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12:45 PM ET, May 14, 2010

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Richard Harris / NPR:
Gulf Spill May Far Exceed Official Estimates … Watch the video of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill  —  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 …
Christine Dell'Amore / National Geographic:
If efforts fail to cap the leaking Deepwater Horizon wellhead …
Discussion: Mother Jones
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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The Nation:
Judging Elena Kagan  —  This article appeared in the May 31, 2010 edition of The Nation.  —  Recommended by 1  —  In what is by now an oft-quoted snippet from one of her law review articles, Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan castigated the confirmation hearings of Justices Souter, Kennedy …
Discussion: Althouse and Hit & Run
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Will the Senate see Kagan's long paper trail?
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 …
CNN:
TRENDING: Palin hits campaign trail for anti-abortion group  —  Speaking before an anti-abortion group Friday, former Gov. Palin discussed ‘a new conservative feminist movement.’  —  Washington (CNN) - Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin hit the campaign trail Friday, delivering the keynote address …
Discussion: The Swamp
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
The New Normal on Abortion: Americans More “Pro-Life”
Discussion: Ballot Box and Hot Air
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
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:   Dellinger on Harvard's “Anti-Military and Anti-ROTC Policies”
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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Tom Bevan / Real Clear Politics:
Who's the Coward Now, Mr. Holder?
Discussion: Power Line and Commentary
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Republican: Holder 'doesn't deserve to be attorney general'
Discussion: ThreatsWatch
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Holder admits: No, I haven't read the Arizona law I've been dumping on
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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New York Post:   Wall Street bigs $kip O's glitzy Apple gala
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 …
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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Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Spain Deflation Sends Markets Tumbling  —  Royal Palace, Madrid, Spain (my photo, available under cc license)  —  Austerity not working out so well for Spain: … I don't mean to deny the need for some governments to get their budget situations under control including, in the medium-term, the United States.
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
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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Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Online:
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Juan Forero / NPR:
Economic Woes Threaten Chavez's Socialist Vision
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Free exchange:
Known unknowns  —  ONE of my hobby horses is the extent …
Discussion: Ezra Klein and Matthew Yglesias
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Maloney Declines To Raise $25k To Host Obama On East Side
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