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12:50 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.
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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.
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.
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:   Obama heckled over 'Don't ask, don't tell' — again
Wall Street Journal:
U.S. to Toughen Drill Rules
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Senator criticizes Obama's ‘audacity’ in using GOP as ‘props’
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Carla Marinucci / San Francisco Chronicle:
Obama to visit Bay Area to bolster Boxer's bid
Discussion: The Page and Ballot Box
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
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Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Online:
When the Future Chief of Staff ...
Discussion: The Strata-Sphere and CNN
John Aravosis / AMERICAblog Gay:
Webb to vote no on DADT compromise, blames WH and Gates statements …
Discussion: Daily Kos and Truthdig
Anne Flaherty / Associated Press:
Senate Republican to back repeal of gay ban
Discussion: The Huffington Post and The Hill
FITSNews:
Clearing The Air  —  A little over twenty-four hours ago, our founding editor was pressured by pending media reports (a claim that has since been verified) into preemptively acknowledging an inappropriate physical relationship with S.C. Rep. Nikki Haley.  —  While it was originally his intent …
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FITSNews:
Memories ... Of The Way They Were  —  Seriously ... how funny is this?  —  It's a framed photo of Mark Sanford, Nikki Haley and Sic Willie following a fundraiser for Haley back in 2007.  —  Let the bidding begin!  —  UPDATE: Sic says “two bits!”
Discussion: Salon, The Eye and Wonkette
Yvonne Wenger / postandcourier.com:
Folks says Haley campaign consulted him on breaking silence …
Andy Barr / The Politico:
S.C. blog revels in Haley attention
Discussion: CNN, The Note and American Power
portal.sre.gob.mx:
STATEMENT BY THE EMBASSY OF MEXICO  —  Regarding the Administration's decision to send 1,200 National Guard servicemen to the US Southern border, the Government of Mexico trusts that this decision will help to channel additional US resources to enhance efforts to prevent the illegal flows …
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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.
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Facebook:
Just When Ya Think It Can't Get Any More “Interesting”... Welcome, Neighbor!  —  Spring has sprung in Alaska, and with this beautiful season comes the news today that the Palins have a new neighbor!  Welcome, Joe McGinniss!  —  Yes, that Joe McGinniss.  Here he is - about 15 feet away …
NPR:
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.
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 …
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.
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Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
McConnell to Rand Paul: Stay out of the spotlight
Discussion: CNN
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 …
John Cole / Balloon Juice:
What Exactly Are They Supposed To Do?  —  I know that no matter what I say, some of you are going to claim I am shilling for Obama while others of you will read the same piece and claim I am unfairly attacking Obama, but I have a serious question- what exactly is the Obama administration supposed to do about the oil spill?
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.
Glynnis MacNicol / Mediaite:
Jay Leno: BP Spill Perfect Example Of What Will Happen If Tea Partiers Rule  —  Rand Paul's decision to cancel his appearance on Meet the Press this weekend (only the third person ever) may not have backfired exactly but it's certainly taken on a bit of a life of its own.
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.
Reuters:
Exclusive: Menendez Introducing Unlimited Cap On BP Damages  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) is set to introduce on Tuesday afternoon a bill that would fully eliminate any cap on the amount of economic damages that oil companies would have to pay for spills they've caused.
 
 
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Andy Borowitz / The Huffington Post:
Experts Propose Plugging Oil Leak with BP Executives
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Jeff Stein / SpyTalk:
CIA unit's wacky idea: Depict Saddam as gay
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Josh Gerstein / The Politico:
Justice Dept. cracks down on leaks
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Americans' Acceptance of Gay Relations Crosses 50% Threshold
Wall Street Journal:
Cap and Flee  —  California refutes its own ‘green jobs’ policy.
Discussion: Hot Air and John Stossel
Pamela Geller / American Thinker:
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