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9:50 AM ET, April 28, 2010

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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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Damian Paletta / Real Time Economics:
Republican Alternative To Democrats' Financial Overhaul Takes Shape  —  Senate Republicans are circulating their own financial overhaul plan as they continue to block the effort by Democrats to bring a White House-backed bill to the Senate floor for a vote.  —  Here are highlights …
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
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Republicans Circulate Draft of Financial Regulation Alternative
Discussion: Open Left
George F. Will / Washington Post:
A law Arizona can live with  —  “Misguided and irresponsible” is how Arizona's new law pertaining to illegal immigration is characterized by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.  She represents San Francisco, which calls itself a “sanctuary city,” an exercise in exhibitionism that means …
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Orlando Sentinel:
Rove says he has ‘problems’ with AZ immigration law
Adam Smith / The Buzz:
Marco Rubio speaks out on AZ immigration law
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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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.
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,” …
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Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Laura Bush: ‘Spoken From the Heart’
Discussion: The Politico
Landon Thomas Jr / New York Times:
Europe Worried That Greek Crisis Is Poised to Spread  —  With Greece inching closer to the brink of financial collapse, fear that the debt crisis will spread rattled global markets for a second day Wednesday as they awaited a signal from financial leaders gathering in Berlin.
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
GRAHAM IS LUCY, DEMS ARE CHARLIE BROWN, CLIMATE BILL IS THE BALL.... To a very real extend, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) won a key concession yesterday.  He just didn't take the good news well.  —  A few days ago, the conservative senator threatened to kill the climate/energy bill he's …
Discussion: Washington Post and AMERICAN.COM
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Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Graham: I'll Filibuster My Own Climate Bill Unless Reid Drops Immigration Altogether
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 …
Reuters:
Why reporters are down on Obama  —  One of the enduring storylines 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.
Fox News:
Has Noah's Ark Been Found on Turkish Mountaintop?  —  The remains of Noah's Ark have been discovered 13,000 feet up a Turkish mountain — according to a sensational claim by evangelical explorers.
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Fox News:
Has Noah's Ark Been Found on Turkish Mountaintop?
Mortimer Zuckerman / Wall Street Journal:
Obama's Jerusalem Stonewall  —  Demanding a construction freeze in the capital reverses decades of U.S. policy.  —  Thanks to a deadlock engineered by the U.S. government, the Middle East peace process is stalled.  President Obama began this stalemate last year when he called for a settlement freeze …
Discussion: Commentary and Betsy's Page
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
Reuters:
New Arizona law forcing hard choices on migrants  —  (Reuters) - With Arizona's crackdown on illegal immigrants looming, Guatemalan Samuel Roldan is swapping the family's battered Chevy Suburban, which he feels marks them out as low-income migrants, for a smarter, more corporate-looking Nissan.
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Martha Mendoza / Associated Press:
Mexico issues travel alert over new Arizona law
Bloomberg:
Mexico Issues Travel Warning for Arizona Over Law
Discussion: Politics Daily
James C. McKinley Jr / New York Times:
Strict Abortion Measures Enacted in Oklahoma  —  The Oklahoma Legislature voted overwhelmingly Tuesday to override vetoes of two highly restrictive abortion measures, one making it a law that women undergo an ultrasound and listen to a detailed description of the fetus before having an abortion.
David Weigel / Right Now:
I, Sarah Palin defender  —  Last night I appeared on MSNBC's Countdown with Keith Olbermann to talk about a story that had been driven into the mainstream by the blog PalinGates.  The story: Palin made three statements that PalinGates believed may have been false, and therefore grounds for perjury.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Actuary denies delaying report  —  The Chief Medicare Actuary, Richard Foster, called “completely inaccurate” a report that the Department of Health and Human Services buried a report on health care in the days before a crucial vote.  —  “Consistent with the Office of the Actuary's longstanding …
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Nancy-Ann DeParle / White House.gov Blog Feed:
More Support for Young Adults
Discussion: Mercury Rising and Newsweek Blogs
 
 
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Ted Barrett / CNN:
Senate Republican may switch vote and back debate on bill
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New York Post:
Chris Dodd's carve-outs for cronies
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Natasha Mozgovaya / Haaretz:
Gates: Hezbollah has more rockets than most governments in the world
Discussion: The New Republic
Tovah Lazaroff / Jerusalem Post:
Israel won't honor outpost pledge
Discussion: Israel Matzav
Steven Teles / Washington Monthly:
Brains on Drugs
Discussion: Mother Jones
Igor / Wonk Room:
Bill Frist On Health Care Law: ‘I Like The Bill,’ …
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Vicki Needham / The Hill:
Blankfein supports financial reform legislation
Jim Snyder / The Hill:
Former Massey worker says he quit because of ‘poor’ conditions in mine
Discussion: The Note
David Weigel / Right Now:
Birthers prepare to march on Washington
Chris Harris / Media Matters Action Network:
The GOP's Bad News Day
Discussion: TPMDC and The Caucus