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5:45 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.
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 …
Devin Dwyer / ABCNEWS:
Obama to Deploy 1,200 National Guard Troops Along U.S./ Mexican Border  —  Administration to Ask Congress for $500 Million More for Border Security  —  President Obama has authorized the call-up of as many as 1,200 National Guard troops across the U.S. border with Mexico to assist …
Discussion: TalkLeft and The Foundry
The Hill:
Obama to deploy National Guard troops to U.S.-Mexico border  —  President Barack Obama will deploy 1,200 National Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexico border to help quell violence there, according to an administration official.  —  The official said the troops will be sent “to provide intelligence …
Randal C. Archibold / New York Times:   Obama to Send 1,200 Guard Troops to Mexico Border
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
McCain laments effort to ‘jam’ through repeal of 'Don't ask, don't tell'
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:   Obama clashes with GOP, but promises to meet in the middle
Political Punch:
Obama to Deploy 1,200 National Guard Troops to the US-Mexico Border
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 …
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
Jon Ward / The Daily Caller:
Top Obama adviser says ‘no evidence’ that Sestak's bribe charge is true
Meredith Shiner / Glenn Thrush's Blog:
Durbin: Sestak needs to explain job offer
Related: CNN's John King on Sestak, the WH
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 …
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 …
Haley turns to Palin in new television ad
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 …
Amanda Terkel / Think Progress:
BP Runs Full-Page Ads In Major Newspapers Defending Its Oil Spill …
Discussion: Boston Globe, Feministe and CNN
Washington Post / Ezra Klein:
The big offshore lie
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 …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Annals of journalistic enterprise
Discussion: Beltway Confidential
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 …
Hotline On Call:
Tuesday's Starting Lineup
Discussion: Beltway Confidential
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 …
N Korea ‘severs ties’ with South  —  North Korea is to cut all relations with South Korea, Pyongyang's official news agency reports.  —  KCNA said the North was also expelling all South Korean workers from a jointly-run factory north of the border.  —  The move comes after an international …
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 …
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 …
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
Michael P. Corcoran / Boston Globe:
Brandeis commencement draws protesters  —  Outside Brandeis University's commencement ceremony yesterday, about 20 students protested the college's choice for its keynote speaker, Michael Oren, the Israeli ambassador to the United States.  —  The selection of Oren, who critics …
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.
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
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% …
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.
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Wall Street Journal:
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Teddy Partridge / Firedoglake:
Lieberman “DADT Repeal” Sham Cedes Civilian Control to Military
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Matt Aiken / The Dahlonega Nugget …:
BREAKING NEWS: Students in KKK robes cause stir at LCHS
Erika Lovley / The Politico:
Exclusive: FBI details surge in death threats against lawmakers
Mark Mazzetti / New York Times:
U.S. Expands Secret Military Acts in Mideast and Beyond