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6:25 PM ET, May 3, 2010

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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.
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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.
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.
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
New York Post:
Authorities eye ‘foreign connection’ in botched Times Square car bombing
Discussion: Gothamist and The Mahablog
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
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
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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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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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.
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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Reid Wilson / Hotline On Call:   Crist For Sale  —  Truly admire FL Gov. Charlie Crist (I)?
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 …
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 …
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 …
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
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
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 …
 
 
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