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It's been a week since Democrats broke a GOP financial reform filibuster, allowing debate on the legislation on the Senate floor. But debate means amendments, and amendments mean votes, and there have been precisely zero of those since the logjam broke. Why not? Apparently, it's because Repulbicans are unwilling to bring up their own amendments for the time being.

"This is really something," said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, visibly angry on the floor yesterday. "[The GOP] will not let us vote on amendments [they] offered, amendments that we've agreed to--they won't let us vote on them."

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Times Square bombing suspect Faisal Shahzad was put on the U.S government's no-fly list at approximately 12:30 p.m. Monday, and airlines were notified of the change three minutes later. At about 3 p.m. the FBI began surveilling Shahzad at his Connecticut apartment. And yet, several hours later -- after somehow eluding the FBI surveillance team -- he received a boarding pass for a flight from JFK to Dubai and made it on board before he was stopped. How'd that happen?

While details are still coming to light, it seems to be a failure at two levels: the FBI surveillance team tracking Shahzad somehow lost track of him, and the United Arab Emirates' national airline apparently didn't catch his name on an updated no-fly list until it was nearly too late.

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Stephen Colbert was not surprised last night to learn where Faisal Shahzad, the man who allegedly attempted to bomb Times Square, came from. "This Faisal character," he said "came from exactly where you'd expect -- Connecticut. When are we going to close that border?"

He added that his worst suspicions were confirmed when he saw a picture of Shahzad. "He's not just from Connecticut. He's a Connecticut douche bag."

Colbert also reported that a "heroic" Times Square sketch artist helped catch Shahzad by putting police on the tail of a "skateboarding tennis player with a giant head."

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Jon Stewart was upset last night when he heard that John McCain is opposed to reading Miranda rights to the man who allegedly attempted to bomb Times Square.

He choked up a little bit as he addressed McCain: "This next clip's gonna hurt me as much as it's gonna hurt you," before showing Glenn Beck saying he supports reading the man his Miranda rights.

Stewart then launched into a heartfelt rendition of "Memories."

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Israel Sees Talks Failing As George Mitchell Meets Netanyahu U.S. Middle East Envoy George Mitchell is set to meet today with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. At the same time, the Israeli government is openly predicting that indirect talks with the Palestinians would fail. "This won't work ... indirect talks, proximity talks will not yield results," said Intelligence Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Dan Meridor, in remarks published in the Jerusalem Post.

Obama's Day Ahead President Obama will receive the presidential daily briefing at 10 a.m. ET, and meet at 10:30 a.m. ET with senior advisers. He will meet at 11:15 a.m. ET with Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl (R-AZ), and at 11:45 a.m. ET with Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT). At 1:30 p.m. ET, he will deliver remarks and sign the Caregivers and Veterans Omnibus Health Services Act. At 6 p.m. ET, he will deliver remarks at a Cinco de Mayo reception.

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The New York Times has published an editors' note saying a front-page story questioning the scope of the oil spill "should have included more information" about the Gulf of Mexico Foundation, which was described as a "conservation group" without noting its close ties to the oil industry and Transocean, the owner of the rig that exploded.

The head of the Gulf of Mexico Foundation was quoted as saying: "The sky is not falling. We've certainly stepped in a hole and we're going to have to work ourselves out of it, but it isn't the end of the Gulf of Mexico."

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Gov. Charlie Crist's (I) predecessor in the Florida governor's mansion, Jeb Bush (R), has formally endorsed Marco Rubio in the U.S. Senate race.

The endorsement was a long time coming. Bush has been known as a tacit supporter of Rubio for months now, and has been out on the stump calling out Crist for supporting President Obama's economic stimulus and vetoing an education bill that was popular with Republicans.

Today, Bush made his support for Rubio official.

"With Marco, what you see is what you get," Bush said in a statement. "You can trust him to look you in the eye and tell you where he stands. And most of all, you can trust that his principles will not change every time the political winds shift direction."

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You might think that an oil spill of historic proportions that's just 50 miles from U.S. shores might create a groundswell of support in Congress for legislation designed to reduce the country's reliance on fossil fuels. But you'd be wrong.

In the peculiar world of the United States Senate, the Deepwater Horizon catastrophe has actually intensified existing divisions, drawing offshore drilling foes into growing conflict with oil patch Democrats and industry friendly members, who continue to support exploration, and incentives, for new drilling.

With oil still gushing from the well at a calamitous pace, a mile below the surface of the Gulf of Mexico, furious Senators threatened Tuesday to block any climate and energy bill that would lead to more drilling off the U.S. coast.

[TPM SLIDESHOW: Fire In The Gulf: New Pictures Of The Deepwater Horizon]

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