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4:45 PM ET, April 30, 2010

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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.
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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 …
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 …
Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
“I'm Just Noting the Timing Here”  —  Me, in email with a friend …
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and Ezra Klein
Ben Raines / Breaking News from the Press-Register:
Gulf of Mexico oil spill 2010: The worst-case scenario
Discussion: Wonkette
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Obama Administration Learns That Oil Leads to Oil Spills
Discussion: ABCNEWS and MyDD
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: 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  —  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?
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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Miriam Jordan / Wall Street Journal:
Arizona Grades Teachers on Fluency
Discussion: TalkLeft, Gawker, Truthdig and TPM LiveWire
Yahoo! News:
Arizona legislature bans ethnic-studies programs
Byron York / Beltway Confidential:
In response to critics, Arizona tweaks new immigration law  —  In the past days, some critics of the new Arizona immigration law have said that it will lead to Arizona becoming a police state.  Many of the criticisms — some including the words Nazi and fascist — have been based …
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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.
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
MLBPA: AZ Immigration Law “Could have a negative impact on hundreds …
Discussion: Yahoo! Sports and Crooks and Liars
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: CNN and Ben Smith's Blog
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
‘Fed up’ billionaire Greene launches Florida campaign today
Ezra Klein:
Sen. Carl Levin: ‘We ought to eliminate the damn synthetics’  —  Sen. Carl Levin chairs the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, and has used it not only for Tuesday's hearing on Goldman Sachs, but for previous hearings on the ratings agencies, the mortgage issuers and more.
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New York Times:
Prosecutors Said to Start Inquiry at Goldman
Silla Brush / The Hill:
For Wall Street, financial reform legislation takes a bad turn in Senate
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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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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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.
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
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.
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.
 
 
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Suffolk University:
Fisher Breaking Away in Buckeye Democratic Primary: Suffolk …
Discussion: Ballot Box and SENATUS
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
The Progressive Movement is Officially Dead
Jim Balloch / Knoxville News-Sentinel:
Jury convicts Palin e-mail intruder on 2 counts; mistrial declared on ID theft
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Florida Republican Rep. Ginny Brown-Waite Retires
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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?
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
McCain: Bipartisanship dead rest of Congress
Discussion: The Note and AMERICAblog News
The Smoking Gun:
Afghanistan Goes Gaga
Hendrik Hertzberg:
Debate, British Style
Ezra Klein:
Like it or not, the 2010 election is now (substantially) about immigration
Los Angeles Times:
‘99ers’ dread future without jobless benefits