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9:35 AM ET, May 6, 2010

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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 …
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New York Times:
Evidence Mounts for Taliban Role in Car Bomb Plot  —  WASHINGTON — American officials said Wednesday that it was very likely that a radical group once thought unable to attack the United States had played a role in the bombing attempt in Times Square, elevating concerns about whether …
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.
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
WSJ: Yep, looks like Shahzad is a bona fide Taliban-trained agent  —  Remember, until this point, the only evidence that there was a Taliban link was that videotape put out on Saturday night in which bombmaker-in-chief Qari Hussain took credit for the attack.
Discussion: Los Angeles Times and NPR
Wall Street Journal:
Suspect's Links to Taliban Probed  —  Islamabad Official Claims Shahzad Received Instructions From Suicide-Bomber Trainer; Group Has Been Targeted by CIA Drones  —  By ZAHID HUSSAIN and TOM WRIGHT in Islamabad and KEITH JOHNSON in Washington  —  A boy peers through the main gate …
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 …
The Politico:   Despite arrest, W.H. on defensive
Associated Press:
NY car bomb suspect believed to act alone in US
Christina Wilkie / The Hill:
WH adviser leaves for Bloomberg News
Discussion: The Swamp
Political Punch:
While Oil Slick Spread, Interior Department Chief of Staff Rafted with Wife on “Work-Focused” Trip in Grand Canyon  —  Though his agency was charged with coordinating the federal response to the major oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, Department of the Interior chief of staff Tom Strickland …
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Amy Schatz / Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Plans New Broadband Rules  —  WASHINGTON—In a move that will stoke a battle over the future of the Internet, the federal government plans to propose regulating broadband lines under decades-old rules designed for traditional phone networks.  —  The decision, by Federal Communications …
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Josh Silver / The Huffington Post:
FCC to Restore Authority Over Net Neutrality, Broadband Service …
Discussion: Eschaton
Eric Zimmermann / The Hill:
Obama uses Cinco de Mayo to call for immigration reform, criticize Ariz. law  —  President Obama urged Congress on Wednesday to begin work on immigration reform this year.  —  In remarks at a Cinco de Mayo event at the White House, Obama said the controversial immigration law passed …
Discussion: The Politico and Weasel Zippers
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Scarce / Crooks and Liars:
Phoenix Suns' Steve Nash Says On ESPN Viva “Los Suns”
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
CNN:   Obama calls for Congress to work now on immigration reform
John Koblin / New York Observer:
Meacham on Buying Newsweek: 'I'm Going to Take a Look at This' … Newsweek is up for sale, and editor Jon Meacham is going to explore the possibility of rounding up some bidders to buy the magazine himself.  —  “I believe this is an important American institution,” he said in an interview.
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Newsweek:
Washington Post Co. to Sell Newsweek
Michael C. Moynihan / Hit & Run:
If Only the Tea Partiers Were More European  —  Sitting at breakfast last week in Oslo, I opened the newspaper Dagbladet and did a Tex Avery-like double take.  Is that a photograph of Tim Phillips, president of Americans for Prosperity and professional tax-hatin' bogeyman of the Rachel Maddow show, in a Norwegian newspaper?
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Domenico Montanaro / msnbc.com:
WHAT OBEY'S RETIREMENT MEANS  —  From NBC's Domenico Montanaro  —  The retirement of David Obey is a blow to Democrats politically.  It puts in play for Republicans.  Though Republicans like their preferred candidate, Sean Duffy — a 37-year-old district attorney from Northern Wisconsin …
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David Rogers / The Politico:
Obey won't seek reelection
CQ Politics:
Dodd, Shelby Agree on Provision for Breaking Up Failing Firms  —  Senate Banking Chairman Christopher J. Dodd and Richard C. Shelby , the committee's top Republican, finalized an agreement Wednesday on how to dismantle large financial firms on the verge of collapse.
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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Reid: GOP is ‘making love to Wall Street’
Discussion: Gateway Pundit, CNN and Weasel Zippers
Alan Zibel / Associated Press:
Freddie Mac seeks $10.6B in aid after 1Q loss  —  WASHINGTON - Freddie Mac is asking for $10.6 billion in additional federal aid after posting a big loss in the first three months of the year.  It's another sign that the taxpayer bill for stabilizing the housing market will keep mounting.
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.
Discussion: Sister Toldjah, Gawker and TalkLeft
Josh Rogin / Foreign Policy:
Dennis Ross links Middle East peace to Iran  —  The National Security Council's Dennis Ross is the latest U.S. official to link the Obama administration's drive to secure peace between Israelis and Arabs to the overall goal of bringing greater stability to the region and combating the threat from Iran.
Discussion: Commentary
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Thune: Corker breaks ranks because he ‘understands’ issues  —  In either a garbled thought or one of the great, classic gaffes, John Thune suggests that his colleague Bob Corker breaks from the party line a lot because he actually thinks about policy:  —  “I think he's a guy who's willing …
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Ezra Klein:   The man who knew too much  —  I think John Thune's explanation …
David M. Herszenhorn / New York Times:
Senate Liberals Move to Toughen Financial Regulation  —  WASHINGTON — Liberal Democrats in the Senate, emboldened by a wave of populism, are trying to make financial regulatory legislation far tougher on Wall Street, potentially restricting or breaking up the biggest banks and financial companies.
Casey B. Mulligan / Economix:
Was It Really a Bubble?  —  Casey B. Mulligan is an economics professor at the University of Chicago.  —  Adjusted for inflation, residential property values were still higher at the end of 2009 than 10 years ago.  This fact raises the possibility that at least part of the housing boom …
The Politico:
Rove, GOP secretly 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.
Discussion: Think Progress
Radley Balko / Hit & Run:
Video of SWAT Raid on Missouri Family  —  In February, I wrote the following about a drug raid in Missouri: … Now there's video, which you can watch below.  It's horrifying, but I'd urge you to watch it, and to send it to the drug warriors in your life.
 
 
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