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5:45 PM ET, May 11, 2010

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David Brooks / New York Times:
What It Takes  —  About a decade ago, one began to notice a profusion of Organization Kids at elite college campuses.  These were bright students who had been formed by the meritocratic system placed in front of them.  They had great grades, perfect teacher recommendations …
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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 …
Discussion: Politics Daily
Ezra Klein:
Barack Obama picks himself for the Supreme Court  —  In a very strange essay from February, Jeffrey Rosen argued — presumably facetiously — that Barack Obama should “nominate himself to replace John Paul Stevens.”  The reason?  Obama's cerebral, detached style, his background …
Scott Lemieux / American Prospect:
Is Kennedy Easily Manipulated?  —  One important component of the liberal case for Elena Kagan seems to be that she could exert a strong influence on the Court's median vote, Anthony Kennedy.  Here's Jeffrey Rosen: … And half-seriously, Jonathan Zasloff:
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Dissents Of The Day, Ctd  —  They keep rolling in, you ornery Dishies.
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Kagan Nomination Leaves Longing on the Left
Glenn Harlan Reynolds / New York Post:
Wise pick for a weak prez
Discussion: alicublog
Elie Mystal / Above the Law:
Elena Kagan and Me: One Semester of Civ Pro With the New SCOTUS Nominee
Discussion: The Volokh Conspiracy and Law Blog
BBC:
David Cameron is new UK prime minister  —  Conservative leader David Cameron has become the new UK prime minister after the resignation of Gordon Brown.  —  Mr Cameron, 43, entered 10 Downing Street after travelling to Buckingham Palace to formally accept the Queen's request to form the next government.
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This Is London:
Gordon Brown quits as PM as Lib-Dem deal falls apart  —  Gordon Brown is set to resign tonight and allow David Cameron to be Britain's new Prime Minister.  —  The Labour leader's final desperate attempt to cling on to power with a Lib-Lab deal crumbled amid a rebellion on his own side …
BBC:
Gordon Brown resigns as UK prime minister  —  Gordon Brown has announced he is resigning as UK prime minister.  —  Mr Brown has officially tendered his resignation to the Queen at Buckingham Palace, and recommended Conservative leader David Cameron succeed him.
John F. Burns / New York Times:
Cameron Takes Over as British Premier After Brown Resigns
Discussion: Runnin' Scared and Mediaite
Fred Barbash / The Politico:
Brown resigns, Cameron steps in
Discussion: CNN
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 …
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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David M. Herszenhorn / New York Times:
Senate Backs One-Time Audit of Fed's Bailout Role
Discussion: Fire Andrea Mitchell! and Wonkette
Annie Lowrey / The Washington Independent:
Audit the Fed Passes in 96-0 Bipartisan Landslide
Discussion: Ezra Klein and Indecision Forever
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
Roger Alford / Associated Press:
Paul may not vote for McConnell as floor leader
Discussion: Daily Kos and Real Clear Politics
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Alan Mollohan fights for his political life
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.
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Jon Ward / The Daily Caller:
Top Obama advisers Jarrett and Axelrod given car privileges traditionally reserved for national security officials  —  President Obama has expanded the very small group of top aides who are given the privilege of taxpayer-funded personal drivers — who take them from their house to work …
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Jennifer Haberkorn / The Politico:
CBO ups health care cost projections  —  Congressional Budget Office estimates released Tuesday predict the health care overhaul will likely cost about $115 billion more in discretionary spending over ten years than the original cost projections.  —  The additional spending …
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.
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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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.
CNN:
Bill Clinton lends a hand on wife's debt  —  Former President Clinton is helping Sec. of State Hillary Clinton retire her remaining 2008 presidential campaign.  —  Washington (CNN) - If you supported Secretary of State Hillary Clinton during her 2008 presidential run, chances are you received …
Discussion: The Note
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Clinton campaign raffles Bill
Discussion: Vanity Fair
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.
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 …
Discussion: Texas for Sarah Palin
Hilary Andersson / BBC:
‘Secret prison’ at US air base  —  The US airbase at Bagram in Afghanistan contains a facility for detainees that is distinct from its main prison, the Red Cross has confirmed to the BBC.  —  Nine former prisoners have told the BBC that they were held in a separate building, and subjected to abuse.
Marc A. Thiessen / Washington Post:
U.S. may be passing up chances to stop terrorist plots  —  Did a captured Taliban leader know about the Times Square plot and withhold this information from his interrogators?  —  On Sunday, Obama administration officials, including counterterrorism chief John Brennan …
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.
Discussion: Harry's Place
 
 
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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The Kagan Rope-A-Dope?
Russell Goldman / ABCNEWS:
New Ad: McCain's ‘Danged Fence’ Flip-Flop?
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ABCNEWS:
Pakistani Man Found with Explosives on Hands at U.S. Embassy in Chile
Ezra Klein:
The problem of human lobbying
The Note:
McCain: Use Wall Street Bill to Wean Fannie and Freddie off Taxpayer Backing
Discussion: CNN and The Politico
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Marshall, Cunningham closing on Burr
The Corner on National Review Online:
California Carly — By: NRO Staff
Discussion: AmSpecBlog
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
No winners in boycott of Ariz. immigration law
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
Jim Oliphant / The Swamp:
VP Biden's son Beau hospitalized
Colin Woodard / Christian Science Monitor:
'Tea party'-backed platform sails through Maine GOP convention