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4:55 PM ET, May 1, 2010

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New York Times:
Editorial: Unanswered Questions on the Oil Spill  —  President Obama has ordered a freeze on new offshore drilling leases as well as a “thorough review” into what is almost sure to be the worst oil spill in this country's history — exceeding in size and environmental damage the calamitous Exxon Valdez disaster in 1989.
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Noel Sheppard / NewsBusters.org:
Bill Maher: 'Why Isn't Barack Obama Getting More S—t For This' Oil Spill?  —  HBO's Bill Maher on Friday asked an extraordinary question of his guest panel: “Why isn't Barack Obama getting more s—t' for the oil spill in the Gulf?  —  Almost as surprising, the studio audience applauded after the “Real Time” host said this.
New York Times:
BP Is Criticized Over Oil Spill, but U.S. Missed Chances to Act  —  NEW ORLEANS — As oil edged toward the Louisiana coast and fears continued to grow that the leak from a seabed oil well could spiral out of control, officials in the Obama administration publicly chastised BP America …
Michael Muskal / D.C. Now:
Obama uses commencement speech to explain politics and government  —  President Obama on Saturday urged graduates at the University of Michigan to participate in public life as the president forcefully defended an activist role for government in dealing with society's problems.
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Obama inspecting oil-spill: Gulf crisis
Discussion: The Confluence and D.C. Now
National Enquirer:
OBAMA CHEATING SCANDAL  —  PRESIDENT OBAMA has been caught in a shocking cheating scandal after being caught in a Washington, DC Hotel with a former campaign aide, sources say.  —  And now, a hush-hush security video that shows everything could topple both Obama's presidency and marriage to Michelle!
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
On my desk: The Manchurian President  —  My friend Aaron Klein, now a WABC radio host who has done some amazing work in probing Islamist terrorism in the Middle East, and Brenda Elliott have turned their attention to domestic politics and Barack Obama in his latest book, The Manchurian President …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
CAN YOU HEAR THEM NOW?.... They're unlikely to get the kind of attention Tea Party events generate, but there will be quite a few folks turning out today for nationwide events on immigration policy. … Attendance at May 1 events have varied in recent years, but it was just a few years ago …
Kevin Bogardus / The Hill:
Rep. Gutierrez arrested outside of White House in immigration demonstration  —  Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.) was arrested outside the White House on Saturday during a May Day protest for immigration reform.  —  Guiterrez had been speaking to a crowd of hundreds at Lafayette Square …
Charles M. Blow / New York Times:
Op-Ed Columnist: Redrawing Abortion's Battle Lines  —  While we've been distracted by Tea Party antics, the government's efforts to sack Goldman Sachs and the tawdry drama of John Edwards and his baby's mama, a rash of states has rushed to restrict access to abortion.
Discussion: Hullabaloo, Althouse and Politics Daily
Reuters:
Pelosi to W.H.: Back off the Washington bashing  —  President Barack Obama's Washington-bashing could boomerang on his own party in Congress if he's not careful, House leaders warned White House senior adviser David Axelrod in a closed-door meeting Thursday.
Discussion: The Politico and New York Magazine
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Why does the Wall Street regulation overhaul give FTC authority over the Internet?  —  Earlier this week, the Washington Post reported on another little Easter egg in a bill cruising through Congress that would normally have followed Nancy Pelosi's policy of discovery ex post facto.
Arizona Republic:
Pinal County Sheriff's deputy shot after traffic stop  —  A Pinal County Sheriff's deputy was shot in the stomach Friday by an undocumented immigrant off Interstate 8, according sheriff's officials.  —  Lt. Tami Villar told 12 News that the search and rescue deputy was investigating a load …
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Margaret Talev / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Who should Democrats fear the most? Maybe it's Grandma
Discussion: Big Think and Perfunction
Rasmussen Reports:
66% See Tax Cuts As Better Way To Create Jobs Than More Government Spending
truthout:
Whistleblower: BP Risks More Massive Catastrophes in Gulf
Nicholas Riccardi / Los Angeles Times:
Arizona lawmakers modify immigration law
James Tozer / Daily Mail:
Muslim daubs war memorial with ‘Islam will dominate the world’ …
 Earlier Items: 
Stacy-Marie Ishmael / FT Alphaville:
‘We are wall Street...we are smarter and more vicious than [dinosaurs]’
Discussion: Hullabaloo, Open Left and Corrente
Susan Saulny / New York Times:
Dressing Mrs. Obama for Success, Then Going Out of Business
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
BBC:
Anger in Malawi over polygamy ban
Discussion: Jihad Watch and Boing Boing
Amy Chozick / WSJ. Magazine:
Carly Fiorina: Coming Around Again
Discussion: PolitiCal