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12:50 AM ET, April 30, 2010


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Damien Cave / New York Times:
Crist Announces Independent Bid for Senate  —  MIAMI — Gov. Charlie Crist announced Thursday that he will run independently for the United States Senate, giving Florida a race that will once again make the state a gawk-worthy stage of American politics, where the country's desires, fears and conflicts play out.
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
Staffers resign in wake of Crist announcement  —  Members of Charlie Crist's campaign staff announced Thursday they are resigning.  —  St. Petersburg, Florida (CNN) - At least three members of Florida Gov. Charlie Crist's campaign staff resigned on Thursday shortly after Crist announced …
Discussion: The Page
Christina Bellantoni / TPMDC:
Cornyn To Crist: I Want My Money Back Too!
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Crist declares ‘system broken,’ announces independent run
Discussion: MyDD, Firedoglake and CNN
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Charlie Crist to run for Senate as an independent
John McCormack / Weekly Standard:
Jeb Bush Rips Crist; Update: Rubio Responds: “Crist still doesn't get it”
Adam Smith / The Buzz:
Charlie Crist's campaign giving donors partial refunds
Discussion: The Sundries Shack and TPMDC
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.
Arizona's Un-American Immigration Law
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.
Dana Bash / CNN:
Dems to push new immigration plan
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Democrats pledge to move toward 2010 vote on immigration reform
Discussion: The Politico
New York Times:
Prosecutors Said to Start Inquiry at Goldman  —  By LOUISE STORY and MICHAEL J. de la MERCED  —  Federal prosecutors have opened an investigation into trading at Goldman Sachs, raising the possibility of criminal charges against the Wall Street giant, according to people familiar with the matter.
Wall Street Journal:
Criminal Probe Looks Into Goldman Trading  —  Federal prosecutors are conducting a criminal investigation into whether Goldman Sachs Group Inc. or its employees committed securities fraud in connection with its mortgage trading, people familiar with the probe say.
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 …
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.
Threat Level:
iPhone Finder Regrets His ‘Mistake’  —  The person who found and sold an Apple iPhone prototype says he regrets not doing more to return the device to its owner, according to a statement provided by his attorney Thursday in response to queries from
British protesters attack Israel's deputy ambassador  —  Pro-Palestinian protesters storm towards Talya Lador-Fresher after her speech at Manchester University, prompting police to whisk her away from site.  Protesters proceed to encircle police car, climb on hood.  Ambassador Ron Prosor says sweeping denunciation expected
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 …
Joe Flint / Company Town:
Fox News cruising as usual, but Glenn Beck takes a little spill
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 …
Alessandra Stanley / New York Times:
One Woman's ‘Truth’: Rielle Hunter Talks to Oprah  —  Rielle Hunter, who told Oprah Winfrey in a program broadcast on Thursday that John Edwards had a secret affair with her because “he wanted to live a life of truth,” is a tough interview, tougher in some ways than President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran.
Discussion: GQ Magazine: GQ, CBS News and Althouse
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
Durbin Says “Bleeding Heart Liberals” Should Be Open to Medicare and Social Security Cuts  —  Well this is encouraging.  Dick Durbin is one of the “liberals” on the President's Debt Commission, which is currently studying cuts to Social Security and Medicare as a way to reduce the deficit.
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 …
Washington Examiner:
Want to get rich?  Work for feds  —  For decades, public sector unions have peddled the fantasy that government employees were paid less than their counterparts in the private sector.  In fact, the pay disparity is the other way around.  Government workers, especially at the federal level …
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.
Michael Beckel /
Hordes of Hired Guns Earned About $19 Million Per Day As Lobbying Soared to Nearly $1 Billion in First Quarter  —  Hordes of hired K Street guns are in high demand as President Barack Obama and congressional Democrats seek to implement grand legislative plans.
Desmond Tutu / The Huffington Post:
Arizona: The Wrong Answer  —  I am saddened today at the prospect of a young Hispanic immigrant in Arizona going to the grocery store and forgetting to bring her passport and immigration documents with her.  I cannot be dispassionate about the fact that the very act of her being in the grocery store …
Discussion: Firedoglake
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.
Chad Pergram / The Speakers Lobby:
House Approves Puerto Rico Vote Legislation  —  The House of Representatives voted Thursday to allow Puerto Ricans to decide their own political future and relationship with the United States.  —  The vote was 223 to 169.  Rep. Louise Slaughter, D-N.Y., voted present.
Kos / Daily Kos:
AR-Sen: Bill Halter is within single digits of Blanche Lincoln  —  Research 2000 for Daily Kos. 4/26-28.  Likely voters.  MoE 4% (4/12-14 results)  —  Democratic primary MoE 5%  —  Blanche Lincoln (D) 43 (45)  —  Bill Halter (D) 35 (33)  —  Other 7 (6)  —  Undecided 15 (16)
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New York Times:
Europe Acts Swiftly on Long-Delayed Greek Bailout
Shelby Grad / L.A. NOW:
Villaraigosa backs L.A. boycott of Arizona over immigration crackdown [Updated]
Discussion: LAist and LA Observed
Arizona Daily Star:
Legislators take aim anew at ethnic-studies programs
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Mike Lillis / The Washington Independent:
In Ohio, Dems Rip One of Their Own Over ‘Racist’ Remarks
Discussion: WLWT-TV, Think Progress and The Eye
Dirk Lammers / Associated Press:
Wind energy company to lay off workers at SD plant
Joshua Partlow / Washington Post:
U.S. seeks to prop up Kandahar governor, sideline troublesome power brokers
Discussion: Commentary and Swampland
 Earlier Items: 
Julian E. Barnes / Los Angeles Times:
Afghan Taliban getting stronger, Pentagon says
New York Times:
Obama's Remarks at Dorothy Height's Funeral Service
Discussion: BAGnewsNotes
Eric Zimmermann / The Hill:
Mack (R) compares Ariz. law to Nazi Germany
Bono / Time:
Bill Clinton  —  There are professors who pretend to be populists …
Discussion: and Pajamas Media
Jeffrey Goldberg / The Atlantic Online:
“General Petraeus Is Right”
Lauren Beale / Los Angeles Times:
Al Gore, Tipper Gore snap up Montecito-area villa