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12:30 PM ET, May 25, 2010


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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 …
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
Deal Reached for Ending Law on Gays in Military  —  WASHINGTON — The White House and leading Congressional Democrats reached agreement Monday on legislative language and a time frame for repealing the military's “don't ask, don't tell” policy, but it was not clear whether the deal had secured …
Michael D. Shear / Washington Post:
Obama endorses 'don't ask, don't tell' compromise in Congress  —  President Obama has signed on to a “don't ask, don't tell” compromise between lawmakers and the Defense Department, the White House announced Monday, an agreement that removes a key obstacle to repealing the military's policy banning gays …
Vote to Repeal 'Don't Ask Don't Tell' This Week?  —  White House has Approved a Compromise Amendment to Speed the Vote But Delay Implementation  —  Congress could vote as early as Thursday to repeal the controversial “don't ask don't tell” policy that prevents gays and lesbians from openly serving in the U.S. armed forces.
CNN Poll: Nearly 8 in 10 favor gays in the military
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
McCain laments effort to ‘jam’ through repeal of 'Don't ask, don't tell'
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Gates issues tepid endorsement of plan to repeal 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and The Page
Jennifer Rubin / Commentary:   Sestak's Stall Not Working
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 …
Mark Pazniokas /
Source says Simmons told staff he is ending campaign  —  A Republican source says Rob Simmons told his staff Monday he will end his campaign for U.S. Senate at a press conference today in New London.  —  On Monday night, Simmons called a press conference for 9 a.m. in New London to make an …
Discussion: Hot Air, Daily Kos and National Review
Hartford Courant / Capitol Watch:
Simmons Quits Senate Race
Discussion: Fox News and TPMDC
Ballot Box:
Simmons suspends Conn. Senate campaign
Discussion: The Note, CNN and The Politico
Susan Haigh / Associated Press:
Simmons expected to bow out of Conn. Senate race
Discussion: Power Line and The Caucus
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.
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 …
David S Morgan / CBS News:   U.S. Gov't: We're In Charge of Spill Response
The Politico:
W.H. takes heat over spill response
Discussion: Hot Air, Grist and Washington Wire
Mark Mazzetti / New York Times:
U.S. Expands Secret Military Acts in Mideast and Beyond  —  WASHINGTON — The top American commander in the Middle East has ordered a broad expansion of clandestine military activity in an effort to disrupt militant groups or counter threats in Iran, Saudi Arabia, Somalia and other countries in the region …
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 …
Cell, Email Records Could Solve “Haley-gate”  —  Phone records, text messages, emails, voice mails ... these are the identifying markers of any love affair, and ground zero when it comes to any “he said, she said” battle in civil or criminal court.  —  Well ... we've got the ultimate …
TRENDING: Haley turns to Palin in new television ad
Discussion: The Note and FITSNews
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 …
Directorblue / Doug Ross:
Delightful: Democrats to stick American taxpayers with a $165 …
Discussion: Fausta's Blog and
David Brooks / New York Times:
Two Theories of Change  —  When I was in college I took a course in the Enlightenment.  In those days, when people spoke of the Enlightenment, they usually meant the French Enlightenment — thinkers like Descartes, Rousseau, Voltaire and Condorcet.  —  These were philosophers who confronted …
Matt Aiken / The Dahlonega Nugget …:
BREAKING NEWS: Students in KKK robes cause stir at LCHS  —  A Lumpkin County High School history teacher was placed on administrative leave after she allowed a group of students to don homemade Ku Klux Klan costumes during an assignment on the history of racism in the United States.
Ian Urbina / New York Times:
Inspector General's Inquiry Faults Regulators  —  WASHINGTON — Federal regulators responsible for oversight of drilling in the Gulf of Mexico allowed industry officials several years ago to fill in their own inspection reports in pencil — and then turned them over to the regulators …
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 …
Discussion: Mediaite, NewsReal Blog and TBogg
Doug Powers / Michelle Malkin:
AP: Obama to Skip Wreath Laying Ceremony at Arlington on Monday  —  President Obama went to Arlington Cemetery to lay the wreath last year, but this year Obama's handing the wreath to Plugs and heading off to the more welcoming political climes of Chicago:
Discussion: Spinner and Freedom's Lighthouse
Erika Lovley / The Politico:
Exclusive: FBI details surge in death threats against lawmakers  —  I voted for you," the caller said in a voice mail to Democratic Rep. Heath Shuler's district office. “  If you vote for that stimulus package, I'm gonna kill you.  Simple as that.  The FBI says the caller was a 70-year-old resident …
Discussion: and TPMMuckraker
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
When Passengers Spit, Bus Drivers Take Months Off  —  It could be the cutbacks to the city's transportation system, or a general decline in urban civility.  Perhaps people are just in a collective bad mood.  —  What else could explain why New Yorkers — notoriously hardened to the slings …
Gil Hoffman / Jerusalem Post:
Tourism Ministry denies feeding Emanuel shellfish  —  White House chief of staff tells Channel 2: We're having a great time.  —  Talkbacks (2)  —  Make JPOST.COM your Home Page  —  Iranian Threat  —  Jewish World  —  Local Israel  —  Arts & Culture  —  Français  —  Classifieds
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Eugene Robinson / Washington Post:
Rand Paul's Libertarian La-La Land
Discussion: EconLog and Right Now
Bob Herbert / New York Times:
Following BP's Lead
Discussion: The Politico and Prairie Weather
Teddy Partridge / Firedoglake:
Lieberman “DADT Repeal” Sham Cedes Civilian Control to Military
Discussion: Open Left and ATTACKERMAN
House GOP campaign blueprint unveiled
Discussion: ABCNEWS
Edvard Pettersson / Bloomberg:
David Byrne Sues Crist for Using ‘Road to Nowhere’
Megan McArdle / The Atlantic Online:
What Would Happen if the Supreme Court Struck Down Health Care Reform?
Discussion: Ezra Klein and The Other McCain
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Twitter's Free Love Era Comes to an End: Time for Developers …
Discussion: Scripting News and TechCrunch
 Earlier Items: 
Tim Alberta / The Politico:
Tea party tempest in Idaho primary
Discussion: Roll Call
Elisabeth Rosenthal / New York Times:
Britons' Fears Turn to Doubts About Climate Change
Scott / Power Line:
A thug too far, part 3
Washington Post:
Rep. James Moran's investments illustrate Congress's leeway in trading
Discussion: Wonkette and National Review
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Summers needs to take Explaining Econ 101
Michael Levenson / Boston Globe:
Patrick says Obama critics are ‘almost at the level of sedition’