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1:45 AM ET, May 15, 2011


 Top Items: 
Al Baker / New York Times:
I.M.F. Head Is Arrested and Accused of Sexual Attack  —  The head of the International Monetary Fund, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, was taken off a plane by police at Kennedy International Airport on Saturday just minutes before it was to takeoff for Paris and was being held in connection …
New York Post:
IMF head Strauss-Kahn pulled off plane, arrested in alleged sodomy of hotel maid  —  The French political bigshot who heads the International Monetary Fund was arrested for allegedly sodomizing a Manhattan hotel maid today — hauled off an Air France flight just moments before takeoff from Kennedy Airport, police said.
Tamer El-Ghobashy / Wall Street Journal:
Head of IMF Strauss-Kahn in Custody for Alleged Sexual Assault  —  A law enforcement official said Dominique Strauss-Kahn, head of the International Monetary Fund, was taken into police custody after being removed from an airplane at Kennedy Airport.  —  According to the official …
NY Daily News:
Top French politician Dominique Strauss-Kahn dragged off flight at JFK, accused of sodomizing maid  —  A top French politician nicknamed “the great seducer” was dragged off a flight at Kennedy Airport Saturday after he was accused of sodomizing a Manhattan hotel maid, sources said.
Fox News:
Huckabee Opts Against 2012 White House Bid  —  Mike Huckabee said Saturday there would be no sequel to his surprisingly strong 2008 White House bid, in which he won the Iowa Republican caucus and finished second in the primaries to Sen. John McCain.  —  “All the factors say go …
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Open thread: “The Decision”; Update: Huckabee not running; Update: Video added  —  The magic begins at 8 p.m. ET on Fox, although the announcement probably won't come until the last 10 minutes of the show.  Before the flood of “I DON'T CARE” comments begins below, let me assure you: You do care.
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
Beyond parody  —  We'll probably learn later today whether Mike Huckabee is running for president, but while we wait, it's worth appreciating what else for the former Arkansas governor is up to.  —  This week, Huckabee launched a new educational company called Learn Our History.
Maggie Haberman / Reuters:
Mike Huckabee says he won't run for president in 2012  —  Mike Huckabee opted against a run for the 2012 Republican nomination Saturday night, saying that despite all the signs saying yes, “My heart said no.”  —  “I can't know or predict the future, but I know for now, my answer is clear and firm …
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and FrumForum
Jon Ward / The Huffington Post:
Mike Huckabee Not Running For President in 2012
Discussion: The Reid Report and The Raw Story
Michael Falcone / ABCNEWS:
Mike Huckabee: ‘Things Will Get Crazier’ After Presidential Bid Announcement
Discussion: CNN and TPMDC
Maggie Haberman / The Politico:
Huck: I've made '12 decision  —  Mike Huckabee said that he's now …
Dan Fastenberg / The Page:
“Once I Pull the Trigger Saturday Night, Things Will Get Even Crazier, As If That's Possible”
Alan Colmes' Liberaland:
New York Post, With Classy Cover, Lists Bin Laden Porn Titles  —  The New York Post has clearly done its homework to come up with the titles of the DVD's Osama bin Laden enjoyed at his compound.  As part of an article titled “Porno Osama Had A Big ‘Jihad On’” his favorites were revealed.  Among them:
Frances Martel / Mediaite:
New York Post Truly Outdoes Itself With ‘Osama Bin Wankin’ Porn Cover  —  On Monday, May 2nd, many New Yorkers awoke expecting their beloved bearer of ridiculous headlines, the New York Post, to come up with an insanely entertaining cover to celebrate the death of Osama bin Laden.
Discussion: Pajamas Media
New York Post:
Porn stash found in bin Laden's lair
Glenn Davis / Mediaite:
Bill Maher: If You Celebrated Bin Laden's Death, You're Not Really A Christian
Andrew Ferguson / Weekly Standard:
Converting Mamet  —  A playwright's progress  —  Three decades ago David Mamet became known among the culture-consuming public for writing plays with lots of dirty words.  “You're f—ing f—ed” was a typically Mamet-like line, appearing without the prim dashes back in a day when playwrights …
Neela Banerjee / Los Angeles Times:
Obama to open Alaska petroleum reserve to new drilling  —  The broad energy plan, coming as gas prices continue to rise, would also fast-track environmental assessment of petroleum exploration elsewhere.  —  Reporting from Washington— President Obama will open Alaska's national petroleum reserve …
John M. Broder / New York Times:
Obama Shifts to Speed Oil and Gas Drilling in U.S.
Disney seeks SEAL Team 6 trademark  —  Disney has filed an application to trademark the name of the U.S. commando unit credited with dispatching Osama bin Laden.  —  The paperwork filed this week at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office puts The Walt Disney Company subsidiary Disney Enterprises …
New York Times:
Donors to G.O.P. Are Backing Gay Marriage Push  —  As gay rights advocates intensify their campaign to legalize same-sex marriage in New York, the bulk of their money is coming from an unexpected source: a group of conservative financiers and wealthy donors to the Republican Party …
New York Times:
Secret Desert Force Set Up by Blackwater's Founder  —  ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates — Late one night last November, a plane carrying dozens of Colombian men touched down in this glittering seaside capital.  Whisked through customs by an Emirati intelligence officer …
Discussion: Boing Boing and FrumForum
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
Gingrich promises to slash taxes, calls Obama ‘food stamp president’  —  MACON, Ga. — Newt Gingrich opened his presidential campaign here Friday night by introducing a jobs plan that would slash taxes and repeal an array of bureaucratic regulations.  —  Returning to the state where he launched …
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Andrew C. McCarthy / National Review:
An Ill Season  —  Screaming “With our blood and soul …
Ilya Somin / The Volokh Conspiracy:
Admiral Yamamoto and the Justification of Targeted Killing
Discussion: Sense of Events and Opinio Juris
Juana Summers / The Politico:
Herman Cain: We're not No. 2  —  Herman Cain told Georgia …
Matthew Yglesias / Yglesias:
Ron Paul And The Civil Rights Act
Robert Zubrin / Wall Street Journal:
How We Can Fly to Mars in This Decade—And on the Cheap
New York Times:
As Baghdad Erupts in Riot of Color, Calls to Tone It Down
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Marie Diamond / ThinkProgress:
South Carolina Republican Named ‘Legislator of the Year’ For Writing A Bill That Disenfranchises Voters
Discussion: Booman Tribune
 Earlier Items: 
Mike Carter / Seattle Times:
Man injured in bomb blast suspected of terrorism ties
Discussion: Jihad Watch
Peter Schroeder / The Hill:
Boehner describes tumultuous House tenure to graduates
Discussion: CNN, The Note, Mediaite and Gawker
James Freeman / Wall Street Journal:
What If the U.S. Treasury Defaults?
U.S. imams arrested for alleged Pakistani Taliban links
Discussion: Weasel Zippers