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1:25 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 …
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 …
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.
Randall L. Kennedy / The Huffington Post:
The Media Jabs Are Unfair, Kagan Will Fight for Equality on the Court
Discussion: Washington Post
Howard Fineman /
Fineman: The Tea Party and Kagan
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 …
The Note:
Climate Changed: Long odds on energy bill, as incumbent heat rises
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
Rep. Alan Mollohan loses Democratic primary in West Virginia
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 …
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
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
Economic Scene: In Greece, a Reflection of U.S. Debt Problems  —  It's easy to look at the protesters and the politicians in Greece — and at the other European countries with huge debts — and wonder why they don't get it.  They have been enjoying more generous government benefits than they can afford.
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
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.
Carol E. Lee / Reuters:
Karzai gets full White House welcome  —  President Barack Obama welcomed Afghan President Hamid Karzai with some of the highest diplomatic trappings the White House has to offer - all intended to show the two leaders are reaffirming their sometimes-shaky relationship.
Discussion: CNN
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
YOUCUT.... Oh, good, another gimmick pretending to be policy work. … The list of possible areas for cuts is pretty underwhelming.  For example, participants in this little exercise can eliminate the Presidential Election Fund, saving $260 million over five years — but in the process making …
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
GOP will seek votes on spending cuts that online voters pick
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
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.
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
PalinMania II scheduled after midterms  —  In a move sure to capitalize on the buzz — if not the reality — of a potential Sarah Palin presidential bid, HarperCollins is putting out her second book in the weeks after November's midterm elections.  —  The book, titled, “AMERICA BY HEART …
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 …
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Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
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Sasha Polakow-Suransky / The Huffington Post:
Hypocrisy Now!: The Pro-Israel Crowd's Sins of Omission
Katrina vanden Heuvel / Washington Post:
How to turn Congress Inc. back to just Congress
Dani Rodrik / Project Syndicate:
Greek Lessons for the World Economy
Discussion: Outside The Beltway and EconLog
Radley Balko / Reason:
A Drug Raid Goes Viral
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Megan Matteucci / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Carter wins state Senate race
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