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1:45 AM ET, May 8, 2010

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Charlie Savage / The Caucus:
White House Deputy Counsel Resigns  —  Daniel J. Meltzer, a top White House lawyer who has played a critical behind-the-scenes role in the administration legal team, is resigning next month and will return to his tenured position as a Harvard law school professor, the White House said on Friday.
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Salon:
The White House's Kagan talking points are wrong  —  We questioned Harvard Law's diversity record under Elena Kagan.  The White House pushed back.  But they got it wrong  —  Like everyone in the legal academy over the last decade, we have watched with admiration the amazing changes that Elena Kagan brought to Harvard Law School.
Chris Good / The Atlantic Online:
Kagan Could Be Hard to Hit  —  Solicitor General Elena Kagan is reportedly the overwhelming frontrunner to be picked by President Obama as his next Supreme Court nominee.  And if she is selected, conservatives could find it tough to mount an attack on her.  —  Critics will have significantly …
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 …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Kagan under fire on Goldman, minorities
Discussion: Row 2, Seat 4, Salon and Law Blog
McClatchy Washington Bureau:
U.S. officials: No credible evidence that terrorists trained Shahzad  —  WASHINGTON — No credible evidence has been found so far that the Pakistani-American man accused in the Times Square bombing plot received any serious terrorist training from the Pakistani Taliban or another radical Islamic group, six U.S. officials said Thursday.
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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 …
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, The Nation, Daily Kos and The Fix
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 …
iowahawk:
I Need Some Me Time  —  [ed. note: in a shocking turn of events, completely unforseeable even to media professionals with advanced degrees in journalism, Newsweek's brilliant strategy to reposition itself as an upscale journal of leftwing opinion has, against all odds, ended in defeat (Ace has more here).
Discussion: Pajamas Media and Commentary
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
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%.
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Christine Hauser / New York Times:
U.S. Adds 290,000 Jobs in April; Rate Rises to 9.9%
Tyler Durden / zero hedge:
MUST HEAR: Panic And Loathing From The S&P 500 Pits  —  “Guys this is probably the craziest I have seen it down here ever.”  Here it is, memorialized for the generations and away from the now openly ridiculous disinformation propaganda of the mainstream media, just what a full market meltdown panic sounds …
Dana Blanton / Fox News:
Fox News Poll: Arizona Was Right to Take Action on Immigration  —  Most American voters think Arizona was right to pass its own immigration law, and think the Obama administration should wait and see how the new law works rather than try to stop it, according to a Fox News poll released Friday.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
QUOTE OF THE DAY.... This morning, the Bureau of Labor Statistics released the best monthly jobs report in four years.  A total of 290,000 jobs were created in April — easily the strongest performance since the start of the Great Recession — and job creation in American manufacturing saw its biggest jump in 12 years.
Discussion: GOP.gov Blog
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.) …
Diana Furchtgott-Roth / RealClearMarkets:
Healthcare's Impact On the Low-Skilled Worker  —  Low-skilled workers have some of the highest unemployment rates in America.  Adults without high school diplomas face an unemployment rate of 14.5%, almost three times as high as rates for college graduates, and well above the national average of 9.7%.
Discussion: Power Line and GOP.gov Blog
Jed Lewison / Daily Kos:
Addicted to oil  —  Research 2000 for Daily Kos. 5/3-6.  Likely voters.  MoE 3%  —  Do you favor or oppose increasing offshore drilling for oil and gas in U.S. coastal areas?  —  Favor 60  —  Oppose 32  —  Not Sure 8  —  QUESTION: Does the recent Deep Horizon oil spill …
Discussion: Firedoglake and Think Progress
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.
Felix Salmon:
Deconstructing the crash  —  Bloomberg's Nina Mehta and Chris Nagi have an excellent explanation of the role of fragmented exchanges in yesterday's market crash.  The upshot is that something which was meant to make trading safer in fact made it more dangerous, just like portfolio insurance in 1987.
 
 
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Barbour, Weaver erupt: ‘Opportunist’; ‘Scalded apes’
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
AN INANE LOOK AT THE NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER.... Yesterday …
John M. Broder / New York Times:
Graham Calls for ‘Pause’ in Pursuing Energy Bill
Discussion: Firedoglake and The Page
Kos / Daily Kos:
IL-Sen: Illinois Dems slip
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Caroline Glick:
Time to plan for war  —  So much for US President Barack Obama's …
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