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9:55 PM ET, May 28, 2010

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Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
EXCLUSIVE: White House asked Bill Clinton to talk to Joe Sestak about Senate run  —  Senior White House advisers asked former President Bill Clinton to talk to Joe Sestak about whether he was serious about running for Senate, and to feel out whether he'd be open to other alternatives, according to sources familiar with the situation.
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Peter Baker / The Caucus:
White House Used Bill Clinton to Ask Sestak to Drop Out of Race  —  President Obama's chief of staff used former President Bill Clinton as an intermediary to see if Representative Joe Sestak would drop out of a Senate primary if given a prominent, but unpaid, advisory position, people briefed on the matter said Friday.
The White House:
Memorandum from White House Counsel Regarding the Review of Discussions Relating to Congressman Sestak  —  MEMORANDUM FROM ROBERT F. BAUER, WHITE HOUSE COUNSEL  —  We have concluded that allegations of improper conduct rest on factual errors and lack a basis in the law.  —  Secretary of the Navy.
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
How the Sestak job offer became a big deal  —  Party leaders and campaign operatives — on nearly a daily basis — approach challenger candidates seeking to disrupt the established political order with a simple message: Get out or else.  —  And so, the report this morning …
Julian E. Barnes / Los Angeles Times:
Spending may trip up 'don't ask' repeal  —  The House bill overturning 'don't ask, don't tell' also contains a Defense spending amendment that may prompt a White House veto.  —  Adm. Michael G. Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said he supports the compromise.
Discussion: TalkLeft and Truthdig
The Note:
Sestak Says Offer Was Not Inappropriate
Discussion: The Politico and Political Punch
Mary Lu Carnevale / Washington Wire:
Issa Links Sestak Job Offer and Watergate
Simon Maloy / Media Matters for America:
Glenn Beck smears Obama's 11-year-old daughter  —  Glenn Beck, who repeatedly and angrily tells his alleged persecutors to “leave the families alone,” spent a good chunk of his radio program this morning mocking and attacking the intelligence of President Obama's 11-year-old daughter, Malia.
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Ben Armbruster / Think Progress:
Days after saying ‘leave peoples’ …
New York Times:
Oil Flow Is Stemmed, but Could Resume, Official Says  —  HOUSTON — By injecting solid objects as well as heavy drilling fluid into the stricken well leaking oil into the Gulf of Mexico overnight, engineers appeared to have stemmed the flow of oil, Adm. Thad W. Allen of the Coast Guard …
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Noonan Unhinged  —  An incoherent tangle of prejudices and feelings wrapped up in hyperbole is the best Peggy Noonan can now muster.  How else to describe this morning's column?  It heralds nothing less than the end of the Obama presidency just a year and a half in: … Seriously?  Her evidence for this?
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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.
Erick Erickson / RedState:
Letting the Chips Fall Where They May  —  “The problem is that any time you have a largely uninformed and uneducated electorate, that kind of lowest common denominator mudslinging can be effective.”  — Will Folks.  —  We've been dragging on and on all week led by Will Folks …
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Koots_bc / RADAR:
BREAKING NEWS: Gary Coleman Dead At 42  —  Gary Coleman has died at 42, RadarOnline.com is first to report.  —  Coleman had been hospitalized in Provo, Utah since Wednesday, May 26, after suffering what his family called “a serious medical problem.”  —  PHOTOS: Gary Coleman Through The Years
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Jim Cheng / USA Today:
Gary Coleman dies at age 42  —  Gary Coleman, the child star of the TV sitcom Diff'rent Strokes, died Friday after suffering an intercranial hemorrhage.  He was 42.  —  Utah Valley Regional Medical Center spokeswoman Janet Frank says life support was terminated and Coleman died at 12:05 p.m.
Discussion: DISSENTING JUSTICE
Jen DiMascio / The Politico:
House passes defense policy bill  —  The House on Friday passed its version of the defense policy bill for fiscal 2011, drawing a new veto threat from President Barack Obama, even though the legislation includes language that would allow the Pentagon to repeal the ban on gays serving openly in the military.
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ArkansasTimes:
DADT Roll Call: It passes House
Discussion: Weekly Standard and Blue Arkansas
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Online:
Friday Thought: Has The Tea Party Done Anything For The GOP?  —  With the exception of Scott Brown's miraculous Senate race victory in Massachusetts — and even there, one can question the premise — has the Tea Party movement really done anything to help the Republican Party this cycle?
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
IS IMPEACHMENT ON THE TABLE FOR THE GOP?.... It's too soon …
Discussion: The TrogloPundit and TalkLeft
Ian M. / Think Progress:
Rand Paul Endorses Obviously Unconstitutional Plan To End Birthright Citizenship  —  Kentucky Republican Senate candidate Rand Paul is best known for radical anti-government views that lead him to oppose the federal ban on whites-only lunch counters, while claiming that governmental criticism of BP is “un-American.”
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Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Bill Clinton rips left in Arkansas race  —  LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Former President Bill Clinton returned to his home state Friday to help a beleaguered ally and delivered a broadside against some of the most powerful interests in the Democratic Party.  —  Using unusually vivid language …
Discussion: Ballot Box, Arkansas News and Daily Kos
Amanda Terkel / Think Progress:
Gingrich Backs Down From Obama-Nazi Comparison: ‘I Recognize...The Evil Of The Nazi Regime’  —  In his new book To Save America, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich repeatedly argues that the Obama administration and congressional Democrats make up a “secular-socialist machine” that …
Richard Rainey / New Orleans Times-Picayune:
BP buses cleanup crews to Grand Isle for Obama's visit, councilman says … BP, the oil company taking flak for its inconsistent response to the massive oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico, bused in 400 extra cleanup workers to Grand Isle during President Obama's visit today, Jefferson Parish Council Chairman John Young said.
Zaid Jilani / Think Progress:
Former Argentine president says Bush told him ‘the best way to revitalize the economy is war.’  —  Oliver Stone's new documentary South of the Border, which interviews several left-wing leaders of Latin American countries, has unearthed a startling new allegation from Argentina's former president Néstor Kirchner.
The Note:
Chamber President Says His Group Will Find Way to Get Government to Share Cost of Gulf Coast Clean-Up  —  ABC News' Teddy Davis reports:  —  The head of the United States Chamber of Commerce said Friday that his group is not yet lobbying against legislative efforts to raise BP's liability cap, viewing the issue as not yet “ripe.”
Discussion: The Politico
 
 
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