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4:25 PM ET, May 24, 2010


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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: The Swamp and Wonkette
Logan Smith / WIS-TV:
Blogger, fmr. Sanford aide claims past affair with Nikki Haley  —  COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - A political blogger and former aide to Gov. Mark Sanford claims to have had a past romantic relationship with Republican gubernatorial candidate Nikki Haley.  Haley, who is married and has two children …
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Nikki Haley denies affair allegation
Discussion: American Power, Mediaite and The Eye
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.
Ed O'Keefe / Federal Eye:
'Don't ask, don't tell' compromise in the works
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
NBC's Chuck Todd: White House correspondent, anchor, blogger, twitterer
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Obama White House probe of Obama White House finds no Obama White …
Craig Whitlock / Washington Post:
Lawmakers divided on 'don't ask, don't tell' as votes near
Ian Urbina / New York Times:
Despite 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 …
New York Times:
BP Kept Using Toxic Chemical in Gulf After E.P.A. Deadline  —  The effort to stanch the vast Gulf of Mexico oil spill was mired by setbacks on Monday as state and federal officials feuded with BP over its failure to meet deadlines and its refusal to stop spraying a toxic dispersant in the Gulf.
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.
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
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Clinton to DoD?  —  As DiMascio, Rozen and I report this morning, some of Clinton's allies are talking her up as the next Secretary of Defense:  —  Gates, for his part, has saved Clinton from a different kind of marginalization by a powerful White House staff, which has a sometimes-rocky relationship …
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and Joe. My. God.
The Politico:
The Gates-Clinton axis  —  The White House likes to release images …
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.
Josh Kraushaar / The Politico:
Ward remarks close to Obama speech  —  Idaho Republican Vaughn Ward has already come under fire for mimicking other candidates' policy language on his website, but now the congressional candidate is facing accusations of plagiarizing from another source: President Barack Obama.
Ross Ramsey / The Texas Tribune:
Perry Up by 9 in New UT/TT Poll  —  Republican Rick Perry leads Democrat Bill White by nine percentage points — 44 percent to 35 percent — in the 2010 race for governor, according to the latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune poll.  —  Those numbers are identical to the results of a …
Michael Barone / Washington Examiner:
The gathering revolt against government spending
Jonathan Allen / The Politico:
More mischief in Illinois race  —  It's been a rough stretch for Illinois Democratic Senate candidate Alexi Giannoulias — and it could be getting a little bit rougher.  —  His family's business, Broadway Bank, was seized by regulators last month.  He's had trouble getting robust support …
Abdon M. Pallasch / Chicago Sun Times:
Website: Rep. Jackson might not back Giannoulias
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
From CNN Chief National Correspondent John King  —  Washington (CNN) - An internal Republican National Committee document obtained by CNN paints a damning picture of the committee's financial standing compared to the past five election cycles.  —  The document, pulled together during …
Fred Barnes / Weekly Standard:
The View from the Sidelines  —  Jeb Bush on the Republican future.  —  Bush has done a back-of-the-envelope calculation about what an economic growth strategy could produce.  Obama's policy won't generate more than 1.5 percent growth annually, he says.  But with “lower taxes …
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.
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Alex Seitz-Wald / Think Progress:
Arizona governor employs singing puppet to promote harsh new immigration law.
Discussion: Wonkette and Wonk Room
Erick Erickson / RedState:
This Stuff Is Not Supposed to Happen in America
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Immigration Bill Fallout
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
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Election 2010: North Dakota Senate
Mac McClelland / Mother Jones:
“It's BP's Oil”
Discussion: The Awl and The Impolitic
Andy Worthington / The Huffington Post:
House Kills Plan to Close Guantanamo
Ta-Nehisi Coates / The Atlantic Online:
Toward An Abstract Courage
 Earlier Items: 
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
US Pavilion at Expo 2010 is a National Humiliation
Discussion: Ezra Klein
Jamellebouie / Matthew Yglesias:
Liberals have been pretty successful