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4:40 PM ET, May 2, 2010


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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.
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.
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 …
Steve Coll / Think Tank:
Terrorism  —  A few years ago, I was at an event with New York Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly.  The conversation turned to why terrorist groups, particularly those associated with Al Qaeda, had not carried out any attacks inside the United States since September 11th.
NY Daily News:
3 cops, street vendor stop Times Square car bomb from detonating …
NY Daily News:
Time Square car bomb: Cops evacuate heart of NYC after ‘potential terrorist attack’
Discussion: Gothamist
New York Post:
Car bomb causes terror scare, forces evacuation in Times Square
Discussion: Power Line, Gothamist and
Top cop: No evidence of Taliban link to bomb
NY governor calls failed car bomb act of terrorism
Discussion: Firedoglake and Gawker
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.
US spill ‘threatens way of life’
Discussion: Truthdig and AMERICAblog News
Brian Maloney / The Radio Equalizer:   Libtalkers Blame Gulf Oil Spill On Bush, While Praising Obama
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
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Crist says he's open to supporting a Democrat for Senate majority leader  —  Florida Gov. Charlie Crist (I) would not say Sunday which party he'd caucus with if elected to the Senate.  —  Crist, who left the Republican Party this week to pursue an independent bid for the state's open Senate seat …
Discussion: Swing State Project
Martina Stewart / CNN:   Rubio depicts himself as conservative with mainstream policies
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: YID With LID and Hot Air
New York Times:
Greece Gets Help but Is It Enough?  —  ATHENS - Greece announced Sunday that it had reached an agreement on a long-delayed rescue package that will require years of painful fiscal belt-tightening, but the deal probably will not defuse the potential threats to other European countries …
Discussion: New York Magazine
Suzanne Daley / New York Times:   Greek Wealth Is Everywhere but Tax Forms
Derrick DePledge / Honolulu Advertiser:
Hawaii Poll: Djou leads Democratic rivals in congressional race  —  Poll shows concerns over Hanabusa, Case splitting vote are real  —  Honolulu City Councilman Charles Djou has the advantage in the special election for Congress, a new Hawai'i Poll has found, giving Republicans the best opportunity …
Discussion: The Hill and Hotline On Call
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: Balloon Juice and First Draft
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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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Sen. Alexander: Border security must precede path to citizenship for immigrants
Iran's Ahmadinejad heads for U.S.
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Andrew Berman / Berman Post:
Immigration Rally (NYC Union Square)
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Discussion: Slate and The Sideshow