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10:10 AM ET, May 17, 2010


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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 …
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.
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
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 …
The Note:
Reckoning Week: Four Races Help Define Six Months
Discussion: The Swamp, Bloomberg and
Michael Barone / Washington Examiner:
An obvious but muzzled truth: Islamist terrorism
Discussion: Betsy's Page
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.
White House to release Kagan theses  —  The White House says it soon will release two theses Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan wrote while attending Princeton and Oxford - ending a game of cat-and-mouse that erupted on the web after Princeton asked a conservative website to remove her thesis for copyright reasons.
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.
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 …
Discussion: The Caucus
The Hill:
Senate Democrats to battle over strength of Wall Street reform bill
Shailagh Murray / Washington Post:
TARP becomes prime target for senators facing reelection battles
Discussion: Real Clear Politics
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.
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.
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 …
Michael Slackman / New York Times:
Iran Offers to Ship Uranium, Complicating Sanctions Talks
Discussion: Commentary and FrumForum
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.
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
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.
Frank Lombardi / NY Daily News:
New York City clerk's offices will soon conduct civil ceremonies for gay couples  —  The city is about to take a ceremonial step down the aisle for gay couples, the Daily News has learned.  —  After 17 years of registering domestic partners, the city will soon offer marriage-like ceremonies …
Discussion: City Room and Advocate
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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Glynnis MacNicol / Mediaite:
Too Far? Family Guy's Vietnam Veterans Memorial ‘Joke’
Discussion: Liberty Pundits Blog
Afghan prosecutor issues US warrant
Discussion: Firedoglake
Rebecca Mead / New Yorker:
RAGE MACHINE  —  Andrew Breitbart's empire of bluster.
Mark Bowden / The Atlantic Online:
The Enemy Within  —  When the Conficker computer “worm” …
William Booth / Washington Post:
In U.S. visit, Mexican president to discuss drug war, immigration
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
 Earlier Items: 
Washington Post:
Congress may override efforts by Secretary Gates to cut defense spending
Discussion: Think Progress and
The Huffington Post:
Major Loophole In Senate Financial Reform Bill, Derivatives Reform May Be Illusory
Discussion: Washington Wire and Open Congress
Justin Pritchard / Associated Press:
AP IMPACT: Fed'l inspections on rig not as claimed
7-year-old killed in Detroit police raid