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1:45 AM ET, May 4, 2010


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Fox News:
American Who Recently Visited Pakistan Eyed in Times Square Bomb Plot  —  The person is a naturalized American citizen who was in Pakistan for several months and returned to the United States recently, investigative sources told Fox News
Authorities Have Identified Person of Interest in Times Square Bomb Attempt  —  Investigation Pointing to Coordinated Effort, Foreign Links in Foiled Times Square Attack  —  Federal authorities are closing in on the man they say is a person of interest in the Times Square car bomb attempt this weekend …
James Fallows / The Atlantic Online:
If the TSA Were Running New York  —  How would it respond to this weekend's Times Square bomb threat?  Well, by extrapolation from its response to the 9/11 attacks and subsequent threats, the policy would be:  — All vans or SUVs headed into Midtown Manhattan would have to stop and have their contents inspected.
New York Times:
U.S. Arrests S.U.V. Owner in Times Square Case  —  Federal agents and police detectives arrested a Connecticut man, a naturalized United States citizen from Pakistan, early Tuesday in connection with the failed Times Square car bombing, according to people briefed on the investigation.
New York Post:
Arrest made in Times Sq. bomb attack  —  Police have arrested a Connecticut man in connection with the attempted car bombing of a busy Times Square street Saturday night, NBC is reporting.  Shahzad Faisal, of Connecticut, was taken into custody on Long Island between 11 p.m. and midnight
Discussion: RedState
Wall Street Journal:
Getting Lucky in Times Square
Discussion: Guardian and The New Republic
Jake Sherman / The Politico:
Perry: Oil spill may be ‘act of God’  —  Texas Gov. Rick Perry Monday morning offered a stern warning against halting oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico in the wake of a massive oil leak, and he raised the question of whether the explosion was an “act of God.”
Discussion: The Swamp and Off the Kuff
Ben Raines / Breaking News from the Press-Register:
Despite plan, not a single fire boom on hand on Gulf Coast at time of oil spill … If U.S. officials had followed up on a 1994 response plan for a major Gulf oil spill, it is possible that the spill could have been kept under control and far from land.  —  The problem: The federal government did not have a single fire boom on hand.
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Schwarzenegger flips on drilling
Discussion: Towleroad News #gay
Lane Wright /
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 …
CBS News:
Poll: Majority Backs Arizona Immigration Bill  —  Posted by Brian Montopoli 21 comments - Share - - - Share - E-mail - Print - Font CBS News Poll analysis by the CBS News Polling Unit: Sarah Dutton, Jennifer De Pinto, Fred Backus and Anthony Salvanto.  —  Despite their expectation …
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.
Marjorie Connelly / The Caucus:
Poll Shows Optimism on the Economy
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 …
Annie Lowrey / The Washington Independent:
The Fed Discussing and Dismissing the Housing Bubble in 2004
Kathleen Arberg / US Supreme Court News:
For Immediate Release  —  For More Information Contact:  —  The Supreme Court will open its new visitor entrance on May 4, 2010, as part of the Court's modernization project.  The new entrance, which will serve as the primary means for public entry, was designed in light of findings …
Jeremy Scahill / RebelReports:
Secret Erik Prince/Blackwater Tape Exposed  —  The reclusive Blackwater founder tries to ban journalists and recorders from his speeches in front of friendly audiences.  This time he failed.  —  [Note: This post, written for, will be posted on The Nation magazine's homepage soon as part of the launch of a new blog.
Adrian Chen / Gawker:
Racist Harvard Law Email: The Cat Fight That Turned Into a National Scandal  —  Last week, we introduced you to Stephanie Grace, the Harvard Law student who wrote an email suggesting blacks were inherently dumber than whites.  New details have emerged: a feud over a boy, a backstabbing friend, and a campaign of sabotage.
Phil Rosenthal / Chicago Tribune:
MSNBC boss stands ready in ideological battle with Fox News  —  Phil Griffin says he learned a valuable lesson from Roger Ailes, creator of Fox News Channel: Viewers will stand behind a news outlet that stands for something  —  MSNBC boss Phil Griffin looks at what Roger Ailes created at Fox News Channel with no small amount of awe.
