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12:15 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.
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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 …
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Attempted car bomb in Times Square?  Update: “Moments from blowing up”  —  I'm reluctant to raise the alarm before the NYPD's finished its investigation, but this makes me nervous: … What makes me nervous is the use of propane.  Remember that London bombing plot three years ago …
Telegraph:
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 Mohammed.  —  The device, which failed to detonate …
Discussion: Clusterstock and JammieWearingFool
WCBS-TV:
Times Square Car Bomb Investigation Continues  —  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’  —  Gov. Paterson: Car Bomb An ‘Act Of Terrorism’
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 …
msnbc.com:
Crude car bomb found in Times Square
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 …
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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
Discussion: The Confluence
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 …
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Gretchen Morgenson / New York Times:
Repaying Taxpayers With Their Own Cash
Discussion: Hot Air
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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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.
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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.
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Suzanne Daley / New York Times:   Greek Wealth Is Everywhere but Tax Forms
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
Frank Rich / New York Times:
If Only Arizona Were the Real Problem  —  DON'T blame it all on Arizona.  The Grand Canyon State simply happened to be in the right place at the right time to tilt over to the dark side.  Its hysteria is but another symptom of a political virus that can't be quarantined and whose cure is as yet unknown.
 
 
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