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7:40 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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Obama inspecting oil-spill: Gulf crisis
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and D.C. Now
Michael Muskal / D.C. Now:
Obama uses commencement speech to explain politics and government
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
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!
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Frances Martel / Mediaite:
National Enquirer's Obama Scandal: Claims Surveillance Proves Affair
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
 
 
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Peter Finn / Washington Post:
U.S. seeking a plea agreement in case of Guantanamo detainee
Margaret Talev / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Who should Democrats fear the most? Maybe it's Grandma
Discussion: Big Think and Perfunction
Reuters:
Pelosi to W.H.: Back off the Washington bashing
Discussion: The Politico and New York Magazine
Rasmussen Reports:
66% See Tax Cuts As Better Way To Create Jobs Than More Government Spending
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Nicholas Riccardi / Los Angeles Times:
Arizona lawmakers modify immigration law
James Tozer / Daily Mail:
Muslim daubs war memorial with ‘Islam will dominate the world’ …
Susan Saulny / New York Times:
Dressing Mrs. Obama for Success, Then Going Out of Business
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Alex Sherman / CNBC:
Sources: WBD is no longer pursuing a merger with Paramount, Skydance is doing due diligence, and Comcast is exploring commercial partnerships with Paramount

Sara Fischer / Axios:
The FT launches a venture arm to invest in media and tech startups, starting with $1M for Charter, a media and insights company focused on the workplace

Wes Davis / The Verge:
Netflix confirms that it has started removing Apple iTunes billing for longtime subscribers, and now requires them to pay directly on its website

 
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