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6:35 PM ET, May 25, 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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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.
Jonathan Allen / The Politico:
Guard ordered to Mexican border  —  President Barack Obama is preparing to send as many as 1,200 National Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexico border, amid growing concern about cross-border criminal activity and a simmering debate over illegal immigration.  —  Obama plans to submit a request …
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Obama clashes with GOP, but promises to meet in the middle  —  Senate Republicans clashed with President Barack Obama during his visit with their caucus Tuesday on energy legislation, immigration reform and other issues.  —  “It was good,” Obama told reporters as he left the meeting.
The Hill:
Obama to deploy National Guard troops to U.S.-Mexico border
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
McCain laments effort to ‘jam’ through repeal of 'Don't ask, don't tell'
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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Andy Barr / The Politico:
S.C. blog revels in attention
Discussion: CNN
CNN:
Haley turns to Palin in new television ad
Discussion: FITSNews, The Note and American Power
FITSNews:
Memories ... Of The Way They Were  —  Seriously ... how funny is this?
Discussion: Salon, The Eye and Wonkette
Washington Post:
Obama administration conflicted about relying on BP to stop gulf oil spill  —  The tenuous alliance among the Obama administration, the oil firm BP and Gulf Coast officials was visibly fraying on Monday, with exasperation on all sides mounting as oil from a deep-water gusher began lapping …
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Amanda Terkel / Think Progress:
BP Runs Full-Page Ads In Major Newspapers Defending Its Oil Spill Response: ‘We Have Taken Full Responsibility’  —  Since the disastrous Gulf Coast oil spill, BP and the other companies responsible for the tragedy have been beefing up their lobbying and public relations efforts.
Discussion: Boston Globe, Feministe and CNN
Randal C. Archibold / New York Times:
Obama to Send 1,200 Guard Troops to Mexico Border
Discussion: FrumForum
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 …
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Fawning press now gets cold shoulder from Obama  —  Will Barack Obama go an entire year without holding a formal news conference?  He's getting close: The president's last full-scale session with the press was on July 22, 2009, which was 307 days ago.  —  When Obama last held a big news conference …
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Washington Post:
Lack of sunlight over Mr. Sestak's claims
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Levin: White House Got Serious About DADT ‘In The Last Few Days’
Discussion: Ezra Klein, The Hill and TPM LiveWire
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
Discussion: Beltway Confidential
Meredith Shiner / Glenn Thrush's Blog:
Durbin: Sestak needs to explain job offer  —  Majority Whip Dick Durbin says Rep. Joe Sestak (D-Pa.) should come clean about exactly what he was offered to drop out of the Pennsylvania Senate primary.  —  “At some point, I think Congressman Sestak needs to make it clear what happened,” Durbin said.
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CNN:   Related: CNN's John King on Sestak, the WH
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Online:
When the Future Chief of Staff ...
