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10:25 AM ET, May 14, 2010

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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.
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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.
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
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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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
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).
Alec MacGillis / Washington Post:
Kagan's firsthand White House experience is rare on Supreme Court  —  If the Senate confirms Elena Kagan, she would serve on a Supreme Court that is likely to take on big questions regarding the powers of the federal government, notably the constitutionality of President Obama's health-care overhaul.
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Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Will the Senate see Kagan's long paper trail?
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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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
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: Gateway Pundit and Mediaite
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Brad Thor / Big Government:
BREAKING: Oliver North Confirms Mullah Omar Capture
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.
Discussion: Cato @ Liberty
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Lloyd Marcus / American Thinker:
Media Demands, ‘Take Us To Your Leader, Sarah Palin!’
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
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 …
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 …
Henry Goldman / Bloomberg:
Cuomo Said to Wait for New York Convention to Declare  —  New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo plans to formally declare he is running for governor on or about May 25, when the state Democratic Party convention begins, said three supporters who declined to be named.
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.
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
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 …
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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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: City Room and 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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Deadline.com:
NBC CANCELS ‘LAW & ORDER’ …
Discussion: Gawker, The Awl, PopEater, TIME.com and MediaMemo
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