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11:45 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 …
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
Walter Dellinger / Washington Post:
How I know Kagan isn't anti-military  —  The nomination of an anti-military leftist to the Supreme Court would make for a riveting story.  But in the case of Elena Kagan, it's just not true.  —  When Kagan became dean of Harvard Law School in 2003, Harvard, like virtually every other law school …
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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.
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.
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Lloyd Marcus / American Thinker:
Media Demands, ‘Take Us To Your Leader, Sarah Palin!’  —  Is Sarah Palin the leader of the Tea Party Movement?  This is asked as a “gotcha” question by the liberal mainstream media of every spokesperson of the Tea Party Movement.  The liberal mainstream media is so far out of touch …
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).
JammieWearingFool:
Wall Street Fatcats Skip Obama Fundraiser  —  Hard to believe, isn't it?  You get trashed on a daily basis, demonized by the socialists, the media and union goons, and there's actual surprise when you don't line up like lemmings to pony up cash for the people who hate you and want to ruin you.
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Ianthe Jeanne Dugan / Wall Street Journal:
Scrutiny for Bets on Muni Debt
Discussion: Felix Salmon and DealBook
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
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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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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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 …
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: TalkLeft and Democratic Strategist
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.
Discussion: CNN, Ballot Box and Hot Air
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 …
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 …
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Online:
Inside the Secret Interrogation Facility at Bagram  —  The Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) runs a classified interrogation facility for high-value detainees inside Bagram Air Field in Afghanistan, defense and administration officials said, and prisoners there are sometimes subject …
Discussion: The Nation
Sindya N. Bhanoo / New York Times:
E.P.A. Announces New Greenhouse Gas Emission Rule  —  The Environmental Protection Agency unveiled a final rule on Thursday for regulating major emitters of greenhouse gases, like coal-fired power plants, under the Clean Air Act.  —  Starting in July 2011, new sources of at least 100,000 tons …
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
 
 
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