republican opponents in the race …
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Vicki Needham / The Hill:
Blankfein supports financial reform legislation
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Reid caves to Graham, will introduce cap-and-trade before immigration
David Weigel / Right Now:
Birthers prepare to march on Washington
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LAT to add paid links to stories, blogs
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