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12:35 PM ET, May 26, 2010

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Domenico Montanaro / msnbc.com:
FIRST THOUGHTS: GOP AND IMMIGRATION  —  Good news/bad news for GOP in NBC/MSNBC/Telemundo poll on immigration... The poll shows that Latino voters are swinging widely for the Democrats, while their support for the GOP is dropping like a rock... Has the GOP learned the Pete Wilson lesson? …
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Jackie Calmes / The Caucus:
Over Drinks With Donors, Obama Recounts Lunch With Republicans  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Hours after President Obama met privately with Senate Republicans at the Capitol on Tuesday, he was here on the West Coast, regaling Democratic donors with his version of the 75-minute luncheon squabble.
Discussion: New York Times
Washington Post:
After closed-door talks, GOP senator calls Obama ‘thin-skinned’  —  President Obama traveled to Capitol Hill on Tuesday for a rare meeting with Senate Republicans, but the 75-minute session yielded little progress on hot-button topics and left some senators with bruised feelings.
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Obama heckled over 'Don't ask, don't tell' — again  —  President Barack Obama was heckled by a protester Tuesday night while at a fundraising event for Sen. Barbara Boxer (D) in San Francisco.  —  The protester was upset with the pace of the repeal of the “Don't ask, don't tell” policy barring openly gay military service members.
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and CNN
Carol E. Lee / The Politico:
Obama: Day for ‘partnership’ passed
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Senator criticizes Obama's ‘audacity’ in using GOP as ‘props’
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
Spirited Exchanges at Senate Republican Lunch With Obama
Discussion: The Agonist
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Chris Christie to teacher: If you don't like my education budget, find a new job  —  I begged for video on Twitter, my friends, but none is forthcoming.  What can I say?  I tried. … Elsewhere today, he warned about New Jersey becoming a new Greece.  In lieu of a clip of the exchange …
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Herb Jackson / NorthJersey.com:
N.J. Gov. Chris Christie defends cuts, promotes property tax cap in Rutherford  —  RUTHERFORD — Governor Christie on Tuesday told a borough teacher to find another job if she did not feel she was compensated enough as he defended his state budget cuts and promoted a plan to cap annual growth in property tax collections.
Discussion: FrumForum
Spencer S. Hsu / Washington Post:
Arizona immigration law will boost crime in U.S. cities, police chiefs say  —  Arizona's new crackdown on illegal immigration will increase crime in U.S. cities, not reduce it, by driving a wedge between police and immigrant communities, police chiefs from several of the state's and the nation's largest cities said Tuesday.
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ABCNEWS:
‘Political Stupidity’: Democrat Slams Obama's Response to BP Oil Spill  —  Democratic Strategist Said White House Should've Acted Quickly, Taken Control of Situation  —  The White House is seemingly making an increased show of pressuring BP, but President Obama is facing political heat …
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Nelson: Obama should take over oil spill fix if BP attempt fails
Discussion: CNN
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Republicans' new Web site not exactly what they hoped it would be  —  Republicans want to take over the House in the fall, but there's a problem: They don't have an agenda.  —  So on Tuesday, they set out to resolve that shortcoming.  They announced that they would solicit suggestions on the Internet …
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Jackie Kucinich / Roll Call:
Boehner Asks Oberstar to Drop All GOP Earmarks From WRDA Bill
Discussion: RedState and Liberty Central
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
THE STIMULUS WORKED — PART MMCXVII.... A few months ago, Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) insisted that the economic recovery effort that prevented a depression “hasn't created one new job.”  A reporter gave him a chance to clarify, asking, “It didn't create one new job?”  The new senator replied, “That's correct.”
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Dan Popkey / Idaho Statesman:
Labrador upsets Ward, eyes Minnick  —  Worries about nation's direction motivate many voters in Tuesday's Idaho GOP primary  —  In a rebuke to the Republican establishment, state Rep. Raul Labrador defeated Vaughn Ward in western Idaho's 1st Congressional District and punched his ticket …
Matt Corley / Think Progress:
McConnell disagrees with Paul's claim that Obama's BP criticism is ‘un-American.’  —  On Friday, GOP Kentucky Senate candidate Rand Paul told ABC News that the Obama administration's promise to keep a “boot heel on the throat of BP” was “really un-American.”
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Jimmy Orr / Top of the Ticket:   Mitch McConnell to Rand Paul: Shut your yapper!
The Politico:
EPA chief cancels DSCC appearance  —  Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson, scheduled to headline a fundraiser for Senate Democrats next week in Manhattan, cancelled her appearance Tuesday afternoon, hours after a POLITICO story about the event sparked Republican criticism …
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Los Angeles Times:
Oil cleanup workers report illness
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
As Ugly as It Gets  —  I confess that when I first saw the May 17 picture of Iran's president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, joining his Brazilian counterpart, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, and the Turkish prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, with raised arms — after their signing of a putative deal …
Bob Cusack / The Hill:
Barney Frank wants to see Rep. Djou's birth certificate  —  Tongue firmly in cheek, Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) on Tuesday afternoon called on reporters to demand to see the birth certificate of new Rep. Charles Djou (R-Hawaii).  —  As Djou (pictured here) was being sworn into office …
New York Times:
Panel Suggests Signs of Trouble Before Rig Explosion  —  In the hours before the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded last month in the Gulf of Mexico, there were strong warning signs that something was terribly wrong with the well, according to a Congressional committee that was briefed on the accident by executives from BP.
Sabrina Tavernise / New York Times:
U.S. Is a Top Villain in Pakistan's Conspiracy Talk  —  ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — Americans may think that the failed Times Square bomb was planted by a man named Faisal Shahzad.  But the view in the Supreme Court Bar Association here in Pakistan's capital is that the culprit was an American “think tank.”
Brian Montopoli / CBS News:
Poll Finds Americans Pessimistic, Dissatisfied with Washington  —  CBS News Poll analysis by the CBS News Polling Unit: Sarah Dutton, Jennifer De Pinto, Fred Backus and Anthony Salvanto.  —  Americans are frustrated with nearly everyone in Washington - including President Obama, Congress …
Barak Ravid / Haaretz:
Obama sends PM surprise invite to White House meeting next week  —  Netanyahu will fly to Paris before U.S. trip to participate in an OECD meeting, which Israel has just been invited to join.  —  Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will hold another White House meeting with U.S. President …
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Biden jokes about Blumenthal's military service record  —  Vice President Joe Biden on Wednesday took an unexpected dig at Connecticut Senate candidate Richard Blumenthal (D) for misstating his military service record.  —  While speaking at a barbecue for wounded soldiers, he commented about veterans coming home from the Vietnam War.
David Weigel / Right Now:
Sarah Palin's strange, unprofessional and paranoid grudge  —  Sarah Palin took to her Facebook account today to inform her readers that Joe McGinniss, an award-winning reporter and author, had rented the house next door.  —  I saw Ben Smith flag this earlier today but did not really appreciate …
CNN:
TRENDING: S.C. blogger reveals texts with top Haley aide  —  The blogger claiming to have had an affair with Nikki Haley has posted a series of text messages between himself and Haley's campaign manager on his website.  —  (CNN) - The blogger claiming to have had an affair …
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and The Politico
Adam Bink / Open Left:
EXCLUSIVE: Sen. Ben Nelson to vote yes on DADT repeal  —  I just received a phone call from a senior official in Sen. Ben Nelson's office, who told me Sen. Nelson is going to vote in favor of repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell in the Senate Armed Services Committee later this week.
 
 
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