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10:20 AM ET, May 28, 2010

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New York Times:
House Votes to Allow Repeal of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Law  —  WASHINGTON — The House voted Thursday to let the Defense Department repeal the ban on gay and bisexual people from serving openly in the military, a major step toward dismantling the 1993 law widely known as “don't ask, don't tell.”
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Washington Post:
House votes to end ÂÂ'don't ask, don't tell' policy
Discussion: Federal Eye and New York Magazine
Jen DiMascio / The Politico:
House votes to repeal Don't Ask
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and FrumForum
Kerry Eleveld / Advocate:
Congress Moves To End DADT
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
Sestak says his brother, White House met about alleged job offer  —  Rep. Joe Sestak (D-Pa.) said Thursday his brother has spoken with White House officials about the congressman's allegation that he was offered an Obama administration job if he would stay out of a Democratic Senate primary.
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FITSNews:
“Haley-gate:” Night Calls  —  S.C. Rep. Nikki Haley and FITSNews' editor Will Folks exchanged over 700 phone calls during the past three years - most of them during the time that Folks admitted engaging in an “inappropriate physical relationship” with the front-running Republican gubernatorial candidate.
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Yvonne Wenger / postandcourier.com:
Folks' data shows 600 Haley calls  —  Colleagues' talks prove nothing, candidate's manager says  —  COLUMBIA — In 2007, the year political blogger Will Folks claims he had an affair with state Rep. Nikki Haley, the two spoke by phone at least 600 times.  —  Some of those calls came late at night …
Raymond Rivera / WCIV:
ABC NEWS 4 Exclusive Interview with Nikki Haley
Discussion: Breitbart.tv
FITSNews:
Folks Releases “Haley-gate” Phone Records
Wall Street Journal:
He Was Supposed to Be Competent  —  The spill is a disaster for the president and his political philosophy.  —  I don't see how the president's position and popularity can survive the oil spill.  This is his third political disaster in his first 18 months in office.
CNN:
Obama to visit Gulf, vows to take action on oil spill  —  (CNN) — BP's top official, who had previously said the environmental impact on Gulf of Mexico would be modest, upgraded his assessment Friday to an “environmental catastrophe.”  —  Also Friday, engineers in the Gulf tried the …
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New York Times:
‘Top Kill’ Effort Seems to Be Working, U.S. Says Cautiously
John Kennedy / Palm Beach Post:
Crist switches on 'Don't ask, don't tell' policy on gays in the military  —  TALLAHASEE — Gov. Charlie Crist's switch on the military's 'don't ask, don't tell' policy Thursday left the no-party Senate contender caught in a crossfire of criticism from his Democratic and Republican opponents.
Discussion: The Buzz, Hot Air and The Page
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Lesley Clark / St. Petersburg Times:
Crist does about-face on 'don't ask, don't tell'
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Crist now supports DADT repeal compromise
Laura Myers / Las Vegas Review-Journal:
OPINION POLL: U.S. SENATE RACE: Survey shows Lowden gives GOP best chance of winning in fall  —  Lowden would attract more independent voters than Reid  —  Republican Sue Lowden has the best chance of defeating U.S. Sen. Harry Reid, according to a new poll for the Review-Journal that also suggests …
Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
GOP moves to repeal healthcare law  —  House Republican leaders introduced a bill Thursday to repeal and replace the sweeping healthcare law adopted in late March.  —  According to Rep. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), the measure would repeal the current law and replace it with the alternative …
Discussion: The Foundry and Weasel Zippers
Daniel Indiviglio / The Atlantic Online:
Kenneth Starr Charged With Running $30 Million Ponzi Scheme  —  [Somewhere, Bill Clinton is smiling.  One-time special prosecutor who uncovered the dirty details of the former President's affair with intern Monica Lewinsky has been engaged in some bad behavior of his own …
Boston Globe:
Mass. Senate passes crackdown on illegal immigrants  —  With one lawmaker citing President Lincoln's respect for the rule of law, the Massachusetts Senate passed a far-reaching crackdown this afternoon on illegal immigrants and those who would hire them, going further, senators said …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Clinton: ‘The rich are not paying their fair share’  —  Secretary of State Hillary Clinton made a rare foray into domestic politics today, offering her view that — given America's high unemployment — wealthy Americans don't pay enough taxes.  —  “The rich are not paying their fair share …
Reid Wilson / Hotline On Call:
DNC Pushes Sex Scandal Story  —  The DNC, the political wing of a president who launched his campaign decrying slash-and-burn campaign tactics, is highlighting new stories about a sex scandal rocking a GOP primary.  —  Earlier today, the DNC sent around a report from WSPA, the Spartanburg …
Discussion: RedState
Stephanie Chen / CNN:
Pediatricians now reject all female genital cutting  —  On Thursday the AAP withdrew a policy statement on female genital cutting released in April.  The statement suggested genital “pricking.”  —  (CNN) — The American Academy of Pediatrics has rescinded a controversial policy statement raising …
Doug Brady / Conservatives4Palin.com:
Joe McGinniss's Latest Rationale: The Palins' Neighbor Made Me Do It.  —  Many of you have probably heard the latest in the evolving tale of Joe McGinniss, Governor Palin's new “neighbor”.  For those who missed it, the saga took a rather peculiar turn today when Ben Smith wrote the following on his blog:
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Peter Feaver / Foreign Policy:
Obama's National Security Strategy: real change or just ‘Bush Lite?’  —  The roll-out of President Obama's National Security Strategy tries to frame the strategy as a repudiation of his predecessor's.  But the reality is that the new strategy is best characterized as “Bush Lite” …
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Nikki Sutton / White House.gov Blog Feed:
A Blueprint for Pursuing the World that We Seek
Jillian Rayfield / TPM LiveWire:
Rand Paul Suggests Children Of Illegal Immigrants Should Not Be U.S. Citizens (VIDEO)  —  Here's another one for the list of out-there Rand Paul statements...  Paul recently suggested to a Russian TV station that the U.S. should abandon its policy of granting citizenship to the children …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Susan Page / USA Today:
Poll finds anger over country's leaders  —  WASHINGTON — Americans are increasingly optimistic about the economy, but that brightening outlook hasn't softened their outrage over the country's direction and its political leadership, a USA TODAY/Gallup Poll finds.
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
U.N. Official Set to Ask U.S. to End C.I.A. Drone Strikes  —  WASHINGTON — A senior United Nations official is expected to call on the United States next week to stop Central Intelligence Agency drone strikes against people suspected of belonging to Al Qaeda, complicating …
 
 
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Newsweek:
White House Keeps Pushing to Move Guantánamo Inmates to Illinois
CNN:
TRENDING: Bill Clinton back on the campaign trail
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Immigration pushes Whitman rightward
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Greg Hengler / Townhall.com:
Tavis Smiley: More Christians Than Muslims Blow Up People Every Single Day
Discussion: The Right Scoop
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
New York Subway System Is Getting a New Map
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Senate fails to reach deal on unemployment; benefits to expire June 2
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