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11:00 PM ET, May 13, 2010


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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.
Sharon Otterman / City Room:
Want to Talk to Kagan's Family?  Permission Denied  —  White Houses traditionally put a muzzle on their Supreme Court nominees, to keep them from saying anything that might jeopardize Senate confirmation.  But the Obama White House has taken it one step further.  It is limiting, if not blocking, access to the nominee's family.
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:   Sen. Collins sees no reason to filibuster Kagan at this point
Thomas Ferraro / Reuters:
Senator says Kagan critical of Supreme Court
Discussion: The Awl and Wonkette
Kagan Was ‘Not Sympathetic’ as Law Clerk to Gun-Rights Argument
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: Guardian and CNN
When in Buffalo, Obama orders wings
Greg Miller / Washington Post:
Officials: Pakistan has arrested suspect who says he was accomplice to Times Square bomber  —  The Pakistani government has arrested a suspect with connections to a Pakistani militant group who said he acted as an accomplice to the accused Times Square bomber, U.S. officials said.
Amanda Terkel / Think Progress:
Inhofe Says U.S. Soldiers Will Be Unwilling To Fight And Die For Their Gay Comrades  —  In an interview with American Family Association (AFA) radio yesterday, Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK) argued against repealing Don't Ask, Don't Tell (DADT), arguing that basically, members of the U.S. military …
Kyle / Right Wing Watch:
Sen. Inhofe: Soldiers Will Be Unwilling To Fight For Gay Comrades
Discussion: The Ninth Justice
Andy McCarthy / The Corner on National Review Online:
AG Eric Holder Refuses to Say ‘Radical Islam’ Is a Cause of Terrorism Committed by Muslims — By: Andy McCarthy  —  This YouTube clip from the attorney general's testimony today will be the most painful two minutes of video you will ever watch.  Mr. Holder would obviously rather get a root-canal …
Discussion: Big Journalism and Hot Air
Michelle Malkin:
Watch Eric Holder squirm
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: Gawker, The Awl, and MediaMemo
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?
New York Times:
Night Beat: Angry Obama Expected Tomorrow  —  President Obama is angry about the oil spill, its magnitude, BP's stalling and tomorrow, he is going to let his frustrations spill out at a late-morning press availability after he meets with senior officials.  —  Tonight, Obama raised $1.3 million …
Discussion: Texas for Sarah Palin
Penny Starr / CNSNews:
The Federal Fat Police: Bill Would Require Government to Track Body Mass of American Children  —  ( - A bill introduced this month in Congress would put the federal and state governments in the business of tracking how fat, or skinny, American children are.
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 …
Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
Holder hasn't read Arizona law he criticized  —  Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr., who has been critical of Arizona's new immigration law, said Thursday he hasn't yet read the law and is going by what he's read in newspapers or seen on television.  —  Mr. Holder is conducting a review of the law …
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.
US faces same problems as Greece, says Bank of England  —  Mervyn King, Governor of the Bank of England, fears that America shares many of the same fiscal problems currently haunting Europe.  He also believes that European Union must become a federalised fiscal union (in other words …
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.
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.”
Scott Shane / New York Times:
U.S. Approval to Kill a Cleric Causes Unease  —  WASHINGTON — The Obama administration's decision to authorize the killing by the Central Intelligence Agency of a terrorism suspect who is an American citizen has set off a debate over the legal and political limits of drone missile strikes, a mainstay of the campaign against terrorism.
Discussion: Balloon Juice
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 …
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.
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
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
Well, These New Zuckerberg IMs Won't Help Facebook's Privacy Problems  —  Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his company are suddenly facing a big new round of scrutiny and criticism about their cavalier attitude toward user privacy.  —  An early instant messenger exchange Mark had with a college friend …
Discussion: Gizmodo, Gawker and Mediaite
Sarah Palin / Facebook:
Hey Girls, Play Ball!  —  This has-been ball player/Wasilla Warrior would like to send a shout out of support to the Highland Park High School Giants Girls Basketball Team in Illinois.  These girls have been working, having bake sales, and saving money for months in order play in a hoop tournament in Arizona.
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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Kelley Bouchard / Portland Press-Herald:
Incident spurs call for school use review
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Video: Chris Christie destroys reporter for calling him confrontational
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Cypress Hill cancels Arizona concert over SB 1070
Discussion: DownWithTyranny!
Wall Street Journal:
White House Wants $10 Million to Fight Oil-Spill Litigation
All Quiet on the Waziristan Front as Al Qaeda Goes Dark
Discussion: Hot Air and The Jawa Report
The Politico:
Inouye's sway may cost Dems a seat
Discussion: Right Now
 Earlier Items: 
Eric Zimmermann / The Hill:
Scott Brown satisfied with Kagan's answer on military recruiting
Discussion: Fire Andrea Mitchell!
Seema Jilani / Guardian:
Deep prejudice about the deep south
Discussion: The Other McCain
The Huffington Post:
Barack Obama, Campaign Manager: How The 2008 Playbook Passed Health Care
Discussion: Ezra Klein and The New Republic