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8:50 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.
Byron York / Beltway Confidential:
For Justice Department, Times Square case is Christmas Day all over again
Discussion: neo-neocon
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
What did authorities know about Faisal Shahzad?
CBS News:
Faisal Shahzad's Motive Shrouded in Mystery
Discussion: RedState and The Jawa Report
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 …
Domenico Montanaro /
WHAT OBEY'S RETIREMENT MEANS  —  From NBC's Domenico Montanaro  —  The retirement of David Obey is a blow to Democrats politically.  It puts in play for Republicans.  Though Republicans like their preferred candidate, Sean Duffy — a 37-year-old district attorney from Northern Wisconsin …
Kristi Keck / CNN:
Retiring congressman: ‘Frankly, I am bone tired’
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 TPMDC
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.
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.
Obama calls for Congress to work now on immigration reform
Scarce / Crooks and Liars:   Phoenix Suns' Steve Nash Says On ESPN Viva “Los Suns”
James Joyner / Outside The Beltway:
Los Suns Cinco de Mayo Jerseys
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 …
Discussion: Swampland
Ezra Klein:
The man who knew too much  —  I think John Thune's explanation …
Discussion: Free exchange
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
QUOTE OF THE DAY.... Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) has shown slightly …
Discussion: The Politico
Amy Schatz / Wall Street Journal:
New U.S. Push to Regulate Internet  —  WASHINGTON—In a move that will stoke a battle over the future of the Internet, the federal government plans to propose regulating broadband lines under decades-old rules designed for traditional phone networks.  —  The decision, by Federal Communications …
Josh Silver / The Huffington Post:
FCC to Restore Authority Over Net Neutrality, Broadband Service …
Discussion: Eschaton
New York Times:
BP Says One Oil Leak of Three Is Shut Off  —  BATON ROUGE, La. — For the first time in several days, cleanup crews were able to conduct a controlled burn in two of the most concentrated areas of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, as a powerful device designed to capture the leaking oil was on its way to the site.
Discussion: Firedoglake, Gothamist and Truthdig
Robert F. Kennedy Jr / The Huffington Post:
Robert F. Kennedy Jr.: Sex, Lies and Oil Spills
Discussion: Emptywheel
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.
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.
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 …
Discussion: CNN, Gateway Pundit and Weasel Zippers
Casey B. Mulligan / Economix:
Was It Really a Bubble?  —  Casey B. Mulligan is an economics professor at the University of Chicago.  —  Adjusted for inflation, residential property values were still higher at the end of 2009 than 10 years ago.  This fact raises the possibility that at least part of the housing boom …
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.
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Republican Advantage in 2010 Voting Enthusiasm Shrinks  —  Registered voters remain divided in congressional voting preferences  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Republican registered voters' enthusiasm about voting in this year's midterm elections has declined significantly in recent weeks.
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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Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
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Adele M. Stan /
Dismiss the Tea Parties at Your Peril — They're a Force to Be Reckoned With
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Christina Wilkie / The Hill:
WH adviser leaves for Bloomberg News
Discussion: The Swamp
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Kentucky Senate Tightening
Discussion: Real Clear Politics and Daily Kos
Paul Vitello / New York Times:
On Israel, Jews and Leaders Often Disagree
Discussion: Commentary and TPMCafe
 Earlier Items: 
Retracto / Big Journalism:
About that ‘N-Word’ Story: High Time for McClatchy To Put Up or Shut Up
Discussion: Power Line
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
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Ruth Marcus / Washington Post:
In Arizona, election reform's surprising consequences
Charles Murray / New York Times:
Why Charter Schools Fail the Test