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9:35 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
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Nikki Haley denies affair allegation
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.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
'Don't Ask' repeal now on track, with quiet administration role
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Peter Baker / New York Times:
For Sestak Matter, a ‘Trust Us’ Response From White House
Discussion: Real Clear Politics
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
NBC's Chuck Todd: White House correspondent, anchor, blogger, twitterer
Philip Elliott / Associated Press:
White House backs plan on gays in military
Discussion: Pam's House Blend
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Obama White House probe of Obama White House finds no Obama White …
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
Discussion: Mediaite and Hot Air
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 …
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!
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.”
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
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.
The Politico:
Source: Rossi plans Senate run
Erick Erickson / RedState:
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 …
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: The Awl and The Impolitic
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 …
Jay Heflin / The Hill:
Report: Healthcare law tax credits encourage small businesses to stay small, not hire  —  A study by the National Center for Policy Analysis shows that tax credits in the new healthcare law could negatively impact small-business hiring decisions.  —  The new law provides a 50 percent tax credit …
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Hewitt Award Nominee  —  (Hat tip: RWW)
Discussion: Wonkette and driftglass
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Jonah Goldberg / The Corner on National Review Online:
It's Like He Does it On Purpose — By: Jonah Goldberg
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Syria: Obama has failed in peace efforts and lost influence in Mideast
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Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
GOP plans ‘America Speaking Out’ event
Louise Radnofsky / Washington Wire:
Book Report: ‘Teaching the Pig to Dance’ By Fred Thompson
FHA Home-Financing Volume Sign of ‘Very Sick System’
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Andy Barr / The Politico:
Clinton rips ‘birthers’
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Shelby Talcott / Semafor:
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