Daily News Report 5/5/2010

Tea party groups battling allegations of racism

As several states with active “tea party” groups prepare to hold important primary elections this month, the movement is struggling to overcome accusations of racism that are tinting perceptions of this loose network of conservatives.

Questions in New York: The administration owes some answers on how it handled a bomb plot suspect.

IN THE PAST two days, the Obama administration has released significant amounts of information about its arrest of Faisal Shahzad, the man accused of trying to detonate a car bomb in New York’s Times Square. The most significant assertions: Mr. Shahzad, a Pakistani-born, naturalized U.S. citizen, received bomb training in Waziristan when he traveled to Pakistan late last year and has confessed to being responsible for making and trying to detonate the makeshift bomb.

Probe’s focus shifts to Pakistani Taliban

Federal investigators focused Tuesday on the possible involvement of the Pakistani Taliban in the failed Times Square bombing as they pieced together clues and charged a suspect who was pulled off an airplane as he headed to his native Pakistan, according to court documents and law enforcement sources.

U.S. exempted BP rigs from impact analysis

The Interior Department exempted BP’s calamitous Gulf of Mexico drilling operation from a detailed environmental impact analysis last year, according to government documents, after three reviews of the area concluded that a massive oil spill was unlikely.

No Audit

Sanders’s amendment is the Senate corollary to Ron Paul’s House bill. Read more here. The socialist senator and the conservative congressman can agree, but the White House is siding with big finance. No Audit It’s on:

Obama administration officials have declined to weigh in on specific amendments to the financial reform bill, with one exception: Sanders’ move to audit the Federal Reserve. Fed and administration officials have signaled they would fight to stop it at all costs.

Will Obama blame Bush for BP Oil Spill?

Incline your ears to the political winds of hope and change and you will hear a growing drumbeat of Obama’s “blame Bush” doctrine for the recent gulf oil rig disaster.

In an effort to divert attention from his administration’s late response to the oil rig disaster, it’s almost guaranteed that President Obama will try and take political advantage of the crisis instead of actually dealing with it.

Oil from Gulf spill may even reach Miami-scientist

Crude from the massive Gulf of Mexico oil spill could eventually slosh ashore on Miami Beach or North Carolina’s barrier islands, if it connects with a powerful sea current, an oceanographer said on Tuesday.

Dems expolit oil rig explosion that killed 11 Americans to raise $$$...

Petitioning the White House to keep doing what it’s doing is a bit of an odd stance, but the world of political email is always a bit detached from reality, and petitions are a great way both of harvesting email addresses and of bringing supporters smoothly onto the contribution page, which is where a petition signature takes you.

Police cameras to flood Manhattan to prevent attacks

NEW YORK — New York officials say they could stop attacks like the attempted Times Square car bomb by expanding a controversial surveillance system so sensitive that it will pick up even suspicious behavior.

New York is already a heavily policed city, with 35,000 officers and a counterterrorism bureau — the first of its kind in the country — partnering the FBI.

A Star Is Made

Scientists at a government lab here are trying to use the world’s largest laser — it’s the size of three football fields — to set off a nuclear reaction so intense that it will make a star bloom on the surface of the Earth.

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