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5:05 AM ET, May 11, 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 …
John Tabin / AmSpecBlog:
A Brief History of Andrew Sullivan's Confusion Over The Politics of The Closet  —  I'm sure this post by Andrew Sullivan, about rumors that Elena Kagan is a lesbian, will get a lot of attention.  Sullivan asks if Obama is “going to use a Supreme Court nominee to advance the cause of the closet”:
Robert C. Clark / Wall Street Journal:
Kagan and the Military: What Really Happened  —  As dean, she upheld a policy already in place.  —  With the announcement of Elena Kagan as nominee for the open seat on the Supreme Court, comments both sound and foolish are sure to flood the media.  In the prior category is the observation …
Discussion: Townhall.com and Blogs of War
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The Evolving Politics And Ethics Of The Closet  —  John Tabin says I have no consistency on this topic.  He's well within his rights to link to pieces (or mere sentences in posts) I have written over two decades to find evolution or shifts, but I think he's wrong to say my slight evolution on this is simply out of pique.
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.
Mike Madden / Salon:
GOP: Judicial experience matters, unless it doesn't  —  WASHINGTON — Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, speaking Monday on the nomination of Solicitor General Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court: … Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, speaking Oct. 27, 2005, on the nomination of then-White House counsel Harriet Miers …
Russell Berman / The Hill:
RNC uses Thurgood Marshall speech to attack Supreme Court nominee Kagan
Ezra Klein:
Will the court 'become a conscious agent overturning progressive laws …
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Jon Ward / The Daily Caller:
Elena Kagan no longer thinks Supreme Court nominees should have …
Jeffrey Toobin / News Desk:
Elena Kagan's Nomination
Roland S. Martin / CNN:
Opinion: A diversity double-standard
Amanda Terkel / Think Progress:
Far-Right Group AFA Demands To Know Kagan's Sexuality, Since …
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
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
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 …
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
What Is Going On?  —  Is Arlen Specter toast?  —  There are three big senate primaries on May 18th — Democratic primaries in Pennsylvania and Arkansas and a Republican one in Kentucky.  It's been clear for some time that the establishment GOP candidate in Kentucky will likely get rocked by Rand Paul …
Discussion: Philly.com and TPMDC
Wall Street Journal:
Did Big Bet Trigger Stock Swoon?  —  Shortly after 2:15 p.m. Eastern time last Thursday, hedge fund Universa Investments LP placed a big bet in the Chicago options trading pits that stocks would continue their sharp declines.  —  On any other day, this $7.5 million trade for 50,000 options contracts might …
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 …
Jay Cost / HorseRaceBlog:
Thunder on the mountain heavy as can be  —  Mean old twister bearing down on me  —  All the ladies of Washington scrambling to get out of town  —  Looks like something bad gonna happen, better roll your airplane down  —Bob Dylan  —  The American people have only a limited role in the United States government.
BBC:
Brown to quit as Labour leader  —  Gordon Brown is to step down as Labour leader  —  Gordon Brown has announced he will step down as Labour leader by September - as his party opens formal talks with the Lib Dems about forming a government.  —  The PM's continued presence in Downing Street …
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John F. Burns / New York Times:
Brown Says He'll Resign to Help Labour
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 …
Mark Landsbaum / Orange Punch:
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.
 
 
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Megan McArdle / The Atlantic Online:
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