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8:25 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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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 …
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 …
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 :
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 …
New York Times:
Kagan's Climb Is Marked by Confidence and Canniness  —  WASHINGTON — She was a creature of Manhattan's liberal, intellectual Upper West Side — a smart, witty girl who was bold enough at 13 to challenge her family's rabbi over her bat mitzvah, cocky (or perhaps prescient) …
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.”
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.
John Aravosis / AMERICAblog News:
GOP attacks Kagan by defending slavery. Seriously.
Americans For Truth:
If Elena Kagan Is a Lesbian, She Should Say So because Public Has a Right to Know
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Obama's natural choice of Kagan
Ezra Klein:
Will the court 'become a conscious agent overturning progressive laws …
Discussion: Hullabaloo
New York Times:
Obama Picks Kagan, Scholar but Not Judge, for Court Seat
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Fixed Terms for SCOTUS
Ann Althouse / Althouse:
Elena Kagan said “There is no federal constitutional right …
Jon Ward / The Daily Caller:
White House bristles at mention of Elena Kagan's sexuality …
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Durbin: GOP could delay Kagan confirmation into August
Discussion: TPMDC
New York Times:
Obama Is Said to Choose Elena Kagan for the Supreme Court
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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Mike / Maine Politics:
Maine Republicans Adopt Tea Party Platform  —  An overwhelming majority of delegates to the Maine Republican convention tonight voted to scrap the the proposed party platform and replace it with a document created by a group of Tea Party activists.  —  The official platform for the Republican Party …
Ethan Wilensky-Lanford / Portland Press-Herald:
Activists redefine GOP platform
Discussion: TPMDC and Riehl World View
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
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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Jack Healy / New York Times:
Brown Announces New Talks and End of His Tenure
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.
Reid Wilson / Hotline On Call:
DCCC Pulls Out Of Hawaii  —  The DCCC is pulling out of the race to replace ex-Rep. Neil Abercrombie (D-HI), effectively ceding the heavily Dem seat to the GOP as intra-party feuding splits the vote.  —  “The DCCC will not be investing additional resources in the HI-01 (Abercrombie-open) special election.
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Sean J. Miller / Ballot Box:
DCCC pulls out of Hawaii special election
Discussion: CNN
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.
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.
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
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 …
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
Op-Ed Columnist: Divorce and Abortion: Red States and Blue States  —  Fifty years ago, American family structures were remarkably uniform.  The rich married at roughly the same rate as the poor and middle class.  Divorce rates were low for the college educated and high school graduates alike.
Discussion: pandagon.net
 
 
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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
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Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Gulf spill could boost energy reform
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Felix Salmon:
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Paul Krugman / New York Times:
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