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3:25 PM ET, May 8, 2010

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Weekly Standard:
Don't Mention the War  —  Why does the Obama administration find it so hard to utter the words ‘terrorism’ and ‘jihad’ and ‘Islamic extremism’?  —  On Saturday, May 1, a crude car bomb composed of gasoline canisters, propane tanks, fertilizer, and fireworks failed to detonate in Times Square.
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Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
The Left and Economics  —  According to Zeljka Buturovic and Dan Klein, people who self-identify as “progressive” have low levels of economic knowledge whereas those who self-identify as “libertarian” or “very conservative” rank very highly.  For reasons suggested by Tyler Cowen, I think that conclusion is nonsense.
William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
So Why Am I Already Defending Elena Kagan?  —  Strange.  I'm not sure I support Elena Kagan for the Supreme Court, assuming she is the nominee, but I'm already finding myself having to defend her.  —  If Elena Kagan were a liberal legal hero, with a long record of reaching the correct conclusions …
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Ilya Somin / The Volokh Conspiracy:
A Great Law School Dean Doesn't Have to be a Great Scholar
Chris Good / The Atlantic Online:
Kagan Could Be Hard to Hit
Gail Collins / New York Times:
What Every Girl Should Know  —  A thousand years ago, popular birth control methods in the Western world included spitting into the mouth of a frog, eating bees and wearing the testicles of a weasel.  In Córdoba, Spain, which was supposed to be on the scientific cutting edge …
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Ace / Ace of Spades HQ:
Oh the Irony: “America is Back!,” Baby, But The Magazine Proclaiming This Just Might Go Out of Business  —  Remember this?  Of course you do.  It was like three weeks ago.  You're morons, not retards.  —  Well, Newsweek's on the auction block, and the Washington Post Company's sales brochure …
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iowahawk:   I Need Some Me Time  —  [ed. note: in a shocking turn of events …
Charles Babington / Associated Press:
Obama says health care law already helps millions  —  WASHINGTON - The new health care law already is helping millions of people through tax breaks for small businesses and assistance for families with young adults, President Barack Obama said Saturday.  —  In his weekly radio and Internet address …
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Jesse Lee / White House.gov Blog Feed:
Weekly Address: Health Reform Starts to Kick In
Discussion: Politics Daily and The Politico
The New Republic:
The Crisis Comes Ashore  —  Why the oil spill could change everything.  —  The continuing undersea gusher of oil 50 miles off the shores of Louisiana is not the only source of dangerous uncontrolled pollution spewing into the environment.  Worldwide, the amount of man-made CO2 …
Discussion: Climate Progress and The Page
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Pelosi leads congressional delegation to Afghanistan to visit Karzai, McChrystal  —  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) arrived with a congressional delegation in Afghanistan on Saturday to meet with top officials there.  —  Pelosi led a delegation that arrived for meetings …
Discussion: CNN
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David Ignatius / Washington Post:
Reasons to be anxious about Afghanistan
Discussion: Newshoggers.com and Swampland
Charles M. Blow / New York Times:
Op-Ed Columnist: The Tea Party Tries to Outrun Race  —  Racist.  Tea Party.  —  Are those separate concepts or a single one?  Depends on whom you ask.  —  According to an article accompanying a Washington Post/ABC News poll released on Wednesday: “About 61 percent of tea party opponents …
Amanda Terkel / Think Progress:
The BP Oil Spill's Toll On Gulf Coast Wildlife: ‘All Bets Are Off’  —  Orange-colored oil from the April 22 BP spill in the Gulf of Mexico has reached Louisiana's fragile Chandeleur Islands, which are part of the Breton National Wildlife Refuge, an area that officials have now closed …
Discussion: The Impolitic, WWL-TV and Wonk Room
Julia Preston / New York Times:
Illegal Status of Army Spouses Often Leads to Snags  —  Lt. Kenneth Tenebro enlisted in the armed forces after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, signing up even before he became an American citizen.  —  He served one tour of duty in Iraq, dodging roadside bombs, and he would like to do another.
Discussion: ImmigrationProf Blog
New York Post:
We're bailing out Greece  —  US taxpayers will be helping to foot the bill for the Greek bailout, via the Interna tional Monetary Fund.  And if the Obama administration doesn't draw a clear line, Uncle Sam may soon be on the line for even more and larger European “rescues.”
Discussion: Atlas Shrugs and Hot Air
Liz Robbins / City Room:
Staten Island Ferry Crashes Into Dock  —  11:28 a.m. |  Updated At least 65 people were injured when a Staten Island Ferry crashed into the St. George terminal dock just past 9 a.m. on Saturday, police, fire and United States Coast Guard officials said.  —  There were no fatalities reported among …
Yahoo! News:
Palin backs Fiorina, faces tea party Facebook backlash  —  Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has made her Facebook page into a bully pulpit, issuing policy statements on such issues as nuclear proliferation and oil drilling.  Now she's learning that social media can be more than a one-way system …
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Rose / Barbara Boxer Blog:
Palin endorses Fiorina
Discussion: The Other McCain and The Hill
 
 
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Joe Gandelman / The Moderate Voice:
Male Robber Wearing Burka Sparks Debate in Australia Over Banning the Burka
Discussion: ABC News, HeraldSun and DAWN.COM
Karl / The Greenroom:
NBC's Brian Williams: “The world has no money and the emperor has no clothes.”
Simon Johnson / The Baseline Scenario:
Falling Back On Waterloo  —  By Simon Johnson, 13 Bankers …
Amy Merrick / Wall Street Journal:
Illinois Budget Woes Come to a Boil
Discussion: The Capitol Fax Blog
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Shelby: GOP really standing with small businesses in financial bill opposition
Discussion: CNN, The Politico and The Caucus
Norm Eisen / White House.gov Blog Feed:
A Limited Waiver for Bob Bauer
Discussion: The Hill and The Politico
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Charlie Savage / The Caucus:
White House Deputy Counsel Resigns
Dana Blanton / Fox News:
Fox News Poll: Arizona Was Right to Take Action on Immigration
John McCormack / Weekly Standard:
Rick Sanchez's Ron Burgundy Moment
Discussion: Hot Air and NewsBusters.org