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1:55 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 …
Discussion: Prairie Weather
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.
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
Cain Burdeau / Associated Press:
Pelicans, otters along La. shore in path of spill
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.... House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) spoke to NPR's Steve Inskeep this morning, and twice said Republicans would repeal the Affordable Care Act if given congressional majorities next year.  (thanks to reader A.D.)
Discussion: Think Progress, NPR and Daily Kos
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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Jordan Fabian / Ballot Box:
Former Crist ally LeMieux decries his Independent Florida Senate bid
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
Alex Leary / The Buzz:
LeMieux ‘saddened’ by Crist's move, won't support him
Discussion: Weekly Standard, The Page and TPMDC
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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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.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
‘Fed up’ billionaire Greene launches Florida campaign today  —  Florida billionaire Jeff Greene, who is shaking up the wild Senate race with a bid for the Democratic nomination, will announce today that he's running as a “fed up” outsider seeking to channel popular discontent with the poltiical class.
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Alexander Burns / The Politico:
Source: Greene to seek Fla. Senate seat
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 …
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
FIRST QUARTER GDP GROWTH: 3.2%.... From Fall 2008 through Summer 2009 …
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.
New York Times:
Obama Criticizes Liberal Supreme Courts of '60s and '70s  —  WASHINGTON — In a seeming rejection of liberal orthodoxy, President Obama has spoken disparagingly about liberal victories before the Supreme Court in the 1960s and 1970s — suggesting that justices made the “error” …
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 …
The Smoking Gun:
Afghanistan Goes Gaga  —  Meet the soldiers behind the hit viral remake of “Telephone” video  —  In what may be the most entertaining music video homage ever shot in a war zone, a group of American soldiers stationed at a military base in southwest Afghanistan star in a lip-synced version of Lady Gaga's hit “Telephone.”
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
 
 
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Amanda Terkel / Think Progress:
Arizona Expands Its Discrimination: Teachers With Heavy Accents …
Fox News:
Arizona Legislature Passes Bill to Curb ‘Chauvanism’ in Ethnic Studies Programs
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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Tweet Of The Day  —  “Every a**hole who ever chanted 'Drill baby drill …
Monica Showalter / Investor's Business Daily:
California's Man-Made Drought
Discussion: Hot Air and Power Line
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
McCain: Bipartisanship dead rest of Congress
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Silla Brush / The Hill:
For Wall Street, financial reform legislation takes a bad turn in Senate
David Brooks / New York Times:
American Power Act
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WMUR:
Poll Shows Hodes Losing To Ayotte
Discussion: msnbc.com and Taegan Goddard's …
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
The Euro Trap  —  Not that long ago, European economists used …