5-19-2010 The Day in Review

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Goodnight Arlen
Arlen Specter’s defection does not pay off as he is ousted in the Democratic primary. More results [here](http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/19/us/politics/19elect.html?th&emc=th). Daniel Larison is [excited](http://www.amconmag.com/larison/2010/05/17/austerity-and-peace/) about Rand Paul.

Reason Magazine to hold a “draw Muhammad” contest. Brendan O’Neill objects.

Stanford football utilizes its best recruiting weapon: Condi Rice.

Maureen Dowd hates the distinction between “single” and “unmarried.”

Joel Wit wants Pres. Obama to reassess our relationship with North Korea.

Larry Pressler says the problems aren’t just with Richard Blumenthal–they’re with his whole generation.

Stanford scientists create the first functional inner ear cell.

David Leonhardt makes the case for college. Daniel Indiviglio is less sure.

Felix Salmon explains the irrational appeal of the stock market.

Tara Parker-Pope finds marriage in pretty good shape.

Randy Shain says Stanford is worse than Madoff.

Not so fast, GOP, says the Politico. Nate Silver has a take too.

If you wanted to see more Elliot Spitzer, get your hopes up.

South Korea blames North Korea for sinking a ship.

Fraudster Adam Wheelan finagles his way into Harvard, but not the New Republic.

Will Wilkinson reflects on libertarianism.

Electric cars are still flawed.

Mike Lillis finds a growing gap between whites and blacks.


Mark Bowden alarms us to the presence of a freaky computer worm.


Croatia voted to become independent in a referendum in 1991.

Malcolm X and Pol Pot were born in 1925.

Anne Boleyn was executed in 1536.

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