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1:20 AM ET, May 2, 2010

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New York Times:
Police Find a Car Bomb in Times Square and Clear Area  —  The police discovered a car bomb in a smoking Nissan Pathfinder in the heart of Times Square Saturday evening, prompting the evacuation of thousands of tourists and theatergoers from the area on a warm and busy Saturday evening, the police said.
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Michelle Nichols / Reuters:
NY police confirm car bomb caused Times Sq. evacuation  —  The New York Police Department said on Saturday the incident that caused Times Square to be evacuated was what appeared to be a car bomb, which was being dismantled by officers on the scene.  —  “This appears to be a car bomb …
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.
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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.
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 …
Julian Walker / Virginian-Pilot:
Cuccinelli opts for more modest state seal  —  Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli apparently isn't fond of wardrobe malfunctions, even when Virginia's state seal is involved.  —  The seal depicts the Roman goddess Virtus, or virtue, wearing a blue tunic draped over one shoulder, her left breast exposed.
Seymour Friendly / Firedoglake:
Teachers With Foreign Accents Banned in Arizona Schools  —  It's just beyond comprehension: Arizona has moved to eliminate ethnic studies courses and to purge schools of teachers with accents.  —  From the first article: … It is particularly sickening that an education policy regime now based on white …
Discussion: Politics in the Zeros
Kevin Bogardus / The Hill:
Rep. Gutierrez arrested outside of White House in immigration protest  —  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 when he announced …
Discussion: CNN, Ben Smith's Blog and The Page
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
White House Correspondents: Birthers?  —  President Barack Obama's approval ratings may be down among the American public.  At least, he said before a black-tie dinner crowd in Washington, he remains popular in “the country of my birth.”  —  That's the way the laugh-lines …
Discussion: ABCNEWS
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Reuters:
Pelosi to W.H.: Back off the Washington bashing
Discussion: The Politico and New York Magazine
Associated Press:
Obama takes direct aim at anti-government rhetoric  —  ANN ARBOR, Mich. - In a blunt caution to political friend and foe, President Barack Obama said Saturday that partisan rants and name-calling under the guise of legitimate discourse pose a serious danger to America's democracy, and may incite “extreme elements” to violence.
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Michael Muskal / D.C. Now:
Obama uses commencement speech to explain politics and government
Ian Shapira / Washington Post:
Unification Church will put Washington Times up for sale  —  Washington Times executives are negotiating to sell the newspaper, after the Rev. Sun Myung Moon's family cut off most of the annual subsidy of about $35 million that has kept the Unification Church-backed paper afloat, company officials said.
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Sen. Sherrod Brown says he lacks votes on ‘too big to fail’ banking amendment  —  Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) said he lacks the votes right now to advance his amendment limiting the size of banks.  —  Brown held out hope that the measure, which he's offered along with Sen. Ted Kaufman …
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