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6:25 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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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.
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 …
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) …
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 …
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.”
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.
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.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and The Hill
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 …
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
Ann Althouse / Althouse:
Elena Kagan said “There is no federal constitutional right …
New York Times:
Obama Picks Kagan, Scholar but Not Judge, for Court Seat
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Fixed Terms for SCOTUS
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:   Durbin: GOP could delay Kagan confirmation into August
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Online:
The Next Solicitor General?
Discussion: Emptywheel
Jeffrey Rosen / The New Republic:
The Next Justice  —  Why Kagan is the ideal Obama jurist.
Discussion: New York Times and TalkLeft
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.
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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
Discussion: msnbc.com
Gordon Rayner / Telegraph:
Gordon Brown to resign as Prime Minister as Labour and Lib Dems prepare for talks
Discussion: Outside The Beltway
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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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
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.
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.
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 and Shakesville
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
 
 
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