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4:40 AM ET, May 12, 2010


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Ben Smith / The Politico:
Kagan's friends: She's not gay  —  Elena Kagan is not a lesbian, one of her best friends told POLITICO Tuesday night, responding to persistent rumors and innuendo about the Supreme Court nominee's personal life.  —  “I've known her for most of her adult life and I know she's straight,” …
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
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 …
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 …
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 …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Softball question  —  A spokeswoman for the Wall Street Journal said today its cover art was not intended as innuendo about Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan's sexual orientation after the paper's front-page use of an image of Kagan playing softball provoked a mixture of irritation and amusement from gay and lesbian advocates.
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Dissents Of The Day, Ctd  —  They keep rolling in, you ornery Dishies.
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 …
Sean J. Miller / Ballot Box:
Rep. Mollohan falls in West Virginia primary
Discussion: The Politico
Susan Davis / Washington Wire:   Mollohan Loses in W. Va. Primary
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.
Andrew Sparrow / Guardian:
David Cameron is new prime minister
Fox News:
Cameron Accepts Queen's Invitation to Be British Prime Minister
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 …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
PalinMania II scheduled after midterms
Jeanne Devon / The Huffington Post:   Jeanne Devon ("AKMuckraker"): Sarah Palin's New Book.  Get the Dramamine.
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.
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 …
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
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.
Bill Mears / CNN:
Mojave cross at center of court fight reported stolen
Discussion: NO QUARTER, Hot Air and Verum Serum
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.
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 /
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
Suzanne Goldenberg / Guardian:
Oil firms pass blame over Gulf spill
Senate Backs One-Time Audit of Fed's Bailout Role  —  The Senate on Tuesday voted unanimously to require a one-time audit of the Federal Reserve's emergency actions during and after the 2008 financial crisis as part of broad legislation overhauling the nation's financial regulatory system …
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
Discussion: Think Progress and Wonk Room
Alan Colmes' Liberaland:
The Right Wing's Constitutional Fetish  —  Gabriel Winant at Salon puts the so-called “constitutionalists” in perspective.  The GOP stepped in it when it accused SCOTUS nominee Elena Kagan of not loving the Constitution because she once quoted the late Justice Thurgood Marshall calling it “defective.”
Discussion: The Other McCain
Christopher Hitchens / Slate:
French attempts to outlaw the burqa strike a blow for the rights of women. … - Shafer: I Wish Kagan—  About Whose Sexual Orientation I Am Clueless—Were an Uncloseted Lesbian- Obama Is Having So Much Fun Beating Up on WellPoint, America's Dumbest Health Insurer- The Government …
Discussion: Hot Air
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