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6:55 PM ET, May 3, 2010

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ABCNEWS:
BREAKING: U.S. Officials Finding Foreign Links to New York Bomb Plot  —  Investigation Pointing to Coordinated Effort in Foiled Times Square Attack  —  U.S. law enforcement officials say there is growing evidence the Times Square bomber had ties to radical elements overseas and did not act alone.
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New York Times:
Owner of Explosives-Packed Nissan Found in Times Square Is Located  —  The 1993 Nissan Pathfinder rigged to blow up in Times Square on Saturday night was recently sold by its registered owner for cash, with no paperwork involved, a person briefed on the investigation said on Monday afternoon.
James Fallows / The Atlantic Online:
If the TSA Were Running New York
Wall Street Journal:
Getting Lucky in Times Square
Discussion: Guardian and The New Republic
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: CNN, The Politico, NPR and D.C. Now
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Fhardingj / CNN:
Durbin: New safety standards likely for offshore drilling  —  'There's a lot to be learned by members and perhaps new standards when it comes to off-shore drilling,' Durbin said in a conference call with reporters.  —  Washington (CNN) - Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin said Monday …
Discussion: The Politico
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 …
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 …
Annie Lowrey / The Washington Independent:
The Fed Discussing and Dismissing the Housing Bubble in 2004
Michelle Malkin:
The May Day angry mob you won't see  —  Reconquista revolution without borders!  (Photo credit: El Marco, Denver)  —  They came, they saw, they threatened or committed violence in the name of open borders and workers' rights.  But alas, Frank Rich and Paul Krugman's columns decrying …
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CNN:
We don't tolerate racist behavior, Tea Party organizer says
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: USA Today and LewRockwell.com Blog
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, Don Surber and CNN
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Lyle Denniston / SCOTUSblog:
An entrance closes, over a dissent
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.
JJ Hensley / Arizona Republic:
Joe Arpaio won't run for Arizona governor  —  Sheriff Joe Arpaio will not run for governor, announcing Monday that he will remain Maricopa County's top cop for at least two more years.  —  The decision ends months of speculation, much of it fueled by Arpaio himself, that he would resign …
Discussion: The Plum Line
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Peterhamby / CNN:   Outspoken sheriff won't run for governor in Arizona
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
Discussion: ATTACKERMAN
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
“Some Things About Our Culture Are Non-Negotiable”  —  Bill Maher delivers a passionate and patriotic defense of free speech:  —  Hosting - Free - Web Design and Development - Sports Related - Protocols
Discussion: NewsReal Blog and TPMCafe
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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Paul Krugman / New York Times:
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The Left Loses Its Way by Abandoning ‘Third Way’
BBC:
German man ‘marries’ his dying cat
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GOP's Candidate for Gov In Minnesota Wants To Nullify All Federal Laws
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Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Recent high court cases revive debate on judicial activism
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Hotshot sniper in one-and-a-half mile double kill