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6:45 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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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 …
Discussion: The Volokh Conspiracy and Law Blog
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 …
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Initial Reaction: 40% Positive Toward Kagan Nomination
Discussion: Politics Daily
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
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Kagan Nomination Leaves Longing on the Left
BBC:
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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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 …
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Obama calls new U.K. Prime Minister Cameron  —  President Barack Obama called the United Kingdom's new prime minister on Tuesday to congratulate him on an election victory, and invited him to visit Washington this summer.  —  Obama phoned Prime Minister David Cameron, the Conservative Party candidate …
Discussion: CNN and Ben Smith's Blog
BBC:
Gordon Brown resigns as UK prime minister
John F. Burns / New York Times:
Cameron Takes Over as British Premier After Brown Resigns
Discussion: The Caucus, 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 …
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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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 …
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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 …
Liz Robbins / New York Times:
Finger-Pointing, but Few Answers at Hearings on Drilling  —  Three weeks after a drilling rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico, killing 11 people and rupturing a well that is still gushing crude oil uncontrollably, officials and lawmakers pressed angry questions in two separate hearings on Tuesday …
Discussion: Green, Mediaite and Wall Street Journal
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Washington Post:
Oil executives shift blame at Senate hearing
Suzanne Goldenberg / Guardian:
Firms blame each other for US spill
Discussion: Clusterstock, Green and Truthdig
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
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 …
Steve Rothaus / MiamiHerald.com:
Bill McCullom requested hiring of antigay psychologist now in Rentboy scandal  —  Attorney General Bill McCollum personally requested that the state's Department of Children & Families hire antigay psychologist George Rekers at $300 an hour as an expert witness to defend Florida's ban on gay people adopting, records show.
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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.
Steven Mufson / Washington Post:
BP facing a wave of pressure, but not from its balance sheet  —  Standing outside BP's Houston offices Thursday, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said that the company's “life is very much on the line here.”  —  BP's financial wounds from April 20 drilling-rig explosion might be serious, but they probably won't be fatal.
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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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Niraj Sheth / Wall Street Journal:
Verizon Wireless, Google Work on Tablet  —  Verizon Wireless is working with Google Inc. on a tablet computer, Verizon Wireless Chief Executive Lowell McAdam said Tuesday, as the company works to catch up with iPad host AT&T Inc. in the area of 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.
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.
 
 
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Reid will huddle with chairmen on energy bill after recess
Discussion: The Foundry and The Hill
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Obama's numbers hit high mark
Discussion: Ballot Box and Daily Kos
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
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Bennett mulls write-in bid
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Alan Mollohan fights for his political life
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Marshall, Cunningham closing on Burr
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