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3:55 PM ET, May 26, 2010

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Jake Tapper / Political Punch:
Exclusive: All 7 Republicans on Senate Judiciary Committee Ask AG Holder to Appoint Special Prosecutor to Look Into Alleged Sestak Job Offer  —  In a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder today, all seven Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee “urge the appointment of a special prosecutor …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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Colby Itkowitz / Pennsylvania Ave.:
Gov. Rendell wants White House, Sestak to detail job offer  —  The White House and Joe Sestak should explain what happened with the alleged job offer, Gov. Ed Rendell said Wednesday before a press conference on Capitol Hill.  —  “I actually think the White House and Joe Sestak should be a little …
John Dickerson / Slate:
What did the White House promise Joe Sestak if he dropped …
Barak Ravid / Haaretz:
Obama sends PM surprise invite to White House meeting next week
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Republicans continue to press White House on Sestak job offer
Jackie Calmes / The Caucus:
Over Drinks With Donors, Obama Recounts Lunch With Republicans  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Hours after President Obama met privately with Senate Republicans at the Capitol on Tuesday, he was here on the West Coast, regaling Democratic donors with his version of the 75-minute luncheon squabble.
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Jake Tapper / Political Punch:
Behind the Scenes of President Obama's ‘Warm and Cuddly’ Meeting with Senate Republicans  —  “Now, some of you heard I went to the [Senate] Republican Caucus today,” President Obama told a receptive crowd at a fundraiser for Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., at San Francisco's Fairmont Hotel last night.
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Republicans' new Web site not exactly what they hoped it would be  —  Republicans want to take over the House in the fall, but there's a problem: They don't have an agenda.  —  So on Tuesday, they set out to resolve that shortcoming.  They announced that they would solicit suggestions on the Internet …
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Jackie Kucinich / Roll Call:
Boehner Asks Oberstar to Drop All GOP Earmarks From WRDA Bill
Discussion: RedState and Liberty Central
Domenico Montanaro / msnbc.com:
FIRST THOUGHTS: GOP AND IMMIGRATION  —  Good news/bad news for GOP in NBC/MSNBC/Telemundo poll on immigration... The poll shows that Latino voters are swinging widely for the Democrats, while their support for the GOP is dropping like a rock... Has the GOP learned the Pete Wilson lesson? …
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Chris Christie to teacher: If you don't like my education budget, find a new job  —  I begged for video on Twitter, my friends, but none is forthcoming.  What can I say?  I tried. … Elsewhere today, he warned about New Jersey becoming a new Greece.  In lieu of a clip of the exchange …
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Herb Jackson / NorthJersey.com:
N.J. Gov. Chris Christie defends cuts, promotes property tax cap in Rutherford  —  RUTHERFORD — Governor Christie on Tuesday told a borough teacher to find another job if she did not feel she was compensated enough as he defended his state budget cuts and promoted a plan to cap annual growth in property tax collections.
Discussion: FrumForum
Spencer S. Hsu / Washington Post:
Arizona immigration law will boost crime in U.S. cities, police chiefs say  —  Arizona's new crackdown on illegal immigration will increase crime in U.S. cities, not reduce it, by driving a wedge between police and immigrant communities, police chiefs from several of the state's and the nation's largest cities said Tuesday.
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Pierre Thomas / ABCNEWS:
Justice Department Weighing Challenge to Arizona Immigration Law
ABCNEWS:
‘Political Stupidity’: Democrat Slams Obama's Response to BP Oil Spill  —  Democratic Strategist Said White House Should've Acted Quickly: 'We're About to Die Down Here'  —  The White House is seemingly making an increased show of pressuring BP, but President Obama is facing political heat …
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Nelson: Obama should take over oil spill fix if BP attempt fails
Discussion: The Politico and CNN
CNN:
Obama cites Gulf oil spill in alternative energy push
Discussion: The Politico and The Hill
Dan Popkey / Idaho Statesman:
Labrador upsets Ward, eyes Minnick  —  Worries about nation's direction motivate many voters in Tuesday's Idaho GOP primary  —  In a rebuke to the Republican establishment, state Rep. Raul Labrador defeated Vaughn Ward in western Idaho's 1st Congressional District and punched his ticket …
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Clifford Krauss / New York Times:
Coast Guard Allows BP to Try Method to Stop Oil Leak  —  HOUSTON — BP was poised Wednesday to decide whether to move ahead with its most ambitious — and potentially most consequential — effort to plug the mile-deep gusher of oil that has been streaming into the Gulf of Mexico for more than a month.
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CNN:
S.C. blogger reveals texts with top Haley aide  —  The blogger claiming to have had an affair with Nikki Haley has posted a series of text messages between himself and Haley's campaign manager on his website.  —  (CNN) - The blogger claiming to have had an affair with South Carolina …
Discussion: The Politico
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Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Biden jokes about Blumenthal's military service record  —  Vice President Joe Biden on Wednesday took an unexpected dig at Connecticut Senate candidate Richard Blumenthal (D) for misstating his military service record.  —  While speaking at a barbecue for wounded soldiers, he commented about veterans coming home from the Vietnam War.
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
As Ugly as It Gets  —  I confess that when I first saw the May 17 picture of Iran's president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, joining his Brazilian counterpart, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, and the Turkish prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, with raised arms — after their signing of a putative deal …
CNN:
Obama administration calls for emergency education spending  —  Arne Duncan is calling for emergency education spending.  —  Washington (CNN) - Education Secretary Arne Duncan says President Obama “absolutely supports” a congressional proposal for $23 billion in emergency education spending …
Discussion: The Politico
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Jamellebouie / Matthew Yglesias:
The Manufactured Deficit Crisis  —  Harold Meyerson wants Washington to quit the deficit hawkery and focus on creating jobs: … This reminds me of a point Dean Baker made a while back about the fact that the country is “facing a serious crisis in the form of a manufactured crisis over the budget deficit.”
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Harold Meyerson / Washington Post:
Deficit hawks ignore the R-word
Discussion: New Deal 2.0
David Weigel / Right Now:
Inside my Palin mailbag  —  My post Tuesday on the irresponsibile nature of Sarah Palin's grudge against author Joe McGinniss inspired more mail than anything I've written here.  I'll post some while protecting the names of the authors, to give you an idea of the response I got and to answer …
Bob Cusack / The Hill:
Barney Frank wants to see Rep. Djou's birth certificate  —  Tongue firmly in cheek, Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) on Tuesday afternoon called on reporters to demand to see the birth certificate of new Rep. Charles Djou (R-Hawaii).  —  As Djou (pictured here) was being sworn into office …
 
 
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