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9:05 AM ET, May 11, 2010

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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 …
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Jane Hamsher / The Politico:
Wrath of the angry left  —  How hard will Senate Republicans fight the Kagan Supreme Court nomination?  Will legal lefties vent their anger at the White House for not picking a full-throated liberal progressives to battle Scalia and Alito?  —  Blogger, firedoglake.com and liberal activist :
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:
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
So Is She Gay?  —  It is no more of an empirical question than whether she is Jewish.  We know she is Jewish, and it is a fact simply and rightly put in the public square.  If she were to hide her Jewishness, it would seem rightly odd, bizarre, anachronistic, even arguably self-critical or self-loathing.
Doug Heye / GOP.com:
The Problem With Kagan's “Defective” Quotation  —  Democrats and their allies on the Left and in the media are jumping on Chairman Steele's statement on Solicitor General Elena Kagan this morning, in which he raised concerns about “her support [in a law review article] for statements suggesting …
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The Evolving Politics And Ethics Of The Closet  —  John Tabin says I have no consistency on this topic.  He's well within his rights to link to pieces (or mere sentences in posts) I have written over two decades to find evolution or shifts, but I think he's wrong to say my slight evolution on this is simply out of pique.
John Tabin / AmSpecBlog:
A Brief History of Andrew Sullivan's Confusion Over The Politics of The Closet  —  I'm sure this post by Andrew Sullivan, about rumors that Elena Kagan is a lesbian, will get a lot of attention.  Sullivan asks if Obama is “going to use a Supreme Court nominee to advance the cause of the closet”:
Mike Madden / Salon:
GOP: Judicial experience matters, unless it doesn't  —  WASHINGTON — Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, speaking Monday on the nomination of Solicitor General Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court: … Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, speaking Oct. 27, 2005, on the nomination of then-White House counsel Harriet Miers …
Josh Gerstein / The Politico:
Kagan's scant writings spark concern  —  The Senate is about to embark on something it hasn't done in nearly four decades: vet a candidate for the Supreme Court — Solicitor General Elena Kagan — who has no paper trail as a judge.  —  A thin paper trail can be a good thing for a nominee …
David Bernstein / The Volokh Conspiracy:
Isn't This a Bit Much?  —  The president went to Harvard …
Jon Ward / The Daily Caller:
Elena Kagan no longer thinks Supreme Court nominees should have …
Jon Ward / The Daily Caller:
White House bristles at mention of Elena Kagan's sexuality …
Ezra Klein:
Will the court 'become a conscious agent overturning progressive laws …
Discussion: Hullabaloo
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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Fox News:
Clinton Accuses Pakistani Officials of Holding Back on Bin Laden Intelligence
Discussion: Liberty Pundits Blog and CBS News
Jim Galloway / Political Insider:
The Governator at Emory: 'I was going to speak in Arizona, but I thought I'd be deported'  —  California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger greets graduates at Emory University.  John Spink/AJC  —  California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger gave the commencement address at Emory University on Monday.
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Kevin Yamamura / Capitol Alert:
Schwarzenegger makes Arizona joke at commencement
Discussion: Think Progress
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
What Is Going On?  —  Is Arlen Specter toast?  —  There are three big senate primaries on May 18th — Democratic primaries in Pennsylvania and Arkansas and a Republican one in Kentucky.  It's been clear for some time that the establishment GOP candidate in Kentucky will likely get rocked by Rand Paul …
Discussion: Philly.com and TPMDC
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
New McCain ad: You cannot be serious  —  I don't know what to say, guys.  I'm genuinely speechless.  Pandering is one thing, shameless careerist pandering is something else, and then there's John “Goddamned Fence” McCain marching along the border in a badass Navy baseball cap looking …
Rachel Sylvester / Times of London:
It's a fight for power: purists v pragmatists  —  The kaleidoscope has been smashed - a monumental struggle is now under way within all three parties  —  The voters wanted a “new kind of politics”.  Well, now they have got it.  Yesterday Gordon Brown resigned as Labour leader …
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John F. Burns / New York Times:
Brown Says He'll Resign to Help Labour
Wall Street Journal:
Did Big Bet Trigger Stock Swoon?  —  Shortly after 2:15 p.m. Eastern time last Thursday, hedge fund Universa Investments LP placed a big bet in the Chicago options trading pits that stocks would continue their sharp declines.  —  On any other day, this $7.5 million trade for 50,000 options contracts might …
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Confirmed: Apple and AT&T signed five-year iPhone exclusivity deal — but is it still valid?  —  The term of Apple and AT&T's iPhone exclusivity deal has long been a mystery — although USA Today reported a five-year arrangement when the original iPhone came out in 2007 …
Chris Frates / The Politico:
Jack Reed wants hedge funds to register  —  Democratic Sen. Jack Reed filed an amendment to the sweeping Wall Street reform bill Monday that cracks down on the private investment pools that have escaped largely unscathed from the kind of scrutiny big banks have faced.
Discussion: DealBook and Mother Jones
Hilary Andersson / BBC:
‘Second jail’ at Afghan 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.
Jay Cost / HorseRaceBlog:
Thunder on the mountain heavy as can be  —  Mean old twister bearing down on me  —  All the ladies of Washington scrambling to get out of town  —  Looks like something bad gonna happen, better roll your airplane down  —Bob Dylan  —  The American people have only a limited role in the United States government.
New York Times:
U.S. Tries to Win Afghan Leader, Karzai, With Charm  —  WASHINGTON — The last time Afghanistan's president, Hamid Karzai, was in Washington — a year ago — he had to share the spotlight with his Pakistani counterpart, Asif Ali Zardari, who got the bulk of the attention from the White House, the Pentagon and the State Department.
 
 
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