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9:50 AM ET, May 3, 2010

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The Note:
Sticky Politics: Unexpected Events Scramble Agenda, Again  —  Where do you find room to drive an agenda again?  —  Another week, another lesson in the unexpected for President Obama — with events outside (or, perhaps more dangerously, barely inside) his control driving the news.
Discussion: Townhall.com and Washington Post
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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.
Brian Maloney / The Radio Equalizer:
Libtalkers Blame Gulf Oil Spill On Bush, While Praising Obama
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Government closes fishing in oil spill areas for 10 days
Discussion: The Politico, Plain Dealer and CNN
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: Weasel Zippers and Jihad Watch
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John Bolton / Wall Street Journal:
Get Ready for a Nuclear Iran  —  Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Turkey and others will surely follow suit.  —  Negotiations grind on toward a fourth U.N. Security Council sanctions resolution against Iran's nuclear weapons program, even as President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad arrives in New York to address …
Reuters:
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.
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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 …
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: The Reaction and L.A. NOW
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BBC:   Polanski: US wants me on platter
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 …
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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.
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
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Bill Roggio / The Long War Journal:
Exclusive: Tapes show Hakeemullah Mehsud is alive and threatens attacks in the US
Discussion: Guardian and The Jawa Report
Michael Smith / Times of London:
Hotshot sniper in one-and-a-half mile double kill  —  A BRITISH Army sniper has set a new sharpshooting distance record by killing two Taliban machinegunners in Afghanistan from more than 1 miles away.  —  Craig Harrison, a member of the Household Cavalry, killed the insurgents with consecutive shots …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Don Surber
Dennis Prager / Real Clear Politics:
Why Left Talks About ‘White’ Tea Parties  —  Opponents of the popular expression of conservative opposition to big government, the tea parties, regularly note that tea partiers are overwhelmingly white.  This is intended to disqualify the tea parties from serious moral consideration.
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
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 …
Mireya Navarro / New York Times:
Empathetic Judge in 9/11 Suits Seen by Some as Interfering  —  Over nearly three decades as a litigator at a downtown law firm, Alvin K. Hellerstein shared a view of the World Trade Center towers with dozens of other colleagues in an office building on Maiden Lane.
Discussion: Law Blog
 
 
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Discussion: Ezra Klein and DealBook
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
The Politico:
Left sees chance to beef up bank bill
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
Scott Brown backs Hawaii, Pennsylvania Republicans in House special elections
Discussion: The Page
The Politico:
Ensign draws call to resign
Discussion: The Page
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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
Discussion: Newshoggers.com