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3:45 PM ET, May 4, 2010

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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
McCain: ‘Serious mistake’ if car bombing suspect was Mirandized  —  It would have been a serious mistake to have read the suspect in the attempted Times Square car bombing his Miranda rights, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said Tuesday.  —  McCain, the ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee …
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Mike Allen / The Politico:
Cellphone led to Times Square arrest  —  The number from a disposable cellphone led FBI agents to the suspect arrested Monday night for allegedly driving a car bomb into Times Square on Saturday evening, according to a senior official.  —  “They were able to basically get one phone number …
Washington Post:
U.S. citizen from Pakistan arrested in Times Square bomb case  —  Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. announced early Tuesday that an arrest had been made in the failed Times Square car bombing, saying that Faisal Shahzad, a 30-year-old American, was taken into custody at John F. Kennedy International Airport …
Jeffrey Goldberg / The Atlantic Online:
Four Quick Observations About Faisal Shahzad  —  1. I am struck by the fact that he is a naturalized American citizen, not a recent or temporary visitor.  This suggests that either he was a long-term sleeper agent (unlikely, for various reasons) or that he became over time immune to the charms …
Discussion: PoliBlog
Brian Maloney / The Radio Equalizer:
MSNBC's Brewer: I'm Sorry Terror Suspect Has Islamic Ties  —  BREW-ING CONTEMPT  —  MSNBC Blabbermouth Upset Terrorist Isn't Homegrown  —  *** MORE AT NEWSBUSTERS, HOT AIR, JAWA REPORT, MEMEORANDUM ***  —  So much for the white male “tea partier” fantasy our left-wing state run media friends …
James Barron / New York Times:
Questions on Early News on Times Square Car Bomb  —  On Sunday morning, less than 15 hours after a car bomb had been found in a sport utility vehicle in Times Square, the homeland security secretary, Janet Napolitano, appeared on the NBC News program “Meet the Press” and said, “You know …
Amanda Terkel / Think Progress:
Conservatives Want To Deny U.S. Citizen Faisal Shahzad Miranda Rights, Ensuring He Won't Be Convicted  —  As soon as the Obama administration announced that it had Umar Farouq Abdulmutallab in custody and was questioning him about his failed Christmas Day bombing, conservatives began complaining …
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
MS-NBC anchor: I'm so bummed that Shahzad wasn't a Tea Partier  —  Brian Maloney gives us this entry for the Someone Left the Irony On Department, in which Contessa Brewer tells Stephanie Miller that she's really unhappy that she couldn't use the Times Square bombing attempt to prove Tea Party “bigotry.”
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
McCain Wants to Execute Terrorism Suspect, Make It Impossible to Secure Conviction
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
RIGHT ON CUE, MCCAIN STARTS COMPLAINING.... Faisal Shahzad …
Discussion: The Hill and Balloon Juice
Scott Whitlock / NewsBusters.org:
MSNBC's Contessa Brewer ‘Frustrated’ That Times Square Bomber Is a Muslim
Discussion: The Sundries Shack
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Beck: Of course Shahzad should get Mirandized!
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Twelve Hours After Arrest, GOPers Already Banging “Miranda” Drum
Discussion: Daily Kos
NY Daily News:
Faisal Shahzad, Times Square bomb plot suspect, just ‘minutes’ …
ABCNEWS:
Charges Announced Against Times Square Bomb Suspect
Kasie Hunt / The Politico:
Republicans warn against Miranda rights for terror suspect
Mark Steyn / The Corner on National Review Online:
Crying Lone Wolf — By: Mark Steyn
The Politico:
White House in P.R. ‘panic’ over spill  —  The ferocious oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico is threatening President Barack Obama's reputation for competence, just as surely as it endangers the Gulf ecosystem.  —  So White House aides are escalating their efforts to reassure Congress and the public …
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
WHAT DOES THIS HAVE TO DO WITH ‘COMPETENCE’?.... Like John Cole …
Discussion: CNN
Ezra Klein:
The BP oil spill is not alone
Political Punch:
President Obama: GOP Opposition to Stimulus ‘Helped to Create the Tea-Baggers’  —  Three days after he decried the lack of civility in American politics, President Obama is quoted in a new book about his presidency referring to the Tea Party movement using a derogatory term with sexual connotations.
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John Kartch / Americans for Tax Reform RSS:
President of the United States uses the term “Tea-baggers”
Discussion: Right Now, Pajamas Media and AmSpecBlog
Quinnipiac University:
Sestak Gains On Specter Among Pennsylvania Democrats, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Onorato Tops Field Of Unknowns In Governor's Primary  —  U.S. Rep. Joe Sestak is within striking distance of U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter in the Pennsylvania Democratic primary, trailing the long-time incumbent 47 …
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Reid Wilson / Hotline On Call:
DSCC Investing In Specter Primary
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Through oil-fouled water, big government looks better and better  —  There is something exquisite about the moment when a conservative decides he needs more government in his life.  —  About 10:30 Monday morning, Sen. David Vitter (R-La.), an ardent foe of big government …
miaminewtimes.com:
Christian right leader George Rekers takes vacation with “rent boy”  —  The pictures on the Rentboy.com profile show a shirtless young man with delicate features, guileless eyes, and sun-kissed, hairless skin.  The profile touts his “smooth, sweet, tight ass” and “perfectly built 8 inch cock …
New York Times:
Poll Shows Most in U.S. Want Overhaul of Immigration Laws  —  LOS ANGELES — The overwhelming majority of Americans think that the country's immigration policies need to be seriously overhauled.  And despite protests against Arizona's stringent new immigration enforcement law …
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Rasmussen Reports:
25% Have Favorable Opinion of Immigration Rights Protesters, 50% Unfavorable
Pew Research Center:
“Socialism” Not So Negative, “Capitalism” Not So Positive  —  A Political Rhetoric Test  —  “Socialism” is a negative for most Americans, but certainly not all Americans.  “Capitalism” is regarded positively by a majority of the public, though it is a thin majority.
Christina Wilkie / The Hill:
Kyl jokes about Obama drowning  —  Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) got a big laugh on Saturday at a National Republican Senatorial Committee retreat, but his joke definitely wouldn't be funny to some people.  —  According to a source who attended the meetings, Kyl told the assembled crowd …
Dan Pfeiffer / White House.gov Blog Feed:
The 10 Most Wanted Lobbyist Loopholes  —  Loopholes are a lobbyist's best friend.  —  As debate on the Wall Street Reform bill returns today to the floor of the Senate, lobbyists are working overtime to insert loopholes and special provisions into the bill.
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David Brooks / New York Times:
The Limits of Policy  —  Roughly a century ago, many Swedes immigrated to America.  They've done very well here.  Only about 6.7 percent of Swedish-Americans live in poverty.  Also a century ago, many Swedes decided to remain in Sweden.  They've done well there, too.
 
 
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