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6:15 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 …
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 …
Michelle Malkin:
Watch Eric Holder squirm
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 …
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.”
Chris Megerian / New Jersey Online:   N.J. Senate committee approves school voucher bill during raucous hearing
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.
Charles J. Ogletree Jr / THEROOT.COM:
Your Take: Why Elena Kagan is a Good Choice for the Supreme Court
Discussion: theGrio and SCOTUSblog
Thomas Ferraro / Reuters:
Senator says Kagan critical of Supreme Court
Discussion: Wonkette and The Awl
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.
Discussion: Sadly, No! and BLACKFIVE
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
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  —  ( - 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.
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
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
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
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.
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 …
Discussion: Balloon Juice
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 …
Richard Harris / NPR:
Gulf Spill Could Be Much Worse Than Believed  —  New data obtained by NPR show that oil gushing out of the Deepwater Horizon pipe on the floor of the Gulf of Mexico is at least 10 times the U.S. Coast Guard's estimate.  —  The Coast Guard estimated that oil was gushing out at the rate …
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.
Alex Tabarrok / Marginal Revolution:
The Dark Magic of Structured Finance  —  In Too Big To Save Robert Pozen gives a clever example, based on an excellent paper by Coval, Jurek and Stafford, which explains both the lure of structured finance and why the model exploded so quickly.  —  Suppose we have 100 mortgages that pay $1 or $0.
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Michael Barbaro / New York Times:
Debating Proposal to Eliminate Parties in New York Elections  —  In the opening salvo of what could become a major political battle, a dozen New York City activist and civic groups are urging the commission reviewing the structure of city government not to pursue a proposal that would eliminate …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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
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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
Discussion: TPMDC, Right Now and WHAS
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
Kelley Bouchard / Portland Press-Herald:
Incident spurs call for school use review
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
Well, These New Zuckerberg IMs Won't Help Facebook's Privacy Problems
Discussion: TechCrunch, Gizmodo, Mediaite and Gawker
Adam Smith / The Buzz:
Charlie Crist hires a campaign manager
Discussion: TPMDC and Ballot Box
 Earlier Items: 
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
Seema Jilani / Guardian:
Deep prejudice about the deep south
Discussion: The Other McCain