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3:15 AM ET, May 3, 2010


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May 2: Napolitano, Salazar, Allen, Clinton, Crist, roundtable  —  MR. DAVID GREGORY: This Sunday, a bomb in New York's Times Square forces the evacuation of thousands.  What more is known this morning?  —  And the latest on what damage the administration expects along the Gulf Coast from that massive oil spill.
Discussion: Meet the Facts
Brian Maloney / The Radio Equalizer:
Libtalkers Blame Gulf Oil Spill On Bush, While Praising Obama
Michael D. Shear / Washington Post:
Obama navigates tricky task surrounding Gulf Coast oil spill
CBS News:
Obama Vows to Do Whatever it Takes on Oil Spill
Discussion: New York Magazine
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Government closes fishing in oil spill areas for 10 days
Discussion: The Politico
US spill ‘threatens way of life’
Discussion: AMERICAblog News and Truthdig
Associated Press:
Administration team defends oil spill response
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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.
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.
Discussion: Mediaite and ATTACKERMAN
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
Cops: Video Has Possible SUV Bomb Suspect In Alley
Discussion: Washington Post and ABCNEWS
Roman Polanski / La Règle du Jeu:
I can remain silent no longer!  —  Throughout my seven months since September 26, 2009, the date of my arrest at Zurich Airport, where I had landed with a view to receiving a lifetime award for my work from the representative of the Swiss Minister of Culture, I have refrained from making …
Discussion: L.A. NOW
Michael Cieply / New York Times:
Polanski Breaks Silence on His Extradition From Switzerland  —  LOS ANGLES — Ending a long silence, Roman Polanski addressed his possible extradition to the United States over a 33-year-old sex-crime case with a statement that accused authorities here of “trying to serve me on a platter …
Discussion: TalkLeft and YID With LID
Polanski: US wants me on platter  —  Film director Roman Polanski has broken his silence to decry the US for seeking his extradition from Switzerland on a 33-year-old child sex case.  —  The Oscar-winner said prosecutors wanted him to return so they could serve him “on a platter to the media”.
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 …
National Review:
Crist: Lieberman Was Right, 'I'm Much Happier Now' [Robert Costa]  —  EXCLUSIVE — Florida Gov. Charlie Crist tells National Review Online that a conversation with Sen. Joe Lieberman (I., Conn.) helped to convince him to run for U.S. Senate as an independent.
Discussion: CNN
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Crist says he's open to supporting a Democrat for Senate majority leader
Martina Stewart / CNN:   Rubio depicts himself as conservative with mainstream policies
George Talbot / Breaking News from the Press-Register:
BP told to stop circulating settlement agreements with coastal Alabamians  —  Alabama Attorney General Troy King said tonight that he has told representatives of BP Plc. that they should stop circulating settlement agreements among coastal Alabamians.  —  The agreements, King said …
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Sen. Alexander: Border security must precede path to citizenship for immigrants  —  President Barack Obama should force on securing the border before bringing up immigration reform, a top Republican said Sunday.  —  Senate Republican Conference Chairman Lamar Alexander (Tenn.) …
Lloyd Grove / The Daily Beast:
Obama Trounces Leno  —  Hungry Beast Giving Beast Women in the World  —  Blogs and Stories  —  The returns from the White House Correspondents' Dinner are in.  Lloyd Grove on how the president thoroughly upstaged the king of late-night comedy at Washington's media prom.  Plus, watch the nine best moments.
El Marco / Looking at the Left:
AZTLAN ASTROTURF - MAY DAY MARCH in DENVER  —  Killer Unicorns and Marxists March for Revolution  —  The International Workers' Day march in Denver brought some colorful characters to Colorado's Capital Building Saturday.  A diverse group of Anarchists, Marxists, and Revolutionary Zapatistas joined forces …
Greece Gets $146 Billion Rescue on EU, IMF Austerity Package  —  Euro-region ministers agreed to a 110 billion-euro ($146 billion) rescue package for Greece to prevent a default and stop the worst crisis in the currency's 11-year history from spreading through the rest of the bloc.
Donald Sensing / Sense of Events:
Major flooding in middle Tennessee  —  Much more updated on May 2 - click here.  —  Rain in middle Tennessee today has already achieved the second-highest total in one day (average across the midstate of 9.4 inches) and as I write this, there are five hours left in the day.  Some areas have exceeded 12 inches.
Heavy Rains Continue To Drench Region; 5 Dead
Discussion: Sense of Events and CNN
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