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4:55 PM ET, May 7, 2010

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Christine Hauser / New York Times:
U.S. Adds 290,000 Jobs in April; Rate Rises to 9.9%  —  The American economy added an unexpectedly strong 290,000 jobs in April, while the unemployment rate rose to 9.9 percent, the government said Friday.  —  Analysts had expected a gain of about 190,000 in the month.
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
AT LONG LAST, U.S. JOB MARKET STARTS TO LOOK PRETTY GOOD.... It seemed all but certain that the economy added jobs in April; the question was how many, and the extent to which the larger trend would be encouraging or discouraging.  —  With that in mind, the new from the Bureau of Labor Statistics offered …
Phil Izzo / Real Time Economics:
Broader U-6 Unemployment Rate Increases to 17.1% in April  —  The U.S. jobless rate rose to 9.9% in April, the first increase in three months, but the government's broader measure of unemployment ticked up for the third month in a row, rising 0.2 percentage point to 17.1%.
Discussion: Hot Air, Clusterstock and Atlas Shrugs
Catherine Rampell / Economix:
Comparing This Recession to Previous Ones: Job Changes  —  Horizontal axis shows months.  Vertical axis shows the ratio of that month's nonfarm payrolls to the nonfarm payrolls at the start of recession.  Note: Because employment is a lagging indicator, the dates for these employment trends …
Discussion: Eschaton
Christina Romer / White House.gov Blog Feed:
The Employment Situation in April
Discussion: The Hill and msnbc.com
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Obama's Court pick is imminent — POTUS to seek line-item veto — Britain sorting out ‘hung parliament’ — Did Dow tank on ‘fat finger error’?  — Palin + Facebook = Yahtzee  —  DRIVING NEXT WEEK — Look for President Obama to name his Supreme Court pick Monday, and look …
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The Huffington Post:
Elena Kagan Will Be Obama's Supreme Court Pick: Mike Allen [UPDATE]  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  Updates below...  President Obama is expected to nominate Solicitor General and former Harvard Law dean Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court on Monday, Mike Allen reports.
Jackie Calmes / New York Times:
Obama to Seek More Power to Cut Spending From Bills  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama, in his latest effort to signal fiscal responsibility against the rising debt, plans this month to ask Congress to give him and future presidents greater power to try to delete individual items from spending bills.
Katharine Q. Seelye / New York Times:
Potential Court Pick Faced Dilemma at Harvard
Discussion: The Hill, Main Justice and RedState
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Kagan under fire on Goldman, minorities
Christina Bellantoni / TPMDC:
Supremely Speculative — SCOTUS Talk Gets DC In A Lather
Joe / Joe. My. God.:
My Interview With Jo-Vanni Roman  —  Around 1am this morning I got tipped by one of the guys at Unzipped that Jo-Vanni Roman was finally ready to speak with me.  Five minutes later I had him on the phone from Fort Lauderdale, but not before I alerted Father Tony to be ready to rush over to him immediately for a video interview.
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BBC:
Brown ‘respects’ Clegg-Tory talks  —  Gordon Brown has said he “respects” the right of the Lib Dems to talk to the Tories about forming a government.  —  But he said he was still PM and, if talks failed, would open negotiations with the Lib Dems, after the election resulted in a hung parliament.
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Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Al Franken takes over the U.S. Senate floor to explain a newspaper cartoon to the waiting nation  —  All we can say is thank goodness Minnesota's newest Democratic U.S. senator, Al Franken, was on duty Thursday.  —  We were poring through one of America's most glorious man-caused treasures …
Discussion: Hot Air
The Huffington Post:
Senate Votes For Wall Street; Megabanks To Remain Behemoths  —  What's Your Reaction: … A move to break up major Wall Street banks failed Thursday night by a vote of 61 to 33.  —  Three Republicans, Richard Shelby of Alabama, Tom Coburn of Oklahoma and John Ensign of Nevada …
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General David H. Petraeus / American Enterprise …:
The Surge of Ideas  —  COINdinistas and Change in the U.S. Army in 2006 … Good evening to you all.  Thanks for that warm welcome.  And thanks, Arthur, for that very kind introduction.  —  Earlier today, as I was talking with my wife about tonight's speech, she reminded me of a story …
Discussion: AmSpecBlog
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David Brooks / New York Times:
Leading With Two Minds
Discussion: democracyarsenal.org
Washington Post:
GOP takes jab at Democrats' ‘luck’ in fighting terrorism  —  Two days after the dramatic arrest of Times Square bombing suspect Faisal Shahzad, Republicans were engaged in a full-bore effort to rewrite the good-news narrative.  —  “Yes, we have been lucky,” House Minority Leader John A. Boehner …
Discussion: Pundits Blog, Slate and RedState
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Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Prominent GOP pollster: Times Square bomb scare gives Republicans an “opportunity”
The Smoking Gun:
For Airport Security, Size Matters  —  Cops: New high-tech screener triggered fight over manhood insult  —  A Transportation Security Administration screener is facing an assault rap after he allegedly beat a co-worker who joked about the size of the man's genitalia after he walked through a security scanner.
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Ezra Klein:
Secret holds are not the problem (but the Democrats would like to make them the problem)  —  I've never been able to get a straight answer on why, exactly, senators should be able to place anonymous holds on nominees.  I can see the arguments for holds themselves: They allow senators …
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Meredith Shiner / The Politico:
GOP objects to 108 Obama nominees
Discussion: Hotline On Call and Wonkette
New York Times:
High-Speed Trading Glitch Costs Investors Billions  —  The glitch that sent markets tumbling Thursday was years in the making, driven by the rise of computers that transformed stock trading more in the last 20 years than in the previous 200.  —  The old system of floor traders matching buyers …
John M. Broder / New York Times:
Graham Calls for ‘Pause’ in Pursuing Energy Bill  —  WASHINGTON — Senator Lindsey Graham, one of the chief sponsors of a nascent plan to address energy and climate change in the Senate, said Friday that the proposal had no chance of passage in the near term and called for a “pause” in consideration of the issue.
Discussion: The Page
New York Times:
Bill Targets Citizenship of Terrorists' Allies  —  WASHINGTON — Proposed legislation that would allow the government to revoke American citizenship from people suspected of allying themselves with terrorists set off a legal and political debate Thursday that scrambled some of the usual partisan lines on civil-liberties issues.
New York Times:
Regulator Deferred to Oil Industry on Offshore Rig Safety  —  WASHINGTON — Federal regulators warned offshore rig operators more than a decade ago that they needed to install backup systems to control the giant undersea valves known as blowout preventers, used to cut off the flow of oil from a well in an emergency.
Caroline Glick:
Time to plan for war  —  So much for US President Barack Obama's famed powers of persuasion.  At the UN's Nuclear Non-Poliferation Treaty review conference which opened this week, the Obama administration managed to lose control over the agenda before the conference even started.
Discussion: Atlas Shrugs and protein wisdom
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Video: “I never thought I'd be on national TV for wearing an American flag shirt”  —  Via Greg Hengler, this interviews distills the ridiculous nature of Live Oak High School's action to its core.  Martha MacCallum interviews two of the students disciplined for wearing clothing …
Megan McArdle / The Atlantic Online:
This is Your War on Drugs  —  Andrew has already posted this, and I'm late to the game because I couldn't bring myself to watch it, but nonetheless, I feel compelled to remark.  Yes, folks, this is your war on drugs:  —  After he watched it, my more temperate better half was literally shaking with anger.
Discussion: alicublog
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Grand Old Party  —  For reasons that have always struck me as paradoxical, one place where Republicans totally excel Democrats is in their ability to survive sex scandals.  Admittedly, Bill Clinton managed to get that ball pretty far down the field for the Democrats in the 1990s.  God bless'em.
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
AN INANE LOOK AT THE NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER.... Yesterday was the official “National Day of Prayer,” held annually on the first Thursday in May by congressional decree.  The “holiday,” such as it is, was a little more noticeable this year than most because of a recent federal court ruling …
 
 
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Cristina Silva / MiamiHerald.com:
Push for Florida bestiality law goes ‘back to square one’
Discussion: Think Progress
Frank Newport / Gallup:
Americans No Less Worried About Healthcare Costs
Discussion: Wonk Room and TPMDC
Spiegel Online:
How China and India Sabotaged the UN Climate Summit
David Weigel / Right Now:
Mark Penn's tragically timed case of Cleggmania
Kos / Daily Kos:
IL-Sen: Illinois Dems slip
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Halimah Abdullah / Lexington Herald-Leader:
Kentucky Poll: More voters unhappy with McConnell
Gary Langer / ABCNEWS:
Poll: Half of ‘Birthers’ Call It ‘Suspicion’
Discussion: Right Now, Mediaite and NewsBusters.org
Jonathan Saltzman / Boston Globe:
Case is made vs. US marriage law
 Earlier Items: 
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
The ECB's Bad Reputation
Discussion: Washington Post, CEPR and Eschaton
Dave Itzkoff / ArtsBeat:
Michael Moore Says Judge's Ruling Could Have ‘Chilling Effect’ on Documentaries
Discussion: New York Times and Law Blog
Yves Smith / naked capitalism:
On the Fat Fingered Trade and Market Freakout
Ronald Brownstein / National Journal Online:
The Conservative Tide  —  A PARTY TOO NARROW FOR SPECTER …