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1:20 PM ET, May 1, 2010

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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 …
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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.
Helene Cooper / New York Times:
White House Memo: Shadow of Katrina Hangs Over Official Response to Spill  —  WASHINGTON — There's a world of difference between the impact of an oil spill and a deadly hurricane.  And the White House hopes it stays that way.  —  As President Obama stepped up his administration's response …
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Obama inspecting oil-spill: Gulf crisis  —  Have we mentioned lately that timing, in politics, is everything?  —  The White House says today that President Barack Obama will visit the Gulf of Mexico Sunday morning to inspect the effects of a calamitous oil spill from an off-shore exploratory …
Discussion: 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!
Sarah Palin / Facebook:
Domestic Drilling: Why We Can Still Believe  —  We've all been shocked and saddened by the tragic events in the Gulf of Mexico.  My heart breaks for coastal residents who are facing fears of the unknown impacts of the oil spill.  —  As an Alaskan, I can speak from the heart about the tragedy of an oil spill.
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Ezra Klein:
Oil spill an inside job?  —  If Rush Limbaugh was on the far left, he'd be a 9/11 truther.  As it is, he's on the far right, and has decided to become an oil-spill truther: … Is there literally nothing this man can say that will convince Republicans to disavow him?  —  Photo credit: By Ron Edmonds/Associated Press
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 …
Discussion: Scared Monkeys and The Jawa Report
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CNN:
Arizona deputy wounded in shooting
Discussion: The Jawa Report
Manavt / This Just In:
Authorities: Ariz. deputy shot by suspected drug traffickers
Nicholas Riccardi / Los Angeles Times:
Arizona lawmakers modify immigration law  —  Legislators ban race from being used by police as a factor to identify illegal immigrants and require scrutiny only of people who police stop, detain or arrest.  —  Reporting from Phoenix —  The Arizona Legislature has narrowed …
Discussion: Diggers Realm and LAist
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truthout:
Whistleblower: BP Risks More Massive Catastrophes in Gulf  —  A former contractor who worked for British Petroleum (BP) claims the oil conglomerate broke federal laws and violated its own internal procedures by failing to maintain crucial safety and engineering documents related to one of the firms …
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 …
Susan Saulny / New York Times:
Dressing Mrs. Obama for Success, Then Going Out of Business  —  CHICAGO — Fashion and politics are seasonal and unpredictable, yet the two came together quite well here for the hometown designer Maria Pinto and Michelle Obama, whose first memorable bursts onto the national scene were often in Pinto creations.
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
Stacy-Marie Ishmael / FT Alphaville:
‘We are wall Street...we are smarter and more vicious than [dinosaurs]’  —  If anyone knows who wrote the following email, which has been pinging around Wall Street and across prop desks, tell 'em get in touch with FT Alphaville.  We like the writing style.
Discussion: Hullabaloo, Open Left and Corrente
 
 
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Rasmussen Reports:
66% See Tax Cuts As Better Way To Create Jobs Than More Government Spending
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James Tozer / Daily Mail:
Muslim daubs war memorial with ‘Islam will dominate the world’ …
BBC:
Anger in Malawi over polygamy ban
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The Hankster:
Friday Nite Hankster Chat
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Amy Chozick / WSJ. Magazine:
Carly Fiorina: Coming Around Again
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Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Swamp plays Hardball: Party matters
Discussion: The Politico
Amanda Terkel / Think Progress:
Gates To Congress: Don't Repeal Don't Ask, Don't Tell This Year
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Ben Smith / The Politico:
Obama: ‘A guy who doubles down’
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Polarization Is Not Associated with Trust in Government
Guardian:
The liberal moment has come
Josh Kraushaar / The Politico:
Kos poll: Burns by six
CNN:
Man found guilty in Palin e-mail case
Discussion: ABCNEWS
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Ariz. targets ‘human-animal hybrids’
Discussion: Geekosystem and Big Brass Blog
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
The Progressive Movement is Officially Dead