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9:45 AM ET, May 14, 2010

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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.
Ian Urbina / New York Times:
U.S. Said to Allow Drilling Without Needed Permits  —  WASHINGTON — The federal Minerals Management Service gave permission to BP and dozens of other oil companies to drill in the Gulf of Mexico without first getting required permits from another agency that assesses threats to endangered species …
Discussion: Firedoglake and Think Progress
Clifford Krauss / New York Times:
Bills Offered on Pacific Drilling and Liability
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 …
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 …
Allahpundit / Hot Air:   Holder admits: No, I haven't read the Arizona law I've been dumping on
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
Katharine Q. Seelye / New York Times:
Kagan Scrutinized for Hiring Record at Harvard  —  BOSTON — When Elena Kagan became dean of Harvard Law School in 2003, she could have taken the endowed chair named for Isaac Royall Jr. The Royall family had donated more than 2,100 acres to Harvard in the 1700s, but the family had earned its fortune on the backs of the slave trade.
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Charles J. Ogletree Jr / THEROOT.COM:
Your Take: Why Elena Kagan is a Good Choice for the Supreme Court
Discussion: theGrio and SCOTUSblog
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 …
Discussion: Gateway Pundit, Mediaite and Hot Air
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 …
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
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
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 …
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Patrick Wintour / Guardian:
After the smiles, here come the cuts
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.
Erick Erickson / Erick's blog:
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
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Will the Senate see Kagan's long paper trail?  —  “We're talking about tens of thousands of pages,” says Susan Cooper, spokeswoman for the National Archives and Records Administration.  “It's a massive job.”  —  Cooper is discussing the work of processing papers from Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan's …
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Sharon Otterman / City Room:
Want to Talk to Kagan's Family? Permission Denied
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.
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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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 …
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
 
 
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Schneier on Security:
Worst-Case Thinking  —  At a security conference recently …
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Wall Street Journal:
Goldman Joins Race to Save Chicago Bank
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David Frum / The Week Magazine:
Angry GOP voters flirt with danger in Kentucky
Discussion: TPMDC, Right Now and WHAS-TV
Michael Barbaro / New York Times:
Debating Proposal to Eliminate Parties in New York Elections
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Alex Tabarrok / Marginal Revolution:
The Dark Magic of Structured Finance
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
CNN:
Palin to endorse Haley for gov., make first trip to S.C.
Discussion: Hot Air
Kelley Bouchard / Portland Press-Herald:
Incident spurs call for school use review
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Jordy Yager / The Hill:
Lautenberg wants firearms banned from airports
Phil Rosenthal / Chicago Tribune:
‘Annie’ left a homeless orphan in newspaper world
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