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2:50 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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Scott Lemieux / American Prospect:
Is Kennedy Easily Manipulated?  —  One important component of the liberal case for Elena Kagan seems to be that she could exert a strong influence on the Court's median vote, Anthony Kennedy.  Here's Jeffrey Rosen: … And half-seriously, Jonathan Zasloff:
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Kagan Nomination Leaves Longing on the Left  —  WASHINGTON — The selection of Solicitor General Elena Kagan to be the nation's 112th justice extends a quarter-century pattern in which Republican presidents generally install strong conservatives on the Supreme Court while Democratic presidents pick candidates …
Robert C. Clark / Wall Street Journal:
Kagan and the Military: What Really Happened  —  As dean, she upheld a policy already in place.  —  With the announcement of Elena Kagan as nominee for the open seat on the Supreme Court, comments both sound and foolish are sure to flood the media.  In the prior category is the observation …
Eugene Volokh / The Volokh Conspiracy:
Elena Kagan as Scholar
Glenn Harlan Reynolds / New York Post:
Wise pick for a weak prez
Discussion: alicublog
David Bernstein / The Volokh Conspiracy:
Isn't This a Bit Much?  —  The president went to Harvard …
Michael D. Shear / Washington Post:
Abortion could be sleeper issue in Supreme Court confirmation process
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 …
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David M. Herszenhorn / New York Times:
Senate Backs One-Time Audit of Fed's Bailout Role  —  WASHINGTON — 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.
Discussion: Wonkette
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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 …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
The bipartisanship of the fringe  —  Bipartisanship is a rare thing in Washington, but the Senate just 96- to pass a bill to “Audit the Fed,” a version of legislation championed by Ron Paul for decades and supported by Michelle Bachmann and other Republicans, but also backed this time by Democrats led …
Silla Brush / The Hill:
Senate approves toned down audit of the Fed
Brad Thor / Big Government:
EXCLUSIVE: Mullah Omar Captured!  —  Through key intelligence sources in Afghanistan and Pakistan, I have just learned that reclusive Taliban leader and top Osama bin Laden ally, Mullah Omar has been taken into custody.  —  According to the State Department's Rewards for Justice Program …
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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 …
Eric Zimmermann / The Hill:
Senators want Pakistani Taliban on terrorist list
Discussion: The Politico
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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Roger Alford / Associated Press:
Paul may not vote for McConnell as floor leader
Discussion: Daily Kos and Real Clear Politics
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Alan Mollohan fights for his political life
Jon Ward / The Daily Caller:
Top Obama advisers Jarrett and Axelrod given car privileges traditionally reserved for national security officials  —  President Obama has expanded the very small group of top aides who are given the privilege of taxpayer-funded personal drivers — who take them from their house to work …
Discussion: Hot Air, BLACKFIVE and Mudville Gazette
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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 …
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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.
CNN:
Bill Clinton lends a hand on wife's debt  —  Former President Clinton is helping Sec. of State Hillary Clinton retire her remaining 2008 presidential campaign.  —  Washington (CNN) - If you supported Secretary of State Hillary Clinton during her 2008 presidential run, chances are you received …
Discussion: The Note
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Clinton campaign raffles Bill
Discussion: Vanity Fair
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.
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.
Jim Oliphant / The Swamp:
VP Biden's son Beau hospitalized  —  Vice President Joe Biden's son, Beau, has been hospitalized for reasons that have yet not been made public.  —  A terse statement released Tuesday morning by the vice-president's office said Beau Biden, Delaware's attorney general “is at Christiana Medical Center undergoing treatment at present.
 
 
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Howard Schneider / Washington Post:
Europe rewrites its rule book in creating fund to contain financial crisis
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
New Specter ad features Obama
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Washington Times:
MEESE: Restoring ‘peace through strength’
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Mike Mandel / Mandel on Innovation and Growth:
A Bad Business Cycle for the Creative Economy
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Marshall, Cunningham closing on Burr
Walter Alarkon / The Hill:
Democrats poised to move measures with high price tags
The Corner on National Review Online:
California Carly — By: NRO Staff
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Byron York / Washington Examiner:
No winners in boycott of Ariz. immigration law
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Alex Isenstadt / The Politico:
Incumbent watch: Who's next to go?
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and Reuters
BBC:
Pope pins scandal on Church ‘sin’
Discussion: Shakesville
Colin Woodard / Christian Science Monitor:
'Tea party'-backed platform sails through Maine GOP convention
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Obama drug plan ‘firmly opposes’ legalization as California vote looms
Discussion: CNN and The Washington Independent
New York Times:
Drone Strikes Pound West Pakistan
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Wonk Room
Sergei L. Loiko / Los Angeles Times:
U.S. troops march in Moscow in salute to Allies' role in WWII