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4:20 PM ET, May 14, 2010

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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
Ann Althouse / Althouse:
Read Elena Kagan's college thesis and decide if she's “an open …
Discussion: Riehl World View
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Will the Senate see Kagan's long paper trail?
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: The Confluence and Mother Jones
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!’
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Online:   Sisterhood of the Traveling Grizzly Moms
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.
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Matthew Continetti / Weekly Standard:
Palin in the Mainstream  —  Sarah Palin delivered the keynote address …
Discussion: NBC Chicago
CNN:
Palin hits campaign trail for anti-abortion group
Discussion: The Politico and The Swamp
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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William Kristol / Weekly Standard:   Dellinger on Harvard's “Anti-Military and Anti-ROTC Policies”
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
Megan McArdle / The Atlantic Online:
The Health Care Reform Already Costs More Than We Thought It Would  —  There's been a spate of bad news recently about the health care bill.  —  Henry Waxman canceled his War on Accounting, not because there was a sudden breakout of common sense on Capitol Hill, but because his committee's …
New York Post:
Wall Street bigs $kip O's glitzy Apple gala  —  By JENNIFER FERMINO in NY and GEOFF EARLE and CHARLES HURT in DC  —  Wall Street bigs snubbed President Obama last night at a big-bucks campaign fund-raiser at The St. Regis hotel in Midtown.  —  The gala — where tickets went for as much as $50,000 …
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JammieWearingFool:   Wall Street Fatcats Skip Obama Fundraiser
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
New Jersey Gov. goes off on reporter  —  New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) had no patience for a reporter who questioned his “confrontational” tone.  —  At a press conference Thursday, Christie responded, “You know, Tom, you must be the thinnest-skinned guy in America …
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Kos / Daily Kos:
PA-Sen: Sestak takes (statistically insignificant) lead  —  Research 2000 for Daily Kos. 5/10-12.  Likely voters.  MoE 4% (3/8-10 results)  —  Democratic primary, likely Democratic voters, MoE 5%  —  Arlen Specter (D) 43 (51)  —  Joe Sestak (D) 45 (32)  —  Undecided 12 (17)
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Ezra Klein:
The good old days of low-information advertising  —  One of James Fallows's readers is skeptical about the long-term economics of online advertising: … What always interests me about this observation is the implication that offline advertising is similarly worthless.
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias and Mother Jones
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James Fallows / The Atlantic Online:   Google-and-the-News Followups
Associated Press:
Miss., La. govs contrast in responses to oil spill  —  JACKSON, Miss. — The ambitious Republican governors of Mississippi and Louisiana are a study in contrasts as an oil spill threatens coastal economies still reeling from Hurricane Katrina.  —  Mississippi's Haley Barbour …
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Obama rips executives, calls oil spill hearing a ‘ridiculous spectacle’  —  President Barack Obama excoriated the companies involved in the Gulf oil spill Friday for failing to take responsibility.  —  In remarks from the Rose Garden after a meeting with cabinet officials about the ongoing spill …
Discussion: The Politico, ABCNEWS and The Swamp
Arizona Republic:
Governor out to rebrand Arizona over immigration law criticism  —  Acknowledging that Arizona has developed a serious image problem because of its tough new immigration law, Gov. Jan Brewer and tourism-industry leaders said Thursday that they will launch a new effort to stanch the flow of lost trade and convention business in the state.
Discussion: The Democratic Daily and Daily Kos
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
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Whitman veers right on immigration  —  Earlier this week in Florida, and now in California: A centrist Republican frontrunner — in this case, Meg Whitman — is forced to veer hard right on immigration, with an ad denouncing “amnesty” and drivers licenses for illegal immigration …
Discussion: Weekly Standard and Right Now
Free exchange:
Discount babies  —  THE market is not politically correct.  It often assigns lower values to humans (their wages) based on their race or sex, even after controlling for education and experience.  It's just as cruel to children.  A few years ago I was disturbed to learn that it's cheaper to adopt black American children than white.
 
 
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Online NewsHour:
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Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Their Dirty Little Secret: GOP Senators Say Bailouts Worked …
Robert Costa / National Review:
Yes, Even Orrin  —  Sen. Orrin Hatch, a Republican from Utah …
Discussion: The Hill
Richard Haass / Financial Times:
Goodbye to Europe as a high-ranking power
Ezra Klein:
More evidence that oil isn't as cheap as it looks
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 Earlier Items: 
The Huffington Post:
Group Sends Racially-Tinged Mailer Targeting Bill Halter In Arkansas Senate Race
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Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Spain Deflation Sends Markets Tumbling
Discussion: Financial Times
Political Punch:
Obama Says Republicans Cannot Have the Keys Back to the Car: “No!
Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
The GOP's harsh immigration stance will cost it
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