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6:20 PM ET, April 30, 2010

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Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
“I'm Just Noting the Timing Here”  —  Me, in email with a friend last night about the Louisiana oil spill: … Honest to God, I didn't know he'd said this a few hours earlier: … Plus there's this, from the friend I was emailing with: “Maybe not Obama, but the WSJ snuck it in their story yesterday …
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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.
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 …
Sarah Palin / Facebook:
Domestic Drilling: Why We Can Still Believe  —  We've all been shocked and saddened by the tragic events in the Gulf of Mexico.  My heart breaks for coastal residents who are facing fears of the unknown impacts of the oil spill.  —  As an Alaskan, I can speak from the heart about the tragedy of an oil spill.
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.
Huma Khan / ABCNEWS:
EXCLUSIVE: Administration Vows No New Offshore Drilling Until Investigation
Ezra Klein:
Oil spill an inside job?
Discussion: Mediaite
Ben Raines / Breaking News from the Press-Register:
Gulf of Mexico oil spill 2010: The worst-case scenario
Discussion: Wonkette
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
Discussion: Wake up America and Obsidian Wings
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 …
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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 …
Wall Street Journal:
Republicans Might Want to Rent, not Own, the House
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
BOEHNER TAKES CREDIT FOR DEMOCRATIC HEALTH CARE ADVANCES. …
Discussion: NPR, Think Progress and Daily Kos
Ben Armbruster / Think Progress:
Gov. Brewer: ‘Arizona has been under terrorist attacks’ with ‘all of this illegal immigration.’  —  Today during a Fox News interview about Arizona's new controversial immigration law, Gov. Jan Brewer (R) commiserated with host Megyn Kelly about all the criticism she's been receiving from people outside of Arizona.
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Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
MLBPA: AZ Immigration Law “Could have a negative impact on hundreds …
Discussion: Yahoo! Sports and Crooks and Liars
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Baseball players union unhappy with Arizona immigration law
Discussion: CNN
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.
CNN:
TRENDING: Man found guilty in Palin e-mail case  —  A federal jury in Tennessee has so far found a 22 year-old man guilty on two of four counts in a case that involved hacking into Sarah Palin's e-mail account.  —  (CNN) - In their fourth day of deliberations, a federal jury in Tennessee …
Discussion: ABCNEWS
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Jim Balloch / Knoxville News-Sentinel:
Jury convicts Palin e-mail intruder on two counts; mistrial declared on ID theft
Discussion: palingates
The Politico:
WHCD A-LIST GUEST LIST  —  If you're not going to the White House Correspondents' Dinner, no doubt you want to know exactly who is.  If you are, you'll want to know who's going to be where.  So, for your celeb-stalking needs —whether you're after Scarlett Johansson, Bradley Cooper …
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Miriam Jordan / Wall Street Journal:
Arizona Grades Teachers on Fluency  —  State Pushes School Districts to Reassign Instructors With Heavy Accents or Other Shortcomings in Their English  —  PHOENIX—As the academic year winds down, Creighton School Principal Rosemary Agneessens faces a wrenching decision …
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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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Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
The Progressive Movement is Officially Dead  —  Hey, Sierra Club: There's a giant flaming ball of oil being pushed straight for the coasts of Alabama and Mississippi.  Might be the worst environmental event in decades.  I know it makes the President's recent decision to allow offshore drilling look …
Discussion: The New Republic
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.
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
After reporter's subpoena, critics call Obama's leak-plugging efforts Bush-like  —  The Justice Department's decision to subpoena a New York Times reporter this week has convinced some press advocates that President Obama's team is pursuing leaks with the same fervor as the Bush administration.
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
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.
CNN:
Gates to Congress: Don't mess with 'don't ask, don't tell' yet  —  Robert Gates is warning Congress not to change rules about gays in the military until the Pentagon finishes its review.  —  Washington (CNN) - The secretary of defense is warning Congress not to change the rules about gays …
Discussion: The Politico
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 …
Guardian:
The liberal moment has come  —  If the Guardian had a vote it would be cast enthusiastically for the Liberal Democrats.  But under our discredited electoral system some people may - hopefully for the last time - be forced to vote tactically  —  Citizens have votes.  Newspapers do not.
Discussion: The Daily Dish
 
 
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Emanuella Grinberg / CNN:
Some Hispanic Americans hope law deters illegal immigration
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Josh Kraushaar / The Politico:
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Sarah Palin / Facebook:
The Hacker Case Verdict
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Andy Barr / The Politico:
Ariz. targets ‘human-animal hybrids’
Discussion: Geekosystem
Suffolk University:
Fisher Breaking Away in Buckeye Democratic Primary: Suffolk …
Ezra Klein:
Sen. Carl Levin: ‘We ought to eliminate the damn synthetics’
 Earlier Items: 
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Florida Republican Rep. Ginny Brown-Waite Retires
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Natasha Korecki / Chicago Sun Times:
Judge: Obama won't have to testify at Blagojevich trial
Paul Krugman:
Why Isn't Britain In More Trouble?
Mike Piscal / The Huffington Post:
Do the Teachers Unions Want to Crush Us or Represent Us? Which Is It?
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
McCain: Bipartisanship dead rest of Congress
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