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3:00 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 …
Matt Cover / CNSNews:
Kagan Says ‘Governmental Motive’ …
Discussion: protein wisdom and Reason
Seton Motley /
SCOTUS Nominee Kagan for ‘Redistribution of Speech’ …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Softball question  —  A spokeswoman for the Wall Street Journal …
Randall L. Kennedy / The Huffington Post:
The Media Jabs Are Unfair, Kagan Will Fight for Equality on the Court
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 …
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 …
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
National Dem Party funding Specter's ads
Discussion: TPMDC and AMERICAblog News
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
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.
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 …
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.
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.
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
Discussion: Pajamas Media
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
Discussion: Felix Salmon, NPR Topics and Gawker
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:
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
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 …
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” …
Discussion: Think Progress and Boing Boing
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.
John Kerry / The Huffington Post:
Transforming Our Power
Discussion: Ezra Klein and Online NewsHour
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.
David Swindle / NewsReal Blog:
“For It”: MSA Student Confesses She Wants a Second Holocaust  —  Last night NewsReal Blog's Editor-in-Chief David Horowitz gave a talk at UC San Diego to counter the Muslim Students Association's Israeli Apartheid Week.  (Horowitz made a point to properly describe the event as “Hitler Youth” week.)
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Tim Montgomerie / Guardian:
Congratulations, Mr Cameron.  Now learn the lessons of a dismal campaign
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