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4:45 PM ET, May 5, 2010

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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.
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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 …
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 …
Byron York / Beltway Confidential:
For Justice Department, Times Square case is Christmas Day all over again
Discussion: neo-neocon
CBS News:
Faisal Shahzad's Motive Shrouded in Mystery
Discussion: Right Pundits
David Rogers / The Politico:
Obey won't seek reelection  —  In a major blow to Democrats, House Appropriations Committee Chairman David Obey announced that he will not seek reelection, saying he is “ready to turn the page” after a four-decade House career.  —  The Wisconsin Democrat faces tough poll numbers at home …
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Erika Lovley / The Politico:
Obama biggest recipient of BP cash  —  While the BP oil geyser pumps millions of gallons of petroleum into the Gulf of Mexico, President Barack Obama and members of Congress may have to answer for the millions in campaign contributions they've taken from the oil and gas giant over the years.
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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 …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
THE SPILL, THE CONGRESS, AND THE CLIMATE BILL.... Reason suggests …
Discussion: TPMDC, The Note and TPMMuckraker
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Here's how Joe Lieberman's citizenship-stripping bill would work  —  By now you've heard that Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) is proposing a new law that could potentially strip Americans of their citizenship if they're involved with foreign terrorist organizations.
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Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Schumer comes out against Lieberman's citizenship-stripping plan
Discussion: TalkLeft
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Lieberman's Weird Citizenship-Stripping Proposal
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.
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Adele M. Stan / AlterNet.org:
Dismiss the Tea Parties at Your Peril — They're a Force to Be Reckoned With
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Reid: GOP is ‘making love to Wall Street’  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) accused Republicans Wednesday of “making love to Wall Street.”  —  Reid charged that Republicans are stalling action on a Wall Street reform bill because “they are having difficulty determining how they're …
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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.
Meredith Shiner / The Politico:
Reid: GOP ‘making love’ to Wall St.
Discussion: Mother Jones and Weekly Standard
Newsweek:
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.
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Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
Washington Post Co. to sell Newsweek
Discussion: Money & Company
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.
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Mary Katharine Ham / Weekly Standard:
David Obey Retiring
Discussion: msnbc.com and Real Clear Politics
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Thune: Corker breaks ranks because he ‘understands’ issues  —  In either a garbled thought or one of the great, classic gaffes, John Thune suggests that his colleague Bob Corker breaks from the party line a lot because he actually thinks about policy:  —  “I think he's a guy who's willing …
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
QUOTE OF THE DAY.... Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) has shown slightly …
Discussion: The Politico
Trey Kerby / Yahoo! Sports:
Suns to wear ‘Los Suns’ uniforms to honor Phoenix's Latino community  —  In general, people in the sports world keep their political leanings to themselves.  Sure, there are a few guys who regularly speak out on political issues, but for the most part that's considered bad business.
Radley Balko / Hit & Run:
Video of SWAT Raid on Missouri Family  —  In February, I wrote the following about a drug raid in Missouri: … Now there's video, which you can watch below.  It's horrifying, but I'd urge you to watch it, and to send it to the drug warriors in your life.
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 …
George Stephanopoulos / George's Bottom Line:
Ahmadinejad: Bin Laden Lives in DC  —  That strange claim was only one of the highlights of my feisty 30 minute talk with the Iranian president Tuesday morning at the Millennium Hotel across from the United Nations.  —  It didn't take long to get contentious, starting with my first question …
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Kentucky Senate Tightening  —  The Kentucky Senate race is looking more competitive than it has in months, with Republican front runner Rand Paul leading Dan Mongiardo just 42-38 and Jack Conway only 41-40.  —  Republicans' hold on the seat would be more secure if Trey Grayson was somehow able …
Discussion: Daily Kos and Real Clear Politics
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Alexander Bolton / Ballot Box:
DeMint at odds with McConnell in Kentucky GOP primary
Discussion: CNN
 
 
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Christina Wilkie / The Hill:
WH adviser leaves for Bloomberg News
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Paul Vitello / New York Times:
On Israel, Jews and Leaders Often Disagree
Discussion: Commentary and TPMCafe
Retracto / Big Journalism:
Correction Request: McClatchy
Discussion: Power Line
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
President Obama's non-visit to New Jersey; Inside the revealing story …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Nice Deb
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Robert F. Kennedy Jr / The Huffington Post:
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Discussion: Emptywheel
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Why Pennsylvania's special election matters more
Discussion: The Other McCain and AmSpecBlog
Ruth Marcus / Washington Post:
In Arizona, election reform's surprising consequences
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
GOP House candidate runs TV ad calling for racial profiling
Discussion: Daily Kos, TPMDC and Gawker
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Wash Post shifts leftward online