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Christian right leader George Rekers takes vacation with “rent boy”  —  The pictures on the Rentboy.com profile show a shirtless young man with delicate features, guileless eyes, and sun-kissed, hairless skin.  The profile touts his “smooth, sweet, tight ass” and “perfectly built 8 inch cock …
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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.
Dan Savage / The Stranger, Seattle's Only Newspaper:
Is Every Right-Wing, Anti-Gay Christian Bigot Sucking Off Rent Boys?  —  We've got another one, gang, and he's a doozy: … Rekers, as Joe Jervis points out, is the co-founder of the wildly anti-gay Family Research Council and a member of the National Association for Research & Therapy of Homosexuality …
Joe / Joe. My. God.:
Dr. George Rekers, Patron Of Male Prostitutes, Responds To Me On Facebook  —  NARTH and Family Research Council co-founder Dr. George Rekers has responded to my inquiry about where to find the hottest male prostitutes.  After the above, he continues: … Oh, well that explains EVERYTHING!
John Christoffersen / Associated Press:
Times Square bombing suspect's life had unraveled  —  BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — Not long ago, Faisal Shahzad had a pretty enviable life: He became an American citizen after emigrating from Pakistan, where he came from a wealthy family.  He earned an MBA.  He had a well-educated wife …
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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 …
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Times Sq.  Arrest Renews Debate on Suspect Rights  —  WASHINGTON — The arrest of a suspect in the attempted Times Square car bombing revived the volatile political debate over terrorism policy on Tuesday, as President Obama's supporters and critics squared off over how the nation should handle those plotting against it.
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.
Dan / Riehl World View:
Source: Terrorist Faisal Shahzad Was Anti-Bush, Anti-War
Discussion: Moe Lane, Gateway Pundit and Nice Deb
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Lieberman wants to strip citizenship of Americans who join foreign terror orgs.  —  Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) is planning to introduce a bill that would allow the government to take away citizenship from Americans who join foreign terrorist organizations.
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Big Tent Democrat / TalkLeft:
Joe Lieberman's Fascist Solution To Terrorism
Discussion: ATTACKERMAN and Balloon Juice
The Huffington Post:
Faisal Shahzad Arrest: Lieberman Proposes Taking Away Citizenship …
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.
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Political Punch:
President Obama: GOP Opposition to Stimulus ‘Helped to Create the Tea-Baggers’
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
‘TEABAGGERS’ DISCOVER POLITICAL CORRECTNESS.... Newsweek's Jonathan Alter …
Associated Press:
‘Los Suns’ jerseys set for Cinco de Mayo  —  PHOENIX — The Phoenix Suns will wear “Los Suns” on their jerseys in Game 2 of the Western Conference semifinals on Wednesday night, owner Robert Sarver said, “to honor our Latino community and the diversity of our league, the state of Arizona, and our nation.”
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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.
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Matt Lewis / Politics Daily:
Washington Post Reporter's ‘Bigots’ Tweet Criticized by Right
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.
James Hohmann / The Politico:
Primaries bruise establishment picks  —  Tuesday's primaries didn't offer any cause for panic.  But the elections in Indiana, North Carolina and Ohio confirmed what both parties suspected going in: it's going to be a very rough year for incumbents and for the Washington establishment.
Discussion: Washington Wire, Slate and Ballot Box
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Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Coats, Fisher win; NC-Senate to runoff
Discussion: The Other McCain and The Eye
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.
Discussion: Vox Popoli
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: Riehl World View
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.
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
GOP could gain by raising Arizona  —  The new hard-line Arizona immigration law that has sparked talk of boycotts and caused leading Republicans to fret about the party's frayed relationship with Hispanic voters may indeed pose a long-term threat to the GOP's prospects.
Gabriel Sherman / New York Magazine:
CBS News and CNN Are Back in Partnership Negotiations  —  CBS News and CNN are in advanced negotiations about signing a news-gathering partnership, according to executives familiar with the discussions.  The talks revolve around how the two news divisions can combine operations in a bid to cut costs and expand audiences on both sides.
Discussion: New York Times, Mediaite and TIME.com
Brian Maloney / The Radio Equalizer:
MSNBC's Brewer: I'm Sorry Terror Suspect Has Islamic Ties  —  BREW-ING CONTEMPT  —  MSNBC Blabbermouth Upset Terrorist Isn't Homegrown  —  *** MORE AT NEWSBUSTERS, HOT AIR, JAWA REPORT, MEMEORANDUM ***  —  So much for the white male “tea partier” fantasy our left-wing state run media friends …
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Jim Hoft / Gateway Pundit:
Awful.  DNC Trying to Make Money Off of Tragedy That Killed 11 Americans  —  Nothing is sacred.  Not even death.  —  The DNC is now trying to raise money off of a oil rig explosion that killed 11 Americans.  —  On April 20, 2010, 11 Americans were killed when the Deepwater Horizon …
Discussion: Right Now
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
DSCC capitalizes on oil spill
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Right Now
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.
Neil Cavuto / Fox News:
Former FEMA Director Michael Brown on Obama's Response to Oil Spill  —  This is a rush transcript from “Your World With Neil Cavuto,” May 3, 2010.  This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.  —  NEIL CAVUTO, ANCHOR: Almost three weeks since the slick began …
 
 
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Discussion: Grasping Reality …
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