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10:40 AM ET, May 17, 2010

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Michelle Malkin:
A gaffetastic new Miss USA  —  She nearly tripped over her gown.  —  She called birth control a “controlled substance.”  —  She argued that contraceptives should be covered by health insurers because they are “expensive” — and then said you could get them for “free” from your OB/GYN's office.
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Oskar Garcia / Associated Press:
Arab-American from Michigan crowned 2010 Miss USA  —  LAS VEGAS - A 24-year-old Arab American from Michigan beat out 50 other women to take the 2010 Miss USA title Sunday night, despite nearly stumbling in her evening gown.  —  Rima Fakih of Dearborn, Mich., won the pageant …
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
Peter Beinart / New York Review of Books:
The Failure of the American Jewish Establishment  —  In 2003, several prominent Jewish philanthropists hired Republican pollster Frank Luntz to explain why American Jewish college students were not more vigorously rebutting campus criticism of Israel.  In response, he unwittingly produced …
Andrew Sullivan / Times of London:
Answer the lesbian question, Ms Legal Eagle  —  The nominee to be the next justice of the Supreme Court has no opinion on anything.  Well, that's not entirely true.  She did believe in providing free coffee for students when she was dean of Harvard Law School.
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Susan Milligan / Boston Globe:
Personal ties bind Obama, Kagan
Tony Lee / The Atlantic Online:
A Conservative's Case for Sarah Palin's Genius  —  (Tony Lee is a conservative writer who lives in Virginia.  Follow him on twitter: @TheTonyLee.  — MA)  —  I hadn't seen Sarah Palin speak in person since the 2008 elections.  If one just watched or read mainstream media accounts …
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The Note:
Reckoning Week: Four Races Help Define Six Months
Michael Barone / Washington Examiner:
An obvious but muzzled truth: Islamist terrorism
Discussion: Betsy's Page
John / Power Line:
Apologizing For Arizona  —  This is unfreakingbelievable, even for the Obama administration: … What an idiot!  China murdered millions of its citizens who opposed the government's Communist policies and allows most of its people little or no freedom.  We, on the other hand, enforce our immigration laws.
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Michelle Malkin:
Who is Michael Posner, and why is he apologizing to China?  —  Actually, I phrased the title question wrong.  —  Question: Who the hell is Michael Posner, and why the hell is he apologizing to China?!  —  Answer: Michael Posner is the former head agitator at the transnationalist Human Rights First …
Brady Dennis / Washington Post:
Obama's terms for financial overhaul remain mostly intact  —  The Senate this week could hand President Obama his second major legislative victory of the year, both on administration priorities that seemed in doubt not long ago.  —  Passage of a 1,400-page bill to overhaul …
Discussion: The Caucus
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The Hill:
Senate Democrats to battle over strength of Wall Street reform bill
The Politico:
Nightmare on Wall Street
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's … and Swampland
Damian Paletta / Washington Wire:
Endgame On Financial-Overhaul Bill
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Video: The greatest political ad ever?  —  It's not the greatest ad ever.  If he had roped a calf or branded a steer or something, then it would have been the greatest ad ever.  I watched it twice before googling around to see if it was some sort of stunt candidacy or “Funny or Die” parody.  Nope.
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Newt Gingrich says President Obama is Nazi-Commie “threat to our way of life.”  —  Will Howard Kurtz ask Chris Wallace why FOX News decided to make Newt Gingrich's new book their number one segment of the day?  Then they followed it up by interviewing Laura Bush and proceeded into their wingnut panel discussion.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
The amazing campaign ads of Alabama  —  Alabama Republicans have, for reasons that I don't understand but which I hope a reader will explain, produced a raft of strange and memorable television ads this cycle: Young Boozer's broadside; ‘This is Alabama.  We speak English’; the scornful attack on an accused evolutionist.
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Burns, Critz close  —  The special election to replace John Murtha looks to be headed for a photo finish, with Republican Tim Burns leading Democrat Mark Critz 48-47 in PPP's final poll of the race.  —  PA-12 provides a clear example of how dimly voters are viewing politicians and parties across the board right now.
Washington Post:
Howard Kurtz explores how oil spill, bombing news trumped Nashville flood  —  As Nashville anchor Bob Sellers watched his city submerged and spent time helping colleagues whose homes were utterly ruined, he was struck by how the disaster remained a largely local story.
Discussion: Romenesko
Michael McAuliff / Mouth of the Potomac:
Laura: Obama, Michelle Benefit From Double Standard  —  President Obama benefits from a double-standard in the press compared to her husband, Laura Bush said today — and Michelle Obama has managed to escape the pigeon hole Bush and other first ladies have gotten jammed in.
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
Alexander Burns / The Politico:
Primary focus: Whose clout is at stake  —  Tuesday's primary elections in Pennsylvania, Kentucky and Arkansas won't just be a test of the national political environment.  They'll also offer a clearer look at who's shaping up to be a powerful force in 2010 and who's already struggling to stay relevant in the long midterm cycle.
Discussion: CNN
Quinnipiac University:
Specter-Sestak Dem Primary Down To The Wire, Quinnipiac University Pennsylvania Poll Finds; Onorato Leads Dem Governor Primary  —  The Pennsylvania Democratic Senate primary goes down to the wire with U.S. Rep. Joe Sestak taking 42 percent of likely primary voters to Sen. Arlen Specter's 41 percent …
CNN:
7-year-old killed in Detroit police raid  —  (CNN) — Police in Detroit, Michigan, on Sunday expressed “profound sorrow” at the fatal shooting of a 7-year-old girl in a police raid.  —  Aiyana Jones was shot and killed by police executing a search warrant as part of a homicide investigation …
 
 
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Meredith Whitney / Wall Street Journal:
The Small Business Credit Crunch
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Maggie Haberman / The Politico:
Encore? Giuliani sets stage for 4th act
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Paul Krugman:
How Will They Spin This?  —  So, via Joe Romm, the NASA-GISS data show …
Glynnis MacNicol / Mediaite:
Too Far? Family Guy's Vietnam Veterans Memorial ‘Joke’
Discussion: Liberty Pundits Blog
Frank Lombardi / NY Daily News:
New York City clerk's offices will soon conduct civil ceremonies for gay couples
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Guardian:
Afghan prosecutor issues US warrant
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Mark Bowden / The Atlantic Online:
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Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
Obama and Civil Liberties
Discussion: Dennis the Peasant
The Huffington Post:
Major Loophole In Senate Financial Reform Bill, Derivatives Reform May Be Illusory
Discussion: Washington Wire and Open Congress
Borzou Daragahi / Los Angeles Times:
Iran agrees to exchange of nuclear material
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