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11:20 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.
Discussion: CNN, AMERICAblog News and The Hill
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
New York Times:
Republicans Reject Finance Bill Again, and Offer a Plan of Their Own  —  WASHINGTON — Republicans thwarted the Democrats' efforts to overhaul financial regulation for a second day on Tuesday and floated an alternative proposal with some crucial differences in the regulation of consumer lending.
Damian Paletta / Real Time Economics:
Republican Alternative To Democrats' Financial Overhaul Takes Shape
Political Punch:
POTUS on GOP Filibuster: “That's Not Right!”
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Republicans Circulate Draft of Financial Regulation Alternative
Discussion: and Open Left
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,” …
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Laura Bush: ‘Spoken From the Heart’
Discussion: The Politico
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.
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. …
David Dayen / Firedoglake:
Huckleberry Hounds Senate: Graham Threatens to Filibuster Everything He Claims to Care About  —  Sen. Graham (R-SC) cares this much.  (photo: Michael Wuertenberg WEF)  —  I noticed with alarm that some of my friends on the left evinced a certain amount of sympathy for Lindsey Graham.
Discussion: Los Angeles Times and TPMDC
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
GRAHAM IS LUCY, DEMS ARE CHARLIE BROWN, CLIMATE BILL IS THE BALL.... To a very real extent, 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 …
Susan Crabtree / The Hill:
Graham calls immigration reform dead if United States' borders aren't secured
Senator Kerry says EPA to start climate bill analysis
Discussion: The Politico
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.
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 …
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Goldman Sachs campaign cash: Risky?  —  “Take it back, take it back” - take that cash right out of here.  —  It was inevitable, in the midst of all the exposure that Goldman Sachs' most controversial investment strategies have been getting lately, that politicians might start giving …
Discussion: D.C. Now
Wall Street Journal:
Democrats Take New Tack to Rally Base
Richard A. Epstein / Forbes:
The Goldman Gaffe  —  Proof that the SEC doesn't understand the markets it regulates.
Discussion: EconLog
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.
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 …
Swing and a miss  —  Yesterday we learned that another “ethics” complaint that was filed against Governor Palin was dismissed as baseless.  (If you are counting, the Governor is 26-0-1 regarding such complaints or suits, with one still pending).  Only this complaint was actually filed after she left office …
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Palin: Obama pushing racial ‘myth’
Orlando Sentinel:
Rove says he has ‘problems’ with AZ immigration law  —  THE VILLAGES - Karl Rove, chief political strategist for former President George W. Bush, today questioned a controversial new Arizona law designed to cut down on illegal immigration by making it a crime to not produce proof of citizenship when a law enforcement officer demands it.
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Jeb Bush speaks out against Ariz. law
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.
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: The Jawa Report and Don Surber
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.
Fox News:
Has Noah's Ark Been Found on Turkish Mountaintop?
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Tremor Media Raises $40 Million in Funding
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Hawaii Legislature OKs measure to ignore requests for disclosure …
Discussion: National Review
Steny Hoyer / Wall Street Journal:
Shared Sacrifices Will Solve the Debt Crisis
Discussion: Gateway Pundit and Betsy's Page
Ted Barrett / CNN:
Senate Republican may switch vote and back debate on bill
Discussion: The Hill, Washington Post and TPMDC
New York Post:
Chris Dodd's carve-outs for cronies
Discussion: Big Government
Mortimer Zuckerman / Wall Street Journal:
Obama's Jerusalem Stonewall
Natasha Mozgovaya / Haaretz:
Gates: Hezbollah has more rockets than most governments in the world
Discussion: The New Republic
 Earlier Items: 
Tovah Lazaroff / Jerusalem Post:
Israel won't honor outpost pledge
Discussion: Wonk Room and 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,’ …
Vicki Needham / The Hill:
Blankfein supports financial reform legislation