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5:10 PM ET, May 3, 2010

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Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
Owner of Explosives-Packed Nissan Found in Times Square Is Located  —  PERSON OF INTEREST The police were examining this video of an unidentified man walking away from West 45th Street.  More Photos »  —  The police and F.B.I. investigators have tracked down the owner …
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New York Post:
Authorities eye ‘foreign connection’ in botched Times Square car bombing
Discussion: The Mahablog and Gothamist
Wall Street Journal:
Getting Lucky in Times Square
Washington Post:
Police search for man seen in Times Square video
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 …
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Rep. Steve Rothman / Congress Blog:
U.S. will not permit Iran to possess nuclear weapons capability
Discussion: CNN, ABCNEWS and The Politico
CNN:
Ahmadinejad blasts U.S., Israel at UN
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Sarah Palin: ‘Drill here, drill now’  —  The Alaskan who made “Drill, Baby, Drill” a standard term in the modern American political lexicon says the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, potentially the worst ever off-shore from American coastlines, is no cause for giving up on off-shore drilling.
Discussion: The Politico, NPR and D.C. Now
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Markk II Studios:
Gulf of Mexico - “Oil Slickonomics”  —  2 N. Tamiami Trail, Suite 303, Sarasota, FL 34236  —  614 Landis Avenue, Vineland, NJ 08360-8007  —  “At its current leak rate of 5,000 barrels of oil per day, the spill could surpass the size of the 1969 Santa Barbara spill by next week.
Alan Colmes' Liberaland:   Rep. Gene Taylor: Oil Spill Not So Bad, Looks Like Chocolate Milk
Aaron Blake / Ballot Box:
Top of the ballot: Expectations rise for GOP in specials; Dobson switches endorsement in Kentucky  —  TOP OF THE BALLOT: Expectations creep up on Republicans in Hawaii and Pennsylvania; Dobson switches endorsement in Kentucky; and a DSCC recruit hopes to force runoff in North Carolina.
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Josh Kraushaar / The Politico:
Dobson: GOP misled me on Paul
Discussion: LewRockwell.com Blog and USA Today
The Huffington Post:
Greenspan Wanted Housing-Bubble Dissent Kept Secret  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  As top Federal Reserve officials debated whether there was a housing bubble and what to do about it, then-Chairman Alan Greenspan argued that the dissent should be kept secret so that the Fed wouldn't lose control …
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Rep. Alan Grayson / The Huffington Post:   Who Got Our $1,000,000,000,000?  —  Last year, I asked …
CNN:
We don't tolerate racist behavior, Tea Party organizer says  —  (CNN) - A leader of a national Tea Party organization said Monday that her organization has no patience for racists.  —  “In Tea Party Patriots, we have no place for that,” Jenny Beth Martin said on CNN's American Morning.
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Fred Barbash / The Politico:
With dissents, SCOTUS closes door  —  With two dissents, the U.S. Supreme Court announced Monday that, for security reasons, the public will no longer be able enter the court through the majestic doors at the top of the steps beneath the inscription “Equal Justice Under Law.”
Discussion: The Note, CNN and Don Surber
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Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Free Speech Through the Foggy Lens of Election Law
Discussion: Election Law
Stephanie Condon / CBS News:
Poll: Public's View of the Economy is Improving  —  CBS News Poll analysis by the CBS News Polling Unit: Sarah Dutton, Jennifer De Pinto, Fred Backus and Anthony Salvanto.  —  Americans are more optimistic about the future of the economy than they were last month, according to a new CBS News/ New York Times poll.
