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7:25 PM ET, April 29, 2010

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Damien Cave / New York Times:
Breaking Down a 3-Way Race in Florida  —  MIAMI — If Gov. Charlie Crist announces later today that he will run as an independent for the United States Senate — as widely expected — Florida will once again become a gawk-worthy stage of American politics, where the country's desires, conflicts and direction will play out.
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The Note:
Rubio on Crist: ‘Political Convenience’ Driving Him from GOP  —  ABC News' Rick Klein reports: Even before Gov. Charlie Crist makes his split with the Republican Party official, the candidate who is driving Crist into running as an independent is rejecting the notion that Crist's decision …
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Charlie Crist: Assume nothing, Silva says  —  There could be, in the defection of Florida Gov. Charlie Crist from the party in which he made his career, a message about more than the ambition of one politician.  —  From the start, this was one Republican who looked out for his own fortunes …
Discussion: CNN and New York Times
CNN:
TRENDING: Staffers resign in wake of Crist announcement
Discussion: The Page
John McCormack / Weekly Standard:
Jeb Bush Rips Crist; Update: Rubio Responds: “Crist still doesn't get it”
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
More Americans Favor Than Oppose Arizona Immigration Law  —  Among those who have heard of law, 51% favor and 39% oppose it  —  PRINCETON, NJ — More than three-quarters of Americans have heard about the state of Arizona's new immigration law, and of these, 51% say they favor it and 39% oppose it.
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Steve Chapman / Reason:
Mysteries of an Immigration Law
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Your Papers, Please: Readers React To Arizona
Robert McCartney / Washington Post:
Seeking the best way to boycott Arizona over immigration law
Sean J. Miller / Ballot Box:
Toomey backs Arizona immigration law (updated)
Discussion: The Politico
Dana Bash / CNN:
Dems to push new immigration plan  —  Washington (CNN) — Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and other leading Democratic senators will formally unveil the outlines of legislation for comprehensive immigration reform late Thursday, CNN has learned.  —  Two senior Democratic sources …
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Ezra Klein:
Sen. Lindsey Graham: ‘I care equally about immigration and climate change’  —  Sen. Lindsey Graham has been in the news this week for threatening to vote against the climate bill he's crafted if the Democrats move on immigration reform this year.  Given that Graham is the only Republican on either bill, it's a very credible threat.
Roll Call:
Alternate Plan Devised for Immigration  —  Senate Democrats Pivot to Strategy for Moving Ahead Without GOP Support  —  Senate Democrats appear dead set on moving comprehensive immigration reform this year even if it comes without GOP support, and they began laying the groundwork Wednesday …
David S. Broder / Washington Post:
How Congress botched immigration reform
Steve Jobs / Apple:
Thoughts on Flash  —  Apple has a long relationship with Adobe.  In fact, we met Adobe's founders when they were in their proverbial garage.  Apple was their first big customer, adopting their Postscript language for our new Laserwriter printer.  Apple invested in Adobe and owned around 20% of the company for many years.
Michelle Malkin:
Breaking news: I am not white!  —  I'm still on the road and our wonderful guest-bloggers will be dropping in again today and tomorrow.  The hate mail is on an increase again thanks to my outspoken defense of Arizona's immigration enforcement measure.  Too many to choose from, but here's a typical response:
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Eric Zimmermann / The Hill:
Mack (R) compares Ariz. law to Nazi Germany
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Sarah Palin / Time:
Glenn Beck  —  Who'd have thought a history buff with a quirky sense of humor and a chalkboard could make for such riveting television?  Glenn's like the high school government teacher so many wish they'd had, charting and connecting ideas with chalk-dusted fingers — kicking it old school …
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Joe Flint / Company Town:
Fox News cruising as usual, but Glenn Beck takes a little spill
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Obama: “I do think at a certain point you've made enough money”  —  Via News Alert and Breitbart TV, consider this Share the Wealth 2010.  Barack Obama went off the TelePrompter in his speech to a Quincy, Illinois audience about Wall Street reform.  After saying that Democrats don't begrudge success that's …
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Examiner:
President Obama knows when you have earned enough money
Amanda Terkel / Think Progress:
Conservatives Mock Pelosi For Airbrushed Magazine Shot, Stay Silent On Laura Bush's Retouched Book Cover  —  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is on the May/June 2010 cover of the DC magazine “Capitol File,” and conservatives are all worked up that the photograph of her may have been airbrushed.
