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11:00 PM ET, May 23, 2010


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Washington Wire:
Palin: A Slip on Oil Industry Ties?  —  Former Alaska Republican Gov. Sarah Palin stirred up more controversy over the oil spewing into the Gulf of Mexico Sunday when she suggested that the administration's response was linked to “the oil companies who have so supported President Obama in his campaign.”
The Huffington Post:
Palin: Maddow Was ‘Prejudiced’ In Her Rand Paul Interview  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin accused MSNBC's Rachel Maddow on Sunday of conducting a “prejudiced” interview with Rand Paul, in which the Tea Party candidate infamously aired skepticism about the reach of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
Fox News:
Rand Paul is Learning What It's Like to Be Me, Says Sarah Palin  —  Kentucky Senate candidate Rand Paul is feeling what it is like to be Sarah Palin, the former Republican vice presidential candidate said Sunday, comparing the media's preoccupation with Paul's recent statements …
Andrew Gully / Agence France Presse:
Palin accuses Obama of being in bed with big oil
Discussion: Weasel Zippers, Gateway Pundit and sisu
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
QUOTE OF THE DAY.... Following up on an earlier item …
Brian Montopoli / CBS News:
Lamar Alexander: I Can Still Support Rand Paul
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Steele and Kaine stand by Paul, Blumenthal despite controversies
Discussion: CNN
Peter Daou / The Huffington Post:
The Great Shame: America's Pathetic Response to the Gulf Catastrophe  —  Shame on us.  —  A calamity is unfolding before our eyes - the greatest oil spill in history - and America's response is little more than a big yawn.  —  Bob Herbert writes: … Where is the outrage?
Rayne / Firedoglake:
White House in Denial; Public Wants Real Action on BP Oil Disaster NOW  —  Skip the green ones, use the yellow and the red ones.  (photo: rintakumpu via Flickr)  —  It's been more than 30 days since the Deepwater Horizon rig exploded and the well nearly a mile below on the sea floor began …
Campbell Robertson / New York Times:
Louisiana Officials Threaten Action if Spill Response Proves Inadequate  —  VENICE, La. — Louisiana state and local officials continued to hammer BP and the federal agencies responding to the Gulf of Mexico oil spill on Sunday, repeatedly threatening to “take matters into our own hands” if the response fell short.
Discussion: Firedoglake
John Bresnahan / Politico Live's Blog:
Sestak confirms WH job offer to get out of Senate race  —  Rep. Joe Sestak, winner of the Pennsylvania Democratic Senate primary, is refusing to provide more information on what job he was offered by a White House official to drop of that race, although he confirmed again that the incident occurred.
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Joe Sestak: Um, yeah, Obama tried to buy me off by offering me a job  —  Comedy gold from “Meet the Press,” polished off by DNC Chair Tim Kaine grudgingly admitting that it might be time for the White House to come clean.  If you need your memory jogged about this, I don't blame you …
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Online:
The Night Beat: Admirals and Generals To Watch  —  Charlie Crist Loses A Round  —  Adm. Allen trusts BP, but Congress doesn't  —  The Anti-Obama in Alabama  —  The recent market volatility is scary, unsustainable and sure to further undermine confidence in consumer spending and the euro.
Discussion: The Other McCain
Maamoun Youssef / Associated Press:
Yemeni cleric advocates killing US civilians  —  CAIRO - An American-Yemeni cleric whose Internet sermons are believed to have helped inspire attacks on the U.S. has advocated the killing of American civilians in an al-Qaida video released Sunday.  —  Anwar al-Awlaki has been singled …
Amy Turner / Times of London:
Earth will bite us back, warns Irons  —  There are too many humans and disease may restore the balance, the actor claims  —  The world is becoming so overpopulated that nature will one day wreak its revenge, claims Jeremy Irons, the actor.  —  Launching himself as a green campaigner …
Satyamkhanna / Matthew Yglesias:
Washington Post: ‘Most women...cross their legs when sitting, but not Elena Kagan.’  —  Given that the oil spill, along with other events, has overshadowed the recent SCOTUS nomination, I was scouring my RSS for news this morning regarding Elena Kagan and stumbled upon this …
Discussion: Althouse and Gawker
Arthur C. Brooks / Washington Post:
America's new culture war: Free enterprise vs. government control  —  America faces a new culture war.  —  This is not the culture war of the 1990s.  It is not a fight over guns, gays or abortion.  Those old battles have been eclipsed by a new struggle between two competing visions of the country's future.
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Jerusalem Post:
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