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2:25 PM ET, May 15, 2010

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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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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.
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.
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 …
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
Jay Heflin / The Hill:
Health reform threatens to cram already overwhelmed hospital ERs  —  The new healthcare law will pack 32 million newly insured people into emergency rooms already crammed beyond capacity, according to experts on healthcare facilities.  —  A chief aim of the new healthcare law …
Discussion: Pajamas Media
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.
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.
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 …
David Ignatius / Washington Post:
Afghan reconciliation strategy should reflect Pashtun culture  —  How do wars end in the tribal society of Afghanistan?  That's one of the interesting questions that was highlighted by President Hamid Karzai's visit to Washington last week.  —  During their well-scripted news conference at the White House …
Discussion: SWJ Blog and Politics Daily
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
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.
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’
 
 
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Repairing The Job Machine
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A. O. Scott / New York Times:
Rob the Rich? Give to the Poor? Oh, Puh-leeze!
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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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David Smith / Guardian:
Malawi gay couple face jail sentences
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