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2:30 PM ET, May 9, 2010


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Joseph Berger / New York Times:
Pakistani Taliban Behind Times Sq.  Plot, Holder Says  —  More firmly and publicly than before, senior officials of the Obama administration on Sunday blamed the failed attempt to blow up a bomb in Times Square on the Pakistani Taliban, an accusation that should increase pressure …
Matt Duss / Think Progress:
Liz Cheney criticizes administration for its ‘first instinct’ to Mirandize Time Square suspect.  —  This morning, Liz Cheney criticized the Obama administration's handling of attempted Times Square bomber Faisal Shahzad as “insufficient.”  Speaking on the Fox News Sunday's panel …
Discussion: Raw Story and Washington Monthly
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Holder: Pakistani Taliban behind attempted Times Square attack  —  The U.S. government has determined that the Taliban in Pakistan was behind an attempted car bombing last weekend in Times Square, Attorney General Eric Holder said Sunday.  —  “We've now developed evidence that shows …
The Politico:
Holder says Taliban behind Times Sq. bomb, eyes change to Miranda  —  Top Obama administration officials jettisoned the theory that the Times Square terror suspect acted alone on Sunday, revealing that the Taliban in Pakistan — known as Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan — hatched and bankrolled the failed plot.
Discussion: CNN
Amy Gardner / Washington Post:
Tea party wins victory in Utah as incumbent GOP senator loses bid for nomination  —  The national “tea party” movement toppled its first incumbent Saturday as long-serving Sen. Robert F. Bennett was defeated at the Utah Republican Party's nominating convention, the most powerful demonstration yet …
Dan / Riehl World View:
The Fall-Out From Utah  —  Most media coverage on today's Utah …
Brock Vergakis / Associated Press:
US Sen. Bob Bennett ousted at Utah GOP convention
Discussion: Eunomia and Outside The Beltway
Josh Gerstein / Josh Gerstein's Blog:
Miranda defender Holder now backs changes  —  Attorney General Eric Holder is endorsing the idea of modifying Miranda rights in terrorism investigations—a curious stance in light of the fervor with which Holder and other administration officials have been arguing recently that administering Miranda rights is no obstacle to such cases.
Nico Pitney / The Huffington Post:
Eric Holder: Miranda Rights Should Be Modified For Terrorism Suspects
Political Punch:
Holder: AZ Immigration Law Not Racist
Discussion: Mediaite
Agence France Presse:
Obama bemoans ‘diversions’ of IPod, Xbox era  —  HAMPTON, Virginia — US President Barack Obama lamented Sunday that in the iPad and Xbox era, information had become a diversion that was imposing new strains on democracy, in his latest critique of modern media.
Frank Rich / New York Times:
They Don't Report.  You Don't Have to Decide.  —  “DESPITE the major environmental disaster unfolding in the Gulf and the attempted terror attack on New York's Times Square, President Obama spent his Saturday night laughing it up at the White House Correspondents Dinner,” griped Sean Hannity of Fox News last week.
Discussion: Prairie Weather and AmSpecBlog
John Mangels / Metro:
New analysis of 40-year-old recording of Kent State shootings reveals that Ohio Guard was given an order to prepare to fire … The Ohio National Guardsmen who fired on students and antiwar protesters at Kent State University on May 4, 1970 were given an order to prepare to shoot …
Discussion: TalkLeft and Crooks and Liars
Raquel Welch / CNN:
It's sex o'clock in America  —  Editor's note: Raquel Welch is a Golden Globe-winning film, TV and stage actress who has starred in 45 films, including “The Three Musketeers,” “Kansas City Bomber” and “Myra Breckinridge.”  On Broadway she starred in “Woman of the Year” and “Victor/Victoria” …
Discussion: DaTechguy's Blog
Jim Hoft / Gateway Pundit:
Obama Goes Golfing as Nashville Suffers From Biggest Disaster Since Civil War  —  Fore!  —  Barack Obama went golfing today as Nashville continued to suffer from the worst disaster since the Civil War.  —  It's a self-help disaster.  —  Newer Comments »  —  Alana  —  No Gravatar
Discussion: Sense of Events
Mark Lilla / New York Review of Books:
The Tea Party Jacobins  —  The Big Sort: Why the Clustering of Like-Minded America Is Tearing Us Apart  —  by Bill Bishop, with Robert G. Cushing Houghton Mifflin, 370 pp., $25.00; $15.95 (paper)  —  Comeback: Conservatism That Can Win Again  —  Doubleday, 213 pp., $24.95; $15.99 (paper)
Discussion: RedState and The New Ledger
Associated Press:
Obama oil response: aggressive as crisis unfolded  —  WASHINGTON — It was a two-day trip to the Midwest to talk about jobs and clean energy.  President Barack Obama didn't mention the drama unfolding in the Gulf of Mexico, where oil was gushing from a broken well pipe a mile beneath the sea.
Brad / Wonk Room:
Breaking: BP Effort To Use Dome To Contain Oil Disaster Fails
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Nicholas Blanford / Christian Science Monitor:
Hezbollah says it's ready for fresh war with Israel - and stronger now
The New Republic:
The Crisis Comes Ashore
Tory-Lib Dem coalition threatened by secret hardline memo on Europe
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Peter Berkowitz / Weekly Standard:
Harvard Law vs. Free Inquiry
Discussion: Power Line
Rasmussen Reports:
55% of Colorado Voters Favor Immigration Law Like Arizona's
Heather / Crooks and Liars:
Dick Morris: Huge Republican Gains are Going to All But do Away …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice