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1:50 PM ET, May 6, 2010


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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.
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.
CBS News:
Faisal Shahzad on Homeland Security List Since 1999  —  Posted by CBS News Investigates 4 comments - Share - - - Share - E-mail - Print - Font Sources tell CBS News that would-be Times Square bomber Faisal Shahzad appeared on a Department of Homeland Security travel lookout list …
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 …
J. Taylor Rushing / The Hill:
Holder insists Times Square bomber came under heavy questioning
Discussion: The Politico
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.
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
Morgan Hill Students Stir Cinco De Mayo Controversy
Washington Post:
As Britain goes to polls, shake-up in Parliament is forecast  —  LONDON — Britain's Conservative Party was pressing for an outright victory as voters went to the polls here Thursday, following a hard-fought campaign that could produce this nation's most fragile government in a generation.
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.
Health care law's massive, hidden tax change  —  NEW YORK ( — 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 …
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
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: Ben Smith's Blog, The Buzz and TPMDC
Miami New / Riptide 2.0:
George Rekers Is a Homosexual, Says Escort  —  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.
John Schwartz / New York Times:
High Court Long Shot Has a Reputation for Persuasion  —  Kathleen Morris was not thrilled to be working on a dry bankruptcy case.  But when Ms. Morris, then a law clerk, shared her feelings with her boss, Sidney R. Thomas, a federal appeals court judge, his answer startled her.
Discussion: Law Blog
Washington Post:
Obama to make Supreme Court decision soon, aides say
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 …
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.
National Day of Prayer to go on despite ruling  —  Washington (CNN) — The 59th annual National Day of Prayer was held Thursday against a backdrop of controversy and growing doubts about the future of the event, which a federal judge recently declared unconstitutional.
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.
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) …
Gov. Jan Brewer / ESPN:
Arizona governor: Boycott is misguided  —  Jan Brewer, the governor of Arizona, responds to calls for sports boycotts of her state  —  In my 28 years of public service, I have made a lot of tough calls.  But with a federal government unwilling to secure our border for years and years, Arizona is left with little choice.
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
The Right and Journalism  —  Laura McGann has an interesting story in The Washington Monthly about conservative efforts to get into the reporting game: … To ruin the punchline, though, the subhead asks of these new outlets “can their reporting survive their politics?” and the answer seems to be “no, it can't.”
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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...”
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
Noel Sheppard /
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.
Nicholas D. Kristof / New York Times:
New Alarm Bells About Chemicals and Cancer  —  The President's Cancer Panel is the Mount Everest of the medical mainstream, so it is astonishing to learn that it is poised to join ranks with the organic food movement and declare: chemicals threaten our bodies.
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Long Island Newspaper Gets Only The “Sexist And Racist” …
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Washington Times:
Ex-CIA lawyer: Gitmo IDs graver than Plame leak
Discussion: Weekly Standard and Emptywheel
David Weigel / Right Now:
A people's history of ‘teabag’
Anne E. Kornblut / Washington Post:
Obama gets weekly tutorials in terrorism
Associated Press:
Containment box arrives onsite near source of Gulf of Mexico oil spill
James Hohmann / The Politico:
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Discussion: Think Progress
Patrick Gavin / On Media's Blog:
Brownie's back  —  As the Obama administration continues …
Discussion: Politics Daily
Gregg Opelka / Big Journalism:
Beyond Schadenfreude: What George Will's Crucifixion of Bill Maher Really Means
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Environmental Cancer ‘Grossly Underestimated’
Michael C. Moynihan / Hit & Run:
If Only the Tea Partiers Were More European
Discussion: CNN
Amy Schatz / Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Plans New Broadband Rules