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9:40 PM ET, May 3, 2010


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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 …
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
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
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
U.S. officials: Times Square bomb plot appears to have “international …
Discussion: ABCNEWS, Telegraph and ThreatsWatch
Annie Lowrey / The Washington Independent:
The Fed Discussing and Dismissing the Housing Bubble in 2004
Rep. Alan Grayson / The Huffington Post:   Who Got Our $1,000,000,000,000?  —  Last year, I asked …
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 …
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.
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.
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Schwarzenegger flips on drilling
Discussion: Towleroad News #gay
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.
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 …
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: Don Surber, CNN and The Note
Lyle Denniston / SCOTUSblog:
An entrance closes, over a dissent
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.
Josh Kraushaar / The Politico:
Dobson: GOP misled me on Paul
Discussion: Blog and USA Today
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 …
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: The Buzz, Left Coast Rebel, CNN and RedState
Reid Wilson / Hotline On Call:   Crist For Sale  —  Truly admire FL Gov. Charlie Crist (I)?
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.
Discussion: Swing State Project
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
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 …
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
Peterhamby / CNN:   Outspoken sheriff won't run for governor in Arizona
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
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.
Rasmussen Reports:
Election 2010: Iowa Governor  —  Iowa Governor: Branstad 53%, Culver 38%  —  With the Iowa Republican Primary just five weeks away, former GOP Governor Terry Branstad still attracts much more support than either of his party rivals in the race against current Democratic Governor Chet Culver.
Rasmussen Reports:
Election 2010: Iowa Senate
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 …
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 …
Washington Post:
Gulf Coast oil spill may take months to contain, officials say  —  Officials from the Obama administration and oil giant BP say it might take up to three months to seal off a leaking oil well 5,000 feet below the surface of the Gulf of Mexico that has created a massive environmental crisis that could affect much of the Gulf Coast.
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Phil Rosenthal / Chicago Tribune:
MSNBC boss stands ready in ideological battle with Fox News
Discussion: Daily Kos and
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Op-Ed Columnist: Oil Drilling, Disaster and Denial
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.
German man ‘marries’ his dying cat
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
“Some Things About Our Culture Are Non-Negotiable”
Discussion: NewsReal Blog and TPMCafe
 Earlier Items: 
Igor / Think Progress:
GOP House Candidate Who Served In The Military: Gays 'Were Taken Care …
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Recent high court cases revive debate on judicial activism