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10:40 PM ET, May 10, 2010

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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
So Is She Gay?  —  It is no more of an empirical question than whether she is Jewish.  We know she is Jewish, and it is a fact simply and rightly put in the public square.  If she were to hide her Jewishness, it would seem rightly odd, bizarre, anachronistic, even arguably self-critical or self-loathing.
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Jane Hamsher / The Politico:
Wrath of the angry left  —  How hard will Senate Republicans fight the Kagan Supreme Court nomination?  Will legal lefties vent their anger at the White House for not picking a full-throated liberal progressives to battle Scalia and Alito?  —  Blogger, firedoglake.com and liberal activist :
Doug Heye / GOP.com:
The Problem With Kagan's “Defective” Quotation  —  Democrats and their allies on the Left and in the media are jumping on Chairman Steele's statement on Solicitor General Elena Kagan this morning, in which he raised concerns about “her support [in a law review article] for statements suggesting …
Russell Berman / The Hill:
RNC uses Thurgood Marshall speech to attack Supreme Court nominee Kagan  —  Republicans are questioning Elena Kagan's ties to a liberal icon and the nation's first African-American Supreme Court justice, Thurgood Marshall.  —  In its first memo to reporters since Kagan's nomination …
Jeffrey Toobin / News Desk:
Elena Kagan's Nomination  —  President Obama is set to nominate Elena Kagan, the Solicitor General, to the Supreme Court today.  —  I should make a disclosure.  I met Elena on our first day of law school at Harvard in the fall of 1983.  We were introduced by a mutual friend …
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Top Strategist Advises GOP To Prolong SCOTUS Fight To Block Obama Agenda  —  Liberals have been warning President Obama for weeks that Republicans and conservative activists would fight and seek to delay confirmation of his Supreme Court nominee no matter whom he picked.  Turns out they were right.
Roland S. Martin / CNN:
Opinion: A diversity double-standard  —  Editor's note: Roland S. Martin, a CNN political analyst, is a nationally syndicated columnist and author of “Listening to the Spirit Within: 50 Perspectives on Faith” and the new book “The First: President Barack Obama's Road to the White House.”
Jon Ward / The Daily Caller:
White House bristles at mention of Elena Kagan's sexuality, and says it will reach ‘accommodation’ on releasing memos  —  Top White House officials bristled Monday when asked whether they think Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan's sexuality will become an issue in her confirmation hearings.
Ezra Klein:
Will the court ‘become a conscious agent overturning progressive laws the way the court was before the New Deal’?  —  Simon Lazarus is public policy counsel to the National Senior Citizens Law Center and a frequent commentator on the Supreme Court and the intersection of the law and economic and labor issues.
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Jon Ward / The Daily Caller:
Elena Kagan no longer thinks Supreme Court nominees should have to answer direct questions  —  The White House Monday said that Supreme Court nominee won't follow her own advice from 1995 in answering questions on specific legal cases or issues, supporting Kagan's flip flop on the issue that she first made a year ago.
Josh Gerstein / The Politico:
Kagan's scant writings spark concern
Discussion: The Atlantic Online and News Desk
Americans For Truth:
If Elena Kagan Is a Lesbian, She Should Say So because Public Has a Right to Know
New York Times:
Obama Picks Kagan, Scholar but Not Judge, for Court Seat
John Aravosis / AMERICAblog News:
GOP attacks Kagan by defending slavery. Seriously.
New York Times:
Kagan's Climb Is Marked by Confidence and Canniness
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Obama's natural choice of Kagan
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Fixed Terms for SCOTUS
Brad Thor / Big Government:
EXCLUSIVE: Mullah Omar Captured!  —  Through key intelligence sources in Afghanistan and Pakistan, I have just learned that reclusive Taliban leader and top Osama bin Laden ally, Mullah Omar has been taken into custody.  —  According to the State Department's Rewards for Justice Program …
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Fox News:
Clinton Accuses Pakistani Officials of Holding Back on Bin Laden Intelligence  —  Secretary of State Hillary Clinton accused members of the Pakistani government over the weekend of practically harboring Usama bin Laden, raising questions about whether the U.S. is pushing hard enough …
Discussion: CBS News
Jim Galloway / Political Insider:
The Governator at Emory: 'I was going to speak in Arizona, but I thought I'd be deported'  —  California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger greets graduates at Emory University.  John Spink/AJC  —  California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger gave the commencement address at Emory University on Monday.
