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1:20 PM ET, May 5, 2010


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Scott Shane / New York Times:
Security Lapses Let Bomb Suspect Board Plane  —  WASHINGTON — Why was Faisal Shahzad permitted to board a flight for Dubai some 24 hours after investigators of the Times Square terrorism case learned he might be connected to the attempted bombing?  —  Though Mr. Shahzad was stopped …
New York Post:
Taliban lackey's twisted mission  —  It was payback.  —  The Connecticut man charged yesterday with the botched Times Square car bombing confessed to trying to slaughter innocent people in retaliation for US drone attacks that wiped out the leadership of his beloved Taliban, The Post has learned.
Zaid Jilani / Think Progress:
Media Ignore The Fact That Man Who Alerted Police To Failed Times Square Bombing Is A Muslim Immigrant  —  The chief suspect in the case of the failed Times Square car bombing is Pakistani-American Faisal Shahzad, who has confessed to the plot.  Much of the media has latched onto Shahzad's Muslim faith …
Associated Press:
NY car bomb suspect cooperates, but motive mystery  —  NEW YORK - A man accused of trying to detonate a car bomb in Times Square had found the stable, suburban life he had spent a decade working toward, then abandoned his house in Connecticut and decided to supplement his business degrees …
New York Times:
Times Sq.  Bomb Suspect Was a Suburban Father  —  They took their places in the wood-paneled courtroom, 58 people from 32 countries.  They listened as a federal magistrate banged the gavel and said it was “a wonderful day for the United States”— the day they would become Americans.
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
What did authorities know about Faisal Shahzad?
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Times Sq. Arrest Renews Debate on Suspect Rights
David Rogers / The Politico:
Obey won't seek reelection  —  In a major blow to Democrats, House Appropriations Committee Chairman David Obey has told close associates that he will not seek reelection.  An announcement of his plans is expected as early as Wednesday.  —  The Wisconsin Democrat faces tough poll numbers at home …
Aaron Blake / Ballot Box:
Appropriations head Obey to retire
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
Jennifer Steinhauer / New York Times:
Black Hopefuls Pick This Year in G.O.P. Races  —  Among the many reverberations of President Obama's election, here is one he probably never anticipated: at least 32 African-Americans are running for Congress this year as Republicans, the biggest surge since Reconstruction, according to party officials.
Washington Post:
Tea party groups battling perceptions of racism  —  As several states with active “tea party” groups prepare to hold important primary elections this month, the movement is struggling to overcome accusations of racism that are tinting perceptions of this loose network of conservatives.
Reid Wilson / Hotline On Call:
Dem Turnout Falls Off A Cliff  —  Turnout among Dem voters dropped precipitously in 3 statewide primaries on Tuesday, giving the party more evidence that their voters lack enthusiasm ahead of midterm elections.  —  In primaries in NC, IN and OH, Dems turned out at far lower rates than they have in previous comparable elections.
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Here's how Joe Lieberman's citizenship-stripping bill would work  —  By now you've heard that Senator Joe Lieberman is proposing a new law that could potentially strip Americans of their citizenship if they're involved with foreign terrorist organizations.  —  Two things you should know about this …
Discussion: Wonkette
Michelle Malkin:
The jihadists' deadly path to citizenship
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:   Lieberman's Weird Citizenship-Stripping Proposal
Silla Brush / The Hill:
Wyden, Grassley want end to secret holds as part of Wall Street reform bill  —  The two senators have offered an amendment to the Senate's financial reform legislation.  —  Sens. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) are moving to end senators' ability to place secret holds as part of Wall Street legislation.
Washington Examiner:
Time for some oil spill perspective  —  Eleven people died when BP's Deepwater Horizon oil drilling platform exploded nearly two weeks ago in the Gulf of Mexico, 53 miles southwest of the Louisiana coast.  It's a sad measure of how much of the subsequent commentary on this disaster …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Heidi Avery / White Blog Feed:
The Ongoing Administration-Wide Response to the Deepwater BP Oil Spill
Discussion: Washington Wire and Mediaite
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Pence invokes Katrina in slamming Obama's response to oil spill
Discussion: The Politico
Washington Post Co. to Sell Newsweek  —  Chairman Donald E. Graham cites multi-year losses.  ‘We are exploring all options to fix that problem,’ he said.  —  Newsweek Web Exclusive  —  The Washington Post Co. announced today that it has retained Allen & Company to explore the possible sale of NEWSWEEK magazine.
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
Washington Post Co. to sell Newsweek
Discussion: Romenesko
Paul Krugman:
Default, Devaluation, Or What?  —  Is there anything more to say about Greece?  Actually, I think so.  —  Observers like Charles Wyplosz, who point out that the adjustment being demanded of Greece is extraordinary and hard to see happening, are right.  And yet .. one thing I haven't seen pointed …
Three killed in Greece protests
Associated Press:
3 dead during Greek riots
Discussion: and Joe. My. God.
Charles Murray / New York Times:
Why Charter Schools Fail the Test  —  THE latest evaluation of the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program, the oldest and most extensive system of vouchers and charter schools in America, came out last month, and most advocates of school choice were disheartened by the results.
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Wash Post shifts leftward online  —  The once-cautious Washington Post has begun to invest heavily in the liberal blogosphere, transforming its online presence - a combination of accident and design - into a competitor of the Huffington Post and TalkingPointsMemo as much as the New York Times.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Fox refuses climate ad  —  Fox News last week refused to carry an advertisement from the liberal group VoteVets on the grounds that it was “too confusing,” a spokesman for the group said.  —  The ad, above, seeks to make the familiar case that climate legislation would have national security benefits …
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
GOP House candidate runs TV ad calling for racial profiling  —  You absolutely have to see this TV ad that a House GOP candidate hoping to take on Dem Rep. Alan Grayson (D) has run in Florida.  It not only supports racial profiling, but urges it as a matter of policy …
Discussion: TPMDC and Gawker
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Kara Scannell / Wall Street Journal:
SEC Investigates Firms Doing Business in Terror Hubs
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Erika Lovley / Reuters:
Obama biggest recipient of BP cash
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In Arizona, election reform's surprising consequences
George Stephanopoulos / George's Bottom Line:
Ahmadinejad: Bin Laden Lives in DC
Discussion: ABCNEWS, Mediaite, Swampland and Fox News
Eric Zimmermann / The Hill:
Bloomberg, Kelly call on Congress to close ‘terror gap’ loophole on guns
Discussion: ABCNEWS
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GOP could gain by raising Arizona
Ed White / Associated Press:
US takes early lumps in case against Mich. militia
Discussion: Neptunus Lex and Riehl World View