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7:50 PM ET, May 7, 2010

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Mike Allen / The Politico:
Obama's court pick is imminent — POTUS to seek line-item veto — Britain sorting out ‘hung parliament’ — Did Dow tank on ‘fat finger error’?  — Palin + Facebook = Yahtzee  —  DRIVING NEXT WEEK — Look for President Obama to name his Supreme Court pick Monday, and look …
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The Huffington Post:
Elena Kagan Will Be Obama's Supreme Court Pick: Mike Allen [UPDATE]  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  Updates below...  President Obama is expected to nominate Solicitor General and former Harvard Law dean Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court on Monday, Mike Allen reports.
Katharine Q. Seelye / New York Times:
Potential Court Pick Faced Dilemma at Harvard
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Kagan under fire on Goldman, minorities
Salon:
The White House's Kagan talking points are wrong
Discussion: Hullabaloo and The Daily Caller
Christine Hauser / New York Times:
U.S. Adds 290,000 Jobs in April; Rate Rises to 9.9%  —  The American economy added an unexpectedly strong 290,000 jobs in April, while the unemployment rate rose to 9.9 percent, the government said Friday.  —  Analysts had expected a gain of about 190,000 in the month.
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Phil Izzo / Real Time Economics:
Broader U-6 Unemployment Rate Increases to 17.1% in April  —  The U.S. jobless rate rose to 9.9% in April, the first increase in three months, but the government's broader measure of unemployment ticked up for the third month in a row, rising 0.2 percentage point to 17.1%.
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
AT LONG LAST, U.S. JOB MARKET STARTS TO LOOK PRETTY GOOD.... It seemed all but certain that the economy added jobs in April; the question was how many, and the extent to which the larger trend would be encouraging or discouraging.  —  With that in mind, the new from the Bureau of Labor Statistics offered …
Jeanne Cummings / The Politico:
Steele fires RNC finance director  —  Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele has fired the RNC's finance director, Rob Bickhart, on whose watch a controversial payment was made to a bondage nightclub in West Hollywood and the committee began having problems raising money from big donors.
Discussion: CNN, The Note and The Page
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Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
RNC cleans house in finance department
Discussion: The Caucus and Right Now
Sean J. Miller / Ballot Box:   RNC fires top finance officials as scandal fallout continues
Gary Langer / ABCNEWS:
Poll: Half of ‘Birthers’ Call It ‘Suspicion’  —  Obama's Birthplace Has Been Subject of Controversy Since Election  —  Fourteen percent of Americans say without prompting that they think Barack Obama was born in another country, rising to one in five when those with no opinion are offered that as a possibility.
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Jon Cohen / Behind the Numbers:
Sizing up the “birthers”  —  Asked an open-ended question …
Discussion: Right Now, Daily Kos, The Nation and The Fix
Kevin Bogardus / The Hill:
Coburn objects to black and Native American farmer settlements  —  Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) stopped a Senate hotline Friday for funds to compensate black and Native American farmers discriminated against by the Agriculture Department (USDA).  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) …
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Meredith Shiner / The Politico:
GOP objects to 108 Obama nominees
Discussion: Hotline On Call and Wonkette
Ezra Klein:
Secret holds are not the problem (but the Democrats would like …
Dean Baker / TPMCafe:
Unwashed Masses 1, Fed 0: Sanders Scores  —  The effort to audit the Fed got a big boost last night when Senator Bernie Sanders reached an agreement with Chris Dodd, the chair of the banking committee.  Under the deal, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) would undertake a full audit …
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General David H. Petraeus / American Enterprise …:
The Surge of Ideas  —  COINdinistas and Change in the U.S. Army in 2006 … Good evening to you all.  Thanks for that warm welcome.  And thanks, Arthur, for that very kind introduction.  —  Earlier today, as I was talking with my wife about tonight's speech, she reminded me of a story …
Discussion: AmSpecBlog
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David Brooks / New York Times:
Leading With Two Minds
Discussion: democracyarsenal.org
Ynetnews:
Judge Goldstone's dark past  —  Yedioth Ahronoth investigation reveals man preaching human rights, who authored scathing report against Israel's operation in Gaza, sent at least 28 black defendants to gallows as South African judge under Apartheid regime  —  Tehiya Barak  —  Latest Update:
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The Atlantic Online:
Richard Goldstone, Hanging Judge
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Prominent GOP pollster: Times Square bomb scare gives Republicans an “opportunity”  —  Whit Ayres is a prominent Republican pollster who has co-founded something called “Resurgent Republic,” which bills itself as a message testing outfit for GOP lawmakers — part of an effort by Republicans …
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Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Al Franken takes over the U.S. Senate floor to explain a newspaper cartoon to the waiting nation  —  All we can say is thank goodness Minnesota's newest Democratic U.S. senator, Al Franken, was on duty Thursday.  —  We were poring through one of America's most glorious man-caused treasures …
Discussion: Hot Air
Joe / Joe. My. God.:
My Interview With Jo-Vanni Roman  —  Around 1am this morning I got tipped by one of the guys at Unzipped that Jo-Vanni Roman was finally ready to speak with me.  Five minutes later I had him on the phone from Fort Lauderdale, but not before I alerted Father Tony to be ready to rush over to him immediately for a video interview.
