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3:40 PM ET, May 13, 2010


 Top Items: 
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.
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Finding Meaning in Kagan's Tie to Justice Marshall  —  WASHINGTON — In the spring of 1988, Justice Thurgood Marshall assigned a clerk, Elena Kagan, to write a first draft of his opinion in a case considering whether a school district could charge a poor family for busing a child to the nearest school, which was 16 miles away.
Kasie Hunt / The Politico:
Panel approves Liu nomination  —  Goodwin Liu, one of President Barack Obama's most controversial lower court nominees, cleared the Senate Judiciary Committee on a partisan 12-7 vote Thursday, signaling a fierce floor fight over one of the more liberal judicial picks of the Obama presidency.
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 …
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 …
McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Oil spill: BP had wrong diagram to close blowout preventer  —  WASHINGTON — In the days after an oil well spun out of control in the Gulf of Mexico, BP engineers tried to activate a huge piece of underwater safety equipment but failed because the device had been so altered that diagrams BP got …
David Dayen / Firedoglake:
Revelations of Multiple Deepwater Horizon Failures; Criminal Charges Coming?
Discussion: Emptywheel
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.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Andy Barr / The Politico:
McCain: Obama ‘false’ on immigration
Discussion: Swampland and Indecision Forever
Michelle Malkin:
Johnny-come-lately McCain: The sickly smell of desperation
When in Buffalo, Obama orders wings  —  The president stopped by Duff's Famous Wings on a trip to Buffalo, New York Thursday.  —  Buffalo, New York (CNN) - President Barack Obama sampled some of Buffalo's finest Thursday when he stopped at a local restaurant for chicken wings on his trip to New York.
Discussion: The Swamp and The Politico
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.
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Online:
Fact Check: New York's Homeland Security Funding Is Rising  —  Rep. Peter King: “The fact that the Obama Administration would cut New York's homeland security funding just 11 days after the Times Square car bomb attempt is dangerous and unconscionable.  —  Rep. Anthony Weiner …
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
White House pushes back against criticism of NYC anti-terror funding
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and The Impolitic
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 …
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.
Catherine Rampell / New York Times:
The New Poor: The Economy Shifts, Leaving Some Behind  —  JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Many of the jobs lost during the recession are not coming back.  —  Period.  —  For the last two years, the weak economy has provided an opportunity for employers to do what they would have done anyway …
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
Washington Times:
Same-sex researcher's defamation claim backed  —  A leading religious legal defense group said it is standing with George A. Rekers, the conservative expert on gay behavior who has seen his career implode amid media reports that he took a young gay travel companion to Europe with him.
Discussion: Right Wing Watch and Joe. My. God.
Boston Herald:
Three detained in FBI sweep from Times Square probe  —  Watertown, Brookline locations connected to Faisal Shahzad  —  Three men were taken into custody on immigration violations today after raids in Watertown, Brookline and in other parts of the Northeast in connection with the attempted …
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 …
Associated Press:
Selig ignores pleas to move game  —  NEW YORK — Baseball commissioner Bud Selig is ignoring calls to move next year's All-Star Game from Phoenix because of Arizona's new immigration law.  —  Asked about such demands at a news conference Thursday following an owners meeting …
Discussion: The Hill and JammieWearingFool
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 …
Discussion: The Politico
Louise Story / New York Times:
Cuomo Is Said to Question Banks' Influence on Ratings  —  The New York attorney general has started an investigation of eight banks to determine whether they provided misleading information to rating agencies in order to inflate the grades of certain mortgage securities, according to two people with knowledge of the investigation.
Nancy A. Youssef / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Pentagon rethinking value of major counterinsurgencies  —  WASHINGTON — Nearly a decade after the United States began to focus its military training and equipment purchases almost exclusively on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, U.S. military strategists are quietly shifting gears …
Discussion: Firedoglake and
Amy Gardner / Washington Post:
In Kentucky's Senate race, ties to Mitch McConnell could be helpful or harmful  —  MONTICELLO, KY. — When Senate candidate Rand Paul told a lunchtime crowd at Shearer's Buffet that “we have to do things differently” in Washington and “bring 'em home and send some different Republicans,” …
Thomas Fuller / New York Times:
Rogue General in Thailand Is Shot During Protests  —  BANGKOK — A renegade Thai general was shot in Bangkok on Thursday as the military prepared to encircle the barricaded encampment of antigovernment protesters.  —  The general, Khattiya Sawatdiphol, 58, was struck in the head by a bullet during …
Claire Bates / Daily Mail:
Jupiter loses one of its stripes and scientists are stumped as to why  —  Jupiter has lost one of its iconic red stripes and scientists are baffled as to why.  —  The largest planet in our solar system is usually dominated by two dark bands in its atmosphere, with one in the northern hemisphere and one in the southern hemisphere.
Discussion: The Onion
Karl Rove / Wall Street Journal:
How Badly Will the Democrats Do?  —  A few trends to watch ahead of November.  —  The 2010 midterm elections will be bad for Democrats.  But the question is, will their losses be worse than the post-World War II average of 24 House and four Senate seats lost by the party that holds the White House?
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Lucy Madison / TPM LiveWire:
In Search Of A Suitable Running Mate, CO Gov Candidate Turns To Craigslist
Discussion: Mediaite and Joe. My. God.
Meredith Shiner / The Politico:
Dodd: Amendments could kill bill
Discussion: CNN
John Taylor / Financial Times:
Central banks are losing credibility
Discussion: EconLog and Crooked Timber
Conor Humphries / Reuters:
Russia warns U.S. against unilateral Iran sanctions
 Earlier Items: 
Scott / Power Line:
Dicks bent on appropriations gavel
Discussion: The Politico
Ian Swanson / The Hill:
Higher unemployment on horizon, posing big challenge for Dems
Discussion: Wake up America
Debbie Schlussel:
EXCLUSIVE: Miss USA Contestant is Shi'ite Muslim Hezbollah Supporter …
Discussion: The Jawa Report
Curtis Lum / Honolulu Advertiser:
‘Birther’ measure signed into law
Phil Willon / Los Angeles Times:
L.A. council bans most official travel to Arizona
Daniel de Vise / College Inc.:
USNA reconsiders Herndon Climb
Discussion: The Other McCain
Wall Street Journal:
Voters Shifting to GOP