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10:45 PM ET, May 11, 2010

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Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Initial Reaction: 40% Positive Toward Kagan Nomination  —  Excellent/Good ratings below average for recent court nominees  —  PRINCETON, NJ — A Gallup immediate-reaction poll to President Barack Obama's nomination of Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court finds 40% of Americans rating the choice as …
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Ezra Klein:
‘Citizens United was a shot across the bow’  —  Bruce Ackerman is Sterling Professor of Law and Political Science at Yale, and an expert on election law.  I called him earlier today to talk about how Citizens United should affect our understanding of the Supreme Court, and of Elena Kagan.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Kenneth P. Vogel / The Politico:
Doubts about Kagan on key Obama issue  —  President Barack Obama has made no secret of his unhappiness with the Supreme Court's ruling in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, and seemed to think there was no better way to express that than by nominating to the court the woman …
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Dissents Of The Day, Ctd  —  They keep rolling in, you ornery Dishies.
Glenn Harlan Reynolds / New York Post:
Wise pick for a weak prez
Discussion: alicublog
BBC:
David Cameron is new UK prime minister  —  Conservative leader David Cameron has become the UK's new prime minister after the resignation of Gordon Brown.  —  Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg will be his deputy after they agreed to the UK's first coalition government in 70 years.
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Andrew Sparrow / Guardian:
David Cameron is new prime minister  —  • David Cameron is the new prime minister  —  1.00am: That's it.  Britain has got its first coalition government for more than 60 years.  And Nick Clegg will be sitting in cabinet alongside Liam Fox and William Hague.  Will it work?  Who knows.
Fox News:
Cameron Accepts Queen's Invitation to Be British Prime Minister
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Obama calls new U.K. Prime Minister Cameron
Discussion: CNN and Ben Smith's Blog
John F. Burns / New York Times:
Cameron Takes Over as British Premier After Brown Resigns
Discussion: The Caucus, Runnin' Scared and Mediaite
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Alabama candidate denounces ‘lie’ that he believes in evolution  —  Evolution has obviously been a political issue for a while, but I'm not sure I've ever seen an attack ad like this one before: It mocks a candidate for the Republican nomination for governor of Alabama for believing in the theory.
Elie Mystal / Above the Law:
Elena Kagan and Me: One Semester of Civ Pro With the New SCOTUS Nominee  —  I can count myself as one of the thousands of students that had Elena Kagan as a professor.  She's taught at the University of Chicago School of Law and Harvard Law School.  I had her in 2000 …
Lawrence Lessig / The Huffington Post:
Ok, so now I'm a liar  —  I had the opportunity — first time, and very cool — to appear on Rachel Maddow's show last night to discuss the nomination of Elena Kagan.  I was in segment B. Glenn Greenwald was in segment A. I had spent the afternoon reading up on Glenn's views about the nomination.
BeyondChron:
McCain Counsels the Wrong Sheriff  —  by Paul Hogarth‚ May. 11‚ 2010  —  Under attack from the Teabagger wing of the GOP, Senator John McCain has a new campaign ad to prove his anti-immigrant credentials - along with a corny website, at completethedangedfence.com.
Discussion: Think Progress and Wonk Room
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Russell Goldman / ABCNEWS:
New Ad: McCain's ‘Danged Fence’ Flip-Flop?
Dennis Cauchon / USA Today:
Tax bills in 2009 at lowest level since 1950  —  Amid complaints about high taxes and calls for a smaller government, Americans paid their lowest level of taxes last year since Harry Truman's presidency, a USA TODAY analysis of federal data found.  —  Some conservative political movements such as the …
Hillel Italie / Associated Press:
Sarah Palin's book, ‘America By Heart,’ out Nov. 23  —  NEW YORK — Sarah Palin's new book has a title, America By Heart: Reflections on Family, Faith and Flag, and a release date, Nov. 23, publisher HarperCollins announced Tuesday.  —  The Alaska ex-governor and former Republican vice …
The Huffington Post:
96-0: Fed Audit Passes Senate  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  UPDATE - 12:10 p.m. - The amendment to open the Fed to a one-time audit of its lending between December 1, 2007 and the present passed 96-0.  —  Judd Gregg (R-N.H.), the Federal Reserve's most outspoken defender …
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Comrade Vinnieovich / The Jawa Report:
Jawa Exclusive: Capture Of Mullah Omar Confirmed *sticky*  —  An overseas intelligence source has confirmed to the Jawa Report that Mullah Omar has been captured as originally reported by Brad Thor.  —  You can wait for the New York Times to catch up if you'd like, we don't mind.  —  Previous:
Washington Post:
Oil executives shift blame at Senate hearing  —  Three big oil and oil service companies all pointed fingers at one another for blame in the Gulf of Mexico oil spill in testimony Tuesday at the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee.  —  While saying that it was too early …
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Suzanne Goldenberg / Guardian:
Oil firms blame each other for Deepwater Horizon spill
Shaila Dewan / New York Times:
CNN Contributor Erickson Draws Ire From All Sides  —  MACON, Ga. — In his seven weeks as one of CNN's newest contributors, Erick Erickson has made scarcely more than a dozen appearances on the network.  —  But his every utterance — every Twitter message, blog post and radio rant …
Fox News:
Thieves Steal Mojave Desert Memorial Cross in Nighttime Heist  —  The 7-foot-tall metal cross in a 75-year-old war memorial that withstood the heat of the Mojave Desert and a blazing battle in the Supreme Court over its legality was ripped down and stolen Sunday night, according to federal officials.
