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9:10 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
Kenneth P. Vogel / The Politico:
Doubts about Kagan on key Obama issue
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Initial Reaction: 40% Positive Toward Kagan Nomination
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 …
Associated Press:
Oliverio knocks out 14-termer Mollohan  —  MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Democrat Alan Mollohan became the first member of the U.S. House to be ousted this spring primary season, after his opponent mounted a campaign that questioned the 14-term congressman's ethics and support for federal health care reform.
Susan Davis / Washington Wire:   Mollohan Loses in W. Va. Primary
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
Veteran House Democrat Loses Seat in Primary
Discussion: The Caucus
Sean J. Miller / Ballot Box:
Rep. Mollohan falls in West Virginia primary
Discussion: The Note and The Politico
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.
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Exclusive: Florida, Florida, Florida!  GOP heading to Tampa for '12 convention — What incumbents can learn from Mollohan rout — Prime Minister Cameron coming to White House this summer  —  BULLETIN - The Republican National Committee's site-selection committee is expected to name Tampa …
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Simon Heffer / Telegraph:
The political infighting won't be over until we have another election
New UK PM begins shaping coalition
Andrew Sparrow / Guardian:
David Cameron is new prime minister
Fox News:
Cameron Accepts Queen's Invitation to Be British 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 …
Shaila Dewan / New York Times:   CNN Contributor Erickson Draws Ire From All Sides
Howard Fineman /
Fineman: The Tea Party and Kagan
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
PalinMania II scheduled after midterms  —  In a move sure to capitalize on the buzz — if not the reality — of a potential Sarah Palin presidential bid, HarperCollins is putting out her second book in the weeks after November's midterm elections.  —  The book, titled, “AMERICA BY HEART …
Jeanne Devon / The Huffington Post:   Jeanne Devon ("AKMuckraker"): Sarah Palin's New Book.  Get the Dramamine.
Washington Post:
Afghanistan's Karzai to urge caution as U.S. pushes to empower local leaders  —  The U.S. strategy in Afghanistan is built around the belief that all good counterinsurgency is local.  In recent months, American officials have focused their plans on pushing power and money down to district, tribal and village leaders.
Discussion: SWJ Blog
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 …
Christopher Quinn / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
9th Congressional District special election headed for runoff  —  Tom Graves of the tiny northwest Georgia town of Ranger and Lee Hawkins of Gainesville are headed for a runoff for the 9th Congressional District seat.  —  With all the precincts reporting Tuesday night …
Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Investigates Morgan Stanley Deals  —  Prosecutors Look at Mortgage Securities; Firm Says It Hasn't Been Contacted  —  Federal prosecutors are investigating whether Morgan Stanley misled investors about mortgage-derivatives deals it helped design and sometimes bet against …
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
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.
Megan Matteucci / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Carter wins state Senate race  —  State election results show Atlanta attorney Jason Carter will follow in his grandfather President Jimmy Carter's political footsteps.  —  Carter captured 5,559 votes — or 65.6 percent — in the race for Senate District 42 in DeKalb County on Tuesday.
Discussion: This Just In
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.
Eric Dash / New York Times:
4 Big Banks Score Perfect 61-Day Run  —  It is the Wall Street equivalent of a perfect game of baseball — 27 up, 27 down, the final score measured in millions of dollars a day.  —  Despite the running unease in world markets, four giants of American finance managed to make money …
Discussion: NPR Topics
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.
Borys Krawczeniuk / The Times-Tribune:
Another poll says Sestak-Specter race tight  —  For the third time in a week, a statewide poll released Tuesday shows U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter falling behind Rep. Joe Sestak in the race for the Democratic Senate nomination.  —  The Franklin & Marshall College poll has Mr. Sestak with the support …
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.
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