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7:15 PM ET, May 4, 2010

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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
McCain: ‘Serious mistake’ if car bombing suspect was Mirandized  —  It would have been a serious mistake to have read the suspect in the attempted Times Square car bombing his Miranda rights, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said Tuesday.  —  McCain, the ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee …
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Brian Maloney / The Radio Equalizer:
MSNBC's Brewer: I'm Sorry Terror Suspect Has Islamic Ties  —  BREW-ING CONTEMPT  —  MSNBC Blabbermouth Upset Terrorist Isn't Homegrown  —  *** MORE AT NEWSBUSTERS, HOT AIR, JAWA REPORT, MEMEORANDUM ***  —  So much for the white male “tea partier” fantasy our left-wing state run media friends …
The Huffington Post:
Faisal Shahzad Arrest: Lieberman Proposes Taking Away Citizenship Of Suspected Terrorists  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  In arguing against the reading of Miranda rights to terrorism suspects or affording them other constitutional protections, opponents of civil liberties run …
Washington Post:
U.S. citizen from Pakistan arrested in Times Square bomb case  —  Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. announced early Tuesday that an arrest had been made in the failed Times Square car bombing, saying that Faisal Shahzad, a 30-year-old American, was taken into custody at John F. Kennedy International Airport …
Scott Whitlock / NewsBusters.org:
MSNBC's Contessa Brewer ‘Frustrated’ That Times Square Bomber Is a Muslim  —  MSNBC host Contessa Brewer appeared on the liberal Stephanie Miller radio show on Tuesday and lamented the fact that the person arrested for the attempted Times Square bombing is a Pakistani American.
Jeffrey Goldberg / The Atlantic Online:
Four Quick Observations About Faisal Shahzad  —  1. I am struck by the fact that he is a naturalized American citizen, not a recent or temporary visitor.  This suggests that either he was a long-term sleeper agent (unlikely, for various reasons) or that he became over time immune to the charms …
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
MS-NBC anchor: I'm so bummed that Shahzad wasn't a Tea Partier
Kasie Hunt / The Politico:
Republicans warn against Miranda rights for terror suspect
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
McCain Wants to Execute Terrorism Suspect, Make It Impossible to Secure Conviction
Discussion: Washington Monthly
miaminewtimes.com:
Christian right leader George Rekers takes vacation with “rent boy”  —  The pictures on the Rentboy.com profile show a shirtless young man with delicate features, guileless eyes, and sun-kissed, hairless skin.  The profile touts his “smooth, sweet, tight ass” and “perfectly built 8 inch cock …
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Dan Savage / The Stranger, Seattle's Only Newspaper:
Is Every Right-Wing, Anti-Gay Christian Bigot Sucking Off Rent Boys?  —  We've got another one, gang, and he's a doozy: … Rekers, as Joe Jervis points out, is the co-founder of the wildly anti-gay Family Research Council and a member of the National Association for Research & Therapy of Homosexuality …
Political Punch:
President Obama: GOP Opposition to Stimulus ‘Helped to Create the Tea-Baggers’  —  Three days after he decried the lack of civility in American politics, President Obama is quoted in a new book about his presidency referring to the Tea Party movement using a derogatory term with sexual connotations.
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Shaminder Dulai / Houston Chronicle:
Suspicious luggage incident at Bush Airport cleared  —  Authorities have given the “all clear” after investigating this afternooon a suspicious piece of luggage coming off an international flight at George Bush Intercontinental Airport.  —  Despite initial reports of an explosion …
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Doug Delony / MyFox Houston:
Suspicious Bag Detonated at Airport
Discussion: The Jawa Report and Berman Post
Michelle Malkin:
Incident at Houston airport? Updated
The Politico:
White House in P.R. ‘panic’ over spill  —  The ferocious oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico is threatening President Barack Obama's reputation for competence, just as surely as it endangers the Gulf ecosystem.  —  So White House aides are escalating their efforts to reassure Congress and the public …
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
WHAT DOES THIS HAVE TO DO WITH ‘COMPETENCE’?.... Like John Cole …
Discussion: CNN
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
DSCC capitalizes on oil spill
Discussion: CNN and Right Now
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Limits of Policy  —  Roughly a century ago, many Swedes immigrated to America.  They've done very well here.  Only about 6.7 percent of Swedish-Americans live in poverty.  Also a century ago, many Swedes decided to remain in Sweden.  They've done well there, too.
Discussion: The Confluence and driftglass
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Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Defending David Brooks From Brad DeLong's Smears  —  David Brooks has a Moynihanish column in which he says people overrate policy and underestimate the role of culture in determining outcomes.  “The influence of politics and policy,” he writes “is usually swamped by the influence of culture …
Discussion: Ezra Klein
Seth Pollack / Bright Side Of The Sun:
Steve Nash Calls Arizona Immigration Bill “Very Misguided”  —  Steve Nash wearing the Los Suns jersey.  —  View full size photo »  —  In an extremely bold move, the Phoenix Suns as an organization made a strong political statement in opposition to the recent Arizona immigration bill.
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Quinnipiac University:
Sestak Gains On Specter Among Pennsylvania Democrats, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Onorato Tops Field Of Unknowns In Governor's Primary  —  U.S. Rep. Joe Sestak is within striking distance of U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter in the Pennsylvania Democratic primary, trailing the long-time incumbent 47 …
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Reid Wilson / Hotline On Call:
DSCC Investing In Specter Primary
Pew Research Center:
“Socialism” Not So Negative, “Capitalism” Not So Positive  —  A Political Rhetoric Test  —  “Socialism” is a negative for most Americans, but certainly not all Americans.  “Capitalism” is regarded positively by a majority of the public, though it is a thin majority.
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Through oil-fouled water, big government looks better and better  —  There is something exquisite about the moment when a conservative decides he needs more government in his life.  —  About 10:30 Monday morning, Sen. David Vitter (R-La.), an ardent foe of big government …
Mary Jo Pitzl / Arizona Republic:
‘White powdery substance’ sent to Arizona governor's office  —  State Capitol police shut down the access to the Executive Tower Tuesday morning after a letter containing an unknown “white powdery substance” was opened in the governor's constituency services office.
Discussion: The Hill
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Caleb Howe / Caleb's blog:
Confirmed, White Substance Mailed to Governor Brewer
Discussion: NewsBusters.org and RedState
Reuters:
JPMorgan Chase Memo Sneers At ‘Ignorant’ Senators, ‘Time For The Grownups To Step In’  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  A top executive at JPMorgan Chase told clients Monday that senators displayed “an unnerving ignorance of fundamental principles of market economics” during last week's Goldman Sachs hearing …
Jared Allen / The Hill:
Hoyer: Dems more successful at fighting terrorists than GOP  —  House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) on Tuesday said the Obama administration has been more successful in combating terrorism than its predecessor.  —  “We're tough on terrorists.  That's our policy.  That's our performance.
 
 
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