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3:55 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?
KTVU-TV:
Morgan Hill Students Stir Cinco De Mayo Controversy
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
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.
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
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
Eric Zimmermann / The Hill:   SEIU announces Arizona boycott
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.
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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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 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.
CNBC:
Dow Plunges Amid Europe Lending Worries  —  The Dow plunged Thursday amid buzz in the market that European banks have halted lending.  —  One trader, on the condition of anonymity, said he heard fixed-income desks in Europe shut down early because there was no liquidity — basically European banks are halting lending right now.
Discussion: RedState, Hot Air and Scared Monkeys
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Wall Street Journal:
Dow Falls in High-Speed Drop
Discussion: This Just In, Vanity Fair and Gothamist
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 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.”
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.
David Gelernter / Weekly Standard:
See No Evil  —  Daniel Pipes is one of several commentators to note that many reporters would love to dismiss each new terrorist incident as the work of lunatics, until the disappointing news arrives that the suspect is yet another Muslim Jihadist.  Several observations leap to their feet immediately, and there is a deeper point too.
Discussion: National Review
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.")
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
 
 
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Anthony Wells / UK Polling Report:
About tonight's exit poll
Carol Morello / Washington Post:
More children are being born to women over 35 than to teens, Pew study finds
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
'Good government doesn't include the word ‘secret’ in the phrase'
Markham Heid / Washington Examiner:
New recycling bins with tracking chips coming to Alexandria
Discussion: Townhall.com and Moonbattery
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
Rasmussen Reports:
58% Still Support Offshore Oil Drilling
 Earlier Items: 
Washington Times:
Ex-CIA lawyer: Gitmo IDs graver than Plame leak
Discussion: Emptywheel and Weekly Standard
Anne E. Kornblut / Washington Post:
Obama gets weekly tutorials in terrorism
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