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9:35 PM ET, May 14, 2010

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Amy Gardner / Washington Post:
Sarah Palin issues a call to action to ‘mama grizzlies’  —  Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin told a group of women who oppose abortion rights that they are responsible for an “emerging, conservative, feminist identity” and have the power to shape politics and elections around the issue of life.
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Matthew Continetti / Weekly Standard:
Palin in the Mainstream  —  Sarah Palin delivered the keynote address …
Discussion: CNN and NBC Chicago
Associated Press:   Palin: Obama Would Ban Guns if he Could
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Online:   Sisterhood of the Traveling Grizzly Moms
Lloyd Marcus / American Thinker:
Media Demands, ‘Take Us to Your Leader, Sarah Palin!’
Jess Bravin / Washington Wire:
Making the Grade: Kagan's Transcript  —  How promising a lawyer was young Elena Kagan?  Judging by her grades at Harvard Law School, you'd be lucky if she was drawing up a contract for you, but maybe less so if you wanted to sue someone over a fender-bender.
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Megan McArdle / The Atlantic Online:
The Health Care Reform Already Costs More Than We Thought It Would  —  There's been a spate of bad news recently about the health care bill.  —  Henry Waxman canceled his War on Accounting, not because there was a sudden breakout of common sense on Capitol Hill, but because his committee's …
Discussion: The New Republic and Ezra Klein
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Ezra Klein:
Discretionary spending is not the same as ‘new spending’  —  Megan McArdle has a post up saying that health-care reform is “already at least a hundred billion dollars in the hole.”  That's really not right, though it's certainly true that the CBO's estimate suggesting $115 billion in discretionary costs confused a lot of people.
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).
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Ann Althouse / Althouse:
Read Elena Kagan's college thesis and decide if she's “an open and avowed socialist”...  ... which is what Erick Erickson has concluded.  —  ADDED: I've read the last few pages of the thesis, and a key sentence, at page 130, is: “The story is a sad but also a chastening one for those who …
Discussion: Riehl World View
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Republican: Holder 'doesn't deserve to be attorney general'  —  A key House Republican on Friday said that Attorney General Eric Holder “doesn't deserve” to keep his job because of his handling of the failed Times Square bombing attempt.  —  House Homeland Security Committee ranking Republican Pete King …
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Amanda Terkel / Think Progress:
Maine GOP Forced To Apologize After Convention-Goers Vandalize An Eighth-Grade Classroom  —  Although Maine is known for its two moderate Republican senators — Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins — last week's state GOP convention showed the growing influence of far-right activists.
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Obama rips executives, calls oil spill hearing a ‘ridiculous spectacle’  —  President Barack Obama excoriated the companies involved in the Gulf oil spill Friday for failing to take responsibility.  —  In remarks from the Rose Garden after a meeting with cabinet officials about the ongoing spill …
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Arizona Republic:
Governor out to rebrand Arizona over immigration law criticism  —  Acknowledging that Arizona has developed a serious image problem because of its tough new immigration law, Gov. Jan Brewer and tourism-industry leaders said Thursday that they will launch a new effort to stanch the flow of lost trade and convention business in the state.
New York Post:
Big shakeup for ketchup  —  Your fries may never taste the same again!  —  For the first time in 40 years, Heinz ketchup is changing its famous recipe — by lowering the salt content in an effort to appeal to more health-conscious consumers, the company said yesterday.
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
The New Normal on Abortion: Americans More “Pro-Life”  —  For second year straight, “pro-life” and “pro-choice” closely matched  —  PRINCETON, NJ — The conservative shift in Americans' views on abortion that Gallup first recorded a year ago has carried over into 2010.
Rachel Slajda / TPMDC:
GOP Kills Science Jobs Bill By Forcing Dems To Vote For Porn  —  In an example of Republican obstructionism rendered beautiful by its simplicity, the GOP yesterday killed a House bill that would increase funding for scientific research and math and science education by forcing Democrats to vote …
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Pennsylvania special election could be 2010 pivot point  —  For months, the conventional wisdom about the coming 2010 midterm elections has been that Republicans are not only poised to make major gains this fall but that they also have a realistic chance of taking the chamber back.
