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6:50 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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Ann Althouse / Althouse:
Read Elena Kagan's college thesis and decide if she's “an open and avowed socialist”...  ... which is what Erick Erickson has concluded.  —  ADDED: I've read the last few pages of the thesis, and a key sentence, at page 130, is: “The story is a sad but also a chastening one for those who …
Discussion: Riehl World View
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
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 …
Christine Dell'Amore / National Geographic:
If efforts fail to cap the leaking Deepwater Horizon wellhead …
Jess Bravin / Washington Wire:
Making the Grade: Kagan's Harvard Law Transcript  —  How promising a lawyer was young Elena Kagan?  Judging by her grades at Harvard Law School, you'd be lucky if she was drawing up a contract for you, but maybe less so if you wanted to sue someone over a fender-bender.
Discussion: Josh Blackman's Blog
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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 …
Discussion: The New Republic and Ezra Klein
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Ezra Klein:
Discretionary spending is not the same as ‘new spending’  —  Megan McArdle has a post up saying that health-care reform is “already at least a hundred billion dollars in the hole.”  That's really not right, though it's certainly true that the CBO's estimate suggesting $115 billion in discretionary costs confused a lot of people.
Amy Gardner / Washington Post:
Sarah Palin issues a call to action to ‘mama grizzlies’  —  Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin told a group of women who oppose abortion rights that they are responsible for an “emerging, conservative, feminist identity” and have the power to shape politics and elections around the issue of life.
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Associated Press:
Palin: Obama Would Ban Guns if he Could
Discussion: Politics Daily
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Online:   Sisterhood of the Traveling Grizzly Moms
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 …
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New York Times:
Obama Vows End to ‘Cozy’ Oversight of Oil Industry
Rose Garden / The White House:
Remarks by the President on the Ongoing Oil Spill Response
Discussion: Firedoglake and Washington Monthly
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!’
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.
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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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.
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.
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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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
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 …
Jana Winter / Fox News:
School Official in Basketball Flap Is No Stranger to Controversy  —  The school official who nixed an Illinois girls high school basketball team trip to Arizona once supported a controversial program that required students to attend a “freshman advisory” class where gay upperclassmen shared stories …
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 …
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Their Dirty Little Secret: GOP Senators Say Bailouts Worked — Just Please Don't Tell Anyone!  —  Perhaps the most fascinating political conundrum of the 2010 election is one faced by GOP senators, almost all of whom voted for TARP and supported some of the other bailouts in the thick of the financial crisis.
Reuters:
Pakistani Taliban say America will “burn”  —  (Reuters) - Pakistani Taliban militants have warned America that it will soon “burn” while calling for Pakistan's rulers to be overthrown for following “America's agenda”.  —  The United States is convinced Pakistani Taliban militants allied …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Gateway Pundit
Lauren Green / Fox News:
Plan to Build Mosque Near Ground Zero Riles Families of 9/11 Victims  —  Outraged family members and community groups are accusing a Muslim group of trying to rewrite history with its plans to build a 13-story mosque and cultural center just two blocks from Ground Zero, where Islamic extremists flew …
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 …
Rachel Slajda / TPMDC:
GOP Kills Science Jobs Bill By Forcing Dems To Vote For Porn  —  In an example of Republican obstructionism rendered beautiful by its simplicity, the GOP yesterday killed a House bill that would increase funding for scientific research and math and science education by forcing Democrats to vote …
 
 
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Robert Costa / National Review:
Yes, Even Orrin  —  Sen. Orrin Hatch, a Republican from Utah …
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The Huffington Post:
Group Sends Racially-Tinged Mailer Targeting Bill Halter In Arkansas Senate Race
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Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
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Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Will the Senate see Kagan's long paper trail?
Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
The GOP's harsh immigration stance will cost it