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11:50 AM ET, May 11, 2010

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Peter Baker / New York Times:
News Analysis: 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 …
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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:
Eugene Volokh / The Volokh Conspiracy:
Elena Kagan as Scholar  —  As scholar, Elena Kagan worked in two main fields, First Amendment law and (more or less) administrative law.  Since the first of those fields is one in which I also work, I decided to reread those articles, and — since some people have raised questions …
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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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 …
David Bernstein / The Volokh Conspiracy:
Isn't This a Bit Much?  —  The president went to Harvard, and barely defeated a primary opponent who went to Yale.  His predecessor went to Yale and Harvard, and defeated opponents who went to Yale and Harvard, and Harvard, respectively.  The previous two presidents also went to Yale …
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 …
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 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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Jake Gibson / Liveshots:
Tea Party Flexes Muscle in Utah
Roger Alford / Associated Press:
Paul may not vote for McConnell as floor leader
Discussion: The Fix and Real Clear Politics
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.
Discussion: The Huffington Post
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.
Bloomberg:
Euro, Stocks, Commodities Retreat as Bailout Optimism Ebbs  —  The euro halted a two-day gain and stocks fell, with Chinese equities entering a bear market, amid concern Europe's indebted nations will struggle to cut deficits even after an almost $1 trillion emergency loan package.
Discussion: Townhall.com
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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 …
The Corner on National Review Online:
California Carly — By: NRO Staff  —  I am endorsing a fellow conservative who is running for the U.S. Senate in the hotly contested Republican primary race in California.  —  Carly Fiorina is a solid conservative who has solid pro-life values.  She will support and defend Americans' Second Amendment rights …
Discussion: AmSpecBlog
Colin Woodard / Christian Science Monitor:
'Tea party'-backed platform sails through Maine GOP convention  —  Maine is known for GOP moderates, but over the weekend, conservative activists succeeded in passing a platform that's backed by tea party groups.  —  Conservative activists backed by “tea party” groups have rejected …
Discussion: RedState and Portland Press-Herald
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 …
New York Times:
Drone Strikes Pound West Pakistan  —  KARACHI, Pakistan — In an unusually ferocious American attack on militants in Pakistan, about 18 missiles fired from pilotless aircraft killed at least 14 fighters and wounded four others on Tuesday in the tribal area of North Waziristan, a security official and a resident of the area said.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Wonk Room
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Obama drug plan ‘firmly opposes’ legalization as California vote looms  —  The Obama administration said Tuesday that it “firmly opposes” the legalization of any illicit drugs as California voters head to the polls to consider legalizing marijuana this fall.
Discussion: CNN and The Washington Independent
Sergei L. Loiko / Los Angeles Times:
U.S. troops march in Moscow in salute to Allies' role in WWII  —  American soldiers march for the first time in Red Square in a Victory Day parade, sparking anger among some Russians.  —  Seventy-one U.S. infantrymen march in Moscow's Red Square as part of the annual Victory Day parade.
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
No winners in boycott of Ariz. immigration law  —  When left-leaning activist groups, civil rights leaders and lawmakers in several cities called for a boycott of Arizona over the state's new illegal immigration law, they did more than make a point about illegal immigration.
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
Alex Isenstadt / The Politico:
Incumbent watch: Who's next to go?  —  Sen. Bob Bennett (R-Utah), who was defeated Saturday, was the first incumbent to lose his party's nomination this year.  But he almost certainly won't be the last in this unusually volatile election year.  —  Last week alone, Rep. Dan Burton (R-Ind.) …
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and Reuters
BBC:
Pope pins scandal on Church ‘sin’  —  Pope Benedict XVI has warned that the greatest threat to the Catholic Church comes from “sin within”, rather than persecution from outside.  —  He made his comments in response to a question on the clerical child abuse scandal, while en route to Portugal.
Discussion: Shakesville
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.
 
 
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Walter Alarkon / The Hill:
Democrats poised to move measures with high price tags
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Sheryl Gay Stolberg / The Caucus:
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Lindsay Fortado / Bloomberg:
Fired London Bankers Overcome Bonus Backlash in U.K. Courtrooms
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Washington Post:
Republican senators pressing to end federal control of Fannie, Freddie
CNN:
Medical marijuana stores firebombed in Montana
Maggie Haberman / The Politico:
Fossella mulls bid for former seat
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Sam Hananel / Associated Press:
Rule change favors unions at airlines, railroads
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The World Newser:
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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
What Is Going On?  —  Is Arlen Specter toast?
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Larry O'Connor / Big Journalism:
Media Take Note: In Arizona County, Of 64 Highway Chases Last Month …
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