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2:20 PM ET, May 2, 2010


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New York Times:
Police Find Car Bomb in Times Square  —  A crude car bomb of propane, gasoline and fireworks was discovered in a smoking Nissan Pathfinder in the heart of Times Square on Saturday evening, prompting the evacuation of thousands of tourists and theatergoers on a warm and busy night.
Bill Roggio / The Long War Journal:
Pakistani Taliban claim credit for failed NYC Times Square car bombing  —  Image from an audiotape purportedly from Qari Hussain Mehsud, who takes credit for the failed car bombing in New York City.  Qari Hussain is a senior leader and master bomb maker in the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan.
Michael S. Schmidt / City Room:
T-Shirt Vendor Takes On New Persona: Reluctant Hero of Times Square  —  About 12 hours had passed since a T-shirt vendor in Times Square had alerted police to a suspicious S.U.V. that was packed with a bomb.  But by 7 a.m. Sunday, with the S.U.V. towed away and the streets safe and reopened …
Times Square car bomb: police investigate South Park link  —  Police in New York are investigating whether a car bomb in Times Square was targeted at the makers of South Park over a controversial depiction of the Prophet Mohammed.  —  The device, which failed to detonate …
Nick Allen / Telegraph:
Times Square car bomb was act of terrorism  —  American officials declared that the failed car bomb that forced the evacuation of New York's Times Square was an “act of terrorism.”  —  “Luckily, no one is hurt, and now the full attention of city, state and federal law enforcement will be turned …
Gov. Paterson: Car Bomb An ‘Act Of Terrorism’  —  Police Check Security Cameras, Vehicle's License Plate, Possible Related Incidents Around The Big Apple  —  Bloomberg: ‘We Avoided What Could Have Been A Very Deadly Event’  —  NEW YORK (CBS) ― The NYPD is checking surveillance cameras …
NY Daily News:
3 cops, street vendor stop Times Square car bomb from detonating …
New York Post:
Car bomb causes terror scare, forces evacuation in Times Square
Discussion: Power Line, Gothamist and
Crude car bomb found in Times Square
NY governor calls failed car bomb act of terrorism
Discussion: Firedoglake and Gawker
Wall Street Journal:
Times Square Reopens After Bomb Scare
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
W.H. C'spondents: Humor birthing room  —  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 …
Glynnis MacNicol / Mediaite:
Obama Kills At WHCD: ‘Approval Ratings Are High In Country Of My Birth’ (VIDEO)  —  Well if his day job doesn't end up working out President Barack Obama may have a comedy career to fall back on.  Obama addressed the star-studded crowd (for Washington, anyway) at the White House Correspondents dinner tonight …
CNN:   Celebs, politicos join for night of comedy
Leslie Kaufman / New York Times:
New Technique Holds Hope for Oil Spill Cleanup  —  NEW ORLEANS — Officials in charge of the cleanup of a massive oil spill now approaching three Gulf Coast states said Saturday that a new technique in battling the leaks 5,000 feet beneath the sea showed promise.
Scott / Power Line:
Investigate this  —  Over the past week or so we have noted the fraudulent General Motors public relations blitz promoting its supposed repayment of the money it owes the United States government.  GM chairman and chief executive officer Edward Whitacre led off the blitz in the Wall Street Journal column …
Gretchen Morgenson / New York Times:
Repaying Taxpayers With Their Own Cash
Discussion: Hot Air
Nicholas D. Kristof / New York Times:
Op-Ed Columnist: Who Can Mock the True Catholic Church?  —  Maybe the Catholic Church should be turned upside down.  —  Jesus wasn't known for pontificating from palaces, covering up scandals, or issuing Paleolithic edicts on social issues.  Does anyone think he would have protected clergymen who raped children?
Discussion: First Draft and Balloon Juice
New York Times:
Greece Agrees to a Bailout Deal With EU and I.M.F.  —  ATHENS — Prime Minister George Papandreou said Sunday that Greece had reached an agreement with the International Monetary Fund and the European Union on a long-delayed rescue package that is expected to be worth as much as €120 billion.
Suzanne Daley / New York Times:   Greek Wealth Is Everywhere but Tax Forms
Andrew Berman / Berman Post:
Immigration Rally (NYC Union Square)  —  The turnout of the Immigration Rally this year at Union Square (NYC) was much higher than last year where the rain may have kept attendance low and without a strong rallying cry that Arizona's New Immigration Enforcement Law has given them this year.
Carlos Lozano / L.A. NOW:
LAPD estimate crowd at immigrant rights rally is about half of what was expected [Updated]  —  [Updated, 3 p.m.: Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck estimated that about 50,000 immigration rights activists participated in Saturday's May Day rally, about half of what police estimated earlier.
Discussion: Nice Deb
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