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1:05 PM 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.
Discussion: Jules Crittenden
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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.  “Terrible...an invitation to abuse,” says the New York Times' David Brooks.
Linda Greenhouse / Opinionator:
Breathing While Undocumented  —  I'm glad I've already seen the Grand Canyon.  —  Because I'm not going back to Arizona as long as it remains a police state, which is what the appalling anti-immigrant bill that Gov. Jan Brewer signed into law last week has turned it into.
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 …
Randal C. Archibold / New York Times:
In Wake of Immigration Law, Calls for an Economic Boycott of Arizona
Rasmussen Reports:
Nationally, 60% Favor Letting Local Police Stop and Verify Immigration Status
Kyle Drennen / NewsBusters.org:
MSNBC News Flash: Arizona Law ‘Makes it a Crime to be Illegal Immigrant’
Discussion: Sister Toldjah and National Review
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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Brody Mullins / Washington Wire:
Wall Street Rules Help GOP Fill Campaign Coffers  —  Republicans are poised to lose the fight over Wall Street regulations, but there is a silver lining: the fight has helped the Republicans pad their campaign accounts.  —  For the first time since 2004, the biggest Wall Street firms …
Eamon Javers / The Politico:
Levin slams ‘unbridled greed’  —  A Senate subcommittee hearing became a referendum on the soul of Wall Street Tuesday, as high-level executives from Goldman Sachs defended their actions during the run up to the 2008 financial crisis from charges by committee chairman Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.) …
Discussion: CNN, Think Progress, The Note and The Swamp
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.
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Goldman Drama  —  Between 1997 and 2006, consumers, lenders and builders created a housing bubble, and pretty much the entire establishment missed it.  Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and the people who regulate them missed it.  The big commercial banks and the people who regulate them missed it.
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Carl Levin:
Opening Statement of Senator Carl Levin, U.S. Senate Permanent …
Discussion: New York Times, Telegraph and Guardian
Julie Pace / Associated Press:
Unemployment challenges Obama's economic narrative  —  WASHINGTON - Even as he touts his efforts to put more Americans to work, President Barack Obama faces a public increasingly skeptical of his ability to bring jobs back to Main Street.  —  During stops in Iowa, Illinois and Missouri …
Discussion: Hot Air, ABCNEWS, Bats and Say Anything
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The Politico:
Obama strategy gets personal
Discussion: Commentary
Fox News:
Obama Jumps Into 2010 Race With Appeal to Latinos, African-Americans …
Discussion: The Fix
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 …
The Politico:
Senators' letter to Facebook  —  Four Democratic U.S. senators — Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), Michael Bennet (D-Col.), Mark Begich (Alaska) and Al Franken (D-Minn.) — on Tuesday were unveiling this letter to Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg:  —  Dear Mr. Zuckerberg,
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Andy Barr / The Politico:
Sens: Facebook not protecting users
Discussion: CNN
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.
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.
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 …
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
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 …
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
GOP Congressman Rips RNC For “Deceptive” Census Mailers  —  Okay — it looks like the controversy over the Republican National Committee's so-called “census” fundraising mailers is about to heat up in a big way.  —  A Republican Congressman just sharply criticized the RNC's mailers as an effort to …
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 …
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.
Larry Parsons / Monterey County Herald:
Panetta Institute guests Bush, Carville say bipartisanship creating serious ‘logjam’  —  Jeb Bush, James Carville discuss chill in American politics  —  Take one of the country's most recognizable Democratic consultants and a former Florida governor from a dynastic Republican family and ask …
 
 
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Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Deficit solutions: ‘Day of reckoning’
Discussion: CNN
Michael C. Bender / Post on Politics:
Crist eyeing Senate announcement Thursday
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CNN:
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Ezra Klein:
The Federal Reserve and the banks join forces against Blanche …
Tim Blair:
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Nick Allen / Telegraph:
Hugo Chavez to join Twitter
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Boston Globe:
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Benjamin Birnbaum / The New Republic:
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Jacob Gershman / Wall Street Journal:
Paterson to Successor: You Will Fail
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Stephanie Simon / Wall Street Journal:
Jailbirds Order Up Hot Wings
Mary Katharine Ham / Weekly Standard:
Techno-GOP  —  Web-savvy is no longer a monopoly of the political left