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8:55 AM ET, May 14, 2010

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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 …
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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 …
Allahpundit / Hot Air:   Holder admits: No, I haven't read the Arizona law I've been dumping on
Michelle Malkin:
Watch Eric Holder squirm
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.
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Richard Harris / NPR:
Gulf Spill Could Be Much Worse Than Believed  —  This graphic requires version 9 or higher of the Adobe Flash Player.  Get the latest Flash Player.  —  In this handout from BP, the main oil leak at the end of the riser pipe is seen underwater in the Gulf of Mexico.
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 …
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Chris Megerian / New Jersey Online:   N.J. Senate committee approves school voucher bill during raucous hearing
A.B. Stoddard / The Hill:
N.J. gov. sets tone for US
Brad Thor / Big Government:
BREAKING: Oliver North Confirms Mullah Omar Capture  —  Late this afternoon Lt. Colonel Oliver North confirmed that Taliban leader and Osama bin Laden ally, Mullah Mohammed Omar has been captured.  The exclusive news of Omar's capture was broken by Big Government Monday evening.
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Lt. Col. Oliver L. North / Big Government:
Oliver North Confirms Big Government Report ** Intelligence Sources in U.S. & Afghanistan: Mullah Omar in Hands of Pakistan's ISI  —  Common Sense: Obama, Karzai & the Stench  —  Washington, DC - The two presidents - Karzai and Obama - were on stage together in the East Room of the White House for forty minutes on May 12.
Discussion: Mediaite, Hot Air and Gateway Pundit
Erick Erickson / RedState:
BREAKING: We Have Elena Kagan's College Thesis  —  This proves Elena Kagan is an open and avowed socialist.  The woman declares that socialists must stick together instead of fracture in order to advance a socialist agenda, which Kagan advocates.  1  —  You can see for yourself right here (PDF).
Discussion: Doug Ross, Hot Air and Maggie's Farm
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Sharon Otterman / City Room:
Want to Talk to Kagan's Family? Permission Denied
Charles J. Ogletree Jr / THEROOT.COM:
Your Take: Why Elena Kagan is a Good Choice for the Supreme Court
Discussion: theGrio and SCOTUSblog
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 …
Adam C. Smith / St. Petersburg Times:
Charlie Crist unleashed: A wide-ranging interview with the newly independent one  —  ST. PETERSBURG — Something peculiar is going on with Charlie Crist.  —  He's on the cusp of losing public office, his lifelong party is attacking him mercilessly, and some of his closest friends are yanking …
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Adam Smith / The Buzz:
Charlie Crist hires a campaign manager
Discussion: TPMDC and Ballot Box
Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
The GOP's harsh immigration stance will cost it  —  Has the Republican Party become, as Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid recently charged, the “anti-immigrant party”?  —  The accusation is overbroad.  Republicans (and others) who are offended by chaos at the southern border …
Discussion: Democratic Strategist
David Brooks / New York Times:
Glimmers of Hope  —  If you're elected president or prime minister in pretty much any country in the developed world today, you're faced with the same set of challenges: to reduce national deficits without choking off a fragile recovery; to trim the welfare state and raise taxes while still funding …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and Guardian
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Patrick Wintour / Guardian:
After the smiles, here come the cuts
NY Daily News:
After beating up Wall Street ‘fat cats,’ President Obama ready to take their money in NY fund-raiser  —  President Obama has been happy to beat up on Wall Street “fat cats,” but tonight he'll be even happier to take their money.  —  The President is slated to headline a superswank …
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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 …
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Jake Sherman / The Politico:
Boehner slams ‘inability to govern’
Discussion: CNN
Penny Starr / CNSNews:
The Federal Fat Police: Bill Would Require Government to Track Body Mass of American Children  —  (CNSNews.com) - 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.
Finance:
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 …
Scott Shane / New York Times:
U.S. Decision to Approve Killing of 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 …
Deadline.com:
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, TIME.com and MediaMemo
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 …
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Kyle / Right Wing Watch:
Sen. Inhofe: Soldiers Will Be Unwilling To Fight For Gay Comrades
Discussion: The Confluence
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.
Wall Street Journal:
Goldman Joins Race to Save Chicago Bank  —  ShoreBank's Distress Galvanizes Wall Street; Blankfein Works Phones to Raise the $125 Million  —  WASHINGTON—Goldman Sachs Group Inc. has jumped into an effort to save a Chicago bank whose efforts to expand lending in poor communities have high-profile supporters in Washington and Chicago.
Discussion: Clusterstock and DealBook
 
 
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Mark Long / MarketWatch:
Transocean asking to limit liability for spill
David Frum / The Week Magazine:
Angry GOP voters flirt with danger in Kentucky
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Michael Barbaro / New York Times:
Debating Proposal to Eliminate Parties in New York Elections
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Alex Tabarrok / Marginal Revolution:
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CNN:
Palin to endorse Haley for gov., make first trip to S.C.
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Clifford Krauss / New York Times:
Bills Offered on Pacific Drilling and Liability
Kelley Bouchard / Portland Press-Herald:
Incident spurs call for school use review
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John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Cypress Hill cancels Arizona concert over SB 1070
Discussion: DownWithTyranny!
Jordy Yager / The Hill:
Lautenberg wants firearms banned from airports
Phil Rosenthal / Chicago Tribune:
‘Annie’ left a homeless orphan in newspaper world
Discussion: The New Republic
The Politico:
Inouye's sway may cost Dems a seat
Discussion: Right Now
Thomas Ferraro / Reuters:
Senator says Kagan critical of Supreme Court
Discussion: Commentary, Wonkette and The Awl
Seema Jilani / Guardian:
Deep prejudice about the deep south
Discussion: The Other McCain