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12:40 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 …
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 / 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 …
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 …
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.
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Times Sq. Arrest Renews Debate on Suspect Rights
Zaid Jilani / Think Progress:
Media Ignore The Fact That Man Who Alerted Police To Failed Times …
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.
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.
William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
Democrats' Worst Fear Is About To Come True  —  The core of Democratic Party political strategy is falling apart.  As reported by The New York Times, Black Hopefuls Pick This Year in G.O.P. Races: … And these candidates are seeking and getting Tea Party support:
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.
Discussion: Commentary and Sister Toldjah
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.
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.
Christian right leader George Rekers takes vacation with “rent boy”
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.
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 …
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.
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
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 …
The Huffington Post:
Diane Wood, Supreme Court Contender, Interviewed By Obama And Joe Biden  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  President Obama and Vice President Biden both met separately today with potential Supreme Court pick Diane Wood, a source with knowledge of the conversations told the Huffington Post.
Discussion: New York Magazine and Daily Kos
New York Times:
Amount of Spill Could Escalate, Company Admits  —  WASHINGTON — In a closed-door briefing for members of Congress, a senior BP executive conceded Tuesday that the ruptured oil well in the Gulf of Mexico could conceivably spill as much as 60,000 barrels a day of oil, more than 10 times the estimate of the current flow.
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
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.
Discussion: Open Left, The Hill and Washington Post
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Pence invokes Katrina in slamming Obama's response to oil spill  —  A top House Republican on Wednesday slammed President Barack Obama's responsiveness to a massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, invoking the response to Hurricane Katrina.  —  House Republican Conference Chairman Mike Pence …
Discussion: The Politico
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: Gawker
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.
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