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1:20 PM ET, May 15, 2010

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Charles Homans / Washington Monthly:
Culture Shock  —  What happened when one conservative Web site ventured outside the movement bubble.  —  Last May, Conor Friedersdorf, a twenty-eight-year-old recent graduate of NYU's Journalism School, decided he was going to save conservative journalism.
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Jordan Smith / The Atlantic Online:
Ricochet: Making Conservatism Fun Again  —  If conservative ideas are dead, as many liberals claim, nobody seems to have told conservatives.  Right-wingers believe their ideas are alive and fit for implementation.  All that is needed, perhaps, is new personalities and institutions able to market conservatism in the post-Bush era.
Louise Nordstrom / Associated Press:
Home of Swedish Muhammad cartoonist attacked  —  STOCKHOLM — The home of a Swedish artist who once drew a cartoon of the Prophet Muhammad as a dog has been hit by a suspected arson attack, police said Saturday.  —  Lars Vilks, who lives in Nyhamnslage in southern Sweden …
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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.
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.
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
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.
Jonathan Allen / The Politico:
D.C. Dems to Obama: Aim fire at GOP  —  President Barack Obama is a master of knowing his audience - even when it's fellow politicians.  —  He served up a Republican roast to House Democratic leaders and donors in New York Thursday night, two weeks after Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her lieutenants griped …
Discussion: Sweetness & Light
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Susan Crabtree / The Hill:
Rep. Lee: Dems have fallen down on the job by failing to produce budget
Discussion: CNN
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
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Jeralyn / TalkLeft:
Obama Floats Plan to Delay Presentment to Judges in Terror Cases
Discussion: Raw Story and The Talking Dog
MiamiHerald.com:
Ex-Meek aide received money from troubled developer  —  Police records show that Dennis Stackhouse cultivated a cozy relationship with the mother and aide of U.S. Rep. Kendrick Meek as the congressman supported the developer's project.  Meek says he didn't know about a mortgage deal given to the aide.
Discussion: The Buzz
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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Amy Gardner / Washington Post:
Sarah Palin issues a call to action to ‘mama grizzlies’
Discussion: ABCNEWS and Washington Wire
Zephoria / apophenia:
Facebook and “radical transparency” (a rant)  —  At SXSW, I decided to talk about privacy because I thought that it would be the most important issue of the year.  I was more accurate than my wildest dreams.  For the last month, I've watched as conversations about privacy went from being the topic …
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.
Chip Reid / CBS News:
Angry Obama Seeks to Deflect Blame for Gulf Oil Spill Crisis  —  The president seemed genuinely angry today, on a beautiful spring afternoon in the Rose Garden.  Having watched him on a daily basis for about a year and a half, I'm confident he wasn't faking it.
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 …
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 …
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
 
 
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Ronald Brownstein / National Journal Online:
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Susan Crabtree / The Hill:
Obama: Wall Street reform needed to protect from downturn
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KGUN-TV:
Does TUSD's ethnic studies program violate Arizona's new law?
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Chloe White Kennedy / Knoxville News-Sentinel:
Gore ‘thrilled’ by honorary degree, addresses global ‘climate crisis’
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Malawi gay couple face jail sentences
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David Harsanyi / Denver Post:
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Jess Bravin / Washington Wire:
Making the Grade: Kagan's Transcript
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School Official in Basketball Flap Is No Stranger to Controversy
Ezra Klein:
Discretionary spending is not the same as ‘new spending’