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Bank Fears Sink Stocks Wall Street Journal | What happened to the "green shoots and leaves," or whatever it was that was supposed to make us helpful.
It Might as Well be Spring Newsweek | This explains the story above -- for every bit of good economic news, there's some bad news to balance it out.
Is Obama Selling Out? The Daily Beast | Eric Alterman argues that Obama hasn't actually "gone soft on his campaign promises."
Speech Prompts Walkout at Racism Conference New York Times | Who knew Israel could be so controversial?
Las Vegas Sun Wins Pulitzer, and NY Times Gets 5 Associated Press | Sex scandals yielded prizes for both the New York Times and Detroit Free Press.
Waterboarding Used 266 Times on 2 Suspects New York Times | Obama administration may not want to "look backwards" much more, but this issue isn't going away.
Bank Lending Keeps Dropping Wall Street Journal | Bailout critics will point to this as evidence that Obama's plans aren't working.
Sources: Wiretap Recorded Rep. Harman Promising to Intervene for AIPAC CQ Politics | Harman reportedly concluded taped exchange by saying, “This conversation doesn’t exist.” Whoops.
Congress Returns to Face a Mountain of Work Associated Press | Several key bills stacked up over the next five weeks.
Will Gay Marriage Still Work as a Republican Wedge Issue? Salon | Does this debate still help GOP on Election Day, or have we reached a "tipping point"?

By Ben Pershing  |  April 20, 2009; 4:37 PM ET
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