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9:55 AM ET, May 10, 2010


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NBC: Obama to name Kagan for high court  —  Kagan, 50, is currently solicitor general; would be court's third woman  —  WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama will nominate U.S. Solicitor General Elena Kagan to serve as an associate justice on the U.S. Supreme Court, NBC News' Pete Williams reported late Sunday night.
New York Times:
Obama Is Said to Choose Elena Kagan for the Supreme Court  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama will nominate Solicitor General Elena Kagan as the nation's 112th justice, choosing his own chief advocate before the Supreme Court to join it in ruling on cases critical to his view of the country's future …
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) …
Michael D. Shear / Washington Post:
What Obama sees in Kagan  —  It's Kagan!  —  Why is President Obama choosing his solicitor general, Elena Kagan, as his second nominee to the U.S Supreme Court?  By all accounts, Obama wants someone who can serve as a counterweight to the intellectual heft of Chief Justice John Roberts.
Josh Gerstein / The Politico:
Kagan strategy: Avoid a big GOP fight  —  President Barack Obama will name Solicitor General Elena Kagan as his second nominee to the Supreme Court Monday - a by-the-books pick straight from the top of his short list that seems designed to avoid a major confirmation battle with Republicans.
Tom Goldstein / SCOTUSblog:
Where We Go From Here  —  The Administration plans to identify its nominee in “guidance” at 7:20 tomorrow morning, with a formal announcement by the President at 10 a.m.  —  If the nominee is Elena Kagan, then Mike Allen of Politico will go down as the reporter with the best information on the Administration's thinking, bar none.
Media Matters for America:
Myths and falsehoods about Elena Kagan's Supreme Court nomination
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
An Anti-Military Justice?
Source: Kagan is Supreme Court nominee
Discussion: This Just In and Cato @ Liberty
Ariane De Vogue / ABCNEWS:
AP: Obama Taps Elena Kagan for Supreme Court
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Elena Kagan never let lack of experience hold her back
Discussion: Truthdig
Jonathan Strong / The Daily Caller:
Elena Kagan's most notable foray into public life was kicking …
James Doty / Salon:
The liberal case against Kagan is overstated
Ben Feller / Associated Press:
AP source: Obama chooses Kagan for Supreme Court
New York Times:
E.U. Details $957 Billion Rescue Package  —  BRUSSELS — European leaders, pressured by sliding markets and doubts over their ability to act decisively, agreed on Monday to provide a huge rescue package of nearly $1 trillion in a sweeping effort to combat the debt crisis that has engulfed Europe and threatened markets around the world.
ECB decides on measures to address severe tensions in financial markets
Discussion: Guardian and Calculated Risk
EU Preps $645 Billion Fund to Fight ‘Wolfpack,’ Debt Crisis
Discussion: Firedoglake
Left Foot Forward:
Lib-Con coalition would be an “electoral gift” to Labour  —  Our guest writer is Tim Horton, research director of the Fabian Society  —  A briefing paper published today by the Fabian Society shows that a decision by Nick Clegg to join forces with David Cameron would provide an opportunity …
Gary Gibbon / Snowblog:
Perhaps an outline deal today
Discussion: Guardian and Guy Fawkes' blog
Benedict Brogan / Telegraph:
Hung parliament: Cameron's PR coup to wrong-foot Labour
Discussion: thetorydiary and Guardian
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.
Tim Cavanaugh / Hit & Run:
Will Janet Napolitano Be Fired For Times Square Incompetence?  —  Attorney General Eric Holder tells Jake Tapper this morning that alleged Times Square bombing screwup Faisal Shahzad was facilitated, financed and working under the direction of the Pakistani Taliban.
May 9: Eric Holder, roundtable
Discussion: Commentary and American Spectator
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.
John Micek / Capitol Ideas with John L. Micek:
Sestak Up By 5/Williams Moves Up In Guv's Race.  —  U.S. Rep. Joe Sestak ...  ... has opened a 5-percentage point lead in the state's closely watched U.S. Senate primary.  He's up over U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter, D-Pa., 47-42 percent in the new Morning Call/Muhlenberg College daily tracking poll.
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Sex & Drugs & the Spill  —  “Obama's Katrina”: that was the line from some pundits and news sources, as they tried to blame the current administration for the gulf oil spill.  It was nonsense, of course.  An Associated Press review of the Obama administration's actions and statements …
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Sanders ‘cautiously optimistic’ of passage for modified Fed audit  —  Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) said Monday he's “cautiously optimistic” his modified amendment to audit the Federal Reserve would pass the Senate this week.  —  Sanders said he expected a vote on his amendment …
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Laura Bush: I ‘stood straighter’ after leaving White House
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Roger Boyes / Times of London:
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Alvin McEwen / The Huffington Post:
Religious right can lie about gay community without George Rekers
Campbell Robertson / New York Times:
New Setback in Attempt to Contain Gulf Oil Spill
Discussion: NO QUARTER and Firedoglake