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8:30 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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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 …
Discussion: The Politico
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.
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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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.
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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
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  —  Big news: Yesterday, Sarah Palin endorsed Carly Fiorina to challenge Barbara Boxer for the U.S. Senate here in California.  —  Palin's endorsement is a giant, right-wing seal of approval for Fiorina's candidacy and could rally significant tea party support to her side.
Discussion: The Other McCain and The Hill
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
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
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 …
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
KPIX-TV:
Morgan Hill Students Rally After Flag Flap  —  MORGAN HILL (CBS 5 / AP / BCN) ― About 85 mostly Hispanic students staged a noon protest march through Morgan Hill on Thursday, one day after five students at Live Oak High School were sent home after showing up in clothing with American flags on Cinco de Mayo.
Discussion: The Volokh Conspiracy
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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.
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.
Norm Eisen / White House.gov Blog Feed:
A Limited Waiver for Bob Bauer  —  In the interest of transparency, we are posting a limited waiver of the Ethics Pledge that was granted today to Robert Bauer, Counsel to the President.  Counsels to the President of the United States ordinarily are in contact with the personal lawyers …
Discussion: The Hill and The Politico
Russell Berman / The Hill:
Transgender anti-discrimination bill becomes 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.
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
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
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.) …
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
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
 
 
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
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Frank Newport / Gallup:
Americans No Less Worried About Healthcare Costs
Discussion: Wonk Room and TPMDC
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
AN INANE LOOK AT THE NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER.... Yesterday …
Discussion: Fox News
John M. Broder / New York Times:
Graham Calls for ‘Pause’ in Pursuing Energy Bill
Discussion: Firedoglake and The Page
Meredith Shiner / The Politico:
GOP objects to 108 Obama nominees
General David H. Petraeus / American Enterprise …:
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Mark Penn's tragically timed case of Cleggmania
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Kentucky Poll: More voters unhappy with McConnell