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1:55 PM ET, April 28, 2010

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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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Neil Vigdor / ctpost.com:
Lieberman, Reid make for strange bedfellows
Discussion: Washington Wire and The Page
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 …
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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Polly Curtis / Guardian:
Gordon Brown calls Labour supporter a ‘bigoted woman’
Discussion: PoliPundit.com
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:   Duffy's Reaction To Hearing What Brown Said
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
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.
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,” …
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: Daily Kos and Talking Points Memo
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Ted Barrett / CNN:
Senate Republican may switch vote and back debate on bill
Meredith Shiner / The Politico:   United GOP blocks reform again
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Republican senators show signs of relenting on Wall Street reform bill
Discussion: The Hill and CNN
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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: Whiskey Fire, Hot Air and Pajamas Media
Katharine Q. Seelye / New York Times:
Regulators Approve First Offshore Wind Farm in U.S.  —  BOSTON — After nine years of regulatory review, the federal government gave the green light Wednesday to the nation's first offshore wind farm, a highly contested project off the coast of Cape Cod.  —  The approval of the 130-turbine farm gives …
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Beth Daley / The Green Blog:
Interior secretary approves Cape Wind, nation's first offshore wind farm
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 …
Jim Hoft / Gateway Pundit:
Supreme Court Rules Mojave Cross Can Stay -ACLU Defeated (Video)  —  The ACLU went down in defeat today.  The Supreme Court ruled that the Mojave Cross can stay.  —  (Why this had to go so far in the first place is beyond belief.)  —  Via FOX News:  —  US Supreme Court rules Mojave cross can stay …
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Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Supreme Court bears support for cross
Discussion: ABCNEWS
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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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.
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
McCain's numbers plummet  —  John McCain has had a Charlie Crist like drop in his approval numbers over the last six months, seeing double digit declines in his popularity with Democrats, Republicans, and independents alike.  As a result a majority of Arizona voters now disapprove of his job performance.
Discussion: MyDD
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:
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 …
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
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 …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
 
 
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Colby Itkowitz / Morning Call:
A year after switching political parties, Sen. Arlen Specter reflects …
Discussion: Philly.com, Right Now and TPMDC
BBC:
‘Child bride’ inquiry in Nigeria
Discussion: Jihad Watch and The Jawa Report
Nicholas Johnston / Bloomberg:
Citi's Pandit Writes Obama in Support of Regulatory Overhaul
Silvana Naguib / American Prospect:
Wal-Mart vs. Women: What's in a Number?
Justin Elliott / TPMMuckraker:
Report: CA Voters Tricked Into Registering As Republicans With Pot Petition
Patrick Ruffini / The Next Right:
Why 2010 Won't Be Like 1994. (It'll Be Bigger.)
Gawker:
The Washington Post Cannot Tell Obama From Malcolm X
 Earlier Items: 
Robert Nisbet / Sky News:
Palin's Debate Answers Were ‘Scripted’
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's … and GOP 12
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Hawaii Legislature OKs measure to ignore requests for disclosure …
Discussion: PostPartisan and National Review
Mortimer Zuckerman / Wall Street Journal:
Obama's Jerusalem Stonewall