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4:15 PM ET, May 3, 2010

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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: ABCNEWS and The Politico
CNN:
Ahmadinejad blasts U.S., Israel at UN
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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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Wall Street Journal:
Getting Lucky in Times Square
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: The Politico, NPR and D.C. Now
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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.
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 …
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: 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 and CNN
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Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Free Speech Through the Foggy Lens of Election Law  —  From the perspective of classical First Amendment theory, some cases are easy.  The government should not censor speech without a really good reason, and people should be allowed to make up their own minds about what they see and hear.
Discussion: Election Law
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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 …
Alan Colmes' Liberaland:
Rep. Gene Taylor: Oil Spill Not So Bad, Looks Like Chocolate Milk  —  Mississippi Congressman Gene Taylor says the oil spill isn't so bad after all.  During an interview with WLOX-TV Biloxi, Taylor says oil tends to “break up naturally” and referred to it as a “chocolate milk-looking spill.”
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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.
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.
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 …
Eric Kleefeld / TPMDC:
GOP's Candidate for Gov In Minnesota Wants To Nullify All Federal Laws  —  The Minnesota Republican Party's official candidate to succeed Gov. Tim Pawlenty, who is looking ahead to a 2012 run for President, is a staunch conservative well to Pawlenty's right who has a long history of “Tentherism …
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 …
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 …
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:
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.
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 …
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Florida GOP chairman puts Crist portrait on eBay  —  John Thrasher, chairman of the Republican Party of Florida, is helping recoup money it gave to Gov. Charlie Crist in an interesting way.  —  Thrasher put a privately commissioned oil painting of Crist, who backed out of the state's …
Discussion: CNN and The Buzz
BBC:
German man ‘marries’ his dying cat  —  A German man has unofficially married his cat after the animal fell ill and vets told him it might not live much longer, Bild newspaper reports.  —  It says Uwe Mitzscherlich, 39, paid an actress 300 euros (£260,$395) to officiate at the ceremony …
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.
 
 
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Michael Barone / Real Clear Politics:
The Left Loses Its Way by Abandoning ‘Third Way’
Nicholas Riccardi / Los Angeles Times:
Both sides in Arizona's immigration debate use crime argument
Steve Lombardo / Pollster.com All Content:
The Rapidly-Changing Issue Environment and What It Means
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
“Some Things About Our Culture Are Non-Negotiable”
Discussion: NewsReal Blog and TPMCafe
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
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