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12:25 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 …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Softball question  —  A spokeswoman for the Wall Street Journal said today its cover art was not intended as innuendo about Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan's sexual orientation after the paper's front-page use of an image of Kagan playing softball provoked a mixture of irritation and amusement from gay and lesbian advocates.
Josh Gerstein / The Politico:
Memos reveal Kagan's centrist side  —  LITTLE ROCK, Ark.— Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan urged President Bill Clinton to take centrist stances in several battles over issues like abortion and family leave when other administration officials or allies were pressing for a more aggressively liberal approach …
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 …
Scott Lemieux / American Prospect:
Can Kagan Win Over Liberals?  —  Progressives have expressed concern over Elena Kagan's blank record.  Here's how the Supreme Court nominee can put them at ease.  —  Recently, I argued that President Barack Obama should take advantage of the unusually favorable political situation to appoint a strong …
Mark Newman /
Kagan knows importance of strong stance
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
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 …
Associated Press:
Oliverio knocks out 14-termer Mollohan  —  MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Democrat Alan Mollohan became the first member of the U.S. House to be ousted this spring primary season, after his opponent mounted a campaign that questioned the 14-term congressman's ethics and support for federal health care reform.
The Note:
Climate Changed: Long odds on energy bill, as incumbent heat rises
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 …
Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Investigates Morgan Stanley  —  Prosecutors Look at Mortgage Securities; Firm Says It Hasn't Been Contacted  —  U.S. prosecutors are investigating whether Morgan Stanley misled investors about mortgage-derivatives deals it helped design and sometimes bet against, people familiar with the matter said …
Eric Dash / New York Times:
4 Big Banks Score Perfect 61-Day Run  —  It is the Wall Street equivalent of a perfect game of baseball — 27 up, 27 down, the final score measured in millions of dollars a day.  —  Despite the running unease in world markets, four giants of American finance managed to make money …
Discussion: Felix Salmon, NPR Topics and Gawker
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
Shaila Dewan / New York Times:
CNN Contributor Erickson Draws Ire From All Sides  —  MACON, Ga. — In his seven weeks as one of CNN's newest contributors, Erick Erickson has made scarcely more than a dozen appearances on the network.  —  But his every utterance — every Twitter message, blog post and radio rant …
Howard Fineman /
Fineman: The Tea Party and Kagan
Tim Montgomerie / Guardian:
Congratulations, Mr Cameron.  Now learn the lessons of a dismal campaign  —  The Tory leader is No 10 bound, but a sensible strategy would have put him there last week, with no need for alliances  —  David Cameron has finally got to the steps of 10 Downing Street, but the vast majority …
Jeanne Devon / The Huffington Post:
Jeanne Devon ("AKMuckraker"): Sarah Palin's New Book.  Get the Dramamine.  —  You look at me.  I'm normally about as white as they come, but today you notice something else.  I seem a little ashen, even for me.  Maybe actually a little greenish.  “Yes, I am feeling a little unwell,” I say, thinking how kind you are for asking.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
PalinMania II scheduled after midterms
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 …
Lisa Vorderbrueggen / Political Blotter:
CD11: Goehring wants to thin ‘liberal’ herd  —  Congressional District 11 GOP candidate Brad Goehring is drawing fire for his confrontational Facebook statement today: … Check out all the comments; 57 when I looked a few minutes ago. … LAV 3:23 p.m. Screen shot posted below.  LAV 4:08 p.m.)
Teddy Davis / ABCNEWS:
Jeb Bush Sees Rising Star in Wisconsin  —  Republican Scott Walker Touts ‘Brown Bag’ Approach to Government  —  Wisconsin Republicans have yet to nominate a candidate for governor.  Indeed, the state's primary is not until Sept. 14.  But two national GOP heavyweights …
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 …
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
Chris Hayes on Audit the Fed: “The Single Greatest Act of Bipartisanship Since Obama Took Office”  —  Subbing for Rachel Maddow Tuesday night, Chris Hayes on the passage of Audit the Fed:  —  CHRIS HAYES: Something truly remarkable happened in Washington today.
Discussion: NPR
Dani Rodrik / Project Syndicate:
Greek Lessons for the World Economy  —  print recommend Send link clip secure rights  —  CAMBRIDGE - The $140 billion support package that the Greek government has finally received from its European Union partners and the International Monetary Fund gives it the breathing space needed …
Discussion: Outside The Beltway and EconLog
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.
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