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3:15 PM ET, May 3, 2010

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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.
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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: NPR and D.C. Now
The Huffington Post:
Robert Menendez Pushes Bill Raising BP's Oil Spill Liability To $10 Billion  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  A trio of Democratic Senators are introducing legislation on Monday that would dramatically raise the amount of money that oil companies like BP would have to pay in economic damages in an event of a spill.
Alan Colmes' Liberaland:   Rep. Gene Taylor: Oil Spill Not So Bad, Looks Like Chocolate Milk
Donna Melton / Sun Herald:
Taylor expects spill to break up naturally
Annie Lowrey / The Washington Independent:
The Worst-Case Economic Scenario for the Oil Spill
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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CNN:
Ahmadinejad blasts U.S., Israel at UN
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Rep. Steve Rothman / Congress Blog:
U.S. will not permit Iran to possess nuclear weapons capability
Discussion: The Politico
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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Bruce Drake / Politics Daily:
Democratic Senate Primary Race in North Carolina Too Close to Call
Discussion: The Other McCain
Dayton Daily News:
Brunner says she won't campaign for Fisher if she loses Tuesday
Discussion: Daily Kos and Beltway Confidential
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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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 …
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: CNN and The Note
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 …
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.
Discussion: Politics Daily, The Page and TPMDC
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 …
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Quote For The Day  —  “If you're someone who only reads the editorial page of The New York Times, try glancing at the page of The Wall Street Journal once in awhile.  If you're a fan of Glenn Beck or Rush Limbaugh, try reading a few columns on the Huffington Post website.
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 …
Tim Cavanaugh / Hit & Run:
Greek Bailout Already Making Situation Worse  —  The $146 billion bailout package approved this weekend for Greece is advertised as a move to “stop the worst crisis in the [euro]'s 11-year history,” but it is having exactly the opposite effect.  —  First, the bailout, which effectively kicks …
 
 
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Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Online:
Mainstream Journalist Mentions Vera Baker!
Discussion: Mediaite, Right Now and Pajamas Media
John B. Taylor / Wall Street Journal:
How to Avoid a ‘Bailout Bill’
Igor / Think Progress:
GOP House Candidate Who Served In The Military: Gays 'Were Taken Care …
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CQ Politics:
Firing Up the Populist Brand
Discussion: Weekly Standard and The Plum Line
Roll Call:
Medical Interests Spent $876 Million on Reform
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Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Schumer wants federal security funds for NYC
Discussion: The Politico
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Colby Itkowitz / Pennsylvania Ave.:
With TV ads up, PA Senate race tightening
Discussion: Politics Daily
Rep. Alan Grayson / The Huffington Post:
Who Got Our $1,000,000,000,000?  —  Last year, I asked …