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Book: Rahm “begged” Obama for days not to pursue ambitious health reform  —  Rahm Emanuel spent nearly a week in the summer of 2009 aggressively trying to talk Obama out of moving foward with an ambitious version of health care reform, and by his own admission “begged” him not to do it, a book out next week reports.
New York Post:
Wall Street bigs $kip O's glitzy Apple gala  —  By JENNIFER FERMINO in NY and GEOFF EARLE and CHARLES HURT in DC  —  Wall Street bigs snubbed President Obama last night at a big-bucks campaign fund-raiser at The St. Regis hotel in Midtown.  —  The gala — where tickets went for as much as $50,000 …
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JammieWearingFool:   Wall Street Fatcats Skip Obama Fundraiser
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Whitman veers right on immigration  —  Earlier this week in Florida, and now in California: A centrist Republican frontrunner — in this case, Meg Whitman — is forced to veer hard right on immigration, with an ad denouncing “amnesty” and drivers licenses for illegal immigration …
Discussion: Weekly Standard and Right Now
Associated Press:
Miss., La. govs contrast in responses to oil spill  —  JACKSON, Miss. — The ambitious Republican governors of Mississippi and Louisiana are a study in contrasts as an oil spill threatens coastal economies still reeling from Hurricane Katrina.  —  Mississippi's Haley Barbour …
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
We're Not Greece  —  It's an ill wind that blows nobody good, and the crisis in Greece is making some people — people who opposed health care reform and are itching for an excuse to dismantle Social Security — very, very happy.  Everywhere you look there are editorials and commentaries …
Jana Winter / Fox News:
School Official in Basketball Flap Is No Stranger to Controversy  —  The school official who nixed an Illinois girls high school basketball team trip to Arizona once supported a controversial program that required students to attend a “freshman advisory” class where gay upperclassmen shared stories …
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Their Dirty Little Secret: GOP Senators Say Bailouts Worked — Just Please Don't Tell Anyone!  —  Perhaps the most fascinating political conundrum of the 2010 election is one faced by GOP senators, almost all of whom voted for TARP and supported some of the other bailouts in the thick of the financial crisis.
Mark Murray / msnbc.com:
Dems appear in ‘We Are Lebron’ video  —  From NBC's Mark MurrayTalk about working to save an Ohio job — NBA star Lebron James'.  With James' NBA season over, and with speculation that he might bolt Cleveland for brighter lights, prominent city leaders and personalities have created a “We Are Lebron” song/video.
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
Charles Postel / Reuters:
Tea party: Dark side of conservatism  —  Tea partiers proudly proclaim themselves conservatives.  And rightly so.  —  Tea party protesters repeat the conservative catchwords of Barry Goldwater and Ronald Reagan, who built their careers fighting the “creeping socialism” of civil rights legislation, Social Security and Medicare.
Orin Kerr / The Volokh Conspiracy:
Why Catholics and Jews?  —  A lot of people have noted that if Elena Kagan is confirmed to replace Justice Stevens, the Supreme Court will have no Protestants for the first time.  Instead, there will be six Catholics and three Jews.  About 24% of adult Americans are Catholic, and less than 2% of adult Americans are Jewish.
Reuters:
Pakistani Taliban say America will “burn”  —  (Reuters) - Pakistani Taliban militants have warned America that it will soon “burn” while calling for Pakistan's rulers to be overthrown for following “America's agenda”.  —  The United States is convinced Pakistani Taliban militants allied …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Gateway Pundit
 
 
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The Independent:
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Stephen Clark / Fox News:
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Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
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David Harsanyi / Denver Post:
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Eugene Robinson / Washington Post:
In Arizona, just say no to Latino heritage
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Robert Costa / National Review:
Yes, Even Orrin  —  Sen. Orrin Hatch, a Republican from Utah …
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Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
New Jersey Gov. goes off on reporter
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