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11:35 PM ET, May 14, 2011


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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.
Michael Falcone / ABCNEWS:
Mike Huckabee: ‘Things Will Get Crazier’ After Presidential Bid Announcement  —  As if the speculation surrounding Mike Huckabee's decision about whether he will jump into the presidential race wasn't intense enough, the former Arkansas governor found another way to raise the stakes.
Discussion: CNN and TPMDC
Jon Ward / The Huffington Post:
Mike Huckabee Not Running For President in 2012
Discussion: The Reid Report and The Raw Story
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 …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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.
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.
Matthew Yglesias / Yglesias:
Ron Paul And The Civil Rights Act  —  I watched Ron Paul on Hardball yesterday afternoon talking about his opposition to the Civil Rights Act and while this of course reminds you of his troubling racist associations, I think that's actually the least significant part of the story.
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 …
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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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 …
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 and Common Dreams
Mike Carter / Seattle Times:
Man injured in bomb blast suspected of terrorism ties
Discussion: Jihad Watch
 Earlier Items: 
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?
Jim Forsyth / Reuters:
Texas county official says “stupid” feds sparked fire
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Facebook, Foe of Anonymity, Is Forced to Explain a Secret
Discussion: The Jawa Report
Joseph Williams / The Politico:
Shirley Sherrod returns to the USDA