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4:40 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.
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.
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Online:
Here's The Sestak Memo From The White House  —  Basically: the notion that the White House offered Rep. Joe Sestak the job of Secretary of the Navy is false.  The President had already nominated Ray Mabus for the job BEFORE Arlen Specter switched parties.  —  The White House …
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 …
Discussion: Pajamas Media and The Plum Line
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
IS IMPEACHMENT ON THE TABLE FOR THE GOP?.... It's too soon to know if Republicans will re-take the House majority, but it's probably a good time to consider the consequences of a GOP majority.  The obvious outcome is gridlock, with Republicans passing right-wing legislation …
Discussion: TalkLeft and Ezra Klein
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Online:
Friday Thought: Has The Tea Party Done Anything For The GOP?
David Weigel / Right Now:
Issa: White House memo doesn't hold up, Clinton and Sestak need to answer questions
The White House:
Memorandum from White House Counsel Regarding the Review of …
Discussion: JustOneMinute, NPR Topics and Wonkette
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.
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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?
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 …
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Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
A disaster with many fathers  —  Here's my question: Why were we drilling in 5,000 feet of water in the first place?  —  Many reasons, but this one goes unmentioned: Environmental chic has driven us out there.  As production from the shallower Gulf of Mexico wells declines, we go deep …
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.
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 …
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CNN:
TRENDING: Paul: No citizenship for children of undocumented immigrants  —  Rand Paul said he opposes citizenship for U.S. born children of undocumented immigrants.  —  Washington (CNN) - Republican Senate candidate Rand Paul is once again making waves, this time for saying he opposes citizenship …
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
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 …
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Brent Budowsky / Pundits Blog:
Will Matt Drudge report about the Comeback Kid, Harry Reid?
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Poll: Reid makes up major ground against GOP in reelection battle
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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Adam Serwer / American Prospect:
Justice Department Gearing Up to Challenge AZ Immigration Law.  —  The LA Times reports that the Justice Department is preparing a challenge to Arizona's immigration law that will argue that the law unconstitutionally infringes on the authority of the federal government to enforce immigration laws …
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
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Connie Mack / Washington Post:
Why conservatives should oppose Arizona's immigration law
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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Associated Press:
Waiting game for results of ‘top kill’
Discussion: New York Magazine and Gawker
William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
The Atlantic Has A Mess On Its Hands  —  The Atlantic Magazine thought it would be able to speak poetic historical justice, by splashing the headline that the original reviled one, Kenneth Starr of Monica and Bill and Blue Dress and Impeachment fame, had been arrested for running a Ponzi Scheme.
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
The Chinese Economic Model  —  Something that emerges quite quickly and a bit unexpectedly from being taken around on an economics-focused tour of China is that the Chinese economic miracle is really a great deal less of a “free market” miracle than the conventional understanding in the United States would suggest.
Discussion: Ezra Klein
Daniel Lamothe / Battle Rattle:
Marine's cheeky Sarah Palin tattoo the butt of jokes  —  Gunnery Sgt. Benjamin Lepping, an explosive ordnance disposal technician currently deployed to Afghanistan, says former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin is “the hottest cougar in the Republican Party.”  (Left photo by the AP.
 
 
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CNN:
Bill Clinton back on the campaign trail
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