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11:40 PM ET, May 12, 2010

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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 …
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Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Questions surround Kagan's handling of White House eco-terrorist controversy  —  In 1995 and 1996, future Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan was involved in a bizarre controversy in which the Clinton White House was accused of siding with an eco-terrorist group locked in a standoff with federal agents deep in the woods of Oregon.
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.
Kathleen Parker / Washington Post:
Elena Kagan is miles away from mainstream America
Josh Gerstein / Josh Gerstein's Blog:
Kagan sparred with Clinton race panel
Discussion: The Politico
CNN:
2 Justice Department officials in line to replace Kagan
Discussion: SCOTUSblog and Big Hollywood
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 …
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Krissah Thompson / Washington Post:
Arizona tourism loses more business in wake of immigration law vote  —  Arizona took another hit Wednesday as Republicans cast a vote for the home of their 2012 convention.  Phoenix made the short list but lost out to Tampa.  —  It was little surprise to tourism officials in Arizona.
Carlos Lozano / L.A. NOW:
L.A. City Council votes to ban travel and future contracts …
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.
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Lydia Saad / Gallup:
“Jobs” Drops to No. 2 on Americans' List of Top Problems
Discussion: Hot Air and The Politico
Susan Davis / Washington Wire:
WSJ/NBC Poll: Hispanics Strongly Oppose Ariz. Immigration Law
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:   Support broadens among Americans for Arizona's tough illegal …
Ben Geman / The Hill:
1,000-page climate bill is unveiled  —  Sens. John Kerry (D-Mass.) and Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) on Wednesday unveiled their nearly 1,000-page climate change bill, flanked by environmentalists, religious and ex-military leaders and energy industry officials.  —  But the glaring absence …
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CNN:
Top senators introduce comprehensive energy bill
Discussion: The Note and Ben Smith's Blog
Jim Davenport / Associated Press:
SC Gov. Sanford saw Argentine lover in Florida  —  COLUMBIA, S.C. — South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford said Wednesday he spent last weekend in Florida with his Argentine lover, hoping to rekindle the affair that wrecked his marriage and his political future and brought a formal rebuke from legislators for embarrassing the state.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Gawker
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CNN:
TRENDING: Sanford reunites with Argentine mistress
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 …
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NARAL Pro-Choice America:
NARAL Pro-Choice America PAC Endorses Sestak in Pennsylvania Senate Primary Race
Discussion: The Caucus and Politics Daily
Quinnipiac University:
Specter-Sestak Dem Primary Too Close To Call, Quinnipiac University …
Wall Street Journal:
Voters Shifting to GOP  —  Republicans have solidified support among voters who had drifted from the party in recent elections, putting the GOP in position for a strong comeback in November's mid-term campaign, according to a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll.
Pundit Review Radio / BLACKFIVE:
DADT statement from Milbloggers  —  There was a recent exchange of letters between Sen. Levin and Sec. Def.  Gates about the study the military is doing about Don't Ask, Don't Tell.  In it Sec. Gates confirmed that the military was looking at how best to implement the policy on the assumption that the rule would be changed.
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Milbloggers call for end to 'Don't Ask'
Ezra Klein:
Galbraith: The danger posed by the deficit ‘is zero’  —  James Galbraith is an economist and the Lloyd M. Bentsen Jr. chair in government and business relations at the University of Texas at Austin.  He's also a skeptic of the prevailing concern over America's long-term deficit.
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 …
Brad DeLong / Grasping Reality with Both Hands:
The Contrast in Mood Between Today and 1983  —  The most astonishing and surprising thing I find about Washington DC today is the contrast in mood between DC today and what DC was thinking a generation ago, in 1983, the last time the unemployment rate was kissing 10%.
Michiko Kakutani / New York Times:
Books of The Times: ‘The Promise: President Obama, Year One’ by Jonathan Alter  —  With relentless 24/7 media coverage of President Obama and a floodlet of books about him, the reader might well ask: Why another study of him and his White House, when his presidency is less than a year and a half old?
Art Beast / The Daily Beast:
Backing Off the Tax Pledge?  —  Hungry Beast Giving Beast Women in the World  —  Blogs and Stories  —  White House Budget Director Peter Orszag, grilled about Obama's pledge not to raise middle-class taxes, left the president wiggle room.  Lloyd Grove reports.
Washington Post:
Stupak: Oil well's blowout preventer had leaks, dead battery, design flaws  —  A senior House Democrat said that the blowout preventer that failed to stop an oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico had a dead battery in its control pod, leaks in its hydraulic system, a “useless” test version …
Rep. Eric Cantor / Big Government:
Tired of Big Government Spending?  Then YouCut it!  —  Two weeks ago, I wrote on BigGovernment that the GOP Today is much different than the party was a few years back.  I was glad that my post generated attention, and very pleased to read through the different responses - both positive and skeptical.
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Reid Wilson / Hotline On Call:
RNC Members Blast Barbour Over MA  —  Updated: Check out the furious backpedaling from both IA RNC members, in a statement distributed by the RGA, here.  —  Conservative members of the RNC are upset with RGA chair Haley Barbour for spending party money to attack a right-leaning candidate …
Discussion: Beltway Confidential
The White House:
Statement by President Obama on Financial Reform  —  Throughout the debate on Wall Street reform, I have urged members of the Senate to fight the efforts of special interests and their lobbyists to weaken consumer protections.  An amendment that the Senate will soon consider would do exactly that …
 
 
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ABCNEWS:
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CNN:
Obama administration begins legal defense of health care law
Discussion: The Politico
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