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5:15 PM ET, April 29, 2010

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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 …
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Dem doubts immigration will be finished this year
Discussion: CNN and The Hill
David S. Broder / Washington Post:
How Congress botched immigration reform
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
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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Kris W. Kobach / New York Times:
Op-Ed Contributor: Why Arizona Had to Draw a Line on Illegal Immigrants  —  ON Friday, Gov. Jan Brewer of Arizona signed a law — SB 1070 — that prohibits the harboring of illegal aliens and makes it a state crime for an alien to commit certain federal immigration crimes.
Eric Zimmermann / The Hill:
Mack (R) compares Ariz. law to Nazi Germany
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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.
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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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
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.
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
SLOW GOING ON FAR-RIGHT REPEAL PUSH.... Just a few weeks ago …
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 …
New York Times:
White House Takes a Bigger Role in the Oil Spill Cleanup  —  NEW ORLEANS — President Obama increased his administration's role in the cleanup of the vast oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico on Thursday, by positioning the Department of Defense to assist the giant oil company BP in dealing …
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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.
Amanda Terkel / Think Progress:
Fox News' Triumphant Ad Touting ‘The Most Powerful Name In News’ Leaves Out Glenn Beck  —  Yesterday, TV ratings for April 2010 came out, showing that Fox News had “finished first in viewers and key demographics for 100 months in a row.  In prime time, Fox News averaged about 1.9 million viewers for the month of April.
Discussion: Gawker, Time and News Hounds
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Joe Flint / Company Town:
Fox News cruising as usual, but Glenn Beck takes a little spill
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.
Jim Hoft / Big Government:
Team Obama Calls Out Swat Team on Tea Party Patriots!  —  The SWAT Team was called in today at the Quincy Tea Party Rally.  Obama was speaking at the convention center this afternoon.  —  Unreal.  —  They didn't want any violence from these threatening protesters.  —  In Full Riot Gear!!
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Rodney Hart / Quincy Herald Whig:
About 200 tea party members make their feelings known during …
Adam Smith / The Buzz:
Charlie Crist's campaign giving donors partial refunds  —  The Charlie Crist campaign is already hearing from donors asking for their money back, and the campaign is giving donors pro-rated refunds.  —  You can follow this conversation by subscribing to the comment feed for this post.  —  Yeh, right.
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.
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.
Ted Nugent / Time:
Sarah Palin  —  If Sarah Palin played a loud, grinding instrument, she would be in my band.  The independent patriotic spirit, attitude and soul of our forefathers are alive and well in Sarah.  In the way she lives, what she says and how she dedicates herself to make America better …
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?
Karen Tumulty / Washington Post:
Republicans hope to win three symbolic Senate seats  —  Every now and then, there comes a congressional race so fraught with history and symbolism that it becomes as much about sending a message as winning a seat.  —  This year, Republicans are looking to hit the trifecta in the Senate.
Jeffrey Goldberg / The Atlantic Online:
“General Petraeus Is Right”  —  Gen. David Petraeus caused a bit of a storm recently when he linked the impasse in Middle East peacemaking ("impasse" might be too soft a word, actually) to various difficulties America faces in the Muslim world: “Israeli-Palestinian tensions often flare into violence and large-scale armed confrontations.
Monica Potts / American Prospect:
Salt, Again.  —  The libertarian take on the Federal Drug Administration's plan to lower the amount of salt in certain kinds of food over the next decade is that, of course, people should be able to choose what they eat.  This, and other efforts to tax sugary foods like sodas always spur that response …
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Bono / Time:
Bill Clinton  —  There are professors who pretend to be populists and populists who pretend to be professors.  But there have never been a head and heart so perfectly matched as the pair within William Jefferson Clinton.  It's an impossible equilibrium: wonky intellectual meets “Oh, hell” card player, oxygen and hydrogen.
Discussion: NewsBusters.org and Pajamas Media
 
 
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Carlos Lozano / L.A. NOW:
LAPD officials expect crowd of up to 100,000 at immigration march on Saturday
Discussion: LAist and The Political Carnival
New York Times:
Obama's Remarks at Dorothy Height's Funeral Service
Discussion: BAGnewsNotes
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Chavez joins Twitter
Discussion: Telegraph and Switched
Megan McArdle / The Atlantic Online:
Greece: Deja Vu All Over Again
Discussion: EconLog
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
Tim Adler / Deadline.com:
So Who's Going To Play Candidate Obama?
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and Don Surber
The Politico:
Dem bill would blunt campaign finance ruling
Discussion: Hit & Run
 Earlier Items: 
Brigid Schulte / Washington Post:
Virginia driver denies license plate had coded racist message
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Your Papers, Please: Readers React To Arizona
E. J. Montini / Arizona Republic:
Fallout from migrant law tars D-Backs
Discussion: The Hill and Mediaite
Sheila Kaplan / Politics Daily:
EPA Staffers Were Forced to Ignore Science, Investigation Finds
Sean J. Miller / Ballot Box:
Bartering for healthcare comments hurt Reid's Republican challenger
Discussion: AMERICAblog News
Yeas & Nays:
Cover girl Pelosi looking rather ... airy in D.C. glossy