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7:55 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 …
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Senator criticizes Obama's ‘audacity’ in using GOP as ‘props’
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Obama clashes with GOP, but promises to meet in the middle
Discussion: Shakesville
Anne Flaherty / Associated Press:
Senate Republican to back repeal of gay ban
Discussion: The Hill
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 …
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
Andy Barr / The Politico:
S.C. blog revels in attention
Discussion: CNN
Haley turns to Palin in new television ad
Discussion: FITSNews, The Note and American Power
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 …
Jon Ward / The Daily Caller:
Top Obama adviser says ‘no evidence’ that Sestak's bribe charge is true
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Online:
When the Future Chief of Staff ...
Discussion: CNN and Taegan Goddard's …
The Hill:
Obama to deploy National Guard troops to U.S.-Mexico border
Washington Post:
Lack of sunlight over Mr. Sestak's claims
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
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 …
John Cole / Balloon Juice:
What Exactly Are They Supposed To Do?
Discussion: First Draft and Obsidian Wings
Randal C. Archibold / New York Times:
Obama to Send 1,200 Guard Troops to Mexico Border
Discussion: Power Line, Balloon Juice and 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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
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% …
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 …
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 …
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
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
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
McConnell to Rand Paul: Stay out of the spotlight  —  Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Tuesday gave some advice to his state's GOP Senate candidate, Rand Paul: Avoid the national media spotlight.  —  Paul had a rough week after he won the GOP nomination over Kentucky Secretary of State Trey Grayson Tuesday night.
Discussion: CNN
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
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 …
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Matthew Green / The Monkey Cage:
Pelosi and Health Care: How Impressive Was Her Leadership, Really?
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Jeff Stein / SpyTalk:
CIA unit's wacky idea: Depict Saddam as gay
NBC Miami:
Road Rage: Hackers Say ‘No Latinos’ on Highway Sign
Michael P. Corcoran / Boston Globe:
Brandeis commencement draws protesters
Washington Post / Ezra Klein:
The FinReg battle: The next two years
Discussion: Open Left, Mother Jones and Firedoglake
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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Pamela Geller / American Thinker:
Rifqa Bary Suffering from Cancer, Her Lawyers Bring In Her Parents
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 Earlier Items: 
Amanda Terkel / Think Progress:
BP Runs Full-Page Ads In Major Newspapers Defending Its Oil Spill …
Discussion: Boston Globe, Feministe and The Hill
N Korea ‘severs ties’ with South
Detroit News:
Kilpatrick gets to 1.5 to 5 years in prison, loses job
Gil Hoffman / Jerusalem Post:
Tourism Ministry denies feeding Emanuel shellfish
Washington Post / Ezra Klein:
The big offshore lie
Erika Lovley / The Politico:
Exclusive: FBI details surge in death threats against lawmakers