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Kevin Yamamura / Capitol Alert:
Schwarzenegger makes Arizona joke at commencement
Discussion: Think Progress and Ballot Box
Erick Erickson / RedState:
The Great Disentangling Has Begun: What Bob Bennett's Defeat Means and Does Not  —  I'd like to think I might have some idea of what Bob Bennett's defeat means and does not mean.  —  After all, as with Marco Rubio, Doug Hoffman, and Marlin Stutzman, before others noticed, I was beating the drum …
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Ethan Wilensky-Lanford / Portland Press-Herald:
Activists redefine GOP platform
Discussion: TPMDC and Riehl World View
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Confirmed: Apple and AT&T signed five-year iPhone exclusivity deal — but is it still valid?  —  The term of Apple and AT&T's iPhone exclusivity deal has long been a mystery — although USA Today reported a five-year arrangement when the original iPhone came out in 2007 …
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
New McCain ad: You cannot be serious  —  I don't know what to say, guys.  I'm genuinely speechless.  Pandering is one thing, shameless careerist pandering is something else, and then there's John “Goddamned Fence” McCain marching along the border in a badass Navy baseball cap looking …
Aljean Harmetz / New York Times:
Lena Horne, Singer and Actress, Dies at 92  —  Lena Horne, who was the first black performer to be signed to a long-term contract by a major Hollywood studio and who went on to achieve international fame as a singer, died on Sunday night at New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center in New York.
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Adam Bernstein / Washington Post:
Lena Horne dies at 92; performer altered Hollywood's image of black women
Discussion: PopEater, Guardian and Politics Daily
BBC:
Brown to quit as UK Labour Party leader  —  Gordon Brown is to step down as Labour leader  —  Gordon Brown is to step down as Labour leader by September - as his party opens formal talks with the Lib Dems about forming a government.  —  His announcement came as he and the Conservatives woo …
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John F. Burns / New York Times:
Brown Says He'll Resign to Help Labour
Robert J. Samuelson / Washington Post:
The welfare state's death spiral  —  What we're seeing in Greece is the death spiral of the welfare state.  This isn't Greece's problem alone, and that's why its crisis has rattled global stock markets and threatens economic recovery.  Virtually every advanced nation, including the United States, faces the same prospect.
Mark Landsbaum / orangepunch.freedomblogging.com:
Whitman lead shrinking dramatically  —  Not long ago Meg Whitman had such a huge lead - 50 points - over Steve Poizner for the GOP nomination for governor, many folks thought the race was over and started sizing up her chances against the Democrats' Jerry Brown.
Discussion: Right Now and Hullabaloo
David S. Hilzenrath / Washington Post:
Limits to be placed on insurance coverage for dependents  —  Regulations drafted by the Obama administration show that there is a limit to the new requirement that health plans allow families to keep young adults on their policies up to age 26.  —  “The new policy applies only to health insurance plans …
Discussion: Firedoglake and Riehl World View
Megan McArdle / The Atlantic Online:
Greek Bailouts: What are They Good For?  —  I vividly remember taking a class on terrorism in college, in which the professor memorably pointed out, as we were knee deep in debate over The Troubles, “None of you are asking the obvious question: Why the heck do the British want to stay in Northern Ireland?
Discussion: Marginal Revolution
Larry O'Connor / Big Journalism:
Media Take Note: In Arizona County, Of 64 Highway Chases Last Month, Not One Perp a U.S. Citizen  —  As media elites in their Sixth Avenue towers look down and tut-tut about those racist reactionaries in Arizona, the real people who have to deal with the real-world problems and ramifications …
The Rothenberg / The Rothenberg Political Report:
TX17: New GOP Poll Has Bad News for Chet Edwards  —  A new Republican poll obtained by the Rothenberg Political Report shows ten-term Democratic Congressman Chet Edwards (Texas 17) trailing challenger Bill Flores (R) by a dozen points.  But Edwards, who isn't releasing his own survey …
 
 
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ConservativeHome / thetorydiary:
We are currently witnessing the best advert against changing the electoral system
Discussion: Hot Air and Left Foot Forward
John Herrman / Gizmodo:
Sprint Won't Sell the Nexus One
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Sen. Warner: Democrats will take on Fannie and Freddie reform next year
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Online:
Young Republican Fed. Chair Resigns
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Poizner attacks from right on immigration
Discussion: CNN
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Gulf spill could boost energy reform
Discussion: Daily Kos and Climate Progress
Jamison Foser / Media Matters for America:
Kathryn Jean Lopez' SCOTUS quotas
Leonard Greene / New York Post:
iPad is iBad for democracy, Obama tells graduates
Discussion: Mediaite and Commentary
 Earlier Items: 
Dan / Riehl World View:
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Transcript of President Barack Obama's Commencement Address at Hampton University
New York Times:
Hedge Funds' Leaders Rally for Charter Schools
Discussion: Firedoglake and Eduwonk
Reid Wilson / Hotline On Call:
DCCC Pulls Out Of Hawaii
John / Power Line:
Are the Feds Trying to Nationalize Your Retirement Savings?
Discussion: Viking Pundit
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
Op-Ed Columnist: Divorce and Abortion: Red States and Blue States
Discussion: pandagon.net and Shakesville