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8:15 PM ET, May 11, 2010

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BBC:
David Cameron is new UK prime minister  —  Conservative leader David Cameron has become the new prime minister after the resignation of Gordon Brown.  —  Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg will be his deputy prime minister in 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  —  12.16am: My colleague Hélène Mulholland has been compiled an analysis of the policies agreed by the coalition.  This is a long post, but it is effectively the manifesto for the coalition government …
Fox News:
Cameron Accepts Queen's Invitation to Be British Prime Minister  —  Conservative Party leader David Cameron accepted Queen Elizabeth's invitation to become Britain's prime minister Tuesday night after Gordon Brown resigned following his failure to form a coalition government with another liberal party after national elections last week.
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
BBC:
Gordon Brown resigns as UK prime minister
Fred Barbash / The Politico:
Brown resigns, Cameron steps in
Discussion: CNN
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:
Barack Obama picks himself for the Supreme Court
Discussion: The Politico, Ben Smith's Blog and CNN
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Dissents Of The Day, Ctd  —  They keep rolling in, you ornery Dishies.
Ezra Klein:   ‘Citizens United was a shot across the bow’
Kenneth P. Vogel / The Politico:
Doubts about Kagan on key Obama issue
David Brooks / New York Times:
What It Takes  —  About a decade ago, one began to notice …
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  —  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 …
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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.
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 …
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 …
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.
Russell Goldman / ABCNEWS:
New Ad: McCain's ‘Danged Fence’ Flip-Flop?  —  In New Ariz. Senate Race Ad, McCain Supports Border Barrier He Once Opposed  —  Sen. John McCain has released a tough-talking television ad that blames illegal immigrants for “home invasions [and] murders” and calls for the completion of the …
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BeyondChron:
McCain Counsels the Wrong Sheriff
Discussion: Think Progress and Wonk Room
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.
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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Annie Lowrey / The Washington Independent:
Audit the Fed Passes in 96-0 Bipartisan Landslide
Discussion: Ezra Klein and Indecision Forever
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.
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
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
Edward Wyatt / New York Times:
F.C.C. Weighs Plan to Warn of High Cellphone Bill  —  The Federal Communications Commission said Tuesday that it was seeking public comment on a plan that would require wireless phone companies to notify customers when they are running up unusually high charges for data usage …
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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Joe Solmonese / The Politico:
Finally ending 'Don't Ask Don't Tell'
Sam Youngman / The Hill:
Obama ‘deeply frustrated’ with leaking well
Discussion: CNN
Washington Post:
Oil executives shift blame at Senate hearing
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The Note:
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CNN:
Bill Clinton lends a hand on wife's debt
Jon Ward / The Daily Caller:
Top Obama advisers Jarrett and Axelrod given car privileges …
Jim Oliphant / The Swamp:
VP Biden's son Beau hospitalized