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5:55 PM ET, April 28, 2010

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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 …
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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 …
Rachel Slajda / TPMDC:
Republicans Relent, Will Let Debate Begin  —  Senate Republicans announced this afternoon that they will allow financial reform legislation onto the chamber floor for a debate after bipartisan talks hit an impasse.  —  Sen. Richard Shelby (R-AL), ranking member of the Senate Banking Committee …
Manu Raju / The Politico:
Harry Reid: Republican party's filibuster ‘anti-American’
U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell:
Key Agreement Reached on Closing Bailout Loopholes
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Prelude To A Cave: McConnell Says GOP Financial Reform Filibuster …
Discussion: Daily Kos
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Online:
The Democratic Message for 2010  —  Here's a sneak peak …
Reid Wilson / Hotline On Call:
Steele: Obama, Kaine Went Over The Line
Aaron Blake / Ballot Box:
Kaine scoffs at GOP charges of race-baiting
Discussion: The Politico
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.
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Adam Smith / The Buzz:
Charlie Crist's declaration of independence coming in St. Petersburg  —  So the word is out: Crist is telling key financial backers that he's running for senate with no party affiliation.  The announcement is scheduled for 5 p.m. in Straub Park in downtown St Petersburg.
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Charlie Crist plans to leave GOP, run for Senate as independent  —  Florida Gov. Charlie Crist plans to announce he will run for the Senate as an independent tomorrow, leaving the Republican party and setting up a three-way fight in the fall, according to several sources briefed on his decision.
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Charlie Crist and the Closing of the Republican mind
Discussion: Guardian
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.
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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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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,” …
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 …
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Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
It's the (Bush) economy, stupid  —  Photo by Marvin Joseph of the Washington Post  —  A new Washington Post/ABC poll suggests that most Americans continue to blame the sluggish economy on former President George W. Bush, a development that could complicate Republican efforts to lay it at President Barack Obama's feet this fall.
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Washington Post:
Poll finds Americans in an anti-incumbent mood as midterm elections near
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: Hot Air, Whiskey Fire and Pajamas Media
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: ACS Blog and Politics Daily
Helen Kennedy / NY Daily News:
Opponents of immigration law call for boycott of Arizona Iced Tea - but it is brewed in New York!  —  Opponents of Arizona's new anti-immigrant law are calling for a boycott of the state's products - including the popular Arizona Iced Tea.  —  The problem: Arizona Iced Tea is actually brewed in New York.
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.
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 …
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 and Cafe Hayek
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
George Will On Hispanics  —  We've seen, repeatedly, that Fred Hiatt thinks it's not a problem if George Will wants to use his Washington Post column to mislead people about facts.  But Will's decided to enter a new kind of loathesomeness with this characterization of where one might meet a Hispanic:
cyber.law.harvard.edu:
A Tale of Two Blogospheres: Discursive Practices on the Left and Right  —  Authored by Yochai Benkler, Aaron Shaw, Victoria Stodden  —  Abstract  —  Discussions of the political effects of the Internet and networked discourse tend to presume consistent patterns of technological adoption and use within a given society.
Heather / Crooks and Liars:
Palin Accidentally Slams Fox News as ‘Lamestream Media’  —  Hats off to our friends at Media Matters for catching this one.  By “lamestream media,” did Palin mean Fox News?: … As they noted, unfortunately that “lamestream media” program she was talking about is Fox & Friends.
 
 
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