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7:05 AM ET, May 26, 2010


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Manu Raju / The Politico:
Obama, McCain clash at GOP lunch  —  President Barack Obama battled with Senate Republicans in a tense closed-door meeting Tuesday, facing tough criticism from his GOP adversaries — including John McCain — on issues ranging from health care to border security.
Washington Post:
After closed-door talks, GOP senator calls Obama ‘thin-skinned’  —  President Obama traveled to Capitol Hill on Tuesday for a rare meeting with Senate Republicans, but the 75-minute session yielded little progress on hot-button topics and left some senators with bruised feelings.
Charles Babington / Associated Press:
Obama gets an earful in clash with GOP senators  —  WASHINGTON (AP) - If President Barack Obama thought having a private lunch with Republican senators would ease partisan tensions in Congress, he grabbed the wrong recipe.  —  The president walked into a remarkably contentious 80-minute session Tuesday …
Wall Street Journal:
U.S. to Toughen Drill Rules  —  Obama to Unveil Steps Thursday as Criticism Rises Against Handling of Oil Spill  —  WASHINGTON—President Barack Obama, fighting to stay ahead of the political storm over the Gulf oil spill, is expected to announce on Thursday that the government …
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Senator criticizes Obama's ‘audacity’ in using GOP as ‘props’  —  A GOP senator ripped into President Barack Obama at a meeting on Capitol Hill Tuesday, telling him he had “audacity” coming in and using Republican lawmakers as “props.”  —  Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), the Democrats' partner …
Laurie Kellman / Associated Press:
AP sources: Obama, Corker clash in private meeting  —  WASHINGTON — Republican officials say President Barack Obama and Sen. Bob Corker clashed during a private meeting over whether anyone in either party was really trying to be bipartisan this election year.
Republican calls Obama meeting ‘wasted opportunity’
Ezra Klein / The Plum Line:
The decisive action Obama can take  —  As I noted this morning, there's been a palpable shift in the tone of media coverage of Obama's handling of the Gulf spill, with newly-aggressive news orgs raising more questions about whether the admistration has ceded too much control to BP.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and Hullabaloo
John Aravosis / AMERICAblog Gay:
Webb to vote no on DADT compromise, blames WH and Gates statements …
Discussion: Truthdig and Daily Kos
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Online:
When the Future Chief of Staff ...
Discussion: The Strata-Sphere and CNN
Randal C. Archibold / New York Times:
National Guard to Help Secure Southwest Border  —  LOS ANGELES — President Obama will send up to 1,200 National Guard troops to the Southwest border and seek increased spending on law enforcement there to combat drug smuggling after demands from Republican and Democratic lawmakers that border security be tightened.
Yvonne Wenger /
Folks says Haley campaign consulted him on breaking silence about ‘inappropriate sexual relationship’  —  Blogger Will Folks said Tuesday that GOP gubernatorial candidate State Rep. Nikki Haley and her campaign asked him for advice on how they should handle the news of their inappropriate relationship when he broke it.
Memories ... Of The Way They Were  —  Seriously ... how funny is this?
Discussion: The Eye and Wonkette
Andy Barr / The Politico:
S.C. blog revels in Haley attention
Discussion: CNN, Hot Air and The Note
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Annals of journalistic enterprise  —  Sarah Palin, guerilla Facebook warrior, turns the tables a bit on the author Joe McGinniss — best known for his Nixon campaign account, The Selling of the President, and for the murder investigation Fatal Vision — who, she says, has rented the house next door.
David Weigel / Right Now:
Sarah Palin's strange, unprofessional and paranoid grudge
Just When Ya Think It Can't Get Any More “Interesting”... Welcome, Neighbor!
Jimmy Orr / Top of the Ticket:
Mitch McConnell to Rand Paul: Shut your yapper!  —  The continuing implosion, better known as Rand Paul's post primary campaign, will be taking a break from self-immolation it appears.  —  Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is telling fellow Kentuckian Paul to shut his pie hole.
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
McConnell to Rand Paul: Stay out of the spotlight
Discussion: CNN
Rush Limbaugh's Conservative Charge … In the early 1970s, if you were a resident of McKeesport, Pa., who turned your radio to WIXZ-FM in the morning, you might hear a voice belonging to a DJ named “Bachelor Jeff” Christie giving you the weather report in between Top 40 tunes.
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Obama heckled over 'Don't ask, don't tell' — again  —  President Barack Obama was heckled by a protester Tuesday night while at a fundraising event for Sen. Barbara Boxer (D) in San Francisco.  —  The protester was upset with the pace of the repeal of the “Don't ask, don't tell” policy barring openly gay military service members.
Andy Borowitz / The Huffington Post:
Experts Propose Plugging Oil Leak with BP Executives  —  WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report) - At a conference of oil leak experts in Washington today, attendees proposed plugging the massive oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico with executives of BP, the company responsible for the catastrophic spill.
Discussion: Guardian and naked capitalism
Igor / Think Progress:
GOP Rep. Slams Fox News: 'I Don't Know What They're Doing At Fox News, But They Should Stop Smoking It'  —  This morning, Fox and Friends characterized Sen. Bob Casey's (D-PA) Create Jobs & Save Benefits Act as a “$165 billion bailout” of union pensions.  “It has been decades since you've seen …
Chris / AMERICAblog News:
BP CEO walks on oil covered beach, barks orders to media  —  So who died and made Tony Hayward the king?  Yes, that's the BP CEO yelling “get 'em out of there, get 'em out of there” to the media who is filming him as he “works” on the oil slick cleanup.  The last time I checked, we don't live in the United States of BP.
Ben Frumin / TPMDC:
Vaughn Ward: Worst Candidate Ever?  —  Meet Vaughn Ward.  He's running in today's Republican primary in Idaho's 1st Congressional District.  He's an Iraq War veteran.  A former CIA operations officer.  A fourth-generation Idaho native.  Heck, Sarah Palin supports him.
New York Times:
U.S. Pledges to Stand With South Korea ‘Always’  —  SEOUL — With political and military tension increasing daily on the Korean peninsula, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said on Wednesday that Washington would stand beside Seoul as it seeks redress at the United Nations Security Council …
Discussion: SWJ Blog and The Page
Dennis Cauchon / USA Today:
Private pay shrinks to historic lows  —  Paychecks from private business shrank to their smallest share of personal income in U.S. history during the first quarter of this year, a USA TODAY analysis of government data finds.  —  At the same time, government-provided benefits …
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