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10:20 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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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:
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 …
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 …
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 …
Mike Madden / Salon:
GOP: Judicial experience matters, unless it doesn't
Doug Heye / GOP.com:
The Problem With Kagan's “Defective” Quotation
Jon Ward / The Daily Caller:
Elena Kagan no longer thinks Supreme Court nominees should have …
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 …
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
Fox News:
Clinton Accuses Pakistani Officials of Holding Back on Bin Laden Intelligence
Discussion: Liberty Pundits Blog and CBS News
Hilary Andersson / BBC:
‘Secret jail’ confirmed at US 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
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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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 …
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.
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 …
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
Sam Hananel / Associated Press:
Rule change favors unions at airlines, railroads  —  WASHINGTON (AP) - Labor unions will have an easier time organizing workers at U.S. airline and railroad companies after the Obama administration on Monday changed a 76-year-old rule on union elections.  —  The change is a major victory …
Lindsay Fortado / Bloomberg:
Fired London Bankers Overcome Bonus Backlash in U.K. Courtrooms  —  U.K. bankers, the butt of political and public criticism for getting taxpayer bailouts and large bonuses, at least have some friends in London's courts.  —  A former Societe Generale managing director …
Discussion: FT Alphaville and DealBook
Maggie Haberman / The Politico:
Fossella mulls bid for former seat  —  Former Rep. Vito Fossella (R-N.Y.), who opted not to seek re-election in 2008 after a DWI arrest exposed the married father of three as having a second family in Virginia, is seriously considering entering the race for his old seat, POLITICO has learned.
Discussion: msnbc.com and The Eye
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.
 
 
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Republican senators pressing to end federal control of Fannie, Freddie
Julia Ioffe / New Yorker:
ROULETTE RUSSIAN  —  The teen-ager behind Chatroulette.
CNN:
Medical marijuana stores firebombed in Montana
Roger Alford / Associated Press:
Paul may not vote for McConnell as floor leader
Discussion: The Fix and Real Clear Politics
Andy Kroll / Mother Jones:
BP: From Oil Spilling to Financial Reform Killing
Dennis Cauchon / USA Today:
Tax bills in 2009 at lowest level since 1950
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Ben Parr / Mashable!:
Twitter to Launch Twitter Business Center [SCREENSHOTS]
The World Newser:
Book Says Carla Bruni-Sarkozy Confided Sex Hijinks to Michelle Obama
Discussion: Mediaite
Rachel Sylvester / Times of London:
It's a fight for power: purists v pragmatists
Jay Cost / HorseRaceBlog:
Thunder on the mountain heavy as can be  —  Mean old twister bearing down on me
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
What Is Going On?  —  Is Arlen Specter toast?
Discussion: Philly.com and TPMDC
Mark Landsbaum / Orange Punch:
Whitman lead shrinking dramatically
Jim Galloway / Political Insider:
The Governator at Emory: 'I was going to speak in Arizona …
 

 
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Alex Sherman / CNBC:
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Wes Davis / The Verge:
Netflix confirms that it has started removing Apple iTunes billing for longtime subscribers, and now requires them to pay directly on its website

Alexandra Topping / The Guardian:
The BBC says it will bolster its procedures for dealing with non-editorial complaints, after finding shortcomings in dealing with a complaint about Huw Edwards

 
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