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9:40 AM ET, May 17, 2010

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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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The Note:
Reckoning Week: Four Races Help Define Six Months  —  What does throw-the-bums-out look like when everyone around looks like one of the bums?  —  Just about everyone and everything in politics is on the ballot this week, and all we need are four big races to play out what we can expect to see over the next six months.
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 …
Michael Barone / Washington Examiner:
An obvious but muzzled truth: Islamist terrorism
Discussion: Betsy's Page
Marin Cogan / Politico Live's Blog:
McConnell attacks Kagan over Citizens United
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 …
Sarah Palin / Facebook:
Mr. President, do your job. Secure our border
Jay Nordlinger / The Corner on National Review Online:
You've Got to Be Kidding . . . — By: Jay Nordlinger
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.
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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.
Robert Stacy McCain / The Other McCain:
VIDEO: Best Ad Ever Produced for Agriculture Commissioner
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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Oskar Garcia / Associated Press:
Arab-American from Michigan crowned 2010 Miss USA
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
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 …
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The Politico:
Nightmare on Wall Street
Discussion: Reuters and Taegan Goddard's …
Shailagh Murray / Washington Post:
TARP becomes prime target for senators facing reelection battles
Discussion: Real Clear Politics
The Hill:
Senate Democrats to battle over strength of Wall Street reform bill
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.
Borzou Daragahi / Los Angeles Times:
Iran agrees to exchange of nuclear material  —  Tehran would send the bulk of its nuclear material to Turkey as part of a deal that could ease international tensions.  —  Brazilian, Iranian and Turkish leaders mark the signing of Tehran's nuclear deal.  From left: Brazil Foreign Minister Celso Amorim …
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Michael Slackman / New York Times:
Iran Offers to Ship Uranium, Complicating Sanctions Talks
Discussion: Commentary and FrumForum
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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Honest Reporting:
“You Lied to Me, Jew Producer”: Comedy Central Shocker  —  An offensive online game plays on an association of Israel as a child killer.  —  Recently, the Comedy Central TV network censored an episode of the popular South Park cartoon following threats from Islamic extremists offended at the show's portrayal of the Prophet Mohammad.
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 …
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
 
 
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Michael McAuliff / Mouth of the Potomac:
Laura: Obama, Michelle Benefit From Double Standard
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
Obama and Civil Liberties
Discussion: Dennis the Peasant
Washington Post:
Congress may override efforts by Secretary Gates to cut defense spending
Discussion: Think Progress and WarIsACrime.org
The Huffington Post:
Major Loophole In Senate Financial Reform Bill, Derivatives Reform May Be Illusory
Discussion: Washington Wire and Open Congress
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Keith Bradsher / New York Times:
Foreign Companies Chafe at China's Restrictions
Justin Pritchard / Associated Press:
AP IMPACT: Fed'l inspections on rig not as claimed
Dick Cheney / Orange County Register:
Whitman stronger Republican candidate
Discussion: Reuters, Hot Air and The Hill
 

 
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