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8:20 PM ET, May 13, 2010


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Kagan Was ‘Not Sympathetic’ as Law Clerk to Gun-Rights Argument  —  Elena Kagan said as a U.S. Supreme Court law clerk in 1987 that she was “not sympathetic” toward a man who contended that his constitutional rights were violated when he was convicted for carrying an unlicensed pistol.
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Comedy gold: Kagan pretends to admire Orrin Hatch's gun  —  An all-time classic in the annals of American culture clashes.  Entrenched Ivory Tower academics love the firearms, baby!  —  Like Karl says, noting the double-entendre potential of the pistol, she's killing two storylines here with one stone.
Thomas Ferraro / Reuters:
Senator says Kagan critical of Supreme Court
Discussion: TalkLeft, The Awl and Wonkette
Sharon Otterman / City Room:
Want to Talk to Kagan's Family? Permission Denied
Discussion: Mediaite, Gawker and New York Times
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:   Sen. Collins sees no reason to filibuster Kagan at this point
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Finding Meaning in Kagan's Tie to Justice Marshall
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Specter praises Kagan after meeting with her
The Hill:
Anti-porn provision sinks Dem jobs bill  —  House Democrats had to scrap their only substantive bill of the week Thursday after Republicans won a procedural vote that substantively altered the legislation with an anti-porn clause.  —  Democrats had labeled their COMPETES Act …
Karl Rove / Wall Street Journal:
How Badly Will the Democrats Do?  —  A few trends to watch ahead of November.
Jake Sherman / The Politico:
Boehner slams ‘inability to govern’
Discussion: CNN
Carol E. Lee / The Politico:
Obama: Did what moment required  —  BUFFALO — Emboldened by positive jobs numbers and an uptick in his own polls, President Barack Obama stood squarely behind his economic record Thursday and accused Republicans of doing nothing to contribute to the growth.
Discussion: CNN and Guardian
When in Buffalo, Obama orders wings
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Arizona lawmaker laughs at McCain's border fence ad  —  Rep. John Shadegg (R-Ariz.) couldn't contain himself Thursday when he saw footage of Sen. John McCain's latest campaign ad.  —  Rep. John Shadegg (R-Ariz.) couldn't contain himself Thursday when he saw footage of Sen. John McCain's (R) latest campaign ad.
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Sources: Dems Seek To Protect Lincoln By Delaying Action On Wall Street Reform  —  One of the most far-reaching pieces of the Senate's Wall Street reform bill has powerful enemies.  The White House doesn't like it.  FDIC chief Sheila Bair doesn't like it.  Obama adviser Paul Volcker …
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Will lefty insurgents win big next week?
Meredith Shiner / The Politico:
Dodd: Amendments could kill bill
Discussion: CNN
New York Times:
F.B.I. Conducts Raids in Times Square Bomb Case and Takes 3 People Into Custody  —  Two Pakistani men taken into custody during a series of raids across the Northeast as part of the investigation into the failed Times Square car bombing apparently provided money to the man who has admitted carrying …
NBC CANCELS ‘LAW & ORDER’ FLAGSHIP: Dick Wolf Furious That Net Reneged On Deal And May Take Show To TNT; Should NBC Reconsider?  —  BREAKING NEWS!  KEEP REFRESHING!  3:30 PM UPDATE!  Here's the latest news on this fast-moving story.  A deal was in place if NBC picked up the Law & Order flagship …
Discussion: The Awl,, MediaMemo and Gawker
Eric Zimmermann / The Hill:
Supporter calls Obama a ‘hottie with a smokin’ little body'  —  President Obama got more than he expected when he stepped out for a bite to eat today.  —  Obama is visiting Buffalo, NY, and made a surprise visit to Duff's Wings, a local landmark a few miles outside the city.
City Journal:
A Hidden History of Evil  —  In the world's collective consciousness, the word “Nazi” is synonymous with evil.  It is widely understood that the Nazis' ideology—nationalism, anti-Semitism, the autarkic ethnic state, the Führer principle—led directly to the furnaces of Auschwitz.
Quinnipiac University:
Sestak Surges Against Toomey In November Matchup, Quinnipiac University Pennsylvania Poll Finds; Corbett Has Small Lead In Governor's Race  —  U.S. Rep. Joe Sestak, who has narrowed the gap against Sen. Arlen Specter in the Pennsylvania Democratic Senate primary, also is surging …
A.B. Stoddard / The Hill:
N.J. gov. sets tone for US  —  In a movie version of this important story of our time, the bold, undaunted officeholder would look much like the boyish, handsome David Cameron — Great Britain's new Conservative prime minister — who called on his countrymen Tuesday to embrace an “age of austerity.”
The Huffington Post:
Barack Obama, Campaign Manager: How The 2008 Playbook Passed Health Care  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  Shortly before 11 a.m. on a Sunday in mid-December, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid was driving through Washington D.C. when he received a nervous phone call from one of his trusted deputies, Sen. Chuck Schumer.
Discussion: Ezra Klein and The New Republic
Caleb Howe / Mediaite:
I Don't Like Roger Ebert  —  I love Twitter.  I use it all the time.  When I say use, hear it the way an addict would say it.  I use Twitter.  I'm pretty good at it too.  Not in the sense of having lots of followers, or being really popular, or anyone knowing who I am.
Seema Jilani / Guardian:
Deep prejudice about the deep south  —  I'm tired of elitist US liberals who ridicule southerners and then profess their love for Nina Simone and crawfish etouffee  —  I am tired of apologising.  I apologised for being Muslim, post-9/11 and more recently for my Pakistani origins.
Discussion: The Other McCain
Laura Myers / Las Vegas Review-Journal:
U.S. SENATE RACE: Tea Party power fuels Angle  —  Ex-Reno assemblywoman moves up in crowded GOP primary field  —  Fueled by a burst of support from the Tea Party, Sharron Angle has rocketed into a near dead heat with Sue Lowden in the white-hot U.S. Senate Republican primary …
Phil Rosenthal / Chicago Tribune:
‘Annie’ left a homeless orphan in newspaper world  —  Through more than 85 years of hardships and challenges — spanning the Great Depression, a world war, foreign cabals, corruption at home, several kidnappings and, well, being an orphan — she somehow always found a way to triumph.
Discussion: The New Republic
Eric Zimmermann / The Hill:
Scott Brown satisfied with Kagan's answer on military recruiting  —  Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) met with Elena Kagan this afternoon and took the opportunity to ask about her attempt to bar military recruiters from Harvard Law School.  —  Kagan's move to bar recruiters from a campus facility …
Discussion: ABCNEWS and Fire Andrea Mitchell!
Jordy Yager / The Hill:
Lautenberg wants firearms banned from airports  —  Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) introduced a bill Thursday that would make it illegal for people to carry firearms into commercial airports throughout the country.  —  The measure would prohibit people from carrying guns into areas outside …
Marisa Taylor / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Criminal charges likely from Gulf oil spill, legal experts say  —  WASHINGTON — Federal investigators are likely to file criminal charges against at least one of the companies involved in the Gulf of Mexico spill, raising the prospects of significantly higher penalties than a current $75 million cap …
Adam Smith / The Buzz:
Charlie Crist hires a campaign manager  —  It's his big sister, Margaret Crist Wood, there in the background of this photograph by Scott Keeler.  She officially is called interim campaign manager, the governor said, but only to give her an opportunity to step down if she doesn't like it.
Discussion: TPMDC and Ballot Box
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