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5:35 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 …
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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 out of the Senate race, and why won't they talk about it? … - Shafer: In Defense of the Journalist Who Rented the House Next Door to Sarah Palin- BP?  Halliburton?  Obama?  Whom Should We Blame for the Oil Leak?
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
ABCNEWS:
'We're About to Die Down Here': Carville Blasts Obama's Oil Spill Response  —  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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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Curious To Hear Your Thoughts  —  There's a rising tide of criticism from Republicans about the president's management of the Gulf oil spill catastrophe.  But it's not just Republicans.  On the one hand, I've tended to dismiss the criticism since obviously the system of offshore drilling …
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Nelson: Obama should take over oil spill fix if BP attempt fails
Discussion: CNN and The Politico
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’ …
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
Janet Hook / Los Angeles Times:
Obama, GOP senators have tense visit
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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? …
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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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.
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
Discussion: Beltway Confidential and FrumForum
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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Geoff Mohan / LA Times Environment Blog:
Gulf oil spill: ‘Top kill’ procedure begins
Kyle / Right Wing Watch:
AFA's Fischer Outdoes Himself  —  It was about a year ago that I wrote a seemingly throwaway post about the fact that Bryan Fischer had been promoted from his position running the Idaho Values Alliance, the state affiliate of the American Family Association, to a position as director …
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Zachary Roth / TPMMuckraker:
Top Social Conservative: Hitler Used Gay Soldiers Because They Had ‘No Limits’
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 …
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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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Andy Sullivan / Reuters:
CORRECTED - UPDATE 2-Stimulus raised GDP by up to 4.2 pct in Q1 2010 -CBO
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 …
Barak Ravid / Haaretz:
Obama sends PM surprise invite to White House meeting next week  —  Netanyahu will fly to Paris before U.S. trip to participate in an OECD meeting, which Israel has just been invited to join.  —  Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will hold another White House meeting with U.S. President …
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Barak Ravid / Haaretz:
Rahm Emanuel invites Netanyahu to discuss ‘shared security interests’ with Obama
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 …
Jeffrey Goldberg / The Atlantic Online:
Jane Harman's Opponent on the Injustice of Israel, the Taliban and Henry Waxman's Alleged Perfidy  —  When I first read about Marcy Winograd, the political activist challenging Rep. Jane Harman (D.-Calif.) in the Democratic primary on June 8th, she struck me as not your typical Jewish candidate for office.
Discussion: Washington Post and Democrats.com
Quinnipiac University:
Obama Approval Tips Positive For First Time This Year, Quinnipiac University National Poll Finds; More Voters Approve Of Kagan Supreme Court Pick  —  American voters approve 48 - 43 percent of the job President Barack Obama is doing, up from a negative 44 - 46 percent April 21 …
John McCormack / Weekly Standard:
Chiefs of Navy, Army, Air Force, and Marines Oppose DADT Repeal  —  The heads of the Army, Marines, Air Force, and Navy oppose the current amendment to repeal “don't ask, don't tell.”  Senator John McCain's office just released letters from the chiefs of the armed services …
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 …
New York Times:
New King of Technology: Apple Overtakes Microsoft  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Apple, the maker of iPods, iPhones and iPads, overtook Microsoft, the computer software giant, on Wednesday to become the world's most valuable technology company.  —  In intraday trading shortly after 2:30 p.m. …
New York Post:
NYers wage jihad vs. WTC mosque  —  Angry relatives of 9/11 victims last night clashed with supporters of a planned mosque near Ground Zero at a raucous community-board hearing in Manhattan.  —  After four hours of public debate, members of Community Board 1 finally voted 29-1 in support of the project.
Ramon Antonio Vargas / New Orleans Times-Picayune:
James O'Keefe and friends plead guilty in Mary Landrieu office caper … The four defendants who were arrested in January in Sen. Mary Landrieu's office in the Hale Boggs federal complex in New Orleans pleaded guilty Wednesday morning in federal court to entering real property belonging to the United States under false pretenses.
 
 
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