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3:30 PM 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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Daniel Pipes:
Affirmative Action in Beauty Contests?  —  News that Rima Fakih, 24, of Dearborn, Michigan, won the Miss USA beauty pageant today prompts me to recall some prior instances of Muslim women winning beauty contests in Western countries. … Juliette Boubaaya, 19, was Mlle Picardie in 2009.
Debbie Schlussel:
Donald Trump, Dhimmi: Miss Hezbollah Rima Fakih Wins Miss USA; Rigged for Muslima?  Miss Oklahoma's Arizona Immigration Answer  —  It's a sad day in America but a very predictable one, given the politically correct, Islamo-pandering climate in which we're mired.
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 and Newshoggers.com
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
CONSERVATIVES FIND GREAT IMPORTANCE IN MISS USA PAGEANT.... Who knew political conservatives cared so deeply about a beauty pageant?  —  Last week, organizers of the Miss USA pageant published promotional photos recently of contestants wearing lingerie.  Fox News' Sean Hannity and Rep. Louie Gohmert …
JONATHAN TURLEY:
Crowning of Arab-American As Miss USA Unleashes Torrent of Attacks From the Right
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 …
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Ezra Klein:
The conflict between Zionism and liberalism  —  Peter Beinart has a long and interesting essay in the New York Review of Books arguing that Israel — and in particular its young — is moving very far to the right in a way that's going to cause terrific tensions with the next generation of American Jews.
Jeffrey Goldberg / The Atlantic Online:
Beinart, Chait, and that Disappearing Zionist Feeling
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 …
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Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
White House bracing for Arlen Specter loss?  —  If this is true, it's significant: CBS chief Washington correspondent Bob Schieffer is now saying that he has it on good authority that the White House is privately bracing for Arlen Specter to lose tomorrow.  —  Schieffer, to my knowledge, has not said this on national TV yet.
Jesse J. Holland / ABCNEWS:
Court: Sexually Dangerous Can Be Kept in Prison  —  Supreme Court says federal officials can indefinitely hold sexually dangerous prisoners  —  The Supreme Court ruled Monday that federal officials can indefinitely hold inmates considered “sexually dangerous” after their prison terms are complete.
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Glynnis MacNicol / Mediaite:
Too Far?  Family Guy's Vietnam Veterans Memorial ‘Joke’  —  It's not a secret that Family Guy is famous for its offensiveness and tendency to cross the politically correct line.  That said, I suspect they may be called upon to issue some sort of apology after tonight's episode (not that they will …
CNN:
Obama doesn't take questions at Freedom of Press Act signing  —  Obama declined to answer questions at bill signing for the Freedom of Press Act.  —  Washington (CNN) - After the signing of the Freedom of Press Act on Monday, President Obama declined to take any questions from the press.
Discussion: The Jawa Report and NO QUARTER
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
GINGRICH, MEET GODWIN.... It was the latest in a series of reminders that this is nothing — literally, nothing — that a far-right media personality can say to be driven from polite American society.  —  Disgraced former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.), inexplicably one of the nation's …
Discussion: lexisnexis.com and Daily Kos
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Michael Slackman / New York Times:
Uranium Offer by Iran May Hinder Efforts on Sanctions  —  CAIRO — Iran announced an agreement on Monday to ship some of its nuclear fuel to Turkey in a deal that could offer a short-term solution to its nuclear standoff with the West, or prove to be a tactic aimed at derailing efforts to bring new sanctions against Tehran.
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Borzou Daragahi / Los Angeles Times:
Iran agrees to exchange of nuclear material
Rebecca Mead / New Yorker:
Andrew Breitbart's empire of bluster.  —  On Sunday, March 21st, the day that the House voted to pass health-care reform, Andrew Breitbart, the conservative Internet entrepreneur, was thousands of miles away, at home in Westwood, a neighborhood of Los Angeles.
Juliet Eilperin / Washington Post:
Interior official who oversees offshore drilling for MMS resigns  —  The top Interior Department official who oversees offshore oil and gas drilling for the Minerals Management Service will retire on May 31, The Washington Post has learned.  —  Chris Oynes, who oversaw oil and gas leasing …
The Huffington Post:
Class Warfare: Hundreds Protest Outside Bankers' Houses In DC  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  Huge raucous crowds converged outside bank employees' houses on Sunday afternoon to demand banks stop lobbying against Wall Street reform.  —  “Bank of America: bad for America!” …
JSOnline:
Big Ten Conference likely seeking universities that fit its identity in expansion talks  —  By Bill Glauber of the Journal Sentinel  —  It was an exciting time in college sports, an era of great change and large dreams.  —  Faculty delegates from the big conference of the Midwest gathered …
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.
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Going to Extreme  —  Utah Republicans have denied Robert Bennett, a very conservative three-term senator, a place on the ballot, because he's not conservative enough.  In Maine, party activists have pushed through a platform calling for, among other things, abolishing both the Federal Reserve and the Department of Education.
Megan McArdle / The Atlantic Online:
Why Does Academia Treat Its Workforce So Badly?  —  A piece on adjuncts in Inside Higher Ed has been attracting a lot of attention among academics of my acquaintance.  Its description of academic life is shockingly brutal—shocking even to me, who knows enough PhDs to be acquainted with the dismal facts:
Discussion: Will Wilkinson
Erin Miller / SCOTUSblog:
Today's orders and opinions  —  The Court issued four opinions today, including two in the long-awaited cases about juvenile imprisonment without parole, Graham and Sullivan v. Florida.  The rulings are:  —  In United States v. Comstock (08-1224), in an opinion by Justice Breyer …
Discussion: Outside The Beltway
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 …
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.
Jason Hoppin / TwinCities.com:
Pawlenty vetoes gay-rights bill  —  Gov. Tim Pawlenty vetoed a bill Saturday that would have given same-sex partners the right to decide what to do with the body of their loved ones, should they die.  —  Pawlenty had said he would veto the bill, calling it unnecessary because partners can draw up a living will.
Rowan Hooper / New Scientist:
Bat fellatio causes a scandal in academia  —  University College Cork in Ireland is coming under international pressure to lift a punishment meted out to one of its academics.  Dylan Evans, a psychologist at the university's school of medicine, has been saddled with a two-year period …
 
 
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Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
In Backing Insurgents, Republicans Face November Risks
Discussion: The Swamp and Balloon Juice
Jonah Goldberg / The Corner on National Review Online:
Birthers v. Truthers, Again — By: Jonah Goldberg
Discussion: The New Republic
Paul Owen / Guardian:
Ex-Treasury secretary Liam Byrne's note to his successor: there's no money left
Discussion: BBC, The Lede and Samizdata.net
Keith Bradsher / New York Times:
Europe's Debt Crisis Casts a Shadow Over China
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Glenn Beck's war on the FCC (and Satan worshippers)
David Carr / New York Times:
Taylor Momsen Did Not Write This Headline
Discussion: Mediaite, The Awl and Media Decoder
Susan Candiotti / CNN:
E-mails paint Times Square suspect as frustrated Muslim
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Jihad Watch
Jess Bravin / Wall Street Journal:
Kagan Backed Broad Interpretation of 14th Amendment
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Rasmussen Reports:
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Fox News:
San Diego Faces Own Medicine as Arizona Residents Cancel Travel …
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
The Great Consolidation  —  This feels like a populist moment.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and Hit & Run
oilspill_Neewi_com / CBS News:
Blowout: The Deepwater Horizon Disaster
Michael McAuliff / Mouth of the Potomac:
Laura: Obama, Michelle Benefit From Double Standard
Discussion: JammieWearingFool