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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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Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Time for Sestak to clean up his mess  —  Senate Republicans are now calling for a special prosecutor to look into Joe Sestak's claim that the White House offered him a job in order to drop his primary challenge to Arlen Specter.  On the merits, this seems silly: Good government experts …
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?
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
GOP requests special prosecutor to investigate Rep. Sestak's job offer
Discussion: The Politico, CNN and Gateway Pundit
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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Catalina Camia / USA Today:
Poll: Majority give Obama, feds failing grade on oil spill response  —  The oil spill off the Gulf Coast is staining more than Louisiana's beaches.  —  The response to the disaster by energy giant BP, President Obama and the federal government all get terrible grades from Americans in a USA TODAY/Gallup Poll.
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 …
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.
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Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Simmons does not think McMahon can win Conn. Senate race
Discussion: The Atlantic Online and Ballot Box
Shira Toeplitz / The Politico:
Simmons ‘sorry’ for ripping McMahon
Discussion: Swing State Project
Robert Costa / The Corner on National Review Online:
Hard Feelings in Hartford — By: Robert Costa
Discussion: TPMDC and Right Now
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 …
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Eric Zimmermann / The Hill:
Joint Chiefs, McCain oppose 'Don't ask, don't tell' compromise
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 …
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Conor Friedersdorf / Newsweek:
Is Rand Paul Crazier Than Anyone Else in D.C.?  —  The media mock libertarians and other candidates outside the mainstream.  But are their ideas really any less valid than those of the ‘centrists’?  —  Forced to name the “craziest” policy favored by American politicians …
Discussion: FrumForum and The Other McCain
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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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Mary Foster / The Huffington Post:
James O'Keefe, Accomplices Plead Guilty In Landrieu Break-In …
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
Cubachi:
UPDATE w/ video: Gov Christie tells teacher, if she doesn't like education budget, she can quit  —  As if there is nothing more to love about New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, he held a townhall in Rutherford discussing his 33-bills “tool kit” that will bring a cap on property taxes and other taxes …
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Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Chris Christie to teacher: If you don't like my education budget, find a new job
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 …
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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Kathleen Hunter / Roll Call:
Republicans Threaten Filibuster Over 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'  —  Armed Services Republicans threatened Wednesday to filibuster the defense authorization bill if it comes to the floor with Democrat-backed language repealing the military's “don't ask, don't tell” policy.
Discussion: Daily Kos, The Hill and Joe. My. God.
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? …
Mark Zuckerberg / Facebook Blog:
Making Control Simple  —  When we started Facebook, we built it around a few simple ideas.  People want to share and stay connected with their friends and the people around them.  When you have control over what you share, you want to share more.  When you share more, the world becomes more open and connected.
Rasmussen Reports:
47% Now Hold Unfavorable View of Kagan  —  Voters have an increasingly unfavorable opinion of Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan but are more convinced than ever that she will be confirmed by the U.S. Senate.  —  A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 41% of U.S. voters …
Discussion: Power Line
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.
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. …
 
 
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Mike Riggs / The Daily Caller:
Hit job: What Media Matters and the SEIU got wrong about Fortune's Nina Easton
Discussion: Hot Air, Big Journalism and Power Line
BREITBART.COM:
US troops won't be used to stop illegal immigration: US
Discussion: Power Line and Weasel Zippers
ABCNEWS:
Exclusive: Flying Above Afghanistan on F-15E Fighter Combat Mission
Evan McMorris-Santoro / TPMDC:
Family Research Council: End Of DADT Means More Gay Rape In The Military
James Pethokoukis:
5 reasons why “Son of Stimulus” is a bad seed
Discussion: Hit & Run and Fausta's Blog
James Kwak / The Baseline Scenario:
Wall Street CEOs Are Nuts
Wall Street Journal:
Dow Slides Below 10000
Discussion: The Daily Beast and The Page
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Curious To Hear Your Thoughts
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Jeffrey Goldberg / The Atlantic Online:
Jane Harman's Opponent on the Injustice of Israel, the Taliban …
Discussion: Washington Post and Democrats.com
Greg Giroux / The Eye:
Ohio: Chabot's Poll Gives Him 14-Point Lead Over Rep. Driehaus
Dylan Ratigan / The Huffington Post:
Mr. President, Defend America
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
CNN:
S.C. blogger reveals texts with top Haley aide
Spencer S. Hsu / Washington Post:
Arizona immigration law will boost crime in U.S. cities, police chiefs say