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1:50 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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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 …
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.
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?
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”
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!’
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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Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
Holder hasn't read Arizona law he criticized
Tom Bevan / Real Clear Politics:
Who's the Coward Now, Mr. Holder?
Discussion: Power Line and Commentary
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: Hot Air, Althouse and Ballot Box
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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 …
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 …
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Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
New Jersey Gov. goes off on reporter
Ezra Klein:
More evidence that oil isn't as cheap as it looks  —  Yesterday, Sen. Lisa Murkowski rose to deny unanimous consent to Democrats trying to pass a bill increasing the cap on damages for oil spills from $75 million to $10 billion.  Murkowski saw a problem: “It would be impossible or perhaps close …
Discussion: Mother Jones, Alas, a blog and Grist
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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 …
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.
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and Guardian
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
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.
Discussion: Financial Times
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 …
 
 
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Richard Haass / Financial Times:
Goodbye to Europe as a high-ranking power
The Huffington Post:
Group Sends Racially-Tinged Mailer Targeting Bill Halter In Arkansas Senate Race
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Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Online:
Inside the Secret Interrogation Facility at Bagram
Discussion: The Nation
Juan Forero / NPR:
Economic Woes Threaten Chavez's Socialist Vision
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
David Freedlander / City Hall News …:
Maloney Declines To Raise $25k To Host Obama On East Side
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