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11:00 AM ET, May 15, 2010

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Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Horrible: Full video of the attack on Sweden's Mohammed cartoonist  —  Via Ace, whose post you should read if only for the brilliance of his headline.  Some of you will be tempted twice over to skip this: It's long, and you've already seen the most dramatic bit.  Don't skip it.
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Ace / minx.cc:
Plans Announced To Erect Islamic Culture Center On Lars Vilks' Decapitated Body  —  This is pretty chilling — the full video of the intimidation of the cops by religious lunatics after the assault on Lars Vilks, and the cops' complete acceptance of that intimidation.  —  A few points.
Martina Stewart / CNN:
TRENDING: Palin: ‘Fine with me’ to be called a ‘redneck’  —  (CNN) - She's a politician, an author, cable news contributor and sought-after speaker.  But perhaps former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is interested in a new title: comedienne.  —  In what can only be described as a bit of a schtick …
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Associated Press:
Palin: Obama Would Ban Guns if he Could
Discussion: Liberal Values
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Public Works Are Hard to Do  —  Harold Meyerson explains why it hasn't been possible to use public works to counter massive unemployment in construction, and wouldn't have been even had more funds been appropriated: … Two lessons from this.  One is that I think we need some more real talk …
Discussion: Eschaton and The Other McCain
Binyamin Appelbaum / New York Times:
Debit Fee Cut Is Rare Loss for Largest U.S. Banks  —  WASHINGTON — Retailers have begged Congress for years, in vain, to limit the fees they must pay to banks when customers swipe credit or debit cards.  Bills never reached a vote.  Amendments were left on the table.
John / Power Line:
The Looming Obama Debt Disaster  —  Is the United States Greece?  The short answer is: not yet, but it will be if the Democrats remain in control in Washington for two more election cycles.  —  In the Telegraph, Edmund Conway summarizes a lengthy report by the International Monetary Fund on sovereign debt that came out today:
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Edmund Conway / Finance:
US faces one of biggest budget crunches in world - IMF
Discussion: Corrente and Angry Bear
James G. Neuger / Bloomberg:
Euro Breakup Talk Increases as Germany Loses Proxy  —  Romano Prodi recalls how he persuaded Germany to allow debt-swamped Italy into the euro: support our membership and we'll buy your milk, he said.  —  When Prodi toured Germany's agricultural heartland after becoming Italian leader in 1996 …
Discussion: Beltway Confidential
The Official Google Blog:
WiFi data collection: An update  —  Nine days ago the data protection authority (DPA) in Hamburg, Germany asked to audit the WiFi data that our Street View cars collect for use in location-based products like Google Maps for mobile, which enables people to find local restaurants or get directions.
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Proposal Would Delay Hearings in Terror Cases  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama's legal advisers are considering asking Congress to allow the government to detain terrorism suspects longer after their arrests before presenting them to a judge for an initial hearing, according to officials familiar with the discussions.
Discussion: Emptywheel and DISSENTING JUSTICE
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Jeralyn / TalkLeft:
Obama Floats Plan to Delay Presentment to Judges in Terror Cases
Discussion: The Talking Dog
A. O. Scott / New York Times:
Rob the Rich?  Give to the Poor?  Oh, Puh-leeze!  —  Who was Robin Hood?  As with any long-lived figure in the popular imagination — and the legend of the outlaw of Sherwood Forest and his Merry Men goes back to the Middle Ages — the answer changes with the times.
Discussion: Big Hollywood and NewsBusters.org
Sacramento Bee:
Schwarzenegger budget would eliminate welfare  —  Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger asked lawmakers Friday to eliminate the state's welfare program starting in October and dramatically scale back in-home care for the elderly and disabled as part of his May budget revision to close a $19.1 billion deficit.
Amanda Terkel / Think Progress:
Maine GOP Forced To Apologize After Convention-Goers Vandalize An Eighth-Grade Classroom  —  Although Maine is known for its two moderate Republican senators — Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins — last week's state GOP convention showed the growing influence of far-right activists.
Yahoo! News:
FBI files discuss Cronkite aiding Vietnam protesters  —  Legendary CBS News anchor Walter Cronkite allegedly collaborated with anti-Vietnam War activists in the 1960s, going so far as to offer advice on how to raise the public profile of protests and even pledging CBS News resources to help pull off events …
WorldNetDaily:
Are liberals anti-WASP?  —  “A chorus of black commentators and civic leaders has begun expressing frustration over (Elena) Kagan's hiring record as Harvard dean.  From 2003 to 2009, 29 faculty members were hired: 28 were white and one was Asian-American.”  —  CNN pundit Roland Martin slammed …
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Andy Rubin / The Official Google Blog:
Nexus One changes in availability  —  We launched Nexus One in January with two goals in mind: to introduce a beacon of innovation among Android handsets, and to make it quick and easy for people to buy an Android phone.  We're very happy with the adoption of Android in general, and the innovation delivered through Nexus One.
ArkansasTimes:
The great debate  —  Bill Halter won in classic debate terms in today's final senatorial debate at the Statehouse Convention Center He scored point after point with specific attacks on Sen. Blanche Lincoln's voting record, her negative ad campaign and her advocacy for an estate tax cut …
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.
Discussion: TBogg and The Atlantic Online
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Megan McArdle / The Atlantic Online:
The Health Care Reform Already Costs More Than We Thought It Would
Discussion: The Mahablog and The New Republic
New York Times:
Obama Vows End to ‘Cozy’ Oversight of Oil Industry  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama angrily denounced the finger-pointing among the three companies involved in the Gulf of Mexico oil spill as a “ridiculous spectacle,” and vowed on Friday to end what he called the “cozy relationship” …
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Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Obama rips executives, calls oil spill hearing a ‘ridiculous spectacle’
 
 
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Ronald Brownstein / National Journal Online:
Repairing The Job Machine
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Ezra Klein
Susan Crabtree / The Hill:
Obama: Wall Street reform needed to protect from downturn
Discussion: CNN and The Politico
Susan Crabtree / The Hill:
Rep. Lee: Dems have fallen down on the job by failing to produce budget
Discussion: CNN and The Politico
Frank Jordans / Associated Press:
Swiss retreat helps Transocean save millions
KGUN-TV:
Does TUSD's ethnic studies program violate Arizona's new law?
Discussion: Beltway Confidential
Chloe White Kennedy / Knoxville News-Sentinel:
Gore ‘thrilled’ by honorary degree, addresses global ‘climate crisis’
Discussion: WVLT-TV
David Smith / Guardian:
Malawi gay couple face jail sentences
Discussion: The Huffington Post and Truthdig
New York Post:
Big shakeup for ketchup
 Earlier Items: 
Mark Murray / msnbc.com:
Dems appear in ‘We Are Lebron’ video
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
Stephen Clark / Fox News:
Obama Administration Makes Emergency Funding Request for Teachers
David Harsanyi / Denver Post:
Cap and scam  —  Were you aware that Americans have a collective …
Discussion: protein wisdom
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Pennsylvania special election could be 2010 pivot point
Jess Bravin / Washington Wire:
Making the Grade: Kagan's Transcript
Jana Winter / Fox News:
School Official in Basketball Flap Is No Stranger to Controversy
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Book: Rahm “begged” Obama for days not to pursue ambitious health reform