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12:00 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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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.
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.
Discussion: Guardian and Talking Points Memo
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: Cassy Fiano and Taylor Marsh
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 …
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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Reuters:
White House to release Kagan theses
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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Tim Fernholz / American Prospect:
Monday Morning Provocation.
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 …
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John / Power Line:
Apologizing For Arizona
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.
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Alexander Burns / The Politico:
Primary focus: Whose clout is at stake
Discussion: CNN
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.
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 and The Confluence
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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.
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.
Tony Lee / The Atlantic Online:
A Conservative's Case for Sarah Palin's Genius  —  I hadn't seen Sarah Palin speak in person since the 2008 elections.  If one just watched or read mainstream media accounts of her paid speeches and appearances since then, including some accounts that have been featured on this site …
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!” …
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Liberty Pundits Blog
Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Late deal segues into special session  —  Agreement on the budget came very late Sunday, then the Legislature went into a post-midnight special session to approve it.  —  In the end, lawmakers had to go into overtime.  They and Gov. Tim Pawlenty reached a deal late Sunday to conclude …
New York Times:
In Europe, Fears of a Deeper Crisis Are Intensifying  —  After a brief respite following the announcement last week of a nearly $1 trillion bailout plan for Europe, fear in the financial markets is building again, this time over worries that the Continent's biggest banks face strains that will hobble European economies.
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.
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.
Lynn Sweet:
Giannoulias own poll has him tied with Kirk  —  A poll taken by Alexi Giannoulias' Democratic Illinois Senate campaign last week shows Giannoulias even with GOP rival Rep. Mark Kirk, making up for ground lost after the failure of the Giannoulias family-owned Broadway Bank.
Discussion: NBC Chicago
Carlotta Gall / New York Times:
Taliban Hold Sway in Area Taken by U.S., Farmers Say  —  LASHKAR GAH, Afghanistan — Farmers from the district of Marja, which since February has been the focus of the largest American-led military operation in Afghanistan, are fleeing the area, saying that the Taliban are terrorizing …
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.
 
 
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Ross Douthat / New York Times:
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Maggie Haberman / The Politico:
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Paul Krugman:
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Michael McAuliff / Mouth of the Potomac:
Laura: Obama, Michelle Benefit From Double Standard
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
Michael Barone / Washington Examiner:
An obvious but muzzled truth: Islamist terrorism
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Iran agrees to exchange of nuclear material
CNN:
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