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5:35 PM ET, May 5, 2010


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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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
Kristi Keck / CNN:
Retiring congressman: ‘Frankly, I am bone tired’
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and Truthdig
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Why Pennsylvania's special election matters more
Discussion: The Other McCain and AmSpecBlog
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.
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Schumer comes out against Lieberman's citizenship-stripping plan  —  Okay, it turns out that Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y) is not supporting Connecticut independent Sen. Joe Lieberman's new proposal to strip the citizenship of those who are involved with terror groups.
Discussion: The Hill and TalkLeft
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Lieberman's Weird Citizenship-Stripping Proposal
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: Mediaite and Money & Company
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 …
Robert F. Kennedy Jr / The Huffington Post:
Robert F. Kennedy Jr.: Sex, Lies and Oil Spills
Discussion: Emptywheel
Adele M. Stan /
Dismiss the Tea Parties at Your Peril — They're a Force to Be Reckoned With  —  Never before in our lifetimes has the Right taken to the streets.  Combine that with the astroturfing and the megaphone of Fox News, and you have the recipe for a powerful force.
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Jennifer Steinhauer / New York Times:
Black Hopefuls Pick This Year in G.O.P. Races
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.
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.
Mary Katharine Ham / Weekly Standard:
David Obey Retiring
Discussion: and The Caucus
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.
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Reid: GOP is ‘making love to Wall Street’
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.
James Joyner / Outside The Beltway:
Los Suns Cinco de Mayo Jerseys
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:
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 …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
QUOTE OF THE DAY.... Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) has shown slightly …
Discussion: The Politico
Wall Street Journal:
Greece Is Paralyzed  —  ATHENS—A nationwide general strike paralyzed Greece on Wednesday as protests against the government's recently announced austerity measures turned violent, with an apparent firebomb attack on a central Athens bank killing three people.
Associated Press:
3 dead as anti-austerity riots erupt in Athens
Discussion: Michelle Malkin
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 …
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Jon Hilsenrath / Real Time Economics:
Fed's Congressional Relations Office Is Understaffed
Mike / Rortybomb:
Thoughts on the SEC, 1977 Edition.
Discussion: Mother Jones and Paul Krugman
Christina Wilkie / The Hill:
WH adviser leaves for Bloomberg News
Discussion: The Swamp
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Kentucky Senate Tightening
Discussion: Daily Kos
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
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Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
President Obama's non-visit to New Jersey; Inside the revealing story …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Nice Deb
Kara Scannell / Wall Street Journal:
SEC Investigates Firms Doing Business in Terror Hubs
Discussion: Main Justice and DealBook
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
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Wash Post shifts leftward online