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2:45 AM ET, May 2, 2010

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New York Times:
Police Discover Car Bomb in Times Square and Clear Area  —  The police discovered a car bomb in a smoking Nissan Pathfinder in the heart of Times Square, prompting the evacuation of thousands of tourists and theatergoers from the area on a warm and busy Saturday evening.  —  There was no explosion.
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Michelle Nichols / Reuters:
NY police confirm car bomb caused Times Sq. evacuation  —  The New York Police Department said on Saturday the incident that caused Times Square to be evacuated was what appeared to be a car bomb, which was being dismantled by officers on the scene.  —  “This appears to be a car bomb …
Wall Street Journal:
Bomb Attempt Shuts Down Times Square  —  A failed car bomb shut down Times Square on Saturday night, causing panic, evacuations and confusion on one of the tourist spot's busiest and most crowded nights.  —  Police said a Nissan Pathfinder at West 45th Street and Seventh Avenue was loaded …
Kevin Bogardus / The Hill:
Rep. Gutierrez arrested outside of White House in immigration protest  —  Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.) was arrested outside the White House on Saturday during a May Day protest for immigration reform.  —  Guiterrez had been speaking to a crowd of hundreds at Lafayette Square when he announced …
Discussion: CNN, Ben Smith's Blog and The Page
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Mark Silva / The Swamp:
White House Correspondents: Birthers?  —  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 …
Discussion: ABCNEWS
Reuters:
Pelosi to W.H.: Back off the Washington bashing
Discussion: The Politico and New York Magazine
Noel Sheppard / NewsBusters.org:
Bill Maher: 'Why Isn't Barack Obama Getting More S—t For This' Oil Spill?  —  HBO's Bill Maher on Friday asked an extraordinary question of his guest panel: “Why isn't Barack Obama getting more s—t' for the oil spill in the Gulf?  —  Almost as surprising, the studio audience applauded after the “Real Time” host said this.
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New York Times:
Editorial: Unanswered Questions on the Oil Spill  —  President Obama has ordered a freeze on new offshore drilling leases as well as a “thorough review” into what is almost sure to be the worst oil spill in this country's history — exceeding in size and environmental damage the calamitous Exxon Valdez disaster in 1989.
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
On my desk: The Manchurian President
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.
Seymour Friendly / Firedoglake:
Teachers With Foreign Accents Banned in Arizona Schools  —  It's just beyond comprehension: Arizona has moved to eliminate ethnic studies courses and to purge schools of teachers with accents.  —  From the first article: … It is particularly sickening that an education policy regime now based on white …
Associated Press:
Obama takes direct aim at anti-government rhetoric  —  ANN ARBOR, Mich. - In a blunt caution to political friend and foe, President Barack Obama said Saturday that partisan rants and name-calling under the guise of legitimate discourse pose a serious danger to America's democracy, and may incite “extreme elements” to violence.
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Michael Muskal / D.C. Now:
Obama uses commencement speech to explain politics and government
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Obama inspecting oil-spill: Gulf crisis
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and D.C. Now
Ian Shapira / Washington Post:
Unification Church will put Washington Times up for sale  —  Washington Times executives are negotiating to sell the newspaper, after the Rev. Sun Myung Moon's family cut off most of the annual subsidy of about $35 million that has kept the Unification Church-backed paper afloat, company officials said.
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Sen. Sherrod Brown says he lacks votes on ‘too big to fail’ banking amendment  —  Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) said he lacks the votes right now to advance his amendment limiting the size of banks.  —  Brown held out hope that the measure, which he's offered along with Sen. Ted Kaufman …
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