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2:05 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.
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 …
New York Times:
Times Sq. Bomb Suspect Was a Suburban Father
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
What did authorities know about Faisal Shahzad?
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Times Sq. Arrest Renews Debate on Suspect Rights
Byron York / Beltway Confidential:
For Justice Department, Times Square case is Christmas Day all over again
Discussion: neo-neocon
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 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 …
Ballot Box:
Obey announces retirement; members express shock at news
Discussion: The Politico and Ben Smith's Blog
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.
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.
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
Heidi Avery / White Blog Feed:
The Ongoing Administration-Wide Response to the Deepwater BP Oil Spill
Discussion: Washington Wire, Grist and Mediaite
Robert F. Kennedy Jr / The Huffington Post:
Robert F. Kennedy Jr.: Sex, Lies and Oil Spills
Discussion: Emptywheel
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.
Discussion: Wonkette
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:   Lieberman's Weird Citizenship-Stripping Proposal
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.
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
Discussion: The Politico, TPMDC and The Note
Votes set in Senate as Wall St reform advances
Discussion: Daily Kos
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: Money & Company
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.
Tim Fernholz / American Prospect:
Bank-Tax Shenanigans.  —  There is an extraordinary amount of confusion surrounding the proposed bank tax designed to recoup the losses associated with bailing out Wall Street in 2008, and the fee proposed to create a fund that would cover the costs of liquidating the banks in the event of a future crisis.
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Max Baucus Meta-Nixes Bank Tax
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.
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.
Erika Lovley / Reuters:
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.
Discussion: The Foundry and Althouse
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 …
Ruth Marcus / Washington Post:
In Arizona, election reform's surprising consequences  —  “What's the matter with Arizona?” is the obvious question about the state's new immigration law.  There are a few obvious answers — and a not-so-obvious one that I was surprised to hear from observers across the political spectrum here.
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Sen. DeMint endorses Paul in US Senate race in Ky.
Discussion: AmSpecBlog
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
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Discussion: AmSpecBlog and The Other McCain
Nicholas Confessore / New York Times:
Paterson Offers Choice: Furloughs or a Shutdown
Kara Scannell / Wall Street Journal:
SEC Investigates Firms Doing Business in Terror Hubs
Discussion: Main Justice and DealBook
George Stephanopoulos / George's Bottom Line:
Ahmadinejad: Bin Laden Lives in DC
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Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
GOP House candidate runs TV ad calling for racial profiling
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GOP could gain by raising Arizona
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US takes early lumps in case against Mich. militia
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