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5:45 AM ET, May 10, 2010

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msnbc.com:
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.
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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 …
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.
Ariane De Vogue / ABCNEWS:
AP: Obama Taps Elena Kagan for Supreme Court  —  Associated Press Reporting Solicitor General Kagan to Be Fourth Woman Nominated to Supreme Court  —  President Obama has selected Solicitor General Elena Kagan as his second nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court, according to the Associated Press.
Discussion: The Swamp and American Power
Josh Gerstein / The Politico:
Obama picks Kagan for Court  —  President Barack Obama will announce Monday that he has selected Solicitor General Elena Kagan as his second nominee to the Supreme Court, according to an administration official.  —  If confirmed, the former Harvard Law School dean would be the first justice …
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Online:
The Night Beat: Kagan It Is  —  At 11:00 a.m. ET, President Obama will introduce his solicitor general, Elena Kagan, as his choice for associate justice of the Supreme Court.  The pro-forma criticism will come from the right; the more interesting response will be from the left …
Washington Post:
Elena Kagan said to be Obama's Supreme Court pick  —  President Obama plans to nominate Solicitor General Elena Kagan to be the 112th justice of the Supreme Court, sources said late Sunday night.  —  Kagan, 50, the former dean of Harvard Law School, would become the fourth woman to serve on the high court …
Discussion: SCOTUSblog and TIME.com
Wall Street Journal:
Obama to Nominate Kagan to Court  —  WASHINGTON—President Barack Obama will nominate Solicitor General Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court, choosing a woman who has worked in elite legal and policy jobs but has never served as a judge, according to people familiar with the situation.
David Lat / Above the Law:
More Clues That It Will Be KaganJudge Wood was notified tonight …
Ben Feller / Associated Press:
AP source: Obama chooses Kagan for Supreme Court
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
New York Times:   Kagan's Climb Is Marked by Confidence and Canniness
Mark Murray / msnbc.com:
THE SKINNY ON ELENA KAGAN
Discussion: The Volokh Conspiracy and Mediaite
CBS News:   Obama to Nominate Elena Kagan to Supreme Court
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.
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BBC:
‘Pakistan Taliban’ behind NY plot
Discussion: Jihad Watch
Fox News:
Lieberman: ‘System Failed’ in Lead-Up to NYC Bomb Attempt
Discussion: Hot Air
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Attorney General Backs Miranda Limit for Terror Suspects
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.
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Bloomberg:
EU Preps $645 Billion Fund to Fight ‘Wolfpack,’ Debt Crisis  —  European Union finance ministers moved toward agreement on an unprecedented loan package worth at least $645 billion to prevent Greece's fiscal woes from triggering a broader sovereign-debt crisis and shattering confidence in the euro.
Discussion: Firedoglake
Ben Casselman / Wall Street Journal:
Rig Owner Had Rising Tally of Accidents  —  The sinking of the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig, which triggered the spill spewing oil into the Gulf of Mexico, caught the energy world by surprise.  The operator, Transocean Ltd., is a giant in the brave new world of drilling for oil in deep waters far offshore.
Discussion: Clusterstock and The Page
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Joel Achenbach / Washington Post:
In the Gulf of Mexico, what went wrong with the Deepwater Horizon oil drilling rig?
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and Unfogged
Alvin McEwen / The Huffington Post:
Religious right can lie about gay community without George Rekers  —  While George Rekers has pretty much destroyed his own credibility as an “expert” on the lgbt community, religious right groups who utilized his studies probably aren' t worried about losing him as a resource.
FT Alphaville:
Guest post: El-Erian on Europe's ‘massive policy response’  —  Pimco's chief executive Mohamed El-Erian reacts to news that the European Union and IMF had agreed a €720bn emergency funding facility.  His earlier guest post is available here.  —  The announcements coming out of Europe tonight …
Jeremy Clarkson / Times of London:
Tories and Lib Dems try to bolster markets after six hours of power-sharing talks  —  David Cameron and Nick Clegg joined forces tonight to calm jittery financial markets, putting economic stability and reduction of the deficit at the heart of their negotiations for a power-sharing deal.
Discussion: Politics Daily and BBC
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Mike Allen / The Politico:
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Roger Boyes / Times of London:
German voters deliver poll blow to Merkel amid discontent over aid to Greece
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Joshua Partlow / Washington Post:
Tensions between Eikenberry, McChrystal will be focus of their Washington visit
Discussion: Power Line
John Micek / Capitol Ideas with John L. Micek:
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