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4:25 PM ET, May 16, 2010

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Frank Rich / New York Times:
A Heaven-Sent Rent Boy  —  OF all wars, only culture wars offer the hope of sheer, unadulterated hilarity.  Sex and hypocrisy were staples of farce long before America became a nation, and they never go out of style.  Just listen to the roaring audience at the new hit Broadway revival of the perennial …
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The Huffington Post:
Gingrich: Obama Should Withdraw Kagan Nomination  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich called on President Obama to withdraw the nomination of Elena Kagan for the Supreme Court, calling her views anti-military and airing, for one of the first times …
msnbc.com:
May 16: McConnell, Schumer, roundtable  —  MR. DAVID GREGORY: This Sunday: a critical moment in the future and direction of the Supreme Court.  What role will she play?  The president's nominee Elena Kagan has started to make the rounds on Capitol Hill.  This morning, only on MEET THE PRESS …
Discussion: The Hill and Althouse
Joshua Miller / ABCNEWS:
Top Republican Says Kagan ‘Violated the Law’
Discussion: Washington Post
Josh Gerstein / Josh Gerstein's Blog:
Review set for 160,000 pages on Kagan
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 …
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Fox News:
BP Hopeful About Latest Oil Siphon Attempt  —  BP says engineers trying to stop an oil leak deep beneath the Gulf of Mexico used a mile-long tube to funnel some oil to the surface
Discussion: Michelle Malkin and CNN
Amira Hass / Haaretz:
Noam Chomsky denied entry into Israel  —  Left-wing linguist, who was scheduled to speak at Bir Zeit University, told by Israeli inspectors at Allenby Bridge that a reason for the refusal would be sent to the American embassy.  —  American linguist Noam Chomsky was denied entry into Israel on May 16, 2010
Herb Keinon / Jerusalem Post:
Emanuel to rabbis: US ‘screwed up’  —  Exclusive: Officials deny US changing view on Israeli nuclear policy.  —  Talkbacks (82)  —  Make JPOST.COM your Home Page  —  Iranian Threat  —  Jewish World  —  Local Israel  —  Arts & Culture  —  Français  —  Classifieds  —  Israel
Lori Weisberg / SignOnSanDiego.com:
Some in Arizona canceling trips to S.D.  —  Outrage over local censure votes may be a misunderstanding  —  San Diego tourism leaders and hoteliers fear they could lose a sizable chunk of business this summer from valued “Zonies” who are so angered by elected leaders' recent censure of Arizona …
Discussion: Townhall.com and RedState
Jay Nordlinger / The Corner on National Review Online:
You've Got to Be Kidding . . . — By: Jay Nordlinger  —  We, the United States, have been having human-rights talks with China.  Our side is apparently led by Michael Posner, an assistant secretary of state.  I will quote from an Associated Press report:
Dick Cheney / Orange County Register:
Whitman stronger Republican candidate … I am proud to endorse Meg Whitman to be the next governor of California.  Meg has the conservative values, leadership skills and vision to reform state government and usher in an era of strong economic growth and prosperity.  —  There is a lot at stake in this election.
Discussion: The Hill and The Note
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 …
Joe Queenan / Wall Street Journal:
A Lament for the Class of 2010  —  New college graduates face a labor force that neither wants or needs them; a plum job interning at a street fair  —  A few weeks ago I ran into one of my son's oldest friends.  He had attended an Ivy League school, studying drama and music, and was now back living at home.
Discussion: Joanne Jacobs
 
 
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Patrick Gavin / The Politico:
Once boy wonder, Meacham hits a bump
Discussion: TalkLeft and Balloon Juice
Marin Cogan / Politico Live's Blog:
Specter, Sestak disagree on endorsements
Discussion: CNN
Times of London:
Scientists forecast decades of ash clouds
Discussion: Outside The Beltway
Ali Akbar Dareini / Associated Press:
Iranian cleric wants creation of ‘Greater Iran’
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