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7:35 PM ET, May 6, 2010

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CNBC:
Stock Selloff May Have Been Triggered by a Trader Error  —  In one of the most dizzying half-hours in stock market history, the Dow plunged nearly 1,000 points before paring those losses—all apparently due to a trader error.  —  According to multiple sources, a trader entered a “b” …
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Wall Street Journal:
Dow Drops Nearly 1,000 Before Rebound  —  Stocks plummeted in a flashback to the panicked trading of 2008.  Selling accelerated late in the day due to a wave of automated sell orders that turned an ugly drop into full-blown market washout.  —  At its afternoon low the Dow Jones Industrial Average …
Christine Hauser / New York Times:
Markets Plunge, Then Stage a Rebound
Megan McArdle / The Atlantic Online:
What the Hell Just Happened in the Market?
Discussion: Business Week and New Atlanticist
Alexandra Twin / CNNMoney.com:
Dow falls almost 1000, recovers 600
George Kiriyama / NBC Bay Area:
Students Kicked Off Campus for Wearing American Flag Tees  —  Freedom of expression or cultural disrespect on Cinco de Mayo?  —  TWITTER  —  On any other day at Live Oak High School in Morgan Hill, Daniel Galli and his four friends would not even be noticed for wearing T-shirts with the American flag.
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Zombie / Pajamas Media:
Students punished for wearing American flags on Cinco de Mayo  —  Five students at a California high school were forced to leave school and then face disciplinary action yesterday for the crime of wearing clothing printed with American flag designs.  —  If you're wondering how being patriotic …
BBC:
Tories ‘just short of majority’  —  David Cameron will fall 21 seats short of a Commons majority, according to a joint BBC/Sky/ITV exit poll.  —  The Conservatives would have 305 MPs, up 95 on 2005, Labour would have 255, down 94, and the Lib Dems 61, down 1.  Nationalists and others would have 29.
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Andrew Sparrow / Guardian:
General election 2010: results - live!  —  • Exit poll shows Con 305, Lab 255, LD 61  —  • Labour wins first three results, all in Sunderland  —  • Tories say Brown will have no right to form government if exit poll accurate  —  • Labour making coalition overtures to Lib Dems
FiveThirtyEight:
Liveblog: UK Election Returns  —  12:11 AM (BST) [Thomas Dollar].  Pleased to be liveblogging as the tallies come in.  The major news media all seem to have taken the exit polls' prediction of a Tory plurality as a given.  And we are seeing huge turnout, with some polls kept open after 10 p.m. http://bit.ly/ae8y6D
Anthony Wells / UK Polling Report:
About tonight's exit poll
Sarah Palin / Facebook:
Let's shake it up in California!  —  I'd like to tell you about a Commonsense Conservative running for office in California this year.  She grew up in a modest home with a school teacher dad, worked her way through several colleges, and then entered an arena where few women had tread.
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Shawn Tully / Fortune:
Documents reveal AT&T, Verizon, others, thought about dropping employer-sponsored benefits  —  (Fortune) — The great mystery surrounding the historic health care bill is how the corporations that provide coverage for most Americans — coverage they know and prize — will react …
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CNNMoney.com:
Health care law's massive, hidden tax change
Ezra Klein:
Dick Durbin: Let my nominees go!  —  The Senate confirmation process has bogged down.  Sometimes, the delay is public, as when Richard Shelby placed a hold on all nominees.  Sometimes, the delay is opaque, as in the case of secret holds.  But the outcome has been a dysfunctional process …
Discussion: The Hill
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Dems come out swinging against GOP consumer protection measure
Discussion: The Politico and CNN
Brady Dennis / Washington Post:
Senate Democrats block GOP measure to limit financial reform
Discussion: Indecision Forever
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Dem leader says GOP obstruction imperils summer break
Discussion: The Politico
Miami New / Riptide 2.0:
George Rekers Is a Homosexual, Escort Says  —  Rekers allegedly named his favorite maneuver the “long stroke” — a complicated caress “across his penis, thigh... and his anus over the butt cheeks,” as the escort puts it.  “Rekers liked to be rubbed down there,” he says.
