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1:45 AM ET, May 27, 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 …
Fox News:
Congressman: White House Job Offer to Sestak May Be an ‘Impeachable’ Offense  —  Rep. Darrell Issa (r) said Tuesday that Rep. Joe Sestak's (l) allegation that the White House offered him a job to coax him out of a race against Arlen Specter could be an “impeachable” offense.  (AP)
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 …
Laura Rozen / Laura Rozen's Blog:
Wexler for Israel?  —  Former Rep. Robert Wexler (D-Fla.) is being courted to be Obama's ambassador to Israel, three Washington Middle East hands tell POLITICO.  —  Wexler, a strong pro-Israel ally for the Obama White House going back to the 2008 presidential campaign …
Colby Itkowitz / Pennsylvania Ave.:
Gov. Rendell wants White House, Sestak to detail job offer
John Dickerson / Slate:
What did the White House promise Joe Sestak if he dropped …
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
GOP requests special prosecutor to investigate Rep. Sestak's job offer
Discussion: CNN, The Politico and Gateway Pundit
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.
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 …
Adam Bink / Open Left:
BREAKING: Sen. Byrd to vote for DADT repeal
Eric Zimmermann / The Hill:
Joint Chiefs, McCain oppose 'Don't ask, don't tell' compromise
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.
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.
Shira Toeplitz / The Politico:
Simmons ‘sorry’ for ripping McMahon  —  Former Rep. Rob Simmons apologized for telling a conservative news outlet that he didn't think Senate candidate Linda McMahon, who won the GOP's backing over him at the party's convention last week, can win the Connecticut general election and saying that he was too …
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Simmons does not think McMahon can win Conn. Senate race
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
Robert Costa / The Corner on National Review Online:
Hard Feelings in Hartford — By: Robert Costa
Discussion: TPMDC and Right Now
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 …
Roger Alford / Associated Press:
Rand Paul shakes up staff after firestorm
Discussion: Hit & Run and Hot Air
Erick Erickson / RedState:
Why I Can't Take Dave Weigel Seriously  —  Unlike a lot of my friends, I really don't have a problem with Dave Weigel.  He is what he is.  Referred to the Washington Post by Ezra Klein as someone competent to cover conservatives (a bit like Lenin making staffing decisions at the Wall Street Journal …
David Weigel / Right Now:
Inside my Palin mailbag
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
Domenico Montanaro /
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? …
Jake Tapper / Political Punch:
Behind the Scenes of President Obama's ‘Warm and Cuddly’ …
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 …
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.
Mary Foster / The Huffington Post:
James O'Keefe, Accomplices Plead Guilty In Landrieu Break-In …
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.
Ambrose Evans-Pritchard / Telegraph:
US money supply plunges at 1930s pace as Obama eyes fresh stimulus  —  The M3 money supply in the United States is contracting at an accelerating rate that now matches the average decline seen from 1929 to 1933, despite near zero interest rates and the biggest fiscal blitz in history.
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.
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 …
Joe Schoffstall / The Blast:
Obama Nominee: Sexual Sadism Should be a ‘Mitigating Factor’  —  President Obama's nominee to the United States Second Circuit Court of Appeals, Judge Robert N. Chatigny, has quite the judicial record.  He saved Michael Ross, known as the ‘roadside strangler’, by keeping him off death row …
Discussion: Hot Air and
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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
US troops won't be used to stop illegal immigration: US
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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: Fausta's Blog and Hit & Run
Wall Street Journal:
Dow Slides Below 10000
Discussion: The Daily Beast and The Page
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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Curious To Hear Your Thoughts
Jeffrey Goldberg / The Atlantic Online:
Jane Harman's Opponent on the Injustice of Israel, the Taliban …
Discussion: Washington Post and
New York Post:
NYers wage jihad vs. WTC mosque
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
Spencer S. Hsu / Washington Post:
Arizona immigration law will boost crime in U.S. cities, police chiefs say
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Republicans' new Web site not exactly what they hoped it would be