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7:50 AM ET, May 16, 2010

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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 …
Jim Hoft / Gateway Pundit:
GOV. JAN BREWER DOES IT AGAIN!... Joins With Sarah Palin For Amazing Border Ad (Video)  —  Brewer-Palin '12  —  Arizona Governor Jan Brewer does it again!  —  The popular Arizona Governor released another powerful campaign ad today smacking the Obama Administration for their dereliction …
Justin Gillis / New York Times:
Scientists Find Giant Plumes of Oil Forming Under the Gulf  —  Scientists are finding enormous oil plumes in the deep waters of the Gulf of Mexico, including one as large as 10 miles long, 3 miles wide and 300 feet thick in spots.  The discovery is fresh evidence that the leak from the broken undersea …
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 …
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.
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Charles Homans / Washington Monthly:
Culture Shock  —  What happened when one conservative Web site …
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 …
Ali Akbar Dareini / Associated Press:
Iranian cleric wants creation of ‘Greater Iran’  —  TEHRAN, Iran - A radical cleric called Saturday for the creation of a “Greater Iran” that would rule over the entire Middle East and Central Asia, in an event that he said would herald the coming of Islam's expected messiah.
Discussion: Jihad Watch and Atlas Shrugs
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: Commentary, Whiskey Fire and Dot Earth
Josh Gerstein / Josh Gerstein's Blog:
Review set for 160,000 pages on Kagan  —  The Clinton Presidential Library is facing a mammoth task to prepare for confirmation hearings for Supreme Court Nominee Elena Kagan: processing about 160,000 pages of records from Kagan's time as a lawyer and policy adviser in the Clinton White House.
Discussion: The Volokh Conspiracy
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: Taylor Marsh and Lean Left
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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Foster Klug / Associated Press:
No breakthroughs in US, China human rights talks
Evan McMorris-Santoro / TPMDC:
Tea Party-Backed Repeal Of The 17th Amendment Gets Republicans Into Trouble
Digby / Hullabaloo:
Winning not whining
David Ignatius / Washington Post:
Afghan reconciliation strategy should reflect Pashtun culture
Discussion: SWJ Blog
Jay Heflin / The Hill:
Health reform threatens to cram already overwhelmed emergency rooms
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Binyamin Appelbaum / New York Times:
Debit Fee Cut Is Rare Loss for Largest U.S. Banks