Noel Sheppard / NewsBusters.org:
Nashville Flood 2010: The Disaster You May Not Have Heard About  —  A great American city is currently buried under a sea of water, but you may not know much about it given all the attention media have given to the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and the failed car bomb attempt in New York's Times Square.
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Andrew Romano / Newsweek Blogs:
Why the Media Ignored the Nashville Flood
Discussion: Mediaite and Sense of Events
Gail Collins / New York Times:
Congress, Up In Arms  —  There seems to be a strong sentiment in Congress that the only constitutional right suspected terrorists have is the right to bear arms.  —  “I think you're going too far here,” said Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina at a hearing of the Senate Homeland Security Committee on Wednesday.
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Russell Berman / The Hill:
Pelosi: ‘Be very careful’ about Lieberman, Brown terror citizen bill  —  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she likes the “spirit” of a proposal to strip the citizenship of Americans who join terrorist groups but stopped short of backing the measure.  —  The bill introduced Thursday by Sens. Joseph Lieberman …
Discussion: The Politico and CNN
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New York Times:
Shahzad's Friends Describe a Growing Seriousness  —  Theirs was an arranged marriage: two well-educated children of prominent Pakistani families set up through a mutual friend.  He was the quiet one; she was the one who laughed at parties.  —  The couple in this Web photo are identified as Faisal Shahzad and Huma Mian.
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Jason Mattera / Human Events:
Exclusive: Rubio Clarifies Critique of Arizona Law  —  Florida GOP Senate candidate Marco Rubio got himself into hot water with conservatives when he argued that Arizona's new illegal immigration law went “too far” and could possibly turn Arizona into a “police state.”
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Fox News:
Schumer Asks Arizona to Delay Immigration Law for a Year
Discussion: The Hill and The Page
Alex Isenstadt / The Politico:
DCCC to ‘re-evaluate’ Hawaii special  —  The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is re-evaluating whether to continue to spend money in this month's Hawaii special election, Chairman Chris Van Hollen told POLITICO Thursday.  —  With former Democratic Rep. Ed Case …
Discussion: Swing State Project and Moe Lane
The ChamberPost:
Truth is the First Casualty of Kos  —  Last Friday Markos Moulitsas, the Kos in DailyKos, put up a fundraising post titled “AR-Sen: Hell to Pay: Chamber-backed group runs racist ad against Bill Halter.”  After displaying the ad the bulk of the post starts with “The group running this ad is funded by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce...”
Discussion: Moe Lane and Ben Smith's Blog
The Live Feed | THR:
Comedy Central developing Jesus Christ cartoon  —  Comedy Central might censor every image of the Prophet Muhammad on “South Park,” yet the network is developing a whole animated series around Jesus Christ.  —  As part of the network's upfront presentation to advertisers (full slate here) …
The Politico:
Rove, GOP plot vast network to reclaim power  —  The Republican Party's best-connected political operatives have quietly built a massive fundraising, organizing and advertising machine based on the model assembled by Democrats early in the decade, and with the same ambitious goal — to recapture Congress and the White House.
Beth Reinhard / MiamiHerald.com:
Poll: Charlie Crist holds lead in U.S. Senate race — for now  —  Gov. Charlie Crist holds an early lead as an independent candidate in the U.S. Senate race, but his edge is a “proverbial house of cards,” according to a new poll, because support from Democratic and black voters is unlikely to hold up through the Nov. 2 election.
David Catanese / The Politico:
Dem chair: Sestak win ‘cataclysmic’  —  The chairman of the Pennsylvania Democratic Party issued a severe warning to members of his party this week, declaring that nominating Rep. Joe Sestak over Sen. Arlen Specter could have “cataclysmic” consequences for the Senate campaign this fall.
 
 
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