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8:50 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.
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
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: YID With LID and TalkLeft
BBC:   Polanski: US wants me on platter
Karin Brulliard / Washington Post:
Web video shows Pakistani militant leader thought to be dead  —  ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN — A Pakistani militant leader who was thought to have been killed by a U.S. drone strike in January has appeared in a new Internet video, vowing attacks on American cities.
Discussion: Newsweek Blogs and New York Times
Bill Roggio / The Long War Journal:
Exclusive: Tapes show Hakeemullah Mehsud is alive and threatens attacks in the US  —  Hakeemullah Mehsud, the leader of the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan, in a videotape dated April 4, 2010.  —  Two tapes were sent today to The Long War Journal by a group identifying itself …
Discussion: Guardian and The Jawa Report
Bill Roggio / The Long War Journal:
Pakistani Taliban claim credit for failed NYC Times Square car bombing
Investigators hunt New York car bomb culprits  —  (Reuters) - Investigators combed through security video and other evidence on Monday in the hunt for suspects in a failed car bombing in New York's Times Square and officials expressed optimism that the culprits will be found.
Sam Youngman / The Hill:
Obama vows ‘to see that justice is done’ in Times Square bomb
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Bridget Johnson / The Hill:
Ahmadinejad likely to stir sanctions debate with address at U.N. nuke summit  —  Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad will stir the already stormy debate over sanctions on Iran's nuclear program when he pops in at the United Nations on Monday to address its nuclear nonproliferation conference.
Discussion: Jihad Watch and Weasel Zippers
New York Times:
U.S. Is Pushing to Deter a Mideast Nuclear Race  —  The opening Monday of a monthlong United Nations conference to strengthen the main treaty meant to halt the spread of nuclear arms is likely to be dominated by Iran's president denouncing the West and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton warning …
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
For Obama, a changed tone in presidential humor  —  Barack Obama, the Insult Comic President, was up to his old shtick Saturday night.  —  Breaking with presidential punch line tradition for the second consecutive year, Obama dropped zinger after zinger on his opponents and allies alike …
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 …
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 …
Chris Frates / The Politico:
Revolving door: Hill to hedge funds  —  Wall Street has taken its lumps in Washington recently and Goldman Sachs has become everyone's whipping boy, but hedge funds and private equity firms have escaped relatively unscathed.  —  “There's no question they've gotten a free ride,” …
Discussion: Washington Wire and Clusterstock
The Politico:
Left sees chance to beef up bank bill  —  Sensing the political wind at their backs, activist groups on the left are planning a push this week to shape the Wall Street reform bill on the Senate floor — and they're hoping that fraud charges and a criminal investigation of Goldman Sachs will give them the momentum they need.
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.
The Politico:
Ensign draws call to resign  —  Sen. John Ensign is facing an increasingly uncertain future in the Senate, with a senior Democrat saying that the Nevada Republican should resign if allegations against him are true and other senators mulling the possibility of public hearings into his extramarital affair with a former staffer.
Discussion: The Page
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Dan Eggen / Washington Post:
Linda Lipsen to become head of American Association for Justice
Discussion: PointOfLaw Forum
Fox News:
Pittsburgh Marathon Course Altered by Bomb Scare
Dennis Prager / Real Clear Politics:
Why Left Talks About ‘White’ Tea Parties
Discussion: Moonbattery and Sadly, No!
Michael Smith / Times of London:
Hotshot sniper in one-and-a-half mile double kill
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Don Surber
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
Scott Brown backs Hawaii, Pennsylvania Republicans in House special elections
Discussion: The Page
 Earlier Items: 
Heidi Blake / Telegraph:
Christian preacher arrested for saying homosexuality is a sin
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
National Review:
Crist: Lieberman Was Right, 'I'm Much Happier Now' [Robert Costa]
Discussion: CNN
Rob Stein / Washington Post:
Group to censure physicians who play role in lethal injections
Discussion: The Caucus
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Sen. Alexander: Border security must precede path to citizenship for immigrants