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12:50 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 …
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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.
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 …
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
What did authorities know about Faisal Shahzad?  —  Deep inside a New York Times profile of the accused Times Square bomber — “From Suburban Father to a Terrorism Suspect” - there is this: … In recent terrorism cases, the Ft. Hood shooting and the attempted Christmas Day bombing …
New York Times:
Times Sq. Bomb Suspect Was a Suburban Father
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Times Sq. Arrest Renews Debate on Suspect Rights
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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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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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.
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: Romenesko
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
THE SPILL, THE CONGRESS, AND THE CLIMATE BILL.... Reason suggests the BP oil spill in the Gulf should make the climate/energy bill pending in the Senate more likely to pass.  What could prove the need for an overhaul of our existing energy policies more than this disaster?  —  If only it were that easy.
Discussion: The Politico, TPMDC and The Note
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Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Lieberman's Weird Citizenship-Stripping Proposal  —  When Joe Lieberman mentioned the idea of not mirandizing US citizen terrorism suspects because they should be stripped of citizenship, I thought this was just some nonsense he said on television.  The proposal is obviously unworkable …
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Michelle Malkin:
The jihadists' deadly path to citizenship
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 …
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 …
Marc Cooper / Los Angeles Times:
To replace John Paul Stevens, an atheist  —  It's something Thomas Jefferson might have done: nominate a nonbeliever to the Supreme Court  —  As President Obama considers nominees to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, a debate bubbles as to whether religion should play a role in his choice.
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The Huffington Post:
Diane Wood, Supreme Court Contender, Interviewed By Obama And Joe Biden
Discussion: New York Magazine and Daily Kos
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
Joe / Joe. My. God.:
Meet Geo, The Male Prostitute Hired By NARTH Member & Family Research Council Co-Founder Dr. George Rekers  —  I was going to withhold the identity of the male prostitute hired by Dr. George Rekers, the virulently anti-gay NARTH board member and Family Research Council co-founder.
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 has run in Florida.  It not only supports racial profiling, but urges it as a matter of policy — and even suggests explicitly …
Discussion: TPMDC and Gawker
Ed White / Associated Press:
US takes early lumps in case against Mich. militia  —  DETROIT (AP) — Federal authorities touted the arrests of nine members of a Michigan militia as a pre-emptive strike against homegrown terrorists, declaring at an initial court hearing that the suspects with “dark hearts and evil intent” wanted to go to war against the government.
Discussion: Neptunus Lex and Riehl World View
 
 
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Eric Zimmermann / The Hill:
Bloomberg, Kelly call on Congress to close ‘terror gap’ loophole
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Pence invokes Katrina in slamming Obama's response to oil spill
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Matthew L. Wald / New York Times:
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Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Max Baucus Meta-Nixes Bank Tax
James Crabtree / American Prospect:
How Did Labour Fail?  —  Despite an exciting shake-up of a campaign …
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Associated Press:
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Michael Ferraresi / Arizona Republic:
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