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12:50 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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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
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.
Ezra Klein:
Is a biometric, national ID card an immigration game changer?
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Wall Street Journal:
Republicans Might Want to Rent, not Own, the House
Huma Khan / ABCNEWS:
EXCLUSIVE: Administration Vows 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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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.
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.
Discussion: Think Progress and Newshoggers.com
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Obama Administration Learns That Oil Leads to Oil Spills
Washington Post:
As oil spill hits Louisiana coast, critics assail Obama's offshore drilling plan
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
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: Pundits Blog
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
BOEHNER TAKES CREDIT FOR DEMOCRATIC HEALTH CARE ADVANCES. …
Discussion: Think Progress, NPR and Daily Kos
NPR:
Boehner: GOP Will Repeal Health Care Law
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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Marcy Gordon / Associated Press:
Justice Dept. opens criminal investigation of Goldman Sachs …
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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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, Gothamist and Gawker
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 …
Nicholas Ballasy / CNSNews:
Harrison Ford to Green Critics: 'I'll Walk Everywhere When They Walk Everywhere,' ‘I Only Fly One’ of My 7 Planes ‘At A Time’  —  (CNSNews.com) — Actor, environmental activist and pilot Harrison Ford, who owns seven airplanes, told his environmental critics that he will “start walking everywhere when they start walking everywhere.”
Discussion: Weekly Standard and Big Hollywood
Hendrik Hertzberg:
Debate, British Style  —  I started watching this debate hoping that Nick Clegg would wipe the floor with the other guys.  This is not solely because Pavlovianly, I salivate at any mention of the words “Liberal Democrat”; in the past (from a safe distance to be sure) I've always preferred Labour …
Aliya Sternstein / Nextgov.com:
House transparency caucus vows to regain public's trust in government  —  Twenty-seven House Republicans and Democrats kicked off a congressional transparency caucus on Thursday with a panel discussion on how the government can earn back Americans' trust.  —  “We're going to do a review …
Los Angeles Times:
‘99ers’ dread future without jobless benefits  —  They've exhausted 99 weeks of unemployment checks.  Thousands are banding together to lobby Congress for another extension.  —  Becky Morgado talks with her daughter, Elysha, as she looks in the mirror in her bedroom.
 
 
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Paul Krugman / New York Times:
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Discussion: Washington Post and EconLog
John F. Harris / The Politico:
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