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9:55 AM ET, May 24, 2010


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Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Op-Ed Columnist: Obama Versus the Corporations  —  So here's how it is: They're as mad as hell, and they're not going to take this anymore.  Am I talking about the Tea Partiers?  No, I'm talking about the corporations.  —  Much reporting on opposition to the Obama administration portrays it as a sort of populist uprising.
David Frum / CNN:
Just saying ‘no’ won't win it for GOP  —  Editor's note: David Frum writes a weekly column for  A special assistant to President Bush in 2001-02, he is the author of six books, including “Comeback: Conservatism That Can Win Again” and is the editor of FrumForum
John Heilemann / New York Magazine:
Obama Is From Mars, Wall Street Is From Venus
Discussion: Dealbreaker
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
The Principles of Rand Paul  —  No ideology survives the collision with real-world politics perfectly intact.  General principles have to bend to accommodate the complexities of history, and justice is sometimes better served by compromise than by zealous intellectual consistency.
Ian Urbina / New York Times:
Despite Obama's Moratorium, Drilling Projects Move Ahead  —  WASHINGTON — In the days since President Obama announced a moratorium on permits for drilling new offshore oil wells and a halt to a controversial type of environmental waiver that was given to the Deepwater Horizon rig …
US warns it may ‘push BP aside’
Discussion: Raw Story and FrumForum
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.
Katharine Q. Seelye / The Caucus:
Gibbs on Sestak's Claim of a Job Offer
Discussion: The Daily Caller and FrumForum
The Politico:
The Gates-Clinton axis  —  The White House likes to release images …
Discussion: Jumping in Pools
Digby / Hullabaloo:
Waiting For A Hero To Arrive —  the Gulf spill.  Why are we so paralyzed?
Discussion: New York Times and Eschaton
Daniela Altimari / Capitol Watch:
Blumenthal: “I have made mistakes and I am sorry.”  —  After nearly a week of criticism following revelations that he misrepresented his military record and five days after a press conference in which he expressed regret for his misstatements, Democratic U.S. Senate nominee Richard Blumenthal apologized.
Guy Adams / The Independent:
After keeping us waiting for a century, Mark Twain will finally reveal all  —  The great American writer left instructions not to publish his autobiography until 100 years after his death, which is now  —  Exactly a century after rumours of his death turned out to be entirely accurate …
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.”
Andrew Gully / Agence France Presse:
Palin accuses Obama of being in bed with big oil  —  WASHINGTON (AFP) - Right-wing darling Sarah Palin accused US President Barack Obama on Sunday of leading a lax response to the Gulf of Mexico spill because he is too close to the big oil companies.  —  The former vice presidential candidate …
Washington Post:
One false move in Europe could set off global chain reaction  —  If the trouble starts — and it remains an “if” — the trigger may well be obscure to the concerns of most Americans: a missed budget projection by the Spanish government, the failure of Greece to hit a deficit-reduction target, a drop in Ireland's economic output.
The Politico:
Reid angles for tea party foe in Nev.  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has knocked down his leading Republican challenger, paving the way for a potential fall fight with a tea party favorite who may be easier to beat.  —  Reid's unceasing attacks on his biggest-name challenger …
Will Folks: Letting The Chips Fall  —  Since I founded FITSNews three-and-a-half years ago, I've made more than my fair share of powerful enemies in this state.  —  One reason for that?  I call it like I see it - whether you like it or not, agree with it or not, or even believe it or not.
Christopher Hitchens / Guardian:
‘I was right and they were wrong’  —  From hero of the left to neocon turncoat, and still battling on: Christopher Hitchens talks to Decca Aitkenhead about old arguments and his new memoir  —  Christopher Hitchens: 'Do I think our civilisation is superior?  Yes, I do.  Do I think it's worth fighting for?
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Mark Zuckerberg / Washington Post:
From Facebook, answering privacy concerns with new settings
Discussion: Geekosystem, TechCrunch and Mashable!
Andrew Taylor / Associated Press:
Obama seeks to force votes on spending cuts
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
Jonathan Allen / The Politico:
More mischief in Illinois race
Discussion: Commentary and Jumping in Pools
Susan Swift / Big Journalism:
Still Waiting For Keith Olbermann To Condemn Obama's Assassination Program...
Discussion: USS Neverdock
New York Times:
Wall Street Expresses Some Relief at Reform Bills
Discussion: The Page
Chris Carter / Human Events:
Fighting a War without Bullets?
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Peter S. Goodman / New York Times:
The New Poor: Lack of Aid for Child Care Pushes Some to Welfare
Chris McGreal / Guardian:
Evidence of Israel's nuclear arsenal
 Earlier Items: 
Fox News:
Iran Demands U.S. Propose Prisoner Swap for Three U.S. Hikers Labeled ‘Spies’
Discussion: FrumForum
Matthew Continetti / Weekly Standard:
Out with the Old  —  Don't trust a congressman over the age of 50.
Jerusalem Post:
Islamists torch summer camp in Gaza
Storm Clouds On the Economic Horizon?
Discussion: Clusterstock
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Online:
The Night Beat: Admirals and Generals To Watch
Discussion: The Other McCain
Martin Fackler / New York Times:
Japan Relents on U.S. Base on Okinawa
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and Truthdig