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–Gordon Brown to quit as PM, hopes it will help chances of forging "progressive coalition" with LibDems. Good luck with that, Gordo! Plus Nick Robinson of the BBC on the latest "scheming." Note: Former Nation intern Millband joins former Nation intern Clegg in PM talk. A wag on Twitter comments: Now the Tories are interviewing former New Republic interns.
–PolitiFact checks claims on Kagan. Will need crazy-o-meter for claims from the right.
–Good thing he got out of there: Newsweek reporter Bahari sentenced in absentia to "extended" flogging and 13 years in prison in Iran.
–Micah Sifry (another ex-Nation intern) with great post on over-the-top rightwing criticism of Obama’s speech on young people, technology (and the iPad). NY Post hed: BAM’s IPAD SLAM.
–Conservatives now going after Olbermann for having a blog (Baseball Nerd) at MLB.com–when poor old Rush Limbaugh was exiled by the NFL. Pressuring MLB to drop Keith due to "extreme" political views and being "worst person in the world."
–Study finds "disproportionate number" of African-Americans on Twitter. Also: half of Twitters users don’t update.
—Democracy Now segment on doc film Crude and judge ordering hundreds of hours of footage turned over about Equador fight with Chevron.
–Cokie Roberts, no surprise in her case, let Laura Bush’s people vet her questions for interview.
–Roger Ebert responds to rightwing criticism of his tweet knock on students who wore American flag shirts on Cinco de Mayo.
–Sen. Spector, who opposed Kagan pick as solicitor general, now will back her. The left even more leery? Fun Patrick Leahy quote today: If Obama named Moses for SCOTUS the GOP would have asked for his birth certificate. And I would add: his ties to Bill Ayers.