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11:10 PM ET, May 15, 2010

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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.
Discussion: Riehl World View
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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.
Discussion: American Power and RADAMISTO
Adam Smith / The Buzz:
Charlie Crist heckled at HQ opening (video)  —  More than 100 people turned out to the opening of Charlie Crist's new campaign headquarters in downtown St Pete this morning.  Among those publicly touted their support for Crist were Democratic state Rep. Darryl Rouson, Republican state Rep. Peter Nehr …
Mark Mazzetti / New York Times:
U.S. Is Still Using Private Spy Ring, Despite Doubts  —  WASHINGTON — Top military officials have continued to rely on a secret network of private spies who have produced hundreds of reports from deep inside Afghanistan and Pakistan, according to American officials and businessmen …
Discussion: WarIsACrime.org
Howie Klein / Crooks and Liars:
Roxanne Conlin— Is She The Democrat Most Likely To Paint A Red Seat Blue In 2010?  —  The ideologically-based media and the corporately owned media have been diligent in painting a decidedly one-sided anti-Democratic picture going into the November Midterm elections.
Ben Armbruster / Think Progress:
NRA Members Disagree With NRA Leadership: Those On Terrorist Watch List Should Not Be Able To Buy Firearms  —  A recent Government Accountability Office (GAO) report found that individuals on the federal terrorist watch list were able to purchase firearms and explosives from licensed U.S. dealers 1,119 times.
Discussion: Lean Left and Taylor Marsh
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 …
Walter Russell Mead / Walter Russell Mead's Blog:
Global Green Meltdown Gains Momentum  —  Volcanoes blast; glaciers melt; economies implode; currencies nose dive and voters revolt.  It is the worst of worlds for the climate change movement, and the outlook continues to darken.  —  None of this dimmed the glory of the majestic moment …
Discussion: New York Times and Big Journalism
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
On Speech, Kagan Leaned Toward Conservatives  —  WASHINGTON — In her early years as a law professor, Elena Kagan wrote almost exclusively on the First Amendment.  There are indications in those writings that her views on government regulation of speech were closer to the Supreme Court's …
Discussion: New York Times, Prairie Weather and NPR
Jay Heflin / The Hill:
Health reform threatens to cram already overwhelmed emergency rooms  —  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 and GayPatriot
Alan Fram / Associated Press:
AP-GfK Poll flashes mixed signals for parties  —  WASHINGTON — Americans want Democrats to control Congress after this fall's elections, a shift from April, according to an Associated Press-GfK poll released Saturday.  But the margin is thin and there's a flashing yellow light for incumbents …
Digby / Hullabaloo:
Winning not whining  —  Bend It Like Boehner  —  Greg Sargent makes an important observation: … It's a sad but true fact about American culture that winning isn't everything, it's the only thing.  —  I've told the story before about sitting despondently in my front yard on the morning …
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 …
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Susan Crabtree / The Hill:
Rep. Lee: Dems have fallen down on the job by failing to produce budget
Discussion: CNN
Edmund Conway / Finance:
US faces one of biggest budget crunches in world - IMF  —  Earlier this week, the Bank of England Governor, Mervyn King, irked US authorities by pointing out that even the world's economic superpower has a major fiscal problem -"even the United States, the world's largest economy, has a very large fiscal deficit" were his words.
Discussion: Commentary and Angry Bear
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John / Power Line:
The Looming Obama Debt Disaster
 
 
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Jon Pareles / New York Times:
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David Ignatius / Washington Post:
Afghan reconciliation strategy should reflect Pashtun culture
Discussion: SWJ Blog
Bloomberg:
Geithner Sees Europe Managing Crisis Without Fallout for U.S.
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Ex-Meek aide received money from troubled developer
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Binyamin Appelbaum / New York Times:
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Susan Crabtree / The Hill:
Obama: Wall Street reform needed to protect from downturn
Discussion: CNN and The Politico