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12:50 AM ET, May 13, 2010


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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.
Brian Montopoli / CBS News:
Elena Kagan White House “Interview” Riles Reporters
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
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.
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
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.
Mark Murray /
Poll: Despite spill, support for oil drilling high
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 …
Top senators introduce comprehensive energy bill
Discussion: The Note and Ben Smith's Blog
John Kerry / The Huffington Post:   Transforming Our Power
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
TRENDING: Sanford reunites with Argentine mistress
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 …
Carlos Lozano / L.A. NOW:
L.A. City Council votes to ban travel and future contracts with Arizona because of tough new immigration law  —  The Los Angeles City Council, protesting Arizona's crackdown on illegal immigration, on Wednesday voted to ban most city travel to Arizona and future contracts with companies in that state.
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.
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 …
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.
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%.
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 …
NARAL Pro-Choice America:
NARAL Pro-Choice America PAC Endorses Sestak in Pennsylvania Senate Primary Race
Discussion: The Caucus and Politics Daily
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?
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 …
Catherine Rampell / New York Times:
The New Poor: The Economy Shifts, Leaving Some Behind  —  JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Many of the jobs lost during the recession are not coming back.  —  Period.  —  For the last two years, the weak economy has provided an opportunity for employers to do what they would have done anyway …
Martin Chulov / Guardian:
Iraq violence delays US withdrawal  —  Withdrawal of first large phase of combat troops likely to be delayed for at least a month due to Iraq's instability  —  The White House is likely to delay the withdrawal of the first large phase of combat troops from Iraq for at least a month …
Discussion: and Emptywheel
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.
Scott Horton / Harper's:
Arrest of 13 CIA Agents Sought in Spain  —  Prosecutors attached to the Audiencia Nacional in Madrid are reportedly requesting that Judge Ismael Moreno issue an order for the arrest of thirteen CIA agents involved in an extraordinary rendition operation from 2004, the newspaper El País reports …
Discussion: AMERICAblog News
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 …
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.
Glenn Somerville / Reuters:
U.S. posts 19th straight monthly budget deficit  —  (Reuters) - The United States posted an $82.69 billion deficit in April, nearly four times the $20.91 billion shortfall registered in April 2009 and the largest on record for that month, the Treasury Department said on Wednesday.
Oil Spill, Smoke Screen?  BP's Stranglehold on Underwater Leak Footage  —  Message Control A Key Industry Focus During Oil Disaster Drills  —  During a series of dry-run exercises, where the U.S. Coast Guard, other agencies and oil companies practiced their response to major oil spill disasters …
Discussion: The Huffington Post and Daily Kos
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