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3:40 AM ET, May 17, 2010

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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.
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Marin Cogan / Politico Live's Blog:
McConnell attacks Kagan over Citizens United
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Christopher Edley Jr / Washington Post:
Why elites do belong on the Supreme Court
Discussion: Power Line
Joshua Miller / ABCNEWS:
Top Republican Says Kagan ‘Violated the Law’
Discussion: Washington Post
msnbc.com:
May 16: McConnell, Schumer, roundtable
Discussion: The Hill, NewsReal Blog and Althouse
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 …
Amira Hass / Haaretz:
Noam Chomsky denied entry into Israel and West Bank  —  Interior Ministry seeking IDF approval to let American professor just into West Bank; rights group: Decision characteristic of totalitarian regime.  —  American linguist Noam Chomsky was denied entry into Israel on May 16, 2010
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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 …
Discussion: The Agitator and Balloon Juice
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.
Scarce / Crooks and Liars:
Glenn Beck delivers commencement address at Liberty Univ.  —  Here is the first 7 min of Beck's rambling and disjointed address yesterday.  Apologies for the video quality as it was recorded off the tv screen itself, by a fan of Beck I assume.  —  The Lynchburg News & Advance describes the spectacle as so:
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Liberty Graduation / News & Advance:
Liberty graduates last class to attend under leadership of Falwell Sr.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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 …
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.
Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu / Arutz Sheva:
Arab Media Cheer Obama for De-Linking Muslims from Terror  —  Follow Israel news on and .  —  A leading international Arab newspaper has hailed U.S. President Barack Obama for officially removing the description “Muslim terrorist” as part of his campaign “to reach out to the Muslim world.”
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.
Discussion: FrumForum
Shaila Dewan / New York Times:
Tube Offers a ‘Limited Success’ in Oil Leak, BP Says  —  NEW ORLEANS, La. — An experimental attempt to stop an oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico experienced some limited success over the weekend, BP announced Sunday afternoon.  —  Engineers successfully inserted a tube into the damaged riser pipe …
Discussion: Daily Kos
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Fox News:
BP Hopeful About Latest Oil Siphon Attempt
Discussion: American Power, CNN and Michelle Malkin
Justin Pritchard / Associated Press:
AP IMPACT: Fed'l inspections on rig not as claimed  —  LOS ANGELES - The federal agency responsible for ensuring that the Deepwater Horizon was operating safely before it exploded last month fell well short of its own policy that the rig be inspected at least once per month, an Associated Press investigation shows.
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.
 
 
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Dick Cheney / Orange County Register:
Whitman stronger Republican candidate
Discussion: The Note and The Hill
Patrick Gavin / The Politico:
Once boy wonder, Meacham hits a bump
Discussion: Balloon Juice and TalkLeft
Marin Cogan / Politico Live's Blog:
Specter, Sestak disagree on endorsements
Discussion: CNN and FrumForum
Times of London:
Scientists forecast decades of ash clouds
Discussion: Outside The Beltway
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Joe Queenan / Wall Street Journal:
A Lament for the Class of 2010  —  New college graduates face …