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Sue Lowden now running TV ad claiming (wrongly) that chickens-for-checkups was “out of context”  —  Wow.  If it's Friday afternoon, it's time for the latest installment in chickens-for-checkups.  And this is one of the best yet.  —  Over a month after this controversy first cracked …
Discussion: Daily Kos and TPMDC
Kos / Daily Kos:
IL-Sen: Illinois Dems slip  —  Research 2000 for Daily Kos. 5/3-5.  Likely voters.  MoE 4% (2/22-24 results)  —  Senate  —  Alexi Giannoulias (D) 38 (43)  —  Mark Kirk (R) 41 (36)  —  Governor  —  Pat Quinn (D) 36 (46)  —  Bill Brady (R) 39 (35)  —  Pat Quinn (D) 35  —  Bill Brady (R) 39
Discussion: Scared Monkeys and TPMDC
Russell Berman / The Hill:
Transgender anti-discrimination bill is a tough sell for centrist Dems  —  Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the Democratic leadership are pushing legislation, written by Rep. Barney Frank, that would made it illegal for employers to discriminate against transgendered people.
Cristina Silva / MiamiHerald.com:
Push for Florida bestiality law goes ‘back to square one’  —  Lawmakers fail to address a proposed law banning bestiality, worried about being accused of wasting time on an outrageous topic.  —  TALLAHASSEE — From every angle, a ban on bestiality, long pushed by state prosecutors …
Discussion: Think Progress
Megan McArdle / The Atlantic Online:
This is Your War on Drugs  —  Andrew has already posted this, and I'm late to the game because I couldn't bring myself to watch it, but nonetheless, I feel compelled to remark.  Yes, folks, this is your war on drugs:  —  After he watched it, my more temperate better half was literally shaking with anger.
Discussion: alicublog
Edwin Mora / CNSNews:
Pelosi: It's Cheaper to Treat Teens for Drug Use Than Interdict Drugs at Border  —  (CNSNews.com) - While pointing out that it is the responsibility of the federal government to secure the U.S.-Mexico border, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D.-Calif.) said Thursday it is cheaper to treat teens …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
AN INANE LOOK AT THE NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER.... Yesterday was the official “National Day of Prayer,” held annually on the first Thursday in May by congressional decree.  The “holiday,” such as it is, was a little more noticeable this year than most because of a recent federal court ruling …
John McCormack / Weekly Standard:
Rick Sanchez's Ron Burgundy Moment  —  CNN's Rick Sanchez apparently suffers from the same condition as Will Ferrell's character Ron Burgundy did in the movie Anchorman—he'll read anything written on a teleprompter.  When a the teleprompter told Sanchez earlier this week to ad lib a tease …
Discussion: NewsBusters.org and Hot Air
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Grand Old Party  —  For reasons that have always struck me as paradoxical, one place where Republicans totally excel Democrats is in their ability to survive sex scandals.  Admittedly, Bill Clinton managed to get that ball pretty far down the field for the Democrats in the 1990s.  God bless'em.
 
 
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Diana Furchtgott-Roth / RealClearMarkets:
Healthcare's Impact On the Low-Skilled Worker
Discussion: Power Line and GOP.gov Blog
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
QUOTE OF THE DAY.... This morning, the Bureau of Labor Statistics …
Discussion: GOP.gov Blog
Frank Newport / Gallup:
Americans No Less Worried About Healthcare Costs
Discussion: Wonk Room and TPMDC
John M. Broder / New York Times:
Graham Calls for ‘Pause’ in Pursuing Energy Bill
Discussion: CNN and The Page
David Weigel / Right Now:
Mark Penn's tragically timed case of Cleggmania
Halimah Abdullah / Lexington Herald-Leader:
Kentucky Poll: More voters unhappy with McConnell
Caroline Glick:
Time to plan for war  —  So much for US President Barack Obama's …
Discussion: Atlas Shrugs and protein wisdom
 Earlier Items: 
Catherine Rampell / Economix:
Comparing This Recession to Previous Ones: Job Changes
Discussion: Eschaton