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Why Sestak might really pull it off  —  Tomorrow, a third poll will come out finding Joe Sestak is leading Arlen Specter in the Pennsylvania Dem primary.  The poll, from Franklin & Marshall College, will mirror others showing Sestak ahead by around five points, the poll's director confirms to me.
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Alan Mollohan loses primary fight  —  West Virginia Democratic Rep. Alan Mollohan lost his bid for a 15th term tonight at the hands of state Sen. Mike Oliverio, a defeat that further affirms the anti-incumbent sentiment coursing through the country.  —  Mollohan hadn't faced a serious primary fight …
Discussion: Michelle Malkin and RedState
Ben Evans / Associated Press:
DeMint: A conservative kingmaker upends GOP order  —  WASHINGTON — Jim DeMint is becoming something of a tea party hero, even a potential conservative kingmaker, a status that is not making the freshman senator many friends among fellow Republicans in Congress.
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CQ-Roll Call / The Eye:   Bennett Leaves Open Possibility of Write-In Candidacy
Lisa Vorderbrueggen / Political Blotter:
CD11: Goehring wants to thin ‘liberal’ herd  —  Congressional District 11 GOP candidate Brad Goehring is drawing fire for his confrontational Facebook statement today: … Check out all the comments; 57 when I looked a few minutes ago. … LAV 3:23 p.m. Screen shot posted below.  LAV 4:08 p.m.)
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Daily Kos
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The Kagan Rope-A-Dope?  —  There are three possibilities, it seems to me, behind the kerfuffle over Elena Kagan's emotional orientation.  The first is that her orientation is heterosexual and she is merely a dedicated career person who never had time for a date.
Niraj Sheth / Wall Street Journal:
Verizon, Google Developing iPad Rival  —  Verizon Wireless is working with Google Inc. on a tablet computer, the carrier's chief executive, Lowell McAdam, said Tuesday, as the company endeavors to catch up with iPad host AT&T Inc. in devices that connect to wireless networks.
Malin Rising / Associated Press:
Muhammad cartoonist ‘head-butted’ during lecture  —  STOCKHOLM - A Swedish artist who angered Muslims by depicting the Prophet Muhammad as a dog was assaulted Tuesday as furious protesters interrupted his university lecture about the limits of artistic freedom.
Rasmussen Reports:
Just 41% in Alaska Would Vote for Palin for President  —  Sarah Palin appears to be losing the Alaska vote.  —  A new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of likely voters in the state finds that just 41% say they would vote for the former Alaska governor if she ran for president in 2012.
Steve Rothaus / MiamiHerald.com:
State doubled fee paid to anti-gay psychologist in Rentboy scandal  —  Anti-gay psychologist George Rekers charged Florida $300 an hour to testify as an expert witness in a trial defending Florida's ban on gay people adopting.  The state planned to cap Rekers' fee at $60,900 …
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Obama's numbers hit high mark  —  For the first time since October a majority of Americans express approval of Barack Obama's job performance on PPP's monthly national poll.  50% give him good marks to 46% who disapprove.  —  Obama's numbers with Democrats are basically steady and he remains …
Discussion: Ballot Box and Daily Kos
David Neiwert / Crooks and Liars:
Video captures Seattle cop kicking Latino suspect in the face, using ethnic slur — and then releasing him  —  A Seattle freelance videographer recently captured a local cop kicking a man in the head while prone on the ground and using ethnic slurs: … One of the most disturbing aspects of the incident …
 
 
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Joe Solmonese / The Politico:
Finally ending 'Don't Ask Don't Tell'
John L Allen Jr / ncronline.org:
Sex abuse crisis ‘terrifying,’ pope says
Discussion: Politics Daily
Sam Youngman / The Hill:
Obama ‘deeply frustrated’ with leaking well
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Jon Ward / The Daily Caller:
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