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1:40 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  —  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 Bernstein / The Volokh Conspiracy:
Isn't This a Bit Much?  —  The president went to Harvard …
Glenn Harlan Reynolds / New York Post:
Wise pick for a weak prez
Discussion: alicublog
Washington Post:
For Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan, a history of pragmatism over partisanship
Washington Times:
Concerns about Kagan  —  Nominee's record is lefty, dullish and short
Discussion: LewRockwell.com Blog and Wonk Room
Michael D. Shear / Washington Post:
Abortion could be sleeper issue in Supreme Court confirmation process
Discussion: The Monkey Cage
Elijah Sweete / The Moderate Voice:   Sex And The Supremes - Kagan Is Sixth “Maybe Gay” Nominee
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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 …
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
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 …
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 and The Nation
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 …
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: Ben Smith's Blog and The Note
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 …
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.
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Marshall, Cunningham closing on Burr  —  Elaine Marshall and Cal Cunningham have both gained ground on Richard Burr after building up their exposure during the Democratic primary campaign.  Burr is now in a weaker position than Elizabeth Dole was at the same point in the election cycle two years ago.
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's … and TPMDC
 
 
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Nicholas Confessore / New York Times:
New York Legislature Approves State Furloughs
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Mike Mandel / Mandel on Innovation and Growth:
A Bad Business Cycle for the Creative Economy
John Temple / Honolulu Civil Beat:
Civil Beat Poll: Djou On Way To May 22 Victory
Walter Alarkon / The Hill:
Democrats poised to move measures with high price tags
The Corner on National Review Online:
California Carly — By: NRO Staff
Discussion: AmSpecBlog
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
No winners in boycott of Ariz. immigration law
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
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
 Earlier Items: 
Colin Woodard / Christian Science Monitor:
'Tea party'-backed platform sails through Maine GOP convention
Discussion: RedState and Portland Press-Herald
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
CNN:
Medical marijuana stores firebombed in Montana
Maggie Haberman / The Politico:
Fossella mulls bid for former seat
Discussion: TPMDC, msnbc.com and The Eye
Sergei L. Loiko / Los Angeles Times:
U.S. troops march in Moscow in salute to Allies' role in WWII
 

 
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