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2:40 PM ET, May 16, 2010

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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 …
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 …
Josh Gerstein / Josh Gerstein's Blog:
Review set for 160,000 pages on Kagan
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
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 …
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
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
Discussion: Raw Story and The Washington Note
Marin Cogan / Politico Live's Blog:
Specter, Sestak disagree on endorsements  —  Just two days before the Pennsylvania Democratic Senate primary, Sen. Arlen Specter and Rep. Joe Sestak offered one more point of difference in their campaigns: whether or not they'll support the other if they don't win the race.
Discussion: CNN
Times of London:
Scientists forecast decades of ash clouds  —  Many more of Iceland's volcanoes seem to be stirring  —  THE Icelandic eruption that has caused misery for air travellers could be part of a surge in volcanic activity that will affect the whole of Europe for decades, scientists have warned.
Discussion: Outside The Beltway
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:
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 …
 
 
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Patrick Gavin / The Politico:
Once boy wonder, Meacham hits a bump
Discussion: TalkLeft and Balloon Juice
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Salazar: Latest effort to stop Gulf oil leak hits snag
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Ali Akbar Dareini / Associated Press:
Iranian cleric wants creation of ‘Greater Iran’
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Walter Russell Mead / Walter Russell Mead's Blog:
Global Green Meltdown Gains Momentum
Discussion: Whiskey Fire, Commentary and Dot Earth
Digby / Hullabaloo:
Winning not whining
Howie Klein / Crooks and Liars:
Roxanne Conlin— Is She The Democrat Most Likely To Paint A Red Seat Blue In 2010?
Louise Nordstrom / Associated Press:
Home of Swedish Muhammad cartoonist attacked
Discussion: Gateway Pundit