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11:25 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
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
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:   Sen. Collins sees no reason to filibuster Kagan at this point
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
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 …
Andy McCarthy / The Corner on National Review Online:
AG Eric Holder Refuses to Say ‘Radical Islam’ …
Discussion: Big Journalism and Hot Air
Michelle Malkin:
Watch Eric Holder squirm
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
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
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 …
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
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.
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.
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Video: Chris Christie destroys reporter for calling him confrontational  —  Via Ace.  Dude, I'm starting to think this might be the guy.  A solid first term, then reelection in 2014, and suddenly the wide-open 2016 primaries are right around the corner...  Elsewhere today …
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?
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.
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 …
Justin Gillis / New York Times:
Size of Oil Spill in Gulf Underestimated, Scientists Say  —  Two weeks ago, the government put out a round estimate of the size of the oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico: 5,000 barrels a day.  Repeated endlessly in news reports, it has become conventional wisdom.
Discussion: NO QUARTER
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.
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
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 …
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 …
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
Kelley Bouchard / Portland Press-Herald:
Incident spurs call for school use review  —  A city School Committee member says she's ‘appalled’ at how GOP guests treated a classroom.  —  PORTLAND - One School Committee member, saying she's “appalled” by the behavior of some of the Republicans who used a room at King Middle School last weekend …
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Brad Thor / Big Government:
BREAKING: Oliver North Confirms Mullah Omar Capture
Palin to endorse Haley for gov., make first trip to S.C.
Discussion: Hot Air
Clifford Krauss / New York Times:
Bills Offered on Pacific Drilling and Liability
Discussion: Towleroad News #gay
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
Well, These New Zuckerberg IMs Won't Help Facebook's Privacy Problems
Discussion: Gizmodo, Gawker and Mediaite
Adam Smith / The Buzz:
Charlie Crist hires a campaign manager
Discussion: TPMDC and Ballot Box
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Cypress Hill cancels Arizona concert over SB 1070
Discussion: DownWithTyranny!
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

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Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
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Javier Espinoza / Financial Times:
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