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3:30 PM ET, May 10, 2010

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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 …
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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 …
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) …
William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
Supreme Irony - Kagan Nomination Ends Gay Marriage Hopes  —  Later this morning, Elena Kagan will be nominated for the Supreme Court seat currently held by John Paul Stevens.  —  The meme has taken hold that Kagan is a stealth candidate who has avoided taking positions on important constitutional or other issues throughout her career.
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.
Discussion: The Stranger … and Mediaite
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.”
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 …
Amanda Terkel / Think Progress:
Far-Right Group AFA Demands To Know Kagan's Sexuality, Since ‘No Lesbian Is Qualified’ To Sit On SCOTUS  —  Today, President Obama nominated Solicitor General Elena Kagan for the Supreme Court.  Since she happens to be an unmarried woman who has not publicly commented on her sexuality …
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.
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.
Americans For Truth:
If Elena Kagan Is a Lesbian, She Should Say So because Public Has a Right to Know
Discussion: Right Wing Watch
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Elana Kagan  —  The news that Barack Obama will nominate Elana Kagan …
John Podesta / Center for American Progress:
A Much-Needed Progressive Voice on the Court
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Ann Althouse / Althouse:
Elena Kagan said “There is no federal constitutional right …
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Online:
The Next Solicitor General
Discussion: Emptywheel
Josh Gerstein / Josh Gerstein's Blog:
Kagan has ditched brusque Clinton-era label
Discussion: Cato @ Liberty
Jesse Lee / White House.gov Blog Feed:
Nominating Kagan: “Her Passion for the Law is Anything But Academic”
Discussion: PostPartisan
Robert Samuelson / Real Clear Politics:
The Welfare State's Death Spiral  —  WASHINGTON — 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.
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Ezra Klein:
Who is Europe really bailing out?  —  Tyler Cowen has some smart thoughts on the European Union's announcement of a $750 billion euro bailout fund: … More here.  Remember that this is no more a bailout of Greece and Spain and Portugal than TARP was a bailout of subprime borrowers.
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias and Deal Journal
Sean J. Miller / Ballot Box:
DCCC pulls out of Hawaii special election  —  The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is pulling out of the Hawaii special election for Rep. Neil Abercrombie's (D) seat, effectively handing the seat to the Republicans.  —  “The DCCC will not be investing additional resources in the …
Discussion: CNN
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Reid Wilson / Hotline On Call:
DCCC Pulls Out Of Hawaii
Jessica Taylor / The Politico:
DCCC pulls plug on Hawaii special
Discussion: The Note
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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Gordon Rayner / Telegraph:
Gordon Brown to resign as Prime Minister as Labour and Lib Dems prepare for talks
Discussion: Outside The Beltway
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.
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.
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 …
 
 
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