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11:25 AM 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.
McClatchy Washington Bureau:
U.S. officials: No credible evidence that terrorists trained Shahzad  —  WASHINGTON — No credible evidence has been found so far that the Pakistani-American man accused in the Times Square bombing plot received any serious terrorist training from the Pakistani Taliban or another radical Islamic group, six U.S. officials said Thursday.
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, completely unforseeable even to media professionals with advanced degrees in journalism, Newsweek's brilliant strategy to reposition itself as an upscale journal of leftwing opinion has, against all odds, ended in defeat (Ace has more here).
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 …
Charlie Savage / The Caucus:
White House Deputy Counsel Resigns  —  Daniel J. Meltzer, a top White House lawyer who has played a critical behind-the-scenes role in the administration legal team, is resigning next month and will return to his tenured position as a Harvard law school professor, the White House said on Friday.
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Chris Good / The Atlantic Online:   Kagan Could Be Hard to Hit
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
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
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
Dana Blanton / Fox News:
Fox News Poll: Arizona Was Right to Take Action on Immigration  —  Most American voters think Arizona was right to pass its own immigration law, and think the Obama administration should wait and see how the new law works rather than try to stop it, according to a Fox News poll released Friday.
ConstantineXIII / CBS News:
Sec. Clinton on Pakistan and The War on Terror  —  Says Pakistan More Helpful in War on Terror; Warns of “Severe Consequences” If Successful Terror Attack Originated There  —  (CBS) Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said the Pakistani government has been warned that if a terror operation …
John McCormack / Weekly Standard:
Rick Sanchez's Ron Burgundy Moment  —  CNN's Rick Sanchez apparently suffers from the same condition as Will Ferrell's character Ron Burgundy did in the movie Anchorman—he'll read anything written on a teleprompter.  When a the teleprompter told Sanchez earlier this week to ad lib a tease …
Ynetnews:
Judge Goldstone's dark past  —  Yedioth Ahronoth investigation reveals man preaching human rights, who authored scathing report against Israel's operation in Gaza, sent at least 28 black defendants to gallows as South African judge under Apartheid regime  —  Tehiya Barak  —  Latest Update:
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The Atlantic Online:
Richard Goldstone, Hanging Judge
Jeanne Cummings / The Politico:
Steele fires RNC finance director  —  Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele has fired the RNC's finance director, Rob Bickhart, on whose watch a controversial payment was made to a bondage nightclub in West Hollywood and the committee began having problems raising money from big donors.
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Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
RNC cleans house in finance department
Discussion: The Caucus and Right Now
Sean J. Miller / Ballot Box:   RNC fires top finance officials as scandal fallout continues
Norm Eisen / White House.gov Blog Feed:
A Limited Waiver for Bob Bauer  —  In the interest of transparency, we are posting a limited waiver of the Ethics Pledge that was granted today to Robert Bauer, Counsel to the President.  Counsels to the President of the United States ordinarily are in contact with the personal lawyers …
Discussion: The Hill and The Politico
Jon Cohen / Behind the Numbers:
Sizing up the “birthers”  —  Asked an open-ended question about where President Obama was born, 14 percent of Americans say he was born abroad - giving an incorrect answer that shows how widespread the misunderstanding of his birthplace is nearly a year and a half into his presidency.
Discussion: Right Now, The Nation and Daily Kos
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Amy Merrick / Wall Street Journal:
Illinois Budget Woes Come to a Boil
Discussion: The Capitol Fax Blog
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Shelby: GOP really standing with small businesses in financial bill opposition
Discussion: The Politico and The Caucus
Russell Berman / The Hill:
Transgender anti-discrimination bill becomes tough sell for centrist Dems
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
QUOTE OF THE DAY.... This morning, the Bureau of Labor Statistics …
Discussion: GOP.gov Blog
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Sue Lowden now running TV ad claiming (wrongly) that chickens …
Discussion: Washington Monthly, Daily Kos and TPMDC
Kevin Bogardus / The Hill:
Coburn objects to black and Native American farmer settlements
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Jed Lewison / Daily Kos:
Addicted to oil  —  Research 2000 for Daily Kos. 5/3-6.  Likely voters.
Discussion: Firedoglake and Think Progress
Cristina Silva / MiamiHerald.com:
Push for Florida bestiality law goes ‘back to square one’
Discussion: Think Progress
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
AN INANE LOOK AT THE NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER.... Yesterday …
Discussion: The Reaction and Fox News
John M. Broder / New York Times:
Graham Calls for ‘Pause’ in Pursuing Energy Bill
Discussion: Firedoglake and The Page
General David H. Petraeus / American Enterprise …:
The Surge of Ideas  —  COINdinistas and Change in the U.S. Army in 2006
Discussion: Power Line and AmSpecBlog
Halimah Abdullah / Lexington Herald-Leader:
Kentucky Poll: More voters unhappy with McConnell