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1:15 AM ET, May 16, 2010


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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 …
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 …
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: Firedoglake and Riehl World View
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 …
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: Prairie Weather, New York Times and NPR
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.
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.
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
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
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 …
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 …
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Tea Party-Backed Repeal Of The 17th Amendment Gets Republicans Into Trouble
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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
“Stall, Baby, Stall” Revisited
Jon Pareles / New York Times:
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Discussion: Balloon Juice and PopWatch
David Ignatius / Washington Post:
Afghan reconciliation strategy should reflect Pashtun culture
Discussion: SWJ Blog
Geithner Sees Europe Managing Crisis Without Fallout for U.S.
Discussion: The Hill
Jay Heflin / The Hill:
Health reform threatens to cram already overwhelmed emergency rooms
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Ex-Meek aide received money from troubled developer
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