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4:05 PM ET, May 12, 2010


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Ben Smith / The Politico:
Kagan's friends: She's not gay  —  Elena Kagan is not a lesbian, one of her best friends told POLITICO Tuesday night, responding to persistent rumors and innuendo about the Supreme Court nominee's personal life.  —  “I've known her for most of her adult life and I know she's straight,” …
Brian Montopoli / CBS News:
Elena Kagan White House “Interview” Riles Reporters  —  The White House today posted on its website a video allowing Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan to speak “in her own words” about her personal history and perspective.  —  In the interview, conducted by a White House staffer who produces videos …
Reid Wilson / Hotline On Call:
Sources: Gregoire Could Replace Kagan  —  WA Gov. Christine Gregoire (D) leads a short list to replace Solicitor General Elena Kagan, the WH has told members of Gregoire's home-state delegation.  —  Gregoire, a 2-term incumbent and a former WA AG, has been a rumored contender for other admin positions.
Ben Armbruster / Think Progress:
Ken Starr on right-wing attacks on Kagan: 'I don't think it serves the country well.'  —  Today on MSNBC, former Whitewater prosecutor Ken Starr countered Republicans who are suggesting Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan is not qualified because she has never served as a judge.
Michael Barone / Associated Press:
Obama and Kagan whisper in the faculty lounge  —  Professor chooses professor.  That's one headline you could write about Barack Obama's nomination of Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court.  —  Obama graduated from Harvard Law School in 1991, Kagan in 1986.  Kagan joined the faculty at the University …
Josh Gerstein / The Politico:
Memos reveal Kagan's centrist side
Matt Cover / CNSNews:
Kagan Says ‘Governmental Motive’ …
Discussion: protein wisdom
Seton Motley /
SCOTUS Nominee Kagan for ‘Redistribution of Speech’ …
Josh Gerstein / Josh Gerstein's Blog:
Kagan sparred with Clinton race panel
Discussion: The Politico
The Note:
Sen. Kaufman: Kagan's Work History Gives ‘Some Idea’ of ‘Political Philosophy’
Discussion: The Politico, CNN and ABCNEWS
Jacob Sullum / Reason:
The Bounds of Silence  —  Obama's Supreme Court pick looks wobbly on freedom of speech.
Discussion: Hit & Run
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Softball question  —  A spokeswoman for the Wall Street Journal …
Quinnipiac University:
Specter-Sestak Dem Primary Too Close To Call, Quinnipiac University Pennsylvania Poll Finds; Toomey Has Big Lead In Republican Primary  —  U.S. Rep. Joe Sestak continues his stretch run in the Pennsylvania U.S. Senate primary and now trails incumbent Sen. Arlen Specter by a too-close-to-call 44 …
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Suspicions about Specter aid Sestak  —  PITTSBURGH - The first time Sen. Arlen Specter (D-Pa.) slipped up here Tuesday night at the Allegheny County Democratic Committee's Jefferson-Jackson Dinner, most in the audience pretended not to notice.  —  But at the end of his remarks when Specter again thanked the …
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Arizona bans ‘ethnic studies’  —  Arizona GOP Gov. Jan Brewer has signed a law banning the state's schools from teaching ethnic studies classes.  —  Brewer signed the bill Tuesday that targets Chicano studies programs currently being taught in Tucson schools.
Jonathan J. Cooper / Associated Press:
Arizona gov. signs bill targeting ethnic studies  —  PHOENIX - Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer has signed a bill targeting a school district's ethnic studies program, hours after a report by United Nations human rights experts condemned the measure.  —  State schools chief Tom Horne …
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Alan Mollohan loses primary fight  —  West Virginia Democratic Rep. Alan Mollohan lost his bid for a 15th term tonight at the hands of state Sen. Mike Oliverio, a defeat that further affirms the anti-incumbent sentiment coursing through the country.  —  Mollohan hadn't faced a serious primary fight …
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
Rep. Alan Mollohan loses Democratic primary in West Virginia
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Milbloggers call for end to 'Don't Ask'  —  A group of leading military bloggers has issued a joint statement urging Congress to repeal “Don't Ask, Don't Tell.”  —  The community of “mil-bloggers” — often hawkish, critical of White House and military leadership, devoted …
Pundit Review Radio / BLACKFIVE:
DADT statement from Milbloggers
Discussion: JustOneMinute and Pajamas Media
New York Post:
Obama won't golf with Limbaugh  —  When President Obama was asked if he would play a round of golf with his talk-radio nemesis Rush Limbaugh, the response, relayed by a top Democrat, was: “Limbaugh can play with himself.”  —  This is according to Zev Chafets in his new book, “Rush Limbaugh: An Army of One,” due May 25 from Sentinel.