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Bryan Bender / Boston Globe:
Brown to vote ‘no’ on repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell pending Pentagon study  —  WASHINGTON — Sen. Scott Brown will vote against repealing 'Don't Ask Don't Tell' when it comes up for a vote Thursday in the Senate Armed Services Committee, dealing a blow to gay rights advocates who were hoping …
David Frum / Washington Post:
Zev Chafets's ‘Rush Limbaugh: An Army of One,’ reviewed by David Frum  —  Sentinel.  229 pp.  $25.95  —  “Every great man has his disciples,” quipped Oscar Wilde.  “And it is always Judas who writes the biography.”  —  Not so for Rush Limbaugh.  Biographer Zev Chafets received unprecedented access …
Helene York / The Atlantic Online:
The ‘Veggie’ Option: As Bad as Mystery Meat  —  A seductive advertisement appeared in my inbox Tuesday from two wonderful neighborhood chefs.  In true street food fashion, they're going to deliver modestly priced steamed buns “Made from scratch, baked with love, and totally self-enclosed so there's no mess” …
Discussion: Ezra Klein
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
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 …
Declan McCullagh / CNET News:
Congress rebukes FCC on Net neutrality rules  —  The Federal Communications Commission's plan to impose Net neutrality regulations just became much more difficult to pull off.  —  A bipartisan group of politicians on Monday told FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski, in no uncertain terms …
Discussion: Hot Air, Hit & Run and Digital Society
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
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Fiorina up big  —  Carly Fiorina's superior resources always had the potential to blow her opponents for the California Republican Senate nomination out of the water, and in the closing stretch that appears to be exactly what's happening.  Fiorina has now opened up a 20 point lead with 41% …
Maggie Haberman / The Politico:
EPA chief headlines DSCC fundraiser  —  As the Obama administration struggles to contain the massive oil spill threatening the Louisiana coast, one of its top environmental officials will be the featured attraction at a fundraiser for Senate Democrats next week in Manhattan …
Daniela Altimari / Capitol Watch:
Sources say Rob Simmons will drop out of U.S. Senate race tomorrow.  —  Rob Simmons will hold a press conference for this morning in New London to announce he's leaving the U.S. Senate race, sources said late today.  —  The former congressman and Vietnam War veteran lost …
Detroit News:
Kilpatrick gets to 1.5 to 5 years in prison, loses job  —  Detroit — Kwame Kilpatrick was sentenced to a maximum of five years in prison this morning by Wayne Circuit Judge David Groner who said the former mayor engaged in “contemptible behavior” by hiding assets from the court.
The Hill:
Lawmakers to hold Iran sanctions bill until late June  —  Seeing progress in multilateral talks, senior Democrats on Capitol Hill said Tuesday that they would hold off on a new round of Iran sanctions for now.  —  Rep. Howard Berman (D-Calif.) and Sen. Chris Dodd (D-Conn.) …
Discussion: The Politico
NBC Miami:
Road Rage: Hackers Say ‘No Latinos’ on Highway Sign  —  Techies alter sign on Palmetto  —  Electronic road sign hackers generally like to warn motorists of zombie and raptor attacks, but in South Florida, the signs are apparently being used to fuel the immigration debate.
CNN:
House GOP campaign blueprint unveiled  —  Washington (CNN) - House Republican leaders are drafting a blueprint similar to the ‘Contract with America’ that will lay out policy items they will pursue if they win back control of the House in November.  —  The twist, however …
Washington Post / Ezra Klein:
The big offshore lie  —  The Obama administration, in the wake of the Gulf of Mexico disaster, has apparently decided that digging in on its misguided decision in March to expand offshore drilling is the way to go.  —  Interior Secretary Ken Salazar dug in to defend the administration's drilling plans last week.
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?
Discussion: First Draft and Obsidian Wings
 
 
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Matthew Green / The Monkey Cage:
Pelosi and Health Care: How Impressive Was Her Leadership, Really?
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Glynnis MacNicol / Mediaite:
Jay Leno: BP Spill Perfect Example Of What Will Happen If Tea Partiers Rule
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
Michael P. Corcoran / Boston Globe:
Brandeis commencement draws protesters
Washington Post / Ezra Klein:
The FinReg battle: The next two years
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Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Americans' Acceptance of Gay Relations Crosses 50% Threshold
Wall Street Journal:
Cap and Flee  —  California refutes its own ‘green jobs’ policy.
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 Earlier Items: 
Pamela Geller / American Thinker:
Rifqa Bary Suffering from Cancer, Her Lawyers Bring In Her Parents
Discussion: Jihad Watch and Atlas Shrugs
BBC:
N Korea ‘severs ties’ with South
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Gates ‘can accept’ 'Don't Ask' repeal plan
Discussion: Open Left, The Page and Weekly Standard
Gil Hoffman / Jerusalem Post:
Tourism Ministry denies feeding Emanuel shellfish
Erika Lovley / The Politico:
Exclusive: FBI details surge in death threats against lawmakers