Happy Hour Roundup -- and Welcome!
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Happy Hour roundup:
* Surprise, surprise: The FBI says that the Times Square bomb suspect kept talking after being Mirandized:
Shahzad was initially questioned under a public safety exception to the Miranda rule and was cooperative, FBI Deputy Director John Pistole said at the news conference. He said Shahzad was later read his Miranda rights and "continued talking."
* But: Marco Rubio questions whether the suspect should have been Mirandized: "It all depends on how they are going to try him." Maybe Rubio doesn't know that this guy is a U.S. citizen and must be tried in civilian courts?
* Gallup finds more Americans are concerned about border control than about dealing with the illegal immigrants who are already here, but not by much.
* Here's one underappreciated reason Dems could still hang onto the House, unlike in 1994: This time around, Dem leaders are, you know, competent.
* Ken Vogel boils down the GOP dilemma: Just about everything the Republican base believes is "at odds with the majority of voters."
* Adam Serwer divines some darker motives behind the GOP criticism of the decision to Mirandize the Times Square suspect.
* Yglesias says that even if Obama wanted to seize on the Gulf spill to move energy reform, that wouldn't change the fact that a handful of Senators still hold the fate of the earth in the palms of their hands.
* Interesting: Senate Republicans are now swatting away the 'Cuda, saying they aren't into the phrase "drill, baby, drill."
What else is happening?
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May 4, 2010; 6:45 PM ET
Categories: Foreign policy and national security , Senate Dems , Senate Republicans
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