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3:25 PM ET, April 30, 2010

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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 …
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Ezra Klein:
Is a biometric, national ID card an immigration game changer?  —  The Democrats' immigration-reform proposal (pdf) is 26 pages long.  Pages 8 through 18 are devoted to “ending illegal employment through biometric employment verification.”  I don't think the Democrats are going to like me calling …
John Cole / Balloon Juice:
Holy Loads of Tone Deaf  —  Talk about misreading the public mood.  The Democratic immigration reform bill contains the following: … Apparently they think the outcry over the Arizona “SHOW YOUR PAPERS” bill is that it will only be applied to Hispanics.  Polls pretty clearly demonstrate …
Discussion: Obsidian Wings
Campbell Robertson / New York Times:
Oil From Spill Is Reported to Have Reached the Coast  —  NEW ORLEANS —Coast Guard officials were investigating reports early Friday morning that oil from a massive spill in the Gulf of Mexico had washed ashore overnight, threatening fisheries and wildlife in fragile marshes and islands along the Gulf Coast.
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Huma Khan / ABCNEWS:
EXCLUSIVE: Administration Vows No New Offshore Drilling Until Investigation  —  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 …
Paul Krugman:
The Oil Spill Is Obama's Fault  —  No, I haven't lost my mind — that's not what I believe.  But you know that's what the talk-show hosts will be saying soon, if they haven't already started.  The only question is what the story will be.  —  Will it be claims that liberals …
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Obama Administration Learns That Oil Leads to Oil Spills
Discussion: ABCNEWS and The Note
Ed O'Keefe / Federal Eye:
Oil spill: The government's response
Washington Post:
As oil spill hits Louisiana coast, critics assail Obama's offshore drilling plan
NPR:
Boehner: GOP Will Repeal Health Care Law  —  House Republican Leader John Boehner has said that his party will repeal the new health care law if the GOP gains a congressional majority in November.  —  “I think that we need to repeal the health care law and replace it with common-sense steps …
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Boehner: GOP could pick up 100 seats  —  House Republicans could win 100 or more seats in this fall's elections, House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) said Friday.  —  Boehner said he believes there is no seat that the GOP cannot win during this election cycle, judging by Sen. Scott Brown's …
Discussion: The Politico and Pundits Blog
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
BOEHNER TAKES CREDIT FOR DEMOCRATIC HEALTH CARE ADVANCES. …
Discussion: Think Progress, NPR and Daily Kos
Fox News:
Arizona Legislature Passes Bill to Curb ‘Chauvanism’ in Ethnic Studies Programs  —  After making national headlines for a new law on illegal immigrants, the Arizona Legislature sent Gov. Jan Brewer a bill Thursday that would ban ethnic studies programs in the state that critics say currently advocate separatism and racial preferences.
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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:
‘Fed up’ billionaire Greene launches Florida campaign today
Jordan Fabian / Ballot Box:
Former Crist ally LeMieux decries his Independent Florida Senate bid
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
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 was untenable.  They were of the view that it would lead to organized theft from the wealthy by the democratic masses.
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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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Washington Post:
Justice Department opens Goldman Sachs criminal investigation, sources say
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
GDP growth drops to 3.2% in first quarter of 2010  —  In January, Barack Obama and Democrats insisted that the 5.7% annual growth rate in the fourth quarter of 2009 showed that their stimulus plan had set the American economy back on track for rapid growth and job creation.
Discussion: Washington Post
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Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Florida Republican Rep. Ginny Brown-Waite Retires  —  Hours before the state's filing deadline, Florida Republican Rep. Ginny Brown-Waite announced that she would leave Congress at the end of this term.  —  “As I have prepared for my campaign, I have been troubled by persistent health problems …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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Sean J. Miller / Ballot Box:
Rep. Brown-Waite announces retirement, citing ‘persistent health problems’
Discussion: CNN
Wall Street Journal:
Republicans Might Want to Rent, not Own, the House  —  President Barack Obama went on a campaign-style barnstorming tour of the Midwest this week, a reminder that this is a big political year posing a big political question: Can Republicans take back control of the House of Representatives?
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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Tweet Of The Day  —  “Every a**hole who ever chanted ‘Drill baby drill’ should have to report to the Gulf coast today for cleanup duty,” - Bill Maher.  —  I have always been in favor of Cape Wind off Cape Cod but the confluence of these two events will surely help swing public opinion further in favor of non-carbon energy.
Discussion: New York Times and Truthdig
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.
Paul Krugman:
Why Isn't Britain In More Trouble?  —  There have been various versions of the “Britain is the next Greece!” story out there; a good rundown at FT Alphaville.  As they note there, however, the CDS and bond markets don't seem to agree:  —  So is Britain different, and why?
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Paul Krugman / New York Times:
The Euro Trap  —  Not that long ago, European economists used …
Tim Fernholz / American Prospect:
TAP Talks with Sen. Kaufman  —  TAP talks the finer points of the financial-regulation debate with Sen. Ted Kaufman.  —  Senate Democrats forced financial-reform legislation to the floor this week, past a Republican caucus intent on filibustering the bill.
Discussion: The Huffington Post and Rortybomb
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Silla Brush / The Hill:
For Wall Street, financial reform legislation takes a bad turn in Senate
Natasha Korecki / Chicago Sun Times:
Judge: Obama won't have to testify at Blagojevich trial  —  Ruling comes after ex-gov's aide Lon Monk pleads guilty to bribery charge  —  A federal judge in Chicago has denied a request from lawyers for ousted former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich to subpoena President Obama to testify in Blagojevich's upcoming corruption trial.
Wall Street Journal:
Drilling Process Attracts Scrutiny in Rig Explosion  —  An oil-drilling procedure called cementing is coming under scrutiny as a possible cause of the explosion on the Deepwater Horizon rig in the Gulf of Mexico that has led to one of the biggest oil spills in U.S. history, drilling experts said Thursday.
 
 
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