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 …
Josh Kraushaar / The Politico:
Dobson: GOP misled me on Paul  —  Christian conservative leader James Dobson withdrew his endorsement of Kentucky Senate candidate Trey Grayson Monday, switching his support to Rand Paul's campaign and accusing “senior members of the GOP” of misleading him about Paul's record on abortion.
Peterhamby / CNN:
Outspoken sheriff won't run for governor in Arizona  —  Sheriff Joe Arpaio told CNN Monday he has decided not to run for governor in Arizona.  (Photo Credit: CNN)  —  (CNN) - Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, a fixture in Arizona politics, announced Monday that he will not seek …
JJ Hensley / Arizona Republic:
Joe Arpaio won't run for Arizona governor
Discussion: The Plum Line
New York Times:
On Defensive, BP Readies Dome to Contain Spill  —  Welders worked on a BP oil recovery system chamber in Port Fourchon, La., on Monday.  —  Multimedia  —  BP spent Monday preparing possible solutions to stem oil leaks from an undersea well off the Louisiana coast, and fending off …
Discussion: Climate Progress
Adam Serwer / American Prospect:
Drone Jokes.  —  “The Jonas Brothers are here; they're out there somewhere.  Sasha and Malia are huge fans.  But boys, don't get any ideas.  I have two words for you, ‘predator drones.’ You will never see it coming.”  —  The Obama administration has spent a great deal of time on outreach …
The Atlantic Online:
Monday Meme  —  A friend suggested this exercise: go to your Amazon orders page, and see what the very first thing you ordered from Amazon was.  —  Memoirs of the turn of the previous century are filled with the family's first automobile, its first water closet and electric lights.
Discussion: Free exchange
Michael Barone / Real Clear Politics:
The Left Loses Its Way by Abandoning ‘Third Way’  —  Left parties are in trouble in the Anglosphere.  Here in America, Democrats are doing worse in the polls than at any time in the last 50 years.  In Britain, the Labor Party is on the brink of finishing third, behind both Conservatives …
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Lowden's Campaign Chief: Everyone Has Access To Health Care — At Emergency Room  —  Okay, chickens-for-checkups has taken another new turn: Sue Lowden's campaign manager has now said that all Americans already have access to health care — because if you get shot in the chest, you can simply head over to the emergency room.
Discussion: Daily Kos and TPMDC
New York Times:
Paterson Move May Help Immigrants Facing Deportation  —  ALBANY — Gov. David A. Paterson announced on Monday that the state would accelerate consideration and granting of pardons to legal immigrants for old or minor criminal convictions, in an effort to prevent them from being deported.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
DNC poll: Only Case can win in Hawaii  —  The White House and top Democratic officials are circulating a new, private poll to suggest that only one of two Democrats splitting votes in a tightly contested Hawaii special election has a chance of winning the race.
China May ‘Crash’ in Next 9 to 12 Months, Faber Says  —  Investor Marc Faber said China's economy will slow and possibly “crash” within a year as declines in stock and commodity prices signal the nation's property bubble is set to burst.  —  The Shanghai Composite Index has failed to regain …
Discussion: Clusterstock
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David Dayen / Firedoglake:
Schwarzenegger Withdraws Support for CA Offshore Drilling Project …
Discussion: Capital Notes
Rasmussen Reports:
Election 2010: Iowa Governor
Steven Chapman / Washington Examiner:
Steve Chapman: How starving government gets fat
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Op-Ed Columnist: Oil Drilling, Disaster and Denial
Discussion: The BRAD BLOG and DownWithTyranny!
Carrie Budoff Brown / Glenn Thrush's Blog:
It'll take 60 for tough amendments on financial reform
Discussion: The Hill and Clusterstock
Robin Carnahan Lies To Post Dispatch, Gets Caught By “Non-Journalist”
Brady McCombs / Arizona Daily Star:
Focus in Krentz killing on suspect in US
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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
“Some Things About Our Culture Are Non-Negotiable”
Discussion: NewsReal Blog and TPMCafe
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Online:
Mainstream Journalist Mentions Vera Baker!
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