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10:55 AM ET, April 30, 2010

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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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Fred Barbash / The Politico:
Axelrod: No new offshore drilling  —  There will be no new domestic offshore oil drilling pending a review of the rig disaster and massive oil spill along the Gulf Coast, the White House said Friday morning.  —  Speaking on ABC's “Good Morning America,” senior adviser David Axelrod said …
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Obama Administration Learns That Oil Leads to Oil Spills  —  The other day my colleague Brad Johnson took the opportunity to remind us that when Barack Obama rather abruptly chose to emphasize his pro-drilling credentials he was at pains to repeat the myth that offshore drilling is a safe and spill-free enterprise:
Washington Post:
As oil spill hits Louisiana coast, critics assail Obama's offshore drilling plan  —  The worsening oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico on Thursday threatened not only the shores of five states but also President Obama's plan to open vast stretches of U.S. coastline to oil and gas drilling.
Campbell Robertson / New York Times:
Oil From Spill Is Reported to Have Reached the Coast
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
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
Discussion: CNN
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
‘Fed up’ billionaire Greene launches Florida campaign today
Damien Cave / New York Times:
Crist Announces Independent Bid for Senate
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Breaking down the Crist shift
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Charlie Crist: Assume nothing, Silva says
Discussion: CNN, The Note and The Politico
CNN:
Staffers resign in wake of Crist announcement
Discussion: No Sheeples Here and The Page
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Dems spark alarm with call for national ID card  —  A plan by Senate Democratic leaders to reform the nation's immigrations laws ran into strong opposition from civil liberties defenders before lawmakers even unveiled it Thursday.  —  Democratic leaders have proposed requiring every worker …
Discussion: Confederate Yankee and Hit & Run
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Suzanne Gamboa / Associated Press:
Obama takes immigration reform off agenda  —  WASHINGTON - Immigration reform has become the first of President Barack Obama's major priorities dropped from the agenda of an election-year Congress facing voter disillusionment.  Sounding the death knell was Obama himself.
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.
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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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 …
Scott / Power Line:
At some point you have grabbed enough power  —  Given that poorer citizens always outnumber the rich, the classic political philosophers held that government based on majority rule would lead to organized theft from the wealthy by the democratic masses.  Thus Aristotle warned in The Politics …
Discussion: Fausta's Blog and The White House
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Michelle Malkin:
Barack Obama, America's Selective Salary Policeman
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
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
Alissa J. Rubin / New York Times:
Pentagon Report Finds Few Gains in Afghan War  —  KABUL, Afghanistan — A Pentagon report on the last six months in Afghanistan portrays an Afghan government with limited credibility among its people, a still active if not growing insurgency and an enormous reliance on American troops to train …
Discussion: Swampland and Informed Comment
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Julian E. Barnes / Los Angeles Times:
Afghan Taliban getting stronger, Pentagon says
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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.
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
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 …
 
 
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Stephen F. Hayes / Weekly Standard:
Financial Reform Doublespeak
Peter Allen / Daily Mail:
Three-year-old boy arrested as suspected terrorist in France
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Ed White / Associated Press:
Judge asks feds to show militia did more than talk
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House Approves Puerto Rico Vote Legislation
Michael Beckel / OpenSecrets.org:
Hordes of Hired Guns Earned About $19 Million Per Day As Lobbying …
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” …
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
More Americans Favor Than Oppose Arizona Immigration Law