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3:45 AM ET, May 1, 2010

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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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Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
Rush: “I'm Just Noting the Timing Here”  —  Me, in email with a friend last night about the Louisiana oil spill: … Honest to God, I didn't know he'd said this a few hours earlier: … Plus there's this, from the friend I was emailing with: “Maybe not Obama, but the WSJ snuck it in their story yesterday …
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
Discussion: Donklephant and Mediaite
Paul Krugman:
The Oil Spill Is Obama's Fault  —  No, I haven't lost my mind — that's not what I believe.  But you know that's what the talk-show hosts will be saying soon, if they haven't already started.  The only question is what the story will be.  —  Will it be claims that liberals …
RushLimbaugh.com:
Regime SWAT Teams Sent to Gulf  —  BEGIN TRANSCRIPT  —  RUSH: Mike in South Florida, great to have you on the EIB Network, sir.  Hello.  —  CALLER: Hi, Rush.  It's a pleasure to be here with you.  I have two concerns that are quite bothersome to me.  The first is on the oil leak, the big oil spill.
Discussion: NewsBusters.org
Ben Raines / Breaking News from the Press-Register:
Leaked report: Government fears Deepwater Horizon well could become unchecked gusher … A confidential government report on the unfolding spill disaster in the Gulf makes clear the Coast Guard now fears the well could become an unchecked gusher shooting millions of gallons of oil per day into the Gulf.
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Manavt / This Just In:
Authorities: Ariz. deputy shot by suspected drug traffickers  —  [Updated at 11:00 p.m.] A sheriff's deputy in central Arizona was shot Friday afternoon by a suspected drug trafficker, authorities said.  —  The Pinal County deputy, who was not immediately identified, contacted authorities …
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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: CNN and The Jawa Report
Jim Balloch / Knoxville News-Sentinel:
Jury convicts Palin e-mail intruder on two counts; mistrial declared on ID theft  —  KNOXVILLE - A federal jury this afternoon convicted Sarah Palin e-mail intruder David C. Kernell of felony destruction of records to hamper a federal investigation and misdemeanor unlawfully obtaining information from a protected computer.
Discussion: The Confluence and palingates
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CNN:
Man found guilty in Palin e-mail case
Discussion: ABCNEWS
Sarah Palin / Facebook:
The Hacker Case Verdict
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
MLBPA: AZ Immigration Law “Could have a negative impact on hundreds of Major League players”  —  The executive director of the Major League Baseball Player's Association has released a strong statement condemning the Arizona immigration law.  I've pasted it below the fold:
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Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Baseball players union unhappy with Arizona immigration law
Discussion: CNN
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Obama: ‘A guy who doubles down’  —  Assessing the Obama administration's mixed record on foreign policy, the grinding problems it faces like Afghanistan and the impasses it has reached on high-priority issues such as the Mideast and China, it helps to start with a historical parallel from the not very distant past:
Discussion: CNN
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The Politico:
WHCD A-LIST GUEST LIST
Fox News:
Arizona Legislature Passes Bill to Curb ‘Chauvanism’ in Ethnic Studies Programs  —  After making national headlines for a new law on illegal immigrants, the Arizona Legislature sent Gov. Jan Brewer a bill Thursday that would ban ethnic studies programs in the state that critics say currently advocate separatism and racial preferences.
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
The Progressive Movement is Officially Dead  —  Hey, Sierra Club: There's a giant flaming ball of oil being pushed straight for the coasts of Alabama and Mississippi.  Might be the worst environmental event in decades.  I know it makes the President's recent decision to allow offshore drilling look …
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Boehner: GOP could pick up 100 seats  —  House Republicans could win 100 or more seats in this fall's elections, House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) said Friday.  —  Boehner said he believes there is no seat that the GOP cannot win during this election cycle, judging by Sen. Scott Brown's …
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Josh Kraushaar / The Politico:
Kos poll: Burns by six  —  Weighed down in his district by low presidential favorability ratings and a health care law that's unpopular there, Pennsylvania Democrat Mark Critz now trails by 6 percentage points in next month's special election for the seat of the late Rep. John Murtha …
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DavidNYC / Swing State Project:   PA-12: Dems Trailing in Special to Replace Murtha
Ezra Klein:
Is a biometric, national ID card an immigration game changer?  —  The Democrats' immigration-reform proposal (pdf) is 26 pages long.  Pages 8 through 18 are devoted to “ending illegal employment through biometric employment verification.”  I don't think the Democrats are going to like me calling …
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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Dems spark alarm with call for national ID card
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!
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
The Hankster:
Friday Nite Hankster Chat  —  Friday Nite Hankster Chat  —  Free-wheeling conversation with independent political blogger Nancy Hanks.  —  <object classid="clsid:D27CDB6E-AE6D-11cf- 96B8-444553540000" codebase="http://download.adobe.com/ pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#ve rsion= 9,0,0,0" …
Discussion: The Hankster
Amanda Terkel / Think Progress:
Gates To Congress: Don't Repeal Don't Ask, Don't Tell This Year  —  As part of the Obama administration's plan to repeal Don't Ask, Don't Tell (DADT), the Pentagon has convened a “Working Group” that is meeting with servicemembers, chaplains, and others individuals about how to repeal the ban …
Discussion: Firedoglake
BBC:
Anger in Malawi over polygamy ban  —  Muslims in Malawi have been angered by government plans to ban polygamy.  —  A spokesman for the Muslim Association of Malawi told the BBC the proposed law would discriminate against the country's Muslim minority.  —  He said with about 6% more women …
Discussion: Jihad Watch and Boing Boing
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Swamp plays Hardball: Party matters  —  We're talking about “five Floridas” today — though Chris Matthews and his associates at Hardball may want to talk about three Floridas.  —  But we're also talking about something much bigger: The meaning of intraparty dissent within Republican ranks …
Discussion: The Politico
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 and Open Left
 
 
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Amy Chozick / WSJ. Magazine:
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Guardian:
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Some Hispanic Americans hope law deters illegal immigration
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Ariz. targets ‘human-animal hybrids’
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 Earlier Items: 
Ezra Klein:
Sen. Carl Levin: ‘We ought to eliminate the damn synthetics’
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
After reporter's subpoena, critics call Obama's leak-plugging efforts Bush-like
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
Natasha Korecki / Chicago Sun Times:
Judge: Obama won't have to testify at Blagojevich trial
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
GDP growth drops to 3.2% in first quarter of 2010
Paul Krugman:
Why Isn't Britain In More Trouble?