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1:15 AM ET, May 3, 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.
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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: ATTACKERMAN and Mediaite
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 …
Telegraph:
Times Square car bomb: police investigate South Park link
Adrian Carrasquillo / myfoxny.com:
Pakistani Taliban Claims Responsibility, Reports Claim
Reuters:
NY governor calls failed car bomb act of terrorism
WCBS-TV:
Cops: Video Has Possible SUV Bomb Suspect In Alley
msnbc.com:
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
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CNN:
Sheens of oil hit Louisiana coast  —  Venice, Louisiana (CNN) — President Obama said Sunday his administration has mounted a “relentless response” to the oil spill unleashed by the sinking of an offshore drill rig in the Gulf of Mexico.  —  Obama met with local, state and federal officials involved …
msnbc.com:
Obama: Spill could be unprecedented disaster  —  Gulf fishing shut; BP says temporary domes are 8-10 days out  —  Idled fishermen hired by BP lay oil booms off the coast of Louisiana on Sunday.  Most preventive work was on hold due to rough seas farther out.
Brian Maloney / The Radio Equalizer:
Libtalkers Blame Gulf Oil Spill On Bush, While Praising Obama
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 and CNN
BBC:
US spill ‘threatens way of life’
Discussion: AMERICAblog News and Truthdig
Associated Press:   Administration team defends oil spill response
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: LA Observed and L.A. NOW
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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
Alia Wilson / Mercury News:
Riot breaks out in downtown Santa Cruz; windows broken on dozens of businesses, porch of cafe set on fire  —  SANTA CRUZ - A large group of protesters demonstrating at a May Day rally for worker's and immigrant rights downtown broke off into a riot vandalizing about a dozen businesses around 10:30 p.m. Saturday, police said.
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
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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
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.) …
Discussion: Newshoggers.com
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.
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WSMV-TV:
Heavy Rains Continue To Drench Region; 5 Dead
Discussion: Sense of Events and CNN
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?
Heidi Blake / Telegraph:
Christian preacher arrested for saying homosexuality is a sin  —  A Christian street preacher was arrested and locked in a cell for telling a passer-by that homosexuality is a sin in the eyes of God.  —  Dale McAlpine was charged with causing “harassment, alarm or distress” …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
 
 
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Rob Stein / Washington Post:
Group to censure physicians who play role in lethal injections
Discussion: The Caucus
CNN:
Iran's Ahmadinejad heads for U.S.
Andrew Berman / Berman Post:
Immigration Rally (NYC Union Square)
 Earlier Items: 
Scott / Power Line:
Investigate this  —  Over the past week or so we have noted …
Felix Salmon:
Blaming Rubin  —  My commenters are pretty unanimous …
Discussion: Slate and The Sideshow