Pew Research Center:
Broad Approval For New Arizona Immigration Law  —  Democrats Divided, But Support key Provisions  —  The public broadly supports a new Arizona law aimed at dealing with illegal immigration and the law's provisions giving police increased powers to stop and detain people who are suspected of being in the country illegally.
Paul Krugman:
Are We Greece?  —  David Leonhardt tries to draw parallels.  But how strong is the parallel, really?  —  I would really question this comparison: … Um, that's comparing a (highly uncertain) projection of debt 20 years from now — a projection that's based on the assumption of unchanged policy — with actual debt now.
Discussion: Ezra Klein and Washington Post
Faiz Shakir / Think Progress:
Caving To NRA, Tennessee Legislature Passes ‘Guns In Bars’ Bill  —  Last month, Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) signed legislation to allow “concealed carry permit holders to bring loaded guns” into establishments that serve alcohol.  The law does not permit gun holders to consume alcohol …
Canadian Business Online:   Tenn. gov to wait to decide whether to renewed effort to allow …
Declan McCullagh / CNET News:
‘Secret’ telecom anti-Net neutrality plan isn't  —  The Center for American Progress seemed to have blockbuster news on Tuesday: an expose titled “Telecoms' Secret Plan To Attack Net Neutrality.”  —  On its Think Progress blog, the liberal advocacy group announced it had “obtained” …
Top senators introduce comprehensive energy bill  —  Sens. John Kerry, D-Massachusetts (left), and Joe Lieberman, I-Connecticut (right), introduced a sweeping energy and climate change bill Wednesday.  —  Washington (CNN) - Two leading senators on Wednesday introduced a sweeping energy …
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
John Kerry / The Huffington Post:
Transforming Our Power
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
“Jobs” Drops to No. 2 on Americans' List of Top Problems  —  Economy ranks No. 1, while mentions of immigration are up sharply  —  PRINCETON, NJ — After two months as the clear No. 1 perceived problem facing the country, unemployment/jobs dipped to No. 2 in May, while “the economy” in general moved back into the top position.
Discussion: Hot Air
Adam Smith / The Buzz:
It's official: Charlie Crist won't give campaign refunds  —  Gov. Charlie Crist told MSNBC's Joe Scarborough on April 30 that he would “probably” give refunds to donors who don't approve of him leaving the GOP.  Some donors to his U.S. Senate campaign were told before the switch …
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
The Evil of Lesser Evilism  —  Everybody here lies.  —  But with the arrival of Hamid Karzai, the mendacity blossomed into absurdity.  —  The question for the Obama White House is not whether it can grow to appreciate the caped capo who runs Afghanistan.  (President Obama can't stand him.)
Spencer Ackerman / The Washington Independent:
From Kandahar, View of a ‘Counterproductive Counterinsurgency’
Discussion: Washington Post and Taylor Marsh
Mike Allen / The Politico:
GOP plans Tampa '12 convention  —  The Republican National Committee's site-selection committee is expected to name Tampa, Fla., on Wednesday as site of the party's 2012 convention, top Republicans tell POLITICO.  —  The site-selection committee is scheduled to announce a choice among three finalists …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
GOP RECONSIDERS THE IMPORTANCE OF EMPATHY.... There was a tiresome, seemingly endless debate last year over judges and “empathy.”  You may recall that President Obama vowed to seek justices who understand “that justice isn't about some abstract legal theory or a footnote in a casebook.
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