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Mon., May 10, 2010, 10:31 a.m.

Wassup: May 10

Reaction is already starting to come in on President Obama's nomination of Elena Kagan to the U.S. Supreme Court. Sen. Patty Murray is a thumbs up, saying Kagan "is unquestionable a highly qualilfied choice."

Idaho's Sen. Jim Risch is taking a wait-and-see approach: "I am a strong supporter of the rule of law and believe judges are to objectively interpret our laws, not create new ones.  Over the coming months, I will be looking closely at Solicitor General Elena Kagan’s academic and public service record and listening carefully as she goes before the Senate Judiciary Committee." 

Reaction of another sort to news that the International Monetary Fund may be lending $321 billion as part of a package to stabilize the euro and help Greece, Portugal and Spain. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, who had a guest column she co-authored run in The New York Post on Saturday, called the deal a "global TARP" that the United States can't afford. "The Obama Admnistration needs to stop taking America down this path which may end up costing hundreds of billions of dollars."

Meanwhile, Murray and Gov. Chris Gregoire are among those joining Boeing honchos in Mukilteo to announce the possible economic impact of Boeing getting the new tanker bid. Just a guess, but it's probably "huge."

Tomorrow state flags will be at half-staff to honor Master Sgt. Mark W. Coleman of Ylem, who was killed last week by an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan.


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