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4:50 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 …
KTVU-TV:
Morgan Hill Students Stir Cinco De Mayo Controversy
Michelle Malkin:
Whose country is it, anyway?
Lindsay Bryant / The Gilroy Dispatch:
Five Morgan Hill students sent home for wearing American flag T-shirts
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  —  Well, well, well.  Remember when Barack Obama said that under ObamaCare, people would keep their existing health plans and doctors?  Remember when any suggestion that companies would find it a lot less expensive …
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: Weekly Standard, The Buzz and TPMDC
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Fox News:
Schumer Asks Arizona to Delay Immigration Law for a Year
Discussion: The Page
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Rubio now supports Arizona law, hardens immigration line
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Eric Zimmermann / The Hill:   SEIU announces Arizona boycott
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.
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 …
Russell Berman / The Hill:   Pelosi: ‘Be very careful’ about Lieberman, Brown terror citizen bill
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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The Huffington Post:
Reid Backs Breaking Up Banks, Auditing Fed
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Dem leader says GOP obstruction imperils summer break
Discussion: The Politico
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.
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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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 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.
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) …
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
Wall Street Journal:
Dow Falls in High-Speed Drop  —  Stocks plummeted in a flashback to the panicked trading of 2008.  —  Investors fled everything from stocks and risky bonds to commodities and poured money into safe assets such as U.S. Treasurys and gold.  The Dow Jones Industrial Average was down more than 4 percent less …
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.”
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.
Jeff Cox / CNBC:
Greek Debt Crisis On Verge Of ‘Going Global’: Pimco's El-Erian  —  Problems with Greek debt are about to spread to other countries and could infect the US unless the nation tackles its own mounting problems, Pimco's Mohamed El-Erian told CNBC.  —  About an hour or so after El-Erian spoke …
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.")
Adam Serwer / American Prospect:
They're Calling It the “TEA” Act.  —  Legal experts, including former State Department Legal Adviser John Bellinger, have already slammed Sen. Joe Lieberman's proposal to strip citizenship from American citizens accused of being involved with a foreign terrorist organization.
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.
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 fallout.
Maura Johnston / The Awl:
Long Island Newspaper Gets Only The “Sexist And Racist” Part Of “Making A Sexist And Racist Joke” Right  —  A Smithtown, N.Y., newspaper is under fire for publishing a photo spread comparing Barack and Michelle Obama to Fred Sanford and “Aunt Esther” from the '70s sitcom Sanford & Son.
 
 
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David Gelernter / Weekly Standard:
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Discussion: National Review
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Anne E. Kornblut / Washington Post:
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The Right and Journalism  —  Laura McGann has an interesting story …
Michael C. Moynihan / Hit & Run:
If Only the Tea Partiers Were More European
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