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3:55 AM ET, April 28, 2010


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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  —  Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is speaking out against the new hard-line immigration law in Arizona, becoming the first prominent national Republican to do so.  —  “I think it creates unintended consequences,” he said in a telephone interview with POLITICO Tuesday.
The_Only_King / Associated Press:
Holder: U.S. May Fight Arizona Immigration Law  —  Arizona's New Law is Subject to Potential abuse, Attorney General Eric Holder Said Today  —  (AP) Attorney General Eric Holder and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano were critical Tuesday of Arizona's new law on immigration …
Amanda Terkel / Think Progress:
Sen. Graham Comes Out As The Second Republican Lawmaker To Condemn Arizona's Anti-Immigration Law  —  Today on MSNBC, Morning Joe host Joe Scarborough — who is also a former Republican congressman — took aim at Arizona's draconian anti-immigration law, calling it “un-American”: … Watch it:
George F. Will / Washington Post:
A law Arizona can live with
Discussion: Opinionator, TPMDC and Julian Sanchez
Arizona law ‘poorly conceived,’ says Obama
Rich Lowry / National Review:
Hysterics against Arizona  —  EDITOR'S NOTE: This column …
Discussion: Grim's Hall
Kevin Johnson / USA Today:
Arizona agency seeks federal help on immigration law
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.
Tommy Christopher / Mediaite:   Keith Olbermann Gets Bad News on Sarah Palin Perjury Accusation
Newsdesk / Clout St:
Kirk to skip Sarah Palin fundaiser
Discussion: GOP 12
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.
Martha Mendoza / Associated Press:
Mexico issues travel alert over new Arizona law  —  MEXICO CITY — The Mexican government warned its citizens Tuesday to use extreme caution if visiting Arizona because of a tough new law that requires all immigrants and visitors to carry U.S.-issued documents or risk arrest.
Mexico Issues Travel Warning for Arizona Over Law
Discussion: Politics Daily
Susan Crabtree / The Hill:
Sen. Graham says immigration dead until borders are secured
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 …
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Republicans Circulate Draft of Financial Regulation Alternative  —  Damian Paletta at the Wall Street Journal offers a summary of a 20 page draft of a GOP alternative approach to financial regulation.  Overall it's extremely vague, but appears to be . . . staggeringly similar to what's already in Chris Dodd's bill.
Discussion: Open Left
James Q. Lynch / Gazette:
3rd District GOP hopefuls take tough stances on immigration  —  Third District GOP congressional hopefuls called for more R&D on illegal immigration - as in round-up and deport.  —  Speaking at a Tama County Republican forum Monday, six candidates for the GOP nomination to face seven -term Democratic …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Right Now
Jason Hancock / Iowa Independent:
Install microchips in illegal immigrants, GOP candidate says
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.
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 …
Nancy-Ann DeParle / White Blog Feed:
More Support for Young Adults
Discussion: Mercury Rising and Newsweek Blogs
Tovah Lazaroff / Jerusalem Post:
Israel won't honor outpost pledge  —  Legal status, rather than promises to US, will determine their fate.  —  Talkbacks (9)  —  Make JPOST.COM your Home Page  —  Iranian Threat  —  Jewish World  —  Local Israel  —  Arts & Culture  —  Français  —  Classifieds  —  Israel
Discussion: Israel Matzav
Sharon Bernstein / Los Angeles Times:
Happy Meal toys could be banned in Santa Clara County  —  A county supervisor has created a stir with his proposal to bar the inclusion of toys in restaurant meals that contain high amounts of sugar, salt or certain fats.  —  Backers of the ban say free toys influence children's food choices.
Democracy Corps:
Is this the Final Chapter or a New Chapter?  —  We still do not know how this story ends.  We could be at the beginning of a new, six-month chapter with voters growing more invested in the country's current course and shifting their thinking about the issues and stakes.
Steven Ertelt / Pro-Life Headlines:
Governor Brewer Makes Arizona First to Drop Abortion Funding in Health Care  —  Phoenix, AZ ( — State legislators in Tennessee may have beaten their colleagues in Arizona in passing a law to allow the state to opt out of some of the abortion funding in the government-run health care bill President Barack Obama signed.
Igor / Wonk Room:
Arizona Becomes First State To Officially Limit Abortion Coverage …
Discussion: Daily Kos
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
“Enthusiastic” Voters Prefer GOP by 20 Points in 2010 Vote  —  Overall, congressional vote preferences are evenly divided  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Although U.S. registered voters are closely divided in their 2010 congressional election preferences, those who say they are “very enthusiastic about voting” …
David Weigel / Right Now:
Birthers prepare to march on Washington  —  The long-rumored “birth certificate march on Washington” — a project of the original birther attorney, Phil Berg — will happen on Saturday, May 29.  Berg is beckoning supporters to the 82-acre President's Park, right across from the White House.
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Video: Orszag explains how ObamaCare imposes rationing  —  Not that any of this comes as a surprise to those who paid attention to the ObamaCare bill, of course.  I wrote about the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) twice in December, first when the CBO scored the bill …
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Goddard leads in Arizona  —  The Governor's race in Arizona continues to shape up as a rare opportunity for Democrats this year to pick up a major office they don't already have control of.  But although Terry Goddard still leads all of his Republican opponents in the race …
Greece Cut to Junk at S&P as Contagion Spreads  —  Greece's credit rating was cut three steps to junk by Standard and Poor's, the first time a euro member has lost its investment grade since the currency's 1999 debut.  The euro weakened and stock markets throughout the region plunged.
Discussion: Vox Popoli
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Steven Teles / Washington Monthly:
Brains on Drugs
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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
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Reid caves to Graham, will introduce cap-and-trade before immigration
Jim Snyder / The Hill:
Former Massey worker says he quit because of ‘poor’ conditions in mine
Discussion: The Note
Perry Bacon Jr / Washington Post:
House approves measure blocking congressional pay raise
Discussion: Truthdig
House votes to block lawmakers' 2011 pay increase
Discussion: The Hill, The Politico and USA Today
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Thomas Burr / Salt Lake Tribune:
Could Chaffetz top Hatch in 2012?
Discussion: Right Now
Kevin Roderick / LA Observed:
LAT to add paid links to stories, blogs
Discussion: Media Decoder and Riehl World View
Sumner Redstone Says Murdoch's Newspapers Will Fail
Discussion: Gothamist
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Breaking: Sue Lowden Finally Backs Off “Chickens For Checkups” Barter Policy
Chris Harris / Media Matters Action Network:
The GOP's Bad News Day
Discussion: TPMDC and The Caucus
Gideon Rachman / Financial Times:
Israel's fear and loathing of Obama