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9:45 AM ET, April 30, 2010

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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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Damien Cave / New York Times:
Crist Announces Independent Bid for Senate
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Billionaire will seek Florida Senate seat
Discussion: CNN
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Breaking down the Crist shift
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Charlie Crist: Assume nothing, Silva says
Discussion: CNN
CNN:
Staffers resign in wake of Crist announcement
Discussion: No Sheeples Here and The Page
Christina Bellantoni / TPMDC:   Cornyn To Crist: I Want My Money Back Too!
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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Wall Street Journal:
Criminal Probe Looks Into Goldman Trading  —  Federal prosecutors are conducting a criminal investigation into whether Goldman Sachs Group Inc. or its employees committed securities fraud in connection with its mortgage trading, people familiar with the probe say.
Zachary A. Goldfarb / Washington Post:
Goldman may face Justice Department review
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.
Discussion: Instapundit and JustOneMinute
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Perry Bacon Jr / Washington Post:
Democrats unveil immigration-reform proposal
Discussion: Hot Air and Freedom's Lighthouse
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Democrats pledge to move toward 2010 vote on immigration reform
Discussion: The Politico
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
More Americans Favor Than Oppose Arizona Immigration Law  —  Among those who have heard of law, 51% favor and 39% oppose it  —  PRINCETON, NJ — More than three-quarters of Americans have heard about the state of Arizona's new immigration law, and of these, 51% say they favor it and 39% oppose it.
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Eric Zimmermann / The Hill:
Mack (R) compares Ariz. law to Nazi Germany
Sean J. Miller / Ballot Box:
Toomey backs Arizona immigration law (updated)
Discussion: The Politico
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Ben Geman / The Hill:
Markey calls Big Oil CEOs to testify as probes into Gulf of Mexico spill intensify
New York Times:
White House Takes a Bigger Role in the Oil Spill Cleanup
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 …
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
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 …
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: Gawker
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
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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.
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 …
The Huffington Post:
National ID Card Included In Democratic Immigration Bill  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  Democrats pushed forward on an immigration overhaul on Thursday evening with no Republican support, as Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) continues to hold out, arguing that the divisive issue will make progress on climate change legislation impossible.
Desmond Tutu / The Huffington Post:
Arizona: The Wrong Answer  —  I am saddened today at the prospect of a young Hispanic immigrant in Arizona going to the grocery store and forgetting to bring her passport and immigration documents with her.  I cannot be dispassionate about the fact that the very act of her being in the grocery store …
Matt Welch / Hit & Run:
Driving While White  —  During the height of L.A.'s Rampart scandal-in which a rogue unit of anti-gang cops orchestrated the deportation of hundreds of illegal immigrants and then used deportation threats to elicit all kinds of phony informant testimony and to cover up their own brutally criminal behavior …
 
 
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Paul Krugman / New York Times:
The Euro Trap  —  Not that long ago, European economists used …
Discussion: Washington Post and EconLog
Peter Allen / Daily Mail:
Three-year-old boy arrested as suspected terrorist in France
Discussion: Big Brass Blog
Ed White / Associated Press:
Judge asks feds to show militia did more than talk
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Chad Pergram / The Speakers Lobby:
House Approves Puerto Rico Vote Legislation
Michael Beckel / OpenSecrets.org:
Hordes of Hired Guns Earned About $19 Million Per Day As Lobbying …
Economist:
Who should govern Britain?  —  Forget the hypotheticals and look at the policies.
Discussion: Guardian
Alessandra Stanley / New York Times:
One Woman's ‘Truth’: Rielle Hunter Talks to Oprah
Discussion: PopWatch, Betsy's Page and Althouse
 Earlier Items: 
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
Durbin Says “Bleeding Heart Liberals” …
Mike Lillis / The Washington Independent:
In Ohio, Dems Rip One of Their Own Over ‘Racist’ Remarks
Discussion: Think Progress, WLWT-TV and The Eye
Dirk Lammers / Associated Press:
Wind energy company to lay off workers at SD plant
Discussion: Townhall.com and Riehl World View
Julian E. Barnes / Los Angeles Times:
Afghan Taliban getting stronger, Pentagon says