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3:36 AM ET, May 18, 2010

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Raymond Hernandez / New York Times:
Blumenthal's Words Differ From His History  —  At a ceremony honoring veterans and senior citizens who sent presents to soldiers overseas, Attorney General Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut rose and spoke of an earlier time in his life.  —  Multimedia  —  Enlarge This Image
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Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Bombshell: Democratic Senate candidate lied about serving in Vietnam; Update: Blumenthal responds, sort of  —  Not just any Democratic Senate candidate, either.  It's Richard Blumenthal, current attorney general of Connecticut, whom Chris Dodd made way for by retiring earlier this year.
Discussion: iOwnTheWorld.com
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Vietnam allegations threaten frontrunning Blumenthal in CT-Senate  —  The New York Times' story detailing Connecticut Attorney General Dick Blumenthal's (D) misstatements about his service in Vietnam — he received five deferments and never served in the country, according to the paper …
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Online:   Blumenthal Responds To Vietnam Allegations
Melissa Clouthier / Liberty Pundits Blog:
More Muslims In Bikinis Please — UPDATED  —  Did the new Miss USA from “Dearbornistan” win because of politics?  I don't really care.  Have you seen the pictures?  —  If you haven't.  Check her out.  She's gorgeous.  And she's not wearing a burqa.  —  She's in a bikini.  And she's not wearing a burqa.
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Daniel Pipes:
Affirmative Action in Beauty Contests?
Ethan Sacks / NY Daily News:
Miss USA: Did Arizona immigration hurt Miss Oklahoma Morgan …
Debbie Schlussel:
Donald Trump, Dhimmi: Miss Hezbollah Rima Fakih Wins Miss USA; Rigged for Muslima?
Jennifer Rubin / Commentary:
Obama Won't Say Who Killed Daniel Pearl  —  At a signing ceremony for the Freedom of Press Act, it is ironic and shameful that Obama could not bring himself to identify the killers who beheaded the man who fearlessly reported on the jihadist terrorists.  Obama had this to say:
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Chip Reid / CBS News:
Press Freedom, Sure.  But No Questions.  —  There was some rich irony at the White House today — President Obama signed the Press Freedom Act, and then promptly refused to take any questions.  —  The new law expands the State Department's annual human rights reports to include a description of press freedoms in each country.
CNN:
Obama doesn't take questions at Freedom of Press Act signing
Discussion: NO QUARTER and The Jawa Report
Benjamin Joffe-Walt / Jerusalem Post:
Saudi woman beats up virtue cop  —  Incident follows a wave of challenges to religious authorities.  —  Talkbacks (16)  —  Make JPOST.COM your Home Page  —  Iranian Threat  —  Jewish World  —  Local Israel  —  Arts & Culture  —  Français  —  Classifieds  —  Israel  —  Middle East
J. Patrick Coolican / Las Vegas Sun:
Danny Tarkanian: Sue Lowden breaking campaign law by accepting donated RV  —  Sue Lowden, a leading contender to be the Republican nominee in the race to unseat Sen. Harry Reid, is being accused by a chief competitor of breaking campaign finance law for accepting a luxury campaign bus as a campaign contribution.
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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:   First They Came for the Chickens  —  It sounds like our pal Sue Lowden …
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Supreme Court Upholds Commitment of Sex Offenders  —  WASHINGTON — In a broad endorsement of federal power, the Supreme Court on Monday ruled that Congress has the authority under the Constitution to allow the continued civil commitment of sex offenders after they have completed their criminal sentences.
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Andrew Romano / Newsweek Blogs:
Why Tomorrow's Primaries Won't Be a Big Deal—No Matter What Happens  —  Prepare yourself.  Political types are billing tomorrow as a Super Duper Tuesday of sorts—"a date that ranks as the most important of the election calendar so far," according to Politico's Charles Mahtesian.
