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10:55 PM ET, May 24, 2010


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Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
Deal Reached for Ending Law on Gays in Military  —  WASHINGTON — The White House and leading Congressional Democrats reached agreement Monday on legislative language and a time frame for repealing the military's “don't ask, don't tell” policy, but it was not clear whether the deal had secured …
Discussion: TalkLeft
Kerry Eleveld / Advocate:
A Deal on DADT?  —  The Advocate has learned that concurrent meetings took place Monday morning at the White House and on Capitol Hill that could help clear the way for “don't ask, don't tell” repeal to be attached to the Department of Defense authorization bill later this week.
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Dem lawmaker urges White House to release details on Sestak job  —  Democratic Rep. Anthony Weiner (N.Y.) called on the White House on Monday to detail its conversations it had with Rep. Joe Sestak (D-Pa.) to have allegedly tried to convince him to drop a Senate bid.
Michael D. Shear / Washington Post:
Obama endorses 'don't ask, don't tell' compromise in Congress
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
'Don't Ask' repeal now on track, with quiet administration role
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Philip Elliott / Associated Press:
White House backs plan on gays in military
Discussion: Pam's House Blend
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.
Sarah Palin / Facebook:
Nikki Haley in Opposition's Crosshairs: a Good Sign for Nikki and South Carolina!  —  Well, whaddya know?  South Carolina's conservative candidate, Nikki Haley, recently zipped to the front of the line in her state's race for governor; and lo and behold, now accusations of an affair surface.
The State:
Haley denies affair with blogger  —  A political blogger is claiming he had a “inappropriate physical relationship” with Republican gubernatorial candidate Nikki Haley.  —  Haley has “categorically” denied the accusation by Will Folks, a former spokesman for Gov. Mark Sanford who now blogs …
Discussion: Wonkette and The Swamp
Eric Kleefeld / TPMDC:
Hayworth: ‘In My History’ U.S. Didn't Formally Declare War On Nazi Germany (VIDEO)  —  Former Rep. J.D. Hayworth (R-AZ), who is challenging Sen. John McCain in the Republican primary, said that the United States did not formally declare war on Germany in World War II — at least, that's how it went in his history.
Joe Schoffstall / The Blast:
Joe Biden: Brussels Has Legitimate Claim to ‘Capital of the Free World’ Title
Andrew C. McCarthy / National Review:
The House Divided  —  Bill Bennett and Seth Leibsohn …
Discussion: and protein wisdom
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Biden: Maybe the EU capital is the center of the free world
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Hispanics swing to Democrats in West  —  Public Policy Polling reports:  —  When we polled Colorado in early March Michael Bennet and Jane Norton were tied.  Last week we found Bennet with a 3 point lead.  One of the biggest reasons for that shift?  Bennet went from leading Norton …
Discussion: FrumForum
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Immigration Bill Fallout  —  There's no doubt that the new Arizona immigration law is popular nationally, but that still doesn't mean the issue's going to work to the GOP's advantage this fall.  —  When we polled Colorado in early March Michael Bennet and Jane Norton were tied.
Discussion: Mother Jones, Mediaite and Hot Air
Michael Levenson / Boston Globe:
Patrick says Obama critics are ‘almost at the level of sedition’  —  Governor Deval Patrick, even as he decried partisanship in Washington, said today that Republican opposition to President Obama's agenda has become so obstinate that it “is almost at the level of sedition.”
Ian Urbina / New York Times:
Despite Moratorium, Drilling Projects Move Ahead
Ace /
Gov. Bobby Jindal Rips Obama For Slowness On Oil Spill  —  Video at the link.  The problem is with sand-booms needed to protect Louisiana's shores from the invasion of oil.  —  The video is worth watching, but here's a transcript of some of his remarks.  —  Note his Tea Party-like vow.
Discussion: Michelle Malkin and New York Times
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Jindal to Obama: We're tired of waiting for the feds to help with the spill
Discussion: Grist and The Huffington Post
Jake Tapper / Political Punch:   WH: We're On the Case; Jindal: HELP!
Ryan D'Agostino / Esquire:
Eric Massa's Secret  —  Long before the Eric Massa scandal broke, the congressman carried the lonely burden of another secret that, if revealed, would turn his world upside down.  An extraordinary look inside the mind of a man in the crisis of his lifetime.
Ryan D'Agostino / Esquire:
Inside the Insane Saga of Congressman Eric Massa
Erick Erickson / Erick's blog:
This Stuff Is Not Supposed to Happen in America  —  “When it becomes fair game to attack and intimidate private citizens and their families to advance a public policy, we cross over from an orderly civil democracy to something decidedly third world.”  —  I would like to be gloating this morning …
Jonah Goldberg / The Corner on National Review Online:
It's Like He Does it On Purpose — By: Jonah Goldberg  —  Thomas Friedman does it again.  He literally fantasizes about American becoming like China — but just for a day!  From Meet the Press yesterday: … Can someone please tell Tom Friedman that China only produces “suboptimal solutions” too.
Discussion: Hit & Run and Power Line
Mark Mazzetti / New York Times:
U.S. Expands Secret Military Acts in Mideast and Beyond  —  WASHINGTON — The top American commander in the Middle East has ordered a broad expansion of clandestine military activity in an effort to disrupt militant groups or counter threats in Iran, Saudi Arabia, Somalia and other countries in the region …
Discussion: Emptywheel
Kyung M. Song / Seattle Times:
Rossi expected to enter Senate race soon; hires key staff  —  WASHINGTON — Dino Rossi is expected to officially enter the U.S. Senate race as early as Wednesday, and already has hired several key staffers for a campaign to unseat three-term incumbent Patty Murray.
Erik Berte /
The Next Bailout: $165B for Unions  —  Taxpayers could be on the hook for another $165 billion if a bill to bail out private union pension funds makes it through Congress.
The Huffington Post:
Rand Paul: Maddow Was Fair To Me But Media At Large Was Not (VIDEO)  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  Prior to canceling an appearance on “Meet the Press” Friday, Kentucky Senate candidate Rand Paul did sit down for an interview with a local television station in which he complained about being …
Mac McClelland / Mother Jones:
“It's BP's Oil”  —  Running the corporate blockade at Louisiana's crude-covered beaches.  —  Post Comment  —  Elmer's Island, even after all the warnings, looks worse than I imagined.  Pools of oil black and deep stretch down the beach; when cleanup workers drag their rakes along …
Discussion: Mother Jones, The Awl and The Impolitic
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Stephen Ohlemacher / Associated Press:
Oil tax increase would help pay to clean up spills
Discussion: and RedState
Ken Belson / New York Times:
Justices Rule Against N.F.L. in Antitrust Case
Syria: Obama has failed in peace efforts and lost influence in Mideast
Discussion: The Jawa Report and Weasel Zippers
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Hewitt Award Nominee
Louise Radnofsky / Washington Wire:
Book Report: ‘Teaching the Pig to Dance’ By Fred Thompson
FHA Home-Financing Volume Sign of ‘Very Sick System’
Jen Psaki / White Blog Feed:
Auto Lender Lobbyists' Last Stand in the Senate
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Andy Barr / The Politico:
Clinton rips ‘birthers’
Discussion: TPM LiveWire
Andy Worthington / The Huffington Post:
House Kills Plan to Close Guantanamo
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
US Pavilion at Expo 2010 is a National Humiliation
Discussion: Ezra Klein and Mother Jones
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Op-Ed Columnist: Obama Versus the Corporations