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8:00 PM ET, May 5, 2010


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New York Post:
Taliban lackey's twisted mission  —  It was payback.  —  The Connecticut man charged yesterday with the botched Times Square car bombing confessed to trying to slaughter innocent people in retaliation for US drone attacks that wiped out the leadership of his beloved Taliban, The Post has learned.
Byron York / Beltway Confidential:
For Justice Department, Times Square case is Christmas Day all over again
Discussion: neo-neocon
Scott Shane / New York Times:
Security Lapses Let Bomb Suspect Board Plane
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
What did authorities know about Faisal Shahzad?
CBS News:
Faisal Shahzad's Motive Shrouded in Mystery
Discussion: CBS News, The Jawa Report and RedState
David Rogers / The Politico:
Obey won't seek reelection  —  In a major blow to Democrats, House Appropriations Committee Chairman David Obey announced that he will not seek reelection, saying he is “ready to turn the page” after a four-decade House career.  —  The Wisconsin Democrat faces tough poll numbers at home …
Kristi Keck / CNN:
Retiring congressman: ‘Frankly, I am bone tired’
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Why Pennsylvania's special election matters more
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Schumer comes out against Lieberman's citizenship-stripping plan  —  Okay, it turns out that Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y) is not supporting Connecticut independent Sen. Joe Lieberman's new proposal to strip the citizenship of those who are involved with terror groups.
Discussion: The Hill, TPMDC and TalkLeft
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Lieberman's Weird Citizenship-Stripping Proposal
Washington Post Co. to Sell Newsweek  —  Chairman Donald E. Graham cites multi-year losses.  ‘We are exploring all options to fix that problem,’ he said.  —  Newsweek Web Exclusive  —  The Washington Post Co. announced today that it has retained Allen & Company to explore the possible sale of NEWSWEEK magazine.
John Koblin / New York Observer:
Meacham on Buying Newsweek: 'I'm Going to Take a Look at This'
Discussion: Gawker and Real Clear Politics
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
Washington Post Co. to sell Newsweek
Discussion: Mediaite and Money & Company
Trey Kerby / Yahoo! Sports:
Suns to wear ‘Los Suns’ uniforms to honor Phoenix's Latino community  —  In general, people in the sports world keep their political leanings to themselves.  Sure, there are a few guys who regularly speak out on political issues, but for the most part that's considered bad business.
Scarce / Crooks and Liars:   Phoenix Suns' Steve Nash Says On ESPN Viva “Los Suns”
James Joyner / Outside The Beltway:
Los Suns Cinco de Mayo Jerseys
New York Times:
BP Says One Oil Leak of Three Is Shut Off  —  BATON ROUGE, La. — For the first time in several days, cleanup crews were able to conduct a controlled burn in two of the most concentrated areas of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, as a powerful device designed to capture the leaking oil was on its way to the site.
Discussion: Firedoglake, Gothamist and Truthdig
Washington Examiner:
Time for some oil spill perspective
Robert F. Kennedy Jr / The Huffington Post:
Robert F. Kennedy Jr.: Sex, Lies and Oil Spills
Discussion: Emptywheel
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
President Obama's non-visit to New Jersey; Inside the revealing story …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Nice Deb
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Thune: Corker breaks ranks because he ‘understands’ issues  —  In either a garbled thought or one of the great, classic gaffes, John Thune suggests that his colleague Bob Corker breaks from the party line a lot because he actually thinks about policy:  —  “I think he's a guy who's willing …
Discussion: Swampland
Ezra Klein:
The man who knew too much  —  I think John Thune's explanation …
Discussion: Free exchange
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
QUOTE OF THE DAY.... Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) has shown slightly …
Discussion: The Politico
Erika Lovley / The Politico:
Obama biggest recipient of BP cash  —  While the BP oil geyser pumps millions of gallons of petroleum into the Gulf of Mexico, President Barack Obama and members of Congress may have to answer for the millions in campaign contributions they've taken from the oil and gas giant over the years.
Radley Balko / Hit & Run:
Video of SWAT Raid on Missouri Family  —  In February, I wrote the following about a drug raid in Missouri: … Now there's video, which you can watch below.  It's horrifying, but I'd urge you to watch it, and to send it to the drug warriors in your life.
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Reid: GOP is ‘making love to Wall Street’  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) accused Republicans Wednesday of “making love to Wall Street.”  —  Reid charged that Republicans are stalling action on a Wall Street reform bill because “they are having difficulty determining how they're …
Discussion: CNN, Gateway Pundit and Weasel Zippers
Reid Wilson / Hotline On Call:
Dem Turnout Falls Off A Cliff  —  Turnout among Dem voters dropped precipitously in 3 statewide primaries on Tuesday, giving the party more evidence that their voters lack enthusiasm ahead of midterm elections.  —  In primaries in NC, IN and OH, Dems turned out at far lower rates than they have in previous comparable elections.
Amy Schatz / Wall Street Journal:
New U.S. Push to Regulate Internet  —  WASHINGTON—In a move that will stoke a battle over the future of the Internet, the federal government plans to propose regulating broadband lines under decades-old rules designed for traditional phone networks.  —  The decision, by Federal Communications …
Casey B. Mulligan / Economix:
Was It Really a Bubble?  —  Casey B. Mulligan is an economics professor at the University of Chicago.  —  Adjusted for inflation, residential property values were still higher at the end of 2009 than 10 years ago.  This fact raises the possibility that at least part of the housing boom …
George Stephanopoulos / George's Bottom Line:
Ahmadinejad: Bin Laden Lives in DC  —  That strange claim was only one of the highlights of my feisty 30 minute talk with the Iranian president Tuesday morning at the Millennium Hotel across from the United Nations.  —  It didn't take long to get contentious, starting with my first question …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Fox refuses climate ad  —  Fox News last week refused to carry an advertisement from the liberal group VoteVets on the grounds that it was “too confusing,” a spokesman for the group said.  —  The ad, above, seeks to make the familiar case that climate legislation would have national security benefits …
Wall Street Journal:
Greece Is Paralyzed  —  ATHENS—A nationwide general strike paralyzed Greece on Wednesday as protests against the government's recently announced austerity measures turned violent, with an apparent firebomb attack on a central Athens bank killing three people.
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Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Republican Advantage in 2010 Voting Enthusiasm Shrinks
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Fed Independence is Hurt by Poor Performance, Not Poor Legislative Outreach
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Dismiss the Tea Parties at Your Peril — They're a Force to Be Reckoned With
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Christina Wilkie / The Hill:
WH adviser leaves for Bloomberg News
Discussion: The Swamp
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Kentucky Senate Tightening
Discussion: Real Clear Politics and Daily Kos
 Earlier Items: 
Paul Vitello / New York Times:
On Israel, Jews and Leaders Often Disagree
Discussion: Commentary and TPMCafe
Retracto / Big Journalism:
About that ‘N-Word’ Story: High Time for McClatchy To Put Up or Shut Up
Discussion: Power Line
Ruth Marcus / Washington Post:
In Arizona, election reform's surprising consequences
Charles Murray / New York Times:
Why Charter Schools Fail the Test