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2:20 PM ET, May 8, 2010

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Weekly Standard:
Don't Mention the War  —  Why does the Obama administration find it so hard to utter the words ‘terrorism’ and ‘jihad’ and ‘Islamic extremism’?  —  On Saturday, May 1, a crude car bomb composed of gasoline canisters, propane tanks, fertilizer, and fireworks failed to detonate in Times Square.
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Mark Steyn / National Review:
Faisal Shahzad, Subprime Terrorist?  —  The story of the Times Square bomber reads like some Urdu dinner-theater production of Mel Brooks's The Producers that got lost in translation between here and Peshawar: A man sets out to produce the biggest bomb on Broadway since Dance a Little Closer closed on its opening night in 1983.
Ace / Ace of Spades HQ:
Oh the Irony: “America is Back!,” Baby, But The Magazine Proclaiming This Just Might Go Out of Business  —  Remember this?  Of course you do.  It was like three weeks ago.  You're morons, not retards.  —  Well, Newsweek's on the auction block, and the Washington Post Company's sales brochure …
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iowahawk:   I Need Some Me Time  —  [ed. note: in a shocking turn of events …
Charles Babington / Associated Press:
Obama says health care law already helps millions  —  WASHINGTON - The new health care law already is helping millions of people through tax breaks for small businesses and assistance for families with young adults, President Barack Obama said Saturday.  —  In his weekly radio and Internet address …
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Jesse Lee / White House.gov Blog Feed:
Weekly Address: Health Reform Starts to Kick In  —  The President goes through the benefits in health insurance reform that are already kicking in for young adults, retirees, and families, and says more benefits are coming down the pike.  —  Click here to see the video.
Discussion: Politics Daily and The Politico
Gail Collins / New York Times:
What Every Girl Should Know  —  A thousand years ago, popular birth control methods in the Western world included spitting into the mouth of a frog, eating bees and wearing the testicles of a weasel.  In Córdoba, Spain, which was supposed to be on the scientific cutting edge …
Discussion: Prairie Weather
The New Republic:
The Crisis Comes Ashore  —  Why the oil spill could change everything.  —  The continuing undersea gusher of oil 50 miles off the shores of Louisiana is not the only source of dangerous uncontrolled pollution spewing into the environment.  Worldwide, the amount of man-made CO2 …
Discussion: Climate Progress and The Page
Charles M. Blow / New York Times:
Op-Ed Columnist: The Tea Party Tries to Outrun Race  —  Racist.  Tea Party.  —  Are those separate concepts or a single one?  Depends on whom you ask.  —  According to an article accompanying a Washington Post/ABC News poll released on Wednesday: “About 61 percent of tea party opponents …
William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
So Why Am I Already Defending Elena Kagan?  —  Strange.  I'm not sure I support Elena Kagan for the Supreme Court, assuming she is the nominee, but I'm already finding myself having to defend her.  —  If Elena Kagan were a liberal legal hero, with a long record of reaching the correct conclusions …
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Ilya Somin / The Volokh Conspiracy:
A Great Law School Dean Doesn't Have to be a Great Scholar
Chris Good / The Atlantic Online:
Kagan Could Be Hard to Hit
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
The Left and Economics  —  According to Zeljka Buturovic and Dan Klein, people who self-identify as “progressive” have low levels of economic knowledge whereas those who self-identify as “libertarian” or “very conservative” rank very highly.  For reasons suggested by Tyler Cowen, I think that conclusion is nonsense.
Amanda Terkel / Think Progress:
The BP Oil Spill's Toll On Gulf Coast Wildlife: ‘All Bets Are Off’  —  Orange-colored oil from the April 22 BP spill in the Gulf of Mexico has reached Louisiana's fragile Chandeleur Islands, which are part of the Breton National Wildlife Refuge, an area that officials have now closed …
Julia Preston / New York Times:
Illegal Status of Army Spouses Often Leads to Snags  —  Lt. Kenneth Tenebro enlisted in the armed forces after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, signing up even before he became an American citizen.  —  He served one tour of duty in Iraq, dodging roadside bombs, and he would like to do another.
Discussion: TalkLeft and ImmigrationProf Blog
Liz Robbins / City Room:
Staten Island Ferry Crashes Into Dock  —  11:28 a.m. |  Updated At least 65 people were injured when a Staten Island Ferry crashed into the St. George terminal dock just past 9 a.m. on Saturday, police, fire and United States Coast Guard officials said.  —  There were no fatalities reported among …
Joe Gandelman / The Moderate Voice:
Male Robber Wearing Burka Sparks Debate in Australia Over Banning the Burka  —  Over the past few years several European countries have debated banning the burka, the garment worn by some Muslim women for hiding a female's body while out in public.  But now the debate is raging in Australia …
Discussion: Telegraph
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Shelby: GOP really standing with small businesses in financial bill opposition  —  Republicans are the party to stand with Main Street when it comes to financial reform, Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) said Saturday.  —  Shelby, the top Republican on the Senate Banking Committee …
Discussion: CNN, The Politico and The Caucus
Yahoo! News:
Palin backs Fiorina, faces tea party Facebook backlash  —  Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has made her Facebook page into a bully pulpit, issuing policy statements on such issues as nuclear proliferation and oil drilling.  Now she's learning that social media can be more than a one-way system …
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Rose / Barbara Boxer Blog:
Palin endorses Fiorina
Discussion: The Other McCain and The Hill
 
 
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Karl / The Greenroom:
NBC's Brian Williams: “The world has no money and the emperor has no clothes.”
Simon Johnson / The Baseline Scenario:
Falling Back On Waterloo  —  By Simon Johnson, 13 Bankers …
David Ignatius / Washington Post:
Reasons to be anxious about Afghanistan
Discussion: Newshoggers.com and Swampland
Amy Merrick / Wall Street Journal:
Illinois Budget Woes Come to a Boil
Discussion: The Capitol Fax Blog
Norm Eisen / White House.gov Blog Feed:
A Limited Waiver for Bob Bauer
Discussion: The Hill and The Politico
Charlie Savage / The Caucus:
White House Deputy Counsel Resigns
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Dana Blanton / Fox News:
Fox News Poll: Arizona Was Right to Take Action on Immigration
Russell Berman / The Hill:
Transgender anti-discrimination bill becomes tough sell for centrist Dems
John McCormack / Weekly Standard:
Rick Sanchez's Ron Burgundy Moment
Discussion: Hot Air and NewsBusters.org
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
QUOTE OF THE DAY.... This morning, the Bureau of Labor Statistics …
Discussion: GOP.gov Blog