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3:05 PM ET, May 6, 2010

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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 …
Michelle Malkin:
Whose country is it, anyway?
Lindsay Bryant / The Gilroy Dispatch:
Five Morgan Hill students sent home for wearing American flag T-shirts
KTVU-TV:
Morgan Hill Students Stir Cinco De Mayo Controversy
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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New York Times:
Fear Itself  —  There are many important and urgent questions about the man accused of trying to set off a car bomb in Times Square.  —  Officials say Faisal Shahzad admitted to the attempt and said he learned bomb-making at a camp in Pakistan.  Is Mr. Shahzad indeed connected to the Pakistani Taliban …
CBS News:
Faisal Shahzad on Homeland Security List Since 1999
J. Taylor Rushing / The Hill:
Holder insists Times Square bomber came under heavy questioning
Discussion: The Note and The Politico
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  —  NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) — An all-but-overlooked provision of the health reform law is threatening to swamp U.S. businesses with a flood of new tax paperwork.  —  Section 9006 of the health care bill — just a few lines buried in the 2,409-page document …
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Shocker: Major corporations may dump health insurance, pay penalties instead
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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Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Terrorists who want to buy guns have friends on Capitol Hill  —  Is the NRA a terrorist organization?  —  By George W. Bush's standard — you're either with us or against us in the fight against terrorism — NRA chief Wayne LaPierre should be just a few frequent-flier miles short of a free ticket to Gitmo right about now.
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.
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.
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Mark Tapscott / Beltway Confidential:
Who's Who of GOP Establishment mimicks Dems' resurgence strategy …
Discussion: Riehl World View
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Dems come out swinging against GOP consumer protection measure  —  Democrats came out swinging Thursday against a Republican proposal to change consumer protection rules in the new Wall Street reform bill.  —  President Barack Obama and Democrats in Congress loudly criticized an amendment …
Discussion: The Politico and CNN
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David Dayen / Firedoglake:
Feingold Will Filibuster FinReg If It Does Not Include Serious Banking Reform
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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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.”
Discussion: The Buzz and TPMDC
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Rubio now supports Arizona law, hardens immigration line
Discussion: Balloon Juice
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
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Lawmakers unveil bill to strip terrorist suspects of citizenship, hoping for broad support  —  A bipartisan group of lawmakers unveiled a bill Thursday to strip U.S. terror suspects of their citizenship, expressing hope that it could win broad support in Congress.
Discussion: The Politico
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Adam Serwer / American Prospect:
They're Calling It the “TEA” Act.
Rachel Slajda / TPMDC:
Newly Elected, ‘Joe The Plumber’ Picks Dark Horse In 2012  —  Samuel “Joe the Plumber” Wurzelbacher, who just won a seat on his Ohio county's Republican committee, told TPMDC that he decided to run for public office to “weed out the liars, cheaters and thieves.”
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Tom Troy / Toledo Blade:
‘Joe the Plumber’ becomes part of GOP establishment
Discussion: New York Magazine
Amanda Terkel / Think Progress:
Phoenix Fans Turn Out For ‘Los Suns’  —  In last night's NBA playoffs game, the Phoenix Suns beat the San Antonio Spurs 110-102.  The team won this Cinco de Mayo game wearing its “Los Suns” jerseys, a move meant to show solidarity with the Latino community and protest Arizona's anti-immigration law.
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Dave Zirin / The Huffington Post:
Los Suns Also Rise: Phoenix Suns Win in More Ways Than One
Discussion: Think Progress
The Onion:
Supreme Court Upholds Freedom Of Speech In Obscenity-Filled Ruling  —  WASHINGTON—In a decisive and vulgar 7-2 ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court once again upheld the constitution's First Amendment this week, calling the freedom of expression among the most “inalienable and important rights that a motherf**ker can have.”
Discussion: Althouse and Indecision Forever
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 Huffington Post:
Reid Backs Breaking Up Banks, Auditing Fed  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  Harry Reid will make sure that an amendment to break up megabanks and cap their size comes up for a vote, the Senate majority leader said.  He added that he was leaning heavily toward voting for the amendment …
David Weigel / Right Now:
A people's history of ‘teabag’  —  The Week and Tommy Christopher do the hard and amusing work of figuring out how and when the term “teabag” first surfaced in our political parlance and how and when it became an insult.  (One activist I talked to yesterday compared it to the “n-word.")
Alex Seitz-Wald / Think Progress:
Trying to shirk responsibility for spill, BP CEO predicts ‘lots of illegitimate’ lawsuits because ‘this is America.’  —  BP is financially responsible for the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, so it is desperately trying the limit the financial and legal fall out.
Jack Brammer / Lexington Herald-Leader:
Kentucky Poll: Paul holds commanding lead; Mongiardo ahead  —  FRANKFORT — A new Kentucky Poll shows novice political candidate Rand Paul with a commanding 12-point lead over Trey Grayson, the Republican Party establishment's choice in the GOP race for U.S. Senate in Kentucky.
 
 
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David Gelernter / Weekly Standard:
See No Evil  —  Daniel Pipes is one of several commentators …
Discussion: National Review
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Biden: U.S., Europe must be ‘honest’
Discussion: European Voice, The Hill and D.C. Now
Spencer Ackerman / The Washington Independent:
Khadr Was Told a ‘Fictitious Story’ About a Young Afghan Being Raped and Killed
Discussion: The Daily Dish and Emptywheel
Maura Johnston / The Awl:
Long Island Newspaper Gets Only The “Sexist And Racist” …
Washington Times:
Ex-CIA lawyer: Gitmo IDs graver than Plame leak
Discussion: Weekly Standard and Emptywheel
Anne E. Kornblut / Washington Post:
Obama gets weekly tutorials in terrorism
James Hohmann / The Politico:
Bush 41 raises for Quayle's son
Discussion: TPMDC
 Earlier Items: 
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
The Right and Journalism  —  Laura McGann has an interesting story …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Michael C. Moynihan / Hit & Run:
If Only the Tea Partiers Were More European
Discussion: CNN and Beltway Confidential