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Yeas & Nays:
Cover girl Pelosi looking rather ... airy in D.C. glossy
Discussion: Gateway Pundit and Taylor Marsh
Joseph Abrams / Fox News:
EXCLUSIVE: U.N. Elects Iran to Commission on Women's Rights  —  Without fanfare, the United Nations this week elected Iran to its Commission on the Status of Women, handing a four-year seat on the influential human rights body to a theocratic state in which stoning is enshrined in law …
Spencer Ackerman / The Washington Independent:
Confusion Reigns at Gitmo After Khadr Is a Courtroom No-Show  —  Detainee Refuses to Wear Ski Goggles and Earmuffs  —  GUANTANAMO BAY — Welcome to the first courtroom logjam of what officials here call military commissions 4.2.  —  Omar Khadr's pre-trial hearing this morning experienced an unexplained hour-long delay.
CNN:
State of emergency in Louisiana  —  (CNN) — A 120-mile oil slick advanced to within a few miles of the mouth of the Mississippi River on Thursday as authorities scrambled to keep the spill from damaging wetlands along the Gulf of Mexico.  —  As of late Thursday morning …
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Adam Gabbatt / Guardian:
Oil spill ‘five times’ as big as thought
Eli Lake / Washington Times:
White House seeks to soften Iran sanctions  —  Wants exemption for firms based in China and Russia  —  The Obama administration is pressing Congress to provide an exemption from Iran sanctions to companies based in “cooperating countries,” a move that likely would exempt Chinese …
Lauren Beale / Los Angeles Times:
Al Gore, Tipper Gore snap up Montecito-area villa  —  The Italian-style home has an ocean view, fountains, six fireplaces, five bedrooms and nine bathrooms.  —  Former Vice President Al Gore and his wife, Tipper, have added a Montecito-area property to their real estate holdings, reports the Montecito Journal.
Randy E. Barnett / Wall Street Journal:
The Insurance Mandate in Peril  —  First Congress said it was a regulation of commerce.  Now it's supposed to be a tax.  Neither claim will survive Supreme Court scrutiny.  —  A"tell" in poker is a subtle but detectable change in a player's behavior or demeanor that reveals clues about the player's assessment of his hand.
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
U.S. Subpoenas Times Reporter Over Book on C.I.A.  —  WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is seeking to compel a writer to testify about his confidential sources for a 2006 book about the Central Intelligence Agency, a rare step that was authorized by Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr.
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
HEALTH CARE IMPROVEMENTS — AHEAD OF SCHEDULE.... Marc Thiessen recently urged Republicans to fight as hard as they can to repeal the Affordable Care Act.  The GOP need not fear political repercussions, the Bush speechwriter turned Washington Post columnist said, because Americans won't see the law's benefits kick in for several years.
Dirk Lammers / Associated Press:
Wind energy company to lay off workers at SD plant  —  SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — A company that makes and repairs wind turbine blades said Wednesday it is laying off about one-third of the work force at its plant in the eastern South Dakota town of Howard.  —  Knight & Carver Wind Group Inc …
Mistermix / Balloon Juice:
How We Stomach Elitism  —  Sully notes that Laura Bush was “the most decent person in the White House for eight long years” and proffers this quote as evidence: … I agree, she was decent.  By all accounts, her husband was decent, too, and both treated all the gays they knew well.  So f**king what?
Shelby Grad / L.A. NOW:
Villaraigosa backs L.A. boycott of Arizona over immigration crackdown [Updated]  —  Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said Thursday that he supports a boycott of Arizona by the city of Los Angeles, and he called that state's newly passed immigration law “unpatriotic and unconstitutional.”
Discussion: LAist and LA Observed
Arizona Daily Star:
Legislators take aim anew at ethnic-studies programs  —  PHOENIX - State senators approved legislation aimed at the curbing the ethnic-studies program in Tucson Unified School District.  —  HB 2281 would make it illegal for a school district to have any courses or classes that promote …
Discussion: The Huffington Post
 
 
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Mike Lillis / The Washington Independent:
In Ohio, Dems Rip One of Their Own Over ‘Racist’ Remarks
Kenneth P. Vogel / The Politico:
Dems launch Citizens United bill
Julian E. Barnes / Los Angeles Times:
Afghan Taliban getting stronger, Pentagon says
Megan McArdle / The Atlantic Online:
Greece: Deja Vu All Over Again
Discussion: EconLog
Monica Potts / American Prospect:
Salt, Again.  —  The libertarian take on the Federal Drug …
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
MiamiHerald.com:
Senate advances conservative agenda
Discussion: The Buzz and Naked Politics
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Kaine's prepared ‘suppression’ remarks were never delivered
 Earlier Items: 
Bono / Time:
Bill Clinton  —  There are professors who pretend to be populists …
Discussion: NewsBusters.org and Pajamas Media
Brigid Schulte / Washington Post:
Virginia driver denies license plate had coded racist message
Jeffrey Goldberg / The Atlantic Online:
“General Petraeus Is Right”
E. J. Montini / Arizona Republic:
Fallout from migrant law tars D-Backs
Discussion: Mediaite and The Hill