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9:04 AM, May 10, 2010 • By MARY KATHARINE HAM
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“Something must be done. This is something. Therefore we must do it.”

The Daily Grind

How salons, pet groomers, and San Francisco transvestites are helping clean the Gulf.

"Republicans need to start by letting the public understand that we are not opposed to all government programs, but to inefficient, unaccountable, one-size-fits-all, Washington-led government programs. We need to explain that we aim not to destroy government, but to return government to the people. Instead of just calling for a smaller federal government, we need to offer citizens more flexible, creative, and informed state and local governments that they control."

Does this redeem Jim Cramer for his "Bear Stearns is fine" moment?

Holder on the Arizona law: "I don't think it's racist in its motivation."

Frank Rich goes after Obama and the press corps for partying while the Shahzad event unfolded.

Laura Bush talks to Politico.

The welfare state's death spiral: "The welfare state's death spiral is this: Almost anything governments might do with their budgets threatens to make matters worse by slowing the economy or triggering a recession. By allowing deficits to balloon, they risk a financial crisis as investors one day -- no one knows when -- doubt governments' ability to service their debts and, as with Greece, refuse to lend except at exorbitant rates. Cutting welfare benefits or raising taxes all would, at least temporarily, weaken the economy. Perversely, that would make paying the remaining benefits harder."

Let the confirmation fight begin.

Food stamp tally nears record. 40 million and counting.

Rest in peace, Lena Horne.

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