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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.
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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 …
Discussion: Swampland
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 …
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Prelude To A Cave: McConnell Says GOP Financial Reform Filibuster Was ‘Very Useful Exercise’  —  All week, Senate Republicans have been blocking a floor debate on the Democrats' financial regulatory reform legislation, holding out, they say, for a comprehensive bipartisan agreement between …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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Meredith Shiner / The Politico:
Reid: Negotiations ‘going nowhere’
Discussion: Daily Kos
Neil Vigdor / ctpost.com:
Lieberman, Reid make for strange bedfellows
Discussion: Washington Wire and The Page
Ted Barrett / CNN:
Senate Republican may switch vote and back debate on bill
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Republican senators show signs of relenting on Wall Street reform bill
Discussion: CNN and The Hill
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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Andy Barr / The Politico:
Republicans hit Arizona law
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:   Democratic lawmaker: Arizona immigration law like apartheid
CNN:
House Republicans call on Obama to secure border
Anahad O'Connor / New York Times:
Laura Bush Opens Up About Fatal 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,” …
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.
Landon Thomas Jr / New York Times:
Spain's Debt Rating Cut, Heightening Concerns Over Europe  —  The ratings agency Standard & Poor's lowered the debt rating of Spain on Wednesday, its third downgrade of a European country in two days.  —  The downgrade came one day after the S.& P. cut the ratings of Greek and Portuguese debt …
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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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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
“That was a disaster. …
Discussion: Mother Jones
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Brown's bad apology
Discussion: Guardian, The Lede and Hot Air
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 and Pajamas Media
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.
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 …
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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Wall Street Journal:
Democrats Take New Tack to Rally Base  —  Concerned About Possible Midterm Losses, Party Will Step Up Minority Outreach and Warn of GOP Vote Suppression  —  Increasingly concerned about a demoralized base, Democratic Party leaders are accusing opponents of trying to delegitimize President Barack Obama …
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Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Goldman Sachs campaign cash: Risky?
Discussion: D.C. Now
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:
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
Telegraph:
Suntanned women to be arrested under Islamic dress code  —  Iran has warned suntanned women and girls who looked like “walking mannequins” will be arrested as part of a new drive to enforce the Islamic dress code.  —  Brig Hossien Sajedinia, Tehran's police chief, said a national crackdown …
Discussion: Don Surber and The Jawa Report
San Francisco Chronicle:
City workers banned from official travel to Arizona  —  San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom announced today a moratorium on official city travel to Arizona after the state enacted a controversial new immigration law that directs local police to arrest those suspected of being in the country illegally.
Michelle Malkin:
Police state: How Mexico treats illegal aliens  —  This is what a “police state” looks like  —  My syndicated column today responds to Mexican President Felipe Calderon's demagoguery on Arizona's immigration enforcement law.  Calderon has a long history of bashing the U.S. …
Silvana Naguib / American Prospect:
Wal-Mart vs. Women: What's in a Number?  —  Yesterday, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that a massive employment discrimination case against Wal-Mart could go forward.  The dispute over the nearly decade-old case centered on whether it was appropriate for the plaintiffs to be …
 
 
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Robert Nisbet / Sky News:
Palin's Debate Answers Were ‘Scripted’
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Huckleberry Hounds Senate: Graham Threatens to Filibuster Everything …
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Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
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Mortimer Zuckerman / Wall Street Journal:
Obama's Jerusalem Stonewall