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12:10 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.
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Senator criticizes Obama's ‘audacity’ in using GOP as ‘props’
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Wall Street Journal:
U.S. to Toughen Drill Rules
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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Mike Riggs / The Daily Caller:
Justice Department declines to appoint independent counsel for Sestak case  —  The Department of Justice doesn't need any outside help investigating the White House — at least that's what DOJ says.  In a letter to California Republican Rep. Darrell Issa, Assistant Attorney General Ronald Weich attempts …
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
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Online:
When the Future Chief of Staff ...
Discussion: CNN and The Strata-Sphere
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 and The Note
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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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 …
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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.
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 …
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?
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.
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.
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.
Jerusalem Post:
Donkey detonated on Gaza border  —  Animal dead, no human casualties; 200 kg of dynamite heaped on cart.  —  Talkbacks (15)  —  Make JPOST.COM your Home Page  —  Iranian Threat  —  Jewish World  —  Local Israel  —  Arts & Culture  —  Français  —  Classifieds  —  Israel
Evan Perez / Wall Street Journal:
Violent Crime Falls Sharply  —  Latest Decline, of 5.5%, Challenges Belief That Recessions Drive Up Rate  —  Violent crime fell significantly last year in cities across the U.S., according to preliminary federal statistics, challenging the widely held belief that recessions drive up crime rates.
The Huffington Post:
Bruce Shore, Unemployed Philadelphia Man, Indicted For ‘Harassing Email’ To Jim Bunning  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  When Sen. Jim Bunning complained on the Senate floor in February that he'd missed the Kentucky-South Carolina basketball game because of a debate on unemployment benefits …
Discussion: MyFox Philadelphia
Kbh / KeithHennessey.com:
The Hypocrisy Act of 2010  —  The House will soon vote on a new version of the “tax extenders+ bill,” which is formally labeled H.R. 4213, The American Jobs and Closing Tax Loopholes Act of 2010.  —  Must ... not ... call it ... Stimulus IV.  —  A better name might be The Hypocrisy Act of 2010.
Discussion: Hot Air and Confederate Yankee
Pamela Geller / American Thinker:
Rifqa Bary Suffering from Cancer, Her Lawyers Bring In Her Parents  —  There has been a terrible development in the case of Rifqa Bary, the teenage girl who fled from her home in fear for her life after her devout Muslim father found out she had become a Christian.
Discussion: Jihad Watch and Atlas Shrugs
 
 
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Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
McConnell to Rand Paul: Stay out of the spotlight
Discussion: CNN
The Hill:
Lawmakers to hold Iran sanctions bill until late June
Discussion: The Politico
Mark Guarino / Christian Science Monitor:
EPA girds for a fight with BP over dispersants in Gulf oil spill
Jeff Stein / SpyTalk:
CIA unit's wacky idea: Depict Saddam as gay
NBC Miami:
Road Rage: Hackers Say ‘No Latinos’ on Highway Sign
Josh Gerstein / The Politico:
Justice Dept. cracks down on leaks
Discussion: Secrecy News, Commentary and Romenesko
Michael P. Corcoran / Boston Globe:
Brandeis commencement draws protesters
 Earlier Items: 
Carla Marinucci / San Francisco Chronicle:
Obama to visit Bay Area to bolster Boxer's bid
Discussion: The Page and Ballot Box
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
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
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Fiorina up big  —  Carly Fiorina's superior resources always …
Amanda Terkel / Think Progress:
BP Runs Full-Page Ads In Major Newspapers Defending Its Oil Spill …
Helene York / The Atlantic Online:
The ‘Veggie’ Option: As Bad as Mystery Meat
Discussion: Ezra Klein
Gil Hoffman / Jerusalem Post:
Tourism Ministry denies feeding Emanuel shellfish