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Florida GOP chief puts Crist portrait on eBay  —  John Thrasher, chairman of the Republican Party of Florida (RPOF), is helping recoup money the party gave to Gov. Charlie Crist in an interesting way.  —  Thrasher put a privately commissioned oil painting of Crist, who backed …
Discussion: CNN, The Buzz and RedState
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Taegan Goddard's Political Wire:
Crist Painting For Sale on eBay
Lane Wright / sunshinestatenews.com:
Sen. Mike Bennett Caught Looking at Porn on Senate Floor … No one will argue that sitting on the Senate floor during session can get a little boring, but looking at porn is probably not the best way to pass the time.  —  On Thursday morning, Sunshine State News captured exclusive video …
Miriam Jordan / Wall Street Journal:
Conservative Latinos Rethink Party Ties  —  Adam Bustos, a third-generation Mexican-American, has voted Republican since Ronald Reagan ran for president.  But he has been reconsidering his party affiliation since Arizona State Gov. Jan Brewer signed the nation's toughest immigration law last month.
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 …
Brady McCombs / Arizona Daily Star:
Focus in Krentz killing on suspect in US  —  The killing of a Southern Arizona rancher that sparked an outcry to secure the border was not random, and investigators are focusing on a suspect in the United States, the Arizona Daily Star has learned.  —  High-ranking government officials …
Vindicator:
Traficant will not file in the 6th  —  Ex-U.S. Rep. James A. Traficant Jr. filed nominating petitions today as an independent candidate for the 17th Congressional District on a platform of repealing the 16th Amendment.  —  After filing his petitions in the 17th district …
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Online:
Mainstream Journalist Mentions Vera Baker!  —  No one's going to ignore the National Enquirer's reporting on political sex scandals.  It is at the height of its prestige now, having been talked about as a serious Pulitzer Prize contender for its coverage of the John Edwards scandal.  —  The tabloid has cred.
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Pelosi: Bush Admin Barred Officials From Briefing Congress On Impending Financial Crisis in Fall 2008  —  Nearly two years after the Wall Street meltdown drove the U.S. economy to the brink of collapse, and forced the U.S. government to prop up major financial institutions with hundreds …
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Recent high court cases revive debate on judicial activism  —  Sometimes, like a spouse, a Supreme Court justice will hold onto the words of another just so he can throw them back in the future.  —  So it was last week, in the court's splintered decision that gave hope to supporters …
Quinnipiac University:
Fisher Has 20-Point Lead In Ohio Dem Senate Primary, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Many Still Undecided Or Might Change Mind  —  Ohio Lt. Gov. Lee Fisher holds a 43 - 23 percent likely voter lead over Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner in Tuesday's Democratic primary race for the U.S. Senate …
Shaila Dewan / New York Times:
No Criminal Charges Against Sanford in S. Carolina  —  Gov. Mark Sanford of South Carolina will not face criminal charges stemming from ethics complaints, state Attorney General Henry McMaster said Monday, ending months of investigatation by his office.  —  “The time has come for our state …
 
 
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Carrie Budoff Brown / Glenn Thrush's Blog:
It'll take 60 for tough amendments on financial reform
Discussion: The Politico and Clusterstock
24thState:
Robin Carnahan Lies To Post Dispatch, Gets Caught By “Non-Journalist”
Adam Serwer / American Prospect:
Drone Jokes.  —  “The Jonas Brothers are here; they're out there somewhere.
Discussion: ATTACKERMAN
Michael Barone / Real Clear Politics:
The Left Loses Its Way by Abandoning ‘Third Way’
BBC:
German man ‘marries’ his dying cat
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
“Some Things About Our Culture Are Non-Negotiable”
Discussion: NewsReal Blog and TPMCafe
Eric Kleefeld / TPMDC:
GOP's Candidate for Gov In Minnesota Wants To Nullify All Federal Laws
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Igor / Think Progress:
GOP House Candidate Who Served In The Military: Gays 'Were Taken Care …
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Ipsos MORI:
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Colby Itkowitz / Pennsylvania Ave.:
With TV ads up, PA Senate race tightening
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Quote For The Day  —  “If you're someone who only reads …
Michael Smith / Times of London:
Hotshot sniper in one-and-a-half mile double kill