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7:35 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.
J. Taylor Rushing / Ballot Box:
Lieberman undecided on whether to back Republican or Dem in Senate race  —  Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) is undecided on whom to endorse in his state's Senate race — and he has good relationships with the major candidates on both sides of the aisle.  —  Lieberman's support is a grand prize …
Discussion: Prairie Weather
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
Discussion: Outside The Beltway
Joshua Green / The Atlantic Online:
Richard Blumenthal's Bogus War Record
Discussion: Marbury
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
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.
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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Fox News:
Miss Oklahoma Named First Runner Up in Miss USA Pageant After …
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:
Court Bars Life Terms for Youths Who Haven't Killed  —  WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Monday ruled that juveniles who commit crimes in which no one is killed may not be sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.  —  Five justices, in an opinion by Justice Anthony M. Kennedy …
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Walter Alarkon / The Hill:
Democrats 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 …
Discussion: The Politico and Weasel Zippers
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
Geoffrey Dickens / NewsBusters.org:
Matthews: Obama Needs to ‘Nationalize’ Oil Industry!  —  Last week an agitated Chris Matthews tried to hold Dick Cheney accountable for the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, and this week Matthews is demanding action from President Obama, as the Hardball host pushed the President to nationalize the oil industry to solve the problem.
Discussion: Townhall.com and Moonbattery
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.
Ed Barnes / Fox News:
Muslims in NYC Planning to Build Second, Smaller Mosque Near Ground Zero  —  As controversy surrounds the construction of a 13-story mosque just two blocks from Ground Zero, FOX News has learned that an effort to place a second mosque close to the hallowed site in New York City is in its advanced stages.
Chris McGreal / Guardian:
Why are white people five times richer?  —  • 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
nber.org:
Joblessness and Perceptions about the Effectiveness of Democracy  —  Duha Tore Altindag, Naci H. Mocan  —  NBER Working Paper No. 15994*  —  NBER Program(s): HE LE  —  The NBER Bulletin on Aging and Health provides summaries of publications like this.
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 …
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: Top of the Ticket and Hot Air
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
The Politico:
Obama steers clear of shaky Specter  —  President Barack Obama says he loves Sen. Arlen Specter (D-Pa.) — just not quite enough to hazard an 11th-hour political trip to Pennsylvania for an ally of convenience increasingly viewed as unlikely to win.  —  Just last year, the White House …
Alex Pappas / The Daily Caller:
Fans asked to remove pro-Arizona immigration law shirts during NBA game  —  Two fans at a Phoenix Suns basketball game were ejected from their first row seats and removed from the arena last week after refusing orders from security guards to take off their shirts in support of Arizona's recently passed law against illegal immigration.
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
Palin calls Fiorina and other Republican candidates ‘mama grizzlies’  —  Sarah Palin appears to be building a pack of “mama grizzlies” in the 2010 elections that could send a powerful political message if she decides to run for president in 2012.  —  In the past 10 days …
Doyle Rice / USA Today:
2010: Warmest year on record  —  Two separate sources of temperature data - the National Climatic Data Center and NASA - report that, through April, 2010 is the warmest year ever recorded.  —  The climate center (NCDC) reports that the Earth's combined land and ocean average surface temperature …
 
 
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