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10:25 AM ET, April 30, 2010

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Peter Wallsten / Washington Wire:
Greene Enters Fla. Senate Race  —  Just when we thought the Florida Senate race couldn 't get any stranger...  No sooner did GOP Gov. Charlie Crist announce that he'll run as an independent, clearing the way for Marco Rubio to secure the Republican nomination, than billionaire credit default …
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Billionaire will seek Florida Senate seat  —  Jeff Greene, a flamboyant real estate executive who made more than half a billion dollars betting against the housing market, will announce tomorrow he is seeking the Democratic nomination for Senate in Florida, scrambling an already crowded …
Discussion: CNN
Damien Cave / New York Times:
Crist Announces Independent Bid for Senate
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Charlie Crist: Assume nothing, Silva says
Discussion: CNN
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Breaking down the Crist shift
CNN:
Staffers resign in wake of Crist announcement
Discussion: No Sheeples Here and The Page
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Charlie Crist to run for Senate as an independent
The Huffington Post:
National ID Card Included In Democratic Immigration Bill  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  Democrats pushed forward on an immigration overhaul on Thursday evening with no Republican support, as Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) continues to hold out, arguing that the divisive issue will make progress on climate change legislation impossible.
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Perry Bacon Jr / Washington Post:
Democrats unveil immigration-reform proposal  —  Senate Democrats officially unveiled a proposal to reform America's immigration system on Thursday, looking past the fact that no Republican has offered support for the effort and President Obama a day earlier played down the chances of legislation passing this year.
Suzanne Gamboa / Associated Press:
Obama takes immigration reform off agenda
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Dems spark alarm with call for national ID card
Discussion: Hit & Run
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Democrats pledge to move toward 2010 vote on immigration reform
Discussion: The Politico
Huma Khan / ABCNEWS:
David Axelrod: No New Offshore Drilling Until Investigation is Complete  —  Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill Threatens to Jeopardize President Obama's Offshore Drilling Policy  —  As some Democratic lawmakers call on President Obama to suspend his plans to expand offshore oil drilling …
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Wall Street Journal:
Drilling Process Attracts Scrutiny in Rig Explosion
Discussion: Think Progress
Ben Geman / The Hill:
Markey calls Big Oil CEOs to testify as probes into Gulf of Mexico spill intensify
New York Times:
White House Takes a Bigger Role in the Oil Spill Cleanup
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.
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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.
Zachary A. Goldfarb / Washington Post:
Goldman may face Justice Department review
Catherine Rampell / New York Times:
Consumers Help Drive U.S. Economy to 3.2% Growth Rate  —  The United States economy continued to expand in the first quarter, but economists cautioned that the pace of growth is still not nearly fast enough to recover ground lost during the recession.  —  National output grew …
Margalit Fox / New York Times:
Leslie Buck, Designer of Iconic Coffee Cup, Dies at 87  —  It was for decades the most enduring piece of ephemera in New York City and is still among the most recognizable.  Trim, blue and white, it fits neatly in the hand, sized so its contents can be downed in a New York minute.
Discussion: Tablet Magazine and Gawker
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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Eric Zimmermann / The Hill:
Mack (R) compares Ariz. law to Nazi Germany
Sean J. Miller / Ballot Box:
Toomey backs Arizona immigration law (updated)
Discussion: The Politico
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 …
John F. Harris / The Politico:
The man in the middle  —  Back in 1987, the man hired to crack wise at the annual White House Correspondents' Association Dinner had a case of jagged nerves.  —  Ronald Reagan was president, and Jay Leno was just turning 37 — already a celebrated comic, not yet one of the country's most familiar faces.
Discussion: ABCNEWS and The Page
Ynetnews:
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
WMUR:
Poll Shows Hodes Losing To Ayotte  —  Favorability Down For Congressman Running For Senate  —  MANCHESTER, N.H. — U.S. Rep. Paul Hodes is trailing most Republican candidates in the race for U.S. Senate in the latest poll.  —  Hodes, a Democrat, is running for the seat being vacated …
Discussion: msnbc.com and Taegan Goddard's …
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
The Euro Trap  —  Not that long ago, European economists used to mock their American counterparts for having questioned the wisdom of Europe's march to monetary union.  “On the whole,” declared an article published just this past January, “the euro has, thus far, gone much better than many U.S. economists had predicted.”
Discussion: Washington Post and EconLog
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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 Wired.com.
 
 
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Peter Allen / Daily Mail:
Three-year-old boy arrested as suspected terrorist in France
Discussion: Big Brass Blog
Ed White / Associated Press:
Judge asks feds to show militia did more than talk
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Chad Pergram / The Speakers Lobby:
House Approves Puerto Rico Vote Legislation
Michael Beckel / OpenSecrets.org:
Hordes of Hired Guns Earned About $19 Million Per Day As Lobbying …
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Alessandra Stanley / New York Times:
One Woman's ‘Truth’: Rielle Hunter Talks to Oprah
Discussion: PopWatch, Betsy's Page and Althouse
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
Durbin Says “Bleeding Heart Liberals” …
Mike Lillis / The Washington Independent:
In Ohio, Dems Rip One of Their Own Over ‘Racist’ Remarks
Discussion: Think Progress, The Eye and WLWT-TV
Julian E. Barnes / Los Angeles Times:
Afghan Taliban getting stronger, Pentagon says