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10:40 AM ET, April 27, 2010

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Blue Texan / Firedoglake:
Early Morning Swim: Rachel Maddow on the Origin of Arizona's Draconian Immigration Law  —  Meanwhile, Jan Brewer's really stepped in it. … Shorter Brewer: At a time of recession, how dare people not financially support our racist xenophobic laws.
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Eugene Robinson / Washington Post:
Arizona's new immigration law is an act of vengeance  —  Arizona's draconian new immigration law is an abomination — racist, arbitrary, oppressive, mean-spirited, unjust.  About the only hopeful thing that can be said is that the legislation, which Republican Gov. Jan Brewer signed Friday …
Linda Greenhouse / Opinionator:
Breathing While Undocumented  —  I'm glad I've already seen the Grand Canyon.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Randal C. Archibold / New York Times:
In Wake of Immigration Law, Calls for an Economic Boycott of Arizona
Discussion: the albany project
Alex Seitz-Wald / Think Progress:
City Of San Francisco Moves To Join Growing Boycott Of Arizona …
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.
Gizmodo:
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.
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.
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Kyle Drennen / NewsBusters.org:
MSNBC News Flash: Arizona Law ‘Makes it a Crime to be Illegal Immigrant’
Discussion: Sister Toldjah and National Review
Roll Call:
Heard on the Hill: Kennedy's Vodka-Fueled Bar Trip  —  Rep. Patrick Kennedy was spotted doing vodka shots last week at a Capitol Hill bar just hours after he spoke about his history of substance abuse at a charity event.  —  An HOH tipster and a pal were sitting at the bar …
Discussion: Hit & Run and Gateway Pundit
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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Reid to force repeated votes to end filibuster of Wall Street reform  —  Sen. Harry Reid will force Republicans to vote repeatedly against Wall Street reform to put pressure GOP centrists.  —  A senior Democratic aide said Reid would schedule votes to end a Republican filibuster of the reform bill …
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Washington Post:
Talks continue as GOP senators block advance of financial overhaul bill
The Huffington Post:
Nelson Flips On Regulatory Reform After Buffett Provision Removed  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  Democrats were surprised on Monday evening when Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) did an abrupt about-face and became the only Democrat to help filibuster legislation to revamp Wall Street regulations.
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Ayaan Hirsi Ali / Wall Street Journal:
‘South Park’ and the Informal Fatwa  —  The veiled threats against the Comedy Central show's creators should be taken very seriously.  —  'South Park" is hilarious, right?  Not any more.  —  Last week, Zachary Adam Chesser—a 20-year-old Muslim convert who now goes by the name Abu Talhah Al-Amrikee …
Discussion: Power Line and New York Times
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Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Obamateurism of the Day  —  Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it.  Those academics who learn the politically-correct, facile interpretation of history are doomed to look like fools when they open their mouths.  Barack Obama proved at least the latter of these two axioms …
Discussion: Reuters and Pajamas Media
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Democrats' young voter problem  —  1. Less than 24 hours after President Barack Obama announced his plan to re-build the coalition that helped elect him in 2008, new numbers from Gallup suggest one of the pillars of that foundation is decidedly shaky.  —  Less than one in four voters aged …
Elisabeth Bumiller / New York Times:
Enemy Lurks in Briefings on Afghan War: PowerPoint  —  WASHINGTON — Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal, the leader of American and NATO forces in Afghanistan, was shown a PowerPoint slide in Kabul last summer that was meant to portray the complexity of American military strategy, but looked more like a bowl of spaghetti.
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 …
Boston Globe:
KFC: Who's the fattiest of them all?  —  KFC's newest offering has redefined the American sandwich landscape.  The Double Down sandwich consists of two fried chicken breasts, bacon, cheese, and special sauce.  “This product is so meaty,” reports KFC's website with the sort of pride usually reserved …
The Hill:
Climate advocates fight to give legislation another day  —  Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) insisted Monday that the Senate could still take up climate change legislation before immigration reform.  —  Lieberman's comments came as a range of environmental and business groups that support …
Discussion: The Politico and The New Republic
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Digby / Hullabaloo:
Not What He Needs?  —  I'm going to lose my mind if I have to listen …
Discussion: The Politico and Firedoglake
Jacob Gershman / Wall Street Journal:
Paterson to Successor: You Will Fail  —  ALBANY—David Paterson, the current governor of New York, has a message for his successor: You're doomed to fail.  —  In a 70-minute interview with The Wall Street Journal, the governor cast himself as a scapegoat for the state's problems, blamed an …
Discussion: The Caucus and City Room
Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:
Midwest Trip With Political Fortunes on the Line  —  MOUNT PLEASANT, Iowa — President Obama is making an appeal to the legions of new voters who sent him to the White House, imploring them to preserve the Democratic majority in Congress.  But party leaders have an even more pressing wish …
Benjamin Birnbaum / The New Republic:
Minority Report  —  Human Rights Watch fights a civil war over Israel.  —  On October 19 of last year, the op-ed page of The New York Times contained a bombshell: a piece by Robert Bernstein, the founder and former chairman of Human Rights Watch (HRW), attacking his own organization.
NASA Earth Observatory:
Oil Leak from Damaged Well in Gulf of Mexico  —  An estimated 42,000 gallons of oil per day were leaking from an oil well in the Gulf of Mexico in late April, following an explosion at an offshore drilling rig on April 20, 2010.  The rig eventually capsized and sank.
Robert Pear / New York Times:
Inquiry Says Health Care Charges Were Proper  —  WASHINGTON — When major companies declared that a provision of the new health care law would hurt earnings, Democrats were skeptical.  But after investigating, House Democrats have concluded that the companies were right to tell investors …
Discussion: Power Line and Wonk Room
Mary Katharine Ham / Weekly Standard:
Techno-GOP  —  Web-savvy is no longer a monopoly of the political left  —  Home to two-term Republican governor Rick Perry, Austin is also the newest outpost of the social networking giant Facebook, which announced it had surpassed Google as the most visited website in the United States around …
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 …
 
 
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