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David Neiwert / Crooks and Liars:
Is it time to blow up the leaking Gulf oil well?  BP doing its best to keep that option under wraps  —  Shepard Smith had a fascinating segment on the catastrophic Gulf oil spill today, featuring an interview with a former nuclear-sub captain who argued persuasively that it was time …
Discussion: AMERICAblog News
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Pawlenty budget a GOP model  —  Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty's final budget, completed early Monday morning over the protests of angry Democrats and passed in a special session of the state legislature later in the day, positions the 2012 Republican presidential hopeful as the embodiment …
Discussion: Swampland
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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 …
Walter Alarkon / The Hill:
Dems prepare to pass war funding bill without Republican support  —  House Democrats are preparing to pass an Afghanistan war-spending bill on a party-line vote as Republicans balk at extra provisions the White House wants in the measure.  —  Passing such a spending bill through the lower chamber …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
John Byrne / Raw Story:
What spill?  Rig owner approves $1 billion dividend to shareholders  —  Five days after appearing before Congress to testify about its responsibility in one of the worst oil spills in US history, the Swiss company that owned and operated the oil rig that sunk into the Gulf of Mexico announced …
Discussion: Think Progress and Balloon Juice
Chris McGreal / Guardian:
Why are whites five times richer than blacks in the US?  —  • Study finds gaping racial divide in household assets  —  • Economic policies blamed for growing inequality  —  A huge wealth gap has opened up between black and white people in the US over the past quarter of a century …
Discussion: Truthdig
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Politics as Entertainment  —  One of the most disturbing trends in American politics has been the increasing rise of conservative pundits who I don't think are honestly mistaken or lying for tactical political advantage, but rather just making stuff up because they don't really care …
Norm Eisen / White House.gov Blog Feed:
The President & Vice President's Financial Disclosure Forms  —  Today, the President and Vice President released their 2009 financial disclosure reports.  —  The Ethics in Government Act of 1978 requires high-level federal officials to publicly disclose their personal financial interests.
Ethan Bronner / New York Times:
Israel Roiled After Chomsky Barred From West Bank  —  JERUSALEM — A fierce debate broke out in Israel on Monday amid finger pointing and hand wringing over the country's refusal a day earlier to permit Noam Chomsky, the linguist and icon of the American left, to enter the occupied West Bank from Jordan.
entertainment.blogs.foxnews.com:
Woody Allen says President Obama should be granted dictatorial powers (seriously)  —  Woody Allen and wife Soon-Yi Previn.  (AP)  —  Woody Allen has a strange take on the democracy that allowed him to become rich and famous.  —  The “Scoop” director said it would be a cool idea …
Discussion: Hot Air
David Ranson / Wall Street Journal:
The Revenue Limits of Tax and Spend  —  Whether rates are high or low, evidence shows our tax system won't collect more than 20% of GDP.  —  The Greeks have always been trendsetters for the West.  Washington has repudiated two centuries of U.S. fiscal prudence as prescribed by the Founding Fathers …
The Huffington Post:
Brit Hume: Where Is The Oil?  (VIDEO)  —  What's Your Reaction: … As I was taking in the Sestak-versus-Specteriana on CNN's State Of The Union yesterday morning, I missed Fox News Sunday's typically entertaining panel discussion.  But this segment shouldn't go unnoted …
Maria Sacchetti / Boston Globe:
Obama's aunt given OK to stay in United States  —  President Barack Obama's paternal aunt, Zeituni Onyango, is shown leaving federal immigration court at the John F. Kennedy building in downtown Boston this February.  (Globe Staff/Photo Jonathan Wiggs)  —  A Boston immigration judge …
Stanley Fish / Opinionator:
Arizona: The Gift That Keeps On Giving  —  The loud debate over the recently passed Arizona House Bill 2281, which bans from the public schools ethnic studies courses that promote race consciousness, is a clash between two bad paradigms.  —  The first paradigm is embedded in and configures …
Discussion: American Power and Open Left
Jonah Goldberg / The Corner on National Review Online:
Birthers v. Truthers, Again — By: Jonah Goldberg  —  As I wrote last year, I find it amazing that the “Birthers” are considered more dangerous and evil than the “Truthers.”  The Birthers believe that an ambitious man who travelled a lot as a kid has concealed the circumstances of his birth so he could be eligible for the presidency.
Riptide 2.0:
Before He Hired an Escort, Rekers Tried to Spank the Gay Away  —  What do you do with a little boy who likes cross-dressing and playing with dolls?  If you're George Alan Rekers, you “extinguish” the boy's feminine behavior with a sometimes violent Pavlovian regimen while your scientific team observes through a one-way mirror.
Discussion: The Bilerico Project and Advocate
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:
 
 
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Texas teacher singles out Latino student during SB-1070 discussion …
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