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2:50 PM ET, April 28, 2010

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Dennis Kneale / CNBC:
Obama is a Bully: Kneale  —  Will someone please rein in our relentlessly hectoring President?  Barrack Hussein Obama has taken his gift for inspirational oratory—one of the traits that got him elected—and turned it into something darker and more insidious.  —  Bam is a bully.
Discussion: Whiskey Fire, Hot Air and Pajamas Media
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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Republican centrists warn Reid's tough tactics could backfire  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has deployed unusually tough tactics to pressure Republicans to back Wall Street reform — a move that could shore up his liberal base, but one that GOP centrists say is counterproductive.
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Senate Dems plan all-nighter to push GOP on Wall Street reform  —  Senate Democratic leaders are planning for an all-night session to put more pressure on Republicans to allow a debate on Wall Street reform.  —  Republican senators voted for the third time in three days on Wednesday to block …
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Online:
The Democratic Message for 2010  —  Here's a sneak peak at the Democratic Party's national election message for 2010, courtesy of a party official.  It'll be unveiled officially by DNC chairman Tim Kaine at a Christian Science Monitor luncheon later today.  The basic point, quite naturally …
Damian Paletta / Wall Street Journal:
Fed Tried to Kill Senate Provision on Derivatives Spinoff
Discussion: Ezra Klein and Mother Jones
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Regulation Won't Kill Wall Street
Discussion: The New Republic and Mother Jones
Adam Smith / The Buzz:
Charlie Crist's declaration of independence coming in St. Petersburg  —  So the word is out: Gov. Charlie Crist is telling key financial backers that he's running for the U.S. Senate with no party affiliation.  The announcement is scheduled for 5 p.m. in Straub Park in downtown St. Petersburg.
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Kimberly Schwandt / Liveshots:
Crist to Run as Independent in FL Sen Race  —  Republican Florida Governor Charlie Crist has decided he will run as an independent in the race to fill the Florida U.S. Senate seat, Crist allies tell Fox News.  The official announcement is scheduled for Thursday at 5pm ET in St. Petersburg, Florida.
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Fox News: Crist to announce independent run tomorrow
Byron York / Beltway Confidential:
What America is Michael Gerson living in?  —  In the Washington Post, columnist and former Bush speechwriter Michael Gerson pronounces the new Arizona immigration law “understandable — and dreadful.”  Gerson says states do not have the authority “to take control of American immigration policy …
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The Politico:
Why reporters are down on Obama  —  One of the enduring story lines of Barack Obama's presidency, dating back to the earliest days of his candidacy, is that the press loves him.  —  “Most of you covered me.  All of you voted for me,” Obama joked last year at the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner.
Anahad O'Connor / New York Times:
Laura Bush Opens Up About Crash  —  Laura Bush has finally opened up publicly about the mysterious car accident she had when she was 17, a crash that claimed the life of a high school friend on a dark country road in Midland, Tex.  —  In her new book, “Spoken From the Heart,” …
BBC:
Brown apology for ‘bigoted’ jibe  —  Gordon Brown describes pensioner as a ‘bigoted woman’  —  Gordon Brown has apologised after being caught on microphone describing a voter he had just spoken to in Rochdale as a “bigoted woman”.  —  Sixty-five-year-old Gillian Duffy had challenged …
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BBC:
Brown ‘mortified’ by bigot slip
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
“That was a disaster. …
Discussion: Mother Jones
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:   Duffy's Reaction To Hearing What Brown Said
Ezra Klein:
Will the Kentucky Derby end the Republican filibuster of FinReg?  —  Word is that the Democrats might make the Republicans actually filibuster FinReg tonight.  That is to say, stand on the floor and talk and talk and talk.  And if the Democrats are serious about forcing the Republicans …
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
McCain's numbers plummet  —  John McCain has had a Charlie Crist like drop in his approval numbers over the last six months, seeing double digit declines in his popularity with Democrats, Republicans, and independents alike.  As a result a majority of Arizona voters now disapprove of his job performance.
Discussion: Hot Air and MyDD
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Dodd and Shelby to meet on financial bill as it nears the floor  —  The top two members of the Senate Banking Committee will meet Wednesday afternoon to discuss the financial regulatory bill as many on Capitol Hill anticipate the opening of formal debate on the measure.
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Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Prelude To A Cave: McConnell Says GOP Financial Reform Filibuster …
Discussion: Daily Kos and Talking Points Memo
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Jim Hoft / Gateway Pundit:
Supreme Court Rules Mojave Cross Can Stay -ACLU Defeated (Video)  —  The ACLU went down in defeat today.  The Supreme Court ruled that the Mojave Cross can stay.  —  (Why this had to go so far in the first place is beyond belief.)  —  Via FOX News:  —  US Supreme Court rules Mojave cross can stay …
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Mark Sherman / Associated Press:
High court supports Mojave cross in Calif.
Discussion: Politics Daily and ACS Blog
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Palin: Obama pushing racial ‘myth’  —  Former Alaska GOP Gov. Sarah Palin on Tuesday night declared that there is “no ability or opportunity” for the new Arizona immigration law to encourage racial profiling, and blamed Barack Obama for “perpetuating this myth.”
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Jim Vertuno / Associated Press:
Texas gov. shoots, kills ‘wily’ coyote during jog  —  AUSTIN, Texas — Pistol-packing Texas Gov. Rick Perry has a message for wily coyotes out there: Don't mess with my dog.  —  Perry told The Associated Press on Tuesday he needed just one shot from the laser-sighted pistol he sometimes carries …
Washington Post:
Poll finds Americans in an anti-incumbent mood as midterm elections near  —  Members of Congress face the most anti-incumbent electorate since 1994, with less than a third of all voters saying they are inclined to support their representatives in November, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.
Katharine Q. Seelye / New York Times:
Regulators Approve First Offshore Wind Farm in U.S.  —  BOSTON — After nine years of regulatory review, the federal government gave the green light Wednesday to the nation's first offshore wind farm, a highly contested project off the coast of Cape Cod.  —  The approval of the 130-turbine farm gives …
Gary Langer / ABCNEWS:
ABC News Poll: Ahead of 2010 Midterm Elections, Incumbent Support Its Lowest Since 1994  —  More Than Half Say Come November Elections, They'll Look for Someone New  —  A third of registered voters are inclined to reelect their representatives in Congress, the fewest since …
Daily Mail:
'When we understand that slide, we'll have won the war:' US generals given baffling PowerPoint presentation to try to explain Afghanistan mess  —  Its coloured charts, graphs and bullet-points are supposed to make the most incomprehensible data crystal clear.
Discussion: Atlas Shrugs
Gawker:
The Washington Post Cannot Tell Obama From Malcolm X  —  Violent black radical Barack Hussein Obama X is learning about wind energy in Iowa, The Washington Post reports in a most unfortunate photo caption error.  —  It appears Obama and Malcolm X were actually slated for separate stories.
 
 
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Bill Clinton on Arizona Immigration Law, Goldman Sachs, and Chelsea's Wedding
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Quinn favors legislation that aims to eliminate repeat of Scott Lee Cohen debacle
Pew Research Center:
Pessimistic Public Doubts Effectiveness of Stimulus, TARP
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Quinn angling for more education money as Obama visits Illinois
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