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12:25 AM ET, April 29, 2010

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Amanda Lee Myers / Associated Press:
Illegal immigrants plan to leave over Ariz. law  —  PHOENIX (AP) — Many of the cars that once stopped in the Home Depot parking lot to pick up day laborers to hang drywall or do landscaping now just drive on by.  —  Arizona's sweeping immigration bill allows police to arrest illegal immigrant …
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Joe Gandelman / The Moderate Voice:
Wrong Hot Button Response?  Hispanics and Democrats Energized Due to Arizona Immigration Law  —  Did Arizona conservative Republicans, cheered on by many in the Republican party's talk radio political culture, push the wrong hot button?  It seems like it has energized voters but perhaps …
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 …
New York Times:
Republicans Agree to Debate on Financial Overhaul  —  WASHINGTON — Senate Republicans ended three days of resistance on Wednesday and signalled that they are ready to allow debate of legislation to overhaul regulation of the nation's financial system.  —  The Republicans …
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Obama doubts immigration bill ‘appetite’
Rachel Slajda / TPMDC:
Republicans Relent, Will Let Debate Begin
Washington Post:
Bipartisan talks break down; floor debate seems near
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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ABCNEWS:
Source: Crist to Bolt GOP, Run for Senate as Independent  —  Independent Senate Run Would Roil Florida Senate Race  —  Florida's Republican Gov. Charlie Crist is preparing to bolt the GOP and run for the United States Senate as an independent, a Republican source tells ABC News.
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and Power Line
CNN:
TRENDING: Steele: Crist win ‘a real possibility’ in three-way race
Discussion: Reuters
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Charlie Crist and the Closing of the Republican mind
Discussion: Guardian and Post on Politics
Jim Hoft / Gateway Pundit:
OBAMA & BIG SIS Call In Riot Police on Quincy Tea Party Patriots (Video)  —  TEAM OBAMA CALLS IN SWAT TEAM ON TEA PARTY PATRIOTS!  —  The SWAT Team was called in today at the Quincy Tea Party Rally.  Obama was speaking at the Oakley-Lindsey/Quincy Community Center this afternoon.  —  Unreal.
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Jim Hoft / Big Government:   Team Obama Calls Out Swat Team on Tea Party Patriots!
Pew Research Center:
Survey Reports  —  Pessimistic Public Doubts Effectiveness of Stimulus, TARP  —  As the debate in Washington heats up over new regulations on financial markets, the public is divided evenly over whether the Republican Party or Democratic Party (36% each) can do a better job of dealing with banks and financial institutions.
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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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CNN:
Dems hope to be seen as ‘party of results’  —  Washington (CNN) - When voters head to the polls in November, the Democratic National Committee would like them to remember Democrats with one word: results.  —  On Wednesday at the Democratic National Committee headquarters in Washington …
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Aaron Blake / The Hill:   DNC chairman fights race-baiting charges
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Rep. Steve King says Rep. Grijalva's district has ceded to Mexico  —  And so it continues.  You can always count on Rep. Steve King to be the lowest of the low.  Here's his newest acute observation on Rep. Grijalva's plight. … Steve King should be the Governor of Texas at this point.
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Jim Galloway / Political Insider:
Your morning jolt: The woman who beat Sarah Palin in Alaska takes aim at the Georgia House  —  The woman who beat Sarah Palin for the beauty queen title of Miss Alaska in 1984 is aiming for the Legislature.  —  Singer and actress Maryline Blackburn of Smyrna, now a 24-year resident of the state …
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.
Ben Frumin / TPM LiveWire:
GOPer: I Support Deporting American Citizens Whose Parents Are Illegal Immigrants (VIDEO)  —  Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA) wants to start deporting American citizens.  —  Not all American citizens, mind you.  Just the natural-born American citizens that are the children of illegal immigrants.
WCBS-TV:
NY Senator: ‘You Racist People In Here’  —  Sen. Kevin Parker Hurls Racism Accusations At Colleagues In Albany, Calls Republicans ‘White Supremacists’  —  ALBANY (CBS) ― It looks like the circus and childish antics are rearing their ugly head once again in Albany.
Discussion: Gothamist and Riehl World View
Rasmussen Reports:
Election 2010: Arkansas Senate  —  Arkansas Senate: Lincoln's Support Continues to Slide  —  Arkansas Senator Blanche Lincoln has fallen to her lowest levels of support yet in her bid for reelection, while her five top Republican challengers now pull over 50% support from Likely Voters in the state.
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.
Kevin Woster / Rapid City Journal:
KOTA anchorman temporarily sidelined after tea party appearance  —  KOTA TV newsman Shad Olson will be back on the air soon, following a disciplinary suspension from his news anchor duties in the Rapid City coverage area because of his speech at a tea party rally.
Discussion: Hot Air and NewsBusters.org
Jacob Sullum / Hit & Run:
Obama: We Need a Commission Because You Can't Trust Slippery Politicians Like Me to Tell You the Truth  —  Yesterday President Obama opened the first meeting of his National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform by decrying “the norm around Washington...when it comes to our finances” …
Kenneth P. Vogel / The Politico:
Two Republicans co-sponsor campaign finance bill  —  Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), who has championed the legislative effort to minimize the impact of the Supreme Court's decision in the Citizens United campaign finance case, has lined up two Republican co-sponsors for the legislation …
Discussion: Politics Daily
Noah Shachtman / Danger Room:
Actually, the Army Kind of Likes Your Blog  —  You'd think all the criticism from left-wing websites like the Huffington Post, Daily Kos, and Salon would royally piss off the Army.  But at least one Army report finds the sites' posts to be consistently “balanced.”
Ben Armbruster / Think Progress:
Tancredo's Conspiracy Theory: Obama Hides His Birth Certificate To Stir Up The Right And Make Us Look Crazy  —  During a speech in 2008, Michelle Obama mentioned her husband's famous trip to Kenya in 2006 and referred to it as his “home country,” most likely referring to the fact that he has immediate ancestral ties there.
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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Heather / Crooks and Liars:
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Discussion: Associated Press
Daniel Foster / The Corner on National Review Online:
Clinton Calls Timing of Goldman Suit ‘Suspect’ — By: Daniel Foster
Discussion: Hot Air
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