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7:20 PM ET, May 8, 2010


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Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Utah Sen. Bob Bennett loses convention fight  —  Utah Sen. Bob Bennett lost his bid to be nominated for a fourth term Saturday, defeated at the state Republican Party convention amid a strong conservative sentiment that threatens to unseat other establishment-backed Republicans in the months to come.
Brock Vergakis / Associated Press:
US Sen. Bob Bennett ousted at Utah GOP convention  —  SALT LAKE CITY — Republican U.S. Sen. Bob Bennett of Utah has lost his bid to serve a fourth term after failing to advance past the GOP state convention.  —  Attorney Mike Lee and businessman Tim Bridgewater are the remaining Republican candidates after Saturday's vote.
Reid Wilson / Hotline On Call:
Bennett Won't Appear On Senate Ballot  —  Sen. Bob Bennett (R-UT) has lost the battle for a fourth term in office after delegates to the UT GOP convention refused to renominate him on Saturday, a highly-placed source with knowledge of the vote count tells Hotline OnCall.
Sean J. Miller / Ballot Box:
Sen. Bennett struggles to be heard at Utah GOP convention  —  Utah Sen. Bob Bennett (R) made his final pitch to delegates at the state party convention in Salt Lake City Saturday.  There was just one problem — almost no one could hear him.  —  Bennett was the only candidate without …
Discussion: CNN and Deseret News
Reid Wilson / Hotline On Call:
Bennett Third On First UT SEN Ballot  —  Sen. Bob Bennett (R-UT) is in jeopardy of losing his bid for a fourth term as delegates to the UT GOP convention begin casting their second ballots, becoming the first victim of a growing anger at incumbents in DC.  —  Despite a last-minute push …
David Catanese / The Politico:
Sen. Bennett loses GOP nomination  —  SALT LAKE CITY- Sen. Robert Bennett lost his party's nomination during the second round of voting at the GOP state convention Saturday, marking the fall of the first incumbent this volatile midterm election cycle.  —  Bennett finished in third place …
David Weigel / Right Now:
Sen. Bob Bennett loses nomination battle at Utah GOP convention  —  Sen. Bob Bennett (R-Utah) lost his bid for a fourth term today after being eliminated in the second ballot of Utah's Republican convention.  Bennett came in third with 26% of the vote behind businessman Tim Bridgewater with 37% and lawyer Mike Lee with 36%.
Stu Woo / Wall Street Journal:
Sen. Bennett Loses Nomination Bid
Discussion: TPMDC, Ballot Access News and The Page
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
The latest on Elena Kagan  —  I've laid out my case against Elena Kagan as thoroughly as I could, but with several anonymous (i.e., unreliable) reports percolating that she's the likely choice and could be announced as early as Monday, it's worthwhile to note several recent items from others pertaining to her selection:
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 …
Discussion: Moe Lane and Taylor Marsh
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.
Mark Steyn / National Review:   Faisal Shahzad, Subprime Terrorist?
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.
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 …
Jesse Lee / White Blog Feed:
Weekly Address: Health Reform Starts to Kick In
Discussion: The Politico and Politics Daily
Roxana Tiron / The Hill:
Gates: Military spending should be subjected to harsher scrutiny  —  Defense Secretary Robert Gates is warning Congress and the Pentagon brass that military spending must receive harsh scrutiny in the face of the nation's tough economic times and large deficit.
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
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: Hot Air, NewsReal Blog and Atlas Shrugs
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 …
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
David Ignatius / Washington Post:
Reasons to be anxious about Afghanistan
Discussion: and Swampland
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Heather / Crooks and Liars:
Dick Morris: Huge Republican Gains are Going to All But do Away …
Press Association:
Methane bubble blamed for oil spill
Discussion: Wonk Room and Climate Progress
Joe Gandelman / The Moderate Voice:
Male Robber Wearing Burka Sparks Debate in Australia Over Banning the Burka
Discussion: HeraldSun, ABC News 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 …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and Open Left
Liz Robbins / City Room:
Staten Island Ferry Crashes Into Dock
Amanda Terkel / Think Progress:
The BP Oil Spill's Toll On Gulf Coast Wildlife: ‘All Bets Are Off’
Discussion: WWL-TV, The Impolitic and Wonk Room
 Earlier Items: 
Julia Preston / New York Times:
Illegal Status of Army Spouses Often Leads to Snags
Discussion: ImmigrationProf Blog
Gail Collins / New York Times:
What Every Girl Should Know  —  A thousand years ago …
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: The Politico, The Caucus and CNN
Norm Eisen / White Blog Feed:
A Limited Waiver for Bob Bauer
Discussion: The Hill and The Politico
Rose / Barbara Boxer Blog:
Palin endorses Fiorina
Discussion: The Other McCain and The Hill