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11:05 AM 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.
Police Check Times Square Cameras After Car Bomb  —  NEW YORK (CBS) ― Police said an SUV found parked on 45th Street was loaded with explosives, smoking and moments from blowing up when an alert t-shirt vendor noticed something wasn't right and alerted a mounted police officer.
Richard Esposito / ABCNEWS:
NYC's Times Square Evacuated in Bomb Scare  —  SUV Was on Fire in Tourist Area; Bomb Squad Called In  —  The incident in New York City's Times Square that began with a suspicious vehicle appears to have developed into a real threat from a fire bomb, according to police.
Times Square car bomb: police investigate South Park link  —  Police in New York are investigating whether a car bomb in Times Square was targeted on the makers of South Park over a controversial depiction of the Prophet Muhammad.  —  The device, which failed to detonate …
Discussion: Clusterstock and JammieWearingFool
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 …
Wall Street Journal:
Times Square Reopens After Bomb Scare  —  A failed car bomb smoked, popped and shut down Times Square, causing panic, evacuations and confusion Saturday on one of the tourist spot's busiest nights.  —  Most of the streets in the area were reopened Sunday morning, though a heavy police presence remained in the area.
Nick Allen / Telegraph:
Times Square car bomb was act of terrorism
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 …
Celebs, politicos join for night of comedy  —  Washington (CNN) — President Obama's punch lines targeted a diverse group Saturday — from teen sensations the Jonas Brothers to comedian Jay Leno, whom he described as the only person with worse ratings than his.
Discussion: The Confluence
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 …
Julia Preston / New York Times:
Immigration Advocates Rally for Change  —  WASHINGTON — In protests fueled by anger over a tough anti-illegal immigrant law in Arizona, tens of thousands of demonstrators joined marches and rallies Saturday in cities across the country, calling on Congress to pass an immigration overhaul.
Carlos Lozano / L.A. NOW:
LAPD estimate crowd at immigrant rights rally is about half …
Discussion: Nice Deb
Kevin Bogardus / The Hill:
Rep. Gutierrez arrested outside of White House in immigration protest
Discussion: CNN, The Page and Ben Smith's Blog
Felix Salmon:
Blaming Rubin  —  My commenters are pretty unanimous that I shouldn't have published yesterday's post on Bob Rubin.  So I'll not mention the subject again, and leave that debate to the comments of that post.  For there's more than enough Rubin debate to go around, especially now that Jacob Weisberg …
Discussion: Slate and The Sideshow
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.
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