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9:00 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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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Dissents Of The Day, Ctd  —  They keep rolling in, you ornery Dishies.
Ezra Klein:
Barack Obama picks himself for the Supreme Court
Discussion: The Politico, CNN and Ben Smith's Blog
Ezra Klein:
‘Citizens United was a shot across the bow’
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Kenneth P. Vogel / The Politico:
Doubts about Kagan on key Obama issue
Glenn Harlan Reynolds / New York Post:
Wise pick for a weak prez
Discussion: New York Times and alicublog
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  —  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
John F. Burns / New York Times:
Cameron Takes Over as British Premier After Brown Resigns
Discussion: The Caucus, Runnin' Scared and Mediaite
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Obama calls new U.K. Prime Minister Cameron
Discussion: CNN and Ben Smith's Blog
BBC:
Gordon Brown resigns as UK prime minister
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 …
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.
Alex Seitz-Wald / Think Progress:
BP makes enough profit in four days to cover the costs of the spill cleanup thus far.  —  “As hopes dim for containing the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico anytime soon” after a giant containment dome failed, the cost of cleaning up the spill will continue to rise.
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Washington Post:
Oil executives shift blame at Senate hearing
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Dem senators needle BP over its record in wake of oil spill
Discussion: CNN
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
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
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
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
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.
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 …
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.
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:
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 …
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.
 
 
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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
ABCNEWS:
Pakistani Man Found with Explosives on Hands at U.S. Embassy in Chile
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