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8:50 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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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.
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Questions surround Kagan's handling of White House eco-terrorist controversy
Discussion: Power Line and protein wisdom
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Kagan's friends: She's not gay
Josh Gerstein / Josh Gerstein's Blog:
Kagan sparred with Clinton race panel
Discussion: The Politico
Josh Gerstein / The Politico:
Kagan pragmatic in Clinton W.H. memos
Seton Motley / NewsBusters.org:
SCOTUS Nominee Kagan for ‘Redistribution of Speech’ …
Discussion: CNSNews and Townhall.com
Michael Barone / Associated Press:
Obama and Kagan whisper in the faculty lounge
CNN:
2 Justice Department officials in line to replace Kagan
Discussion: SCOTUSblog and The Note
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  —  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 and The Politico
Susan Davis / Washington Wire:
WSJ/NBC Poll: Hispanics Strongly Oppose Ariz. Immigration Law
Susan Davis / Washington Wire:   WSJ/NBC Poll: Does the Two-Party System Work?
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'
Discussion: The Caucus and Joe. My. God.
Bruce McQuain / Questions and Observations:
It is time to repeal DADT  —  Ben Smith at the Politico carries …
Discussion: JustOneMinute
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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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 …
Grist:
Introducing the American Power Act: On strategy and substance  —  Busy day here—started early with some curtain-raising morning television to kick off the discussion a bit about the American Power Act that Joe Lieberman [I-Conn.] and a unique coalition are talking about later today.
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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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CNN:
TRENDING: Sanford reunites with Argentine mistress  —  Washington (CNN) - South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford confirmed Wednesday that he spent last weekend trying to rekindle a relationship with an Argentine woman he once called his “soul mate.”  —  “As a matter of record …
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Jim Davenport / Associated Press:
SC Gov. Sanford saw Argentine lover in Florida
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Gawker
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 …
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.
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?
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.
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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Jeff Merkley:
Senate Passes Merkley-Klobuchar Amendment to Protect Homeowners from Deceptive Mortgage Practices  —  WASHINGTON, DC - Today, an amendment put forth by Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley and Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar to the Wall Street reform bill passed the Senate by a vote of 63-36.
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Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
The Incredible Growing FinReg Bill
Discussion: Open Left, Daily Kos and Eschaton
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 …
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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” …
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
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.
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.
 
 
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Carlos Lozano / L.A. NOW:
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Ed O'Keefe / Federal Eye:
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Joe Arnold / WHAS:
Rand Paul coasting in new poll
Discussion: Right Now and Erick's blog
ABCNEWS:
Oil Spill, Smoke Screen?  BP's Stranglehold on Underwater Leak Footage
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CNN:
Obama administration begins legal defense of health care law
Discussion: The Politico
Martin Feldstein / Wall Street Journal:
Extend the Bush Tax Cuts—For Now
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