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2:25 PM ET, May 10, 2010

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Russell Berman / The Hill:
GOP uses Thurgood Marshall to attack 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 to the high court became public …
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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 …
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.
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) …
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
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 …
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 …
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.
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.”
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  —  Contact: Peter LaBarbera: 630-717-7631; americansfortruth@comcast.net  —  CHICAGO, Ill. — In the wake of AP's report that Solicitor General Elena Kagan is President Obama's choice to fill the Supreme Court vacancy …
Discussion: Right Wing Watch
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
An Anti-Military Justice?  —  For me, the key obstacle to Elena Kagan's confirmation is pt. 5 in Ed Whelan's NRO post, which is also the question raised by Peter Berkowitz in these pages several years ago and by Peter Beinart just recently: Her hostility to the U.S. military.  —  Hostility?
Josh Gerstein / Josh Gerstein's Blog:
Kagan has ditched brusque Clinton-era label
Discussion: Cato @ Liberty
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Elana Kagan  —  The news that Barack Obama will nominate Elana Kagan …
Radley Balko / Hit & Run:
“She is certainly a fan of presidential power.”
Discussion: The Daily Dish and AmSpecBlog
Conn Carroll / The Foundry:
Morning Bell: Former Attorney General Ed Meese on Supreme Court Nominee Elena Kagan
Carol Platt Liebau / Townhall.com:   So It's Kagan
BBC:
Brown to quit as UK Labour Party leader  —  Gordon Brown is to step down as Labour leader  —  Gordon Brown has said he is stepping down as Labour Party leader - as his party opens formal talks with the Lib Dems about forming a government.  —  Mr Brown, prime minister since 2007 …
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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
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
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Robert J. Samuelson / Washington Post:
The welfare state's death spiral
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.
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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Jessica Taylor / The Politico:
DCCC pulls plug on Hawaii special
Discussion: The Note
Reid Wilson / Hotline On Call:
DCCC Pulls Out Of Hawaii
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.
 
 
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