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9:55 AM ET, May 27, 2010

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Elisabeth Bumiller / New York Times:
Service Chiefs Seek to Delay Vote on Gays  —  WASHINGTON — The chiefs of the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines objected on Wednesday to a compromise plan to repeal the military's ban on allowing gay men and lesbians to serve openly, a position that put them at odds with President Obama and Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates.
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Roxana Tiron / The Hill:   Democrats claim votes are there to nix 'Don't ask, don't tell' policy
Adam Bink / Open Left:
BREAKING: Sen. Byrd to vote for DADT repeal
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.
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 …
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Jake Tapper / Political Punch:
Exclusive: All 7 Republicans on Senate Judiciary Committee Ask …
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 …
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Robert Costa / The Corner on National Review Online:
Hard Feelings in Hartford — By: Robert Costa
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Simmons does not think McMahon can win Conn. Senate race
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
Political Punch:
Justice Scalia Praises Elena Kagan's Lack of Judicial Experience  —  ABC News' Teddy Davis reports:  —  Obama Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan has been criticized by some Republican senators for lacking judicial experience.  But Justice Antonin Scalia, the High Court's most outspoken conservative …
Roger Alford / Associated Press:
Rand Paul faces possible challenge, staff shake-up  —  FRANKFORT, Ky. — A week after a come-from-behind victory over the GOP's establishment candidate in a Kentucky Senate primary, Rand Paul is facing a possible challenge by the Libertarian Party and is shaking up his staff after comments …
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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.
Ian Urbina / New York Times:
BP Used Riskier Method to Seal Oil Well Before Blast  —  WASHINGTON — Several days before the explosion on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig, BP officials chose, partly for financial reasons, to use a type of casing for the well that the company knew was the riskier of two options, according to a BP document.
Joshua Rhett Miller / Fox News:
Wisconsin Veteran Must Remove Flag After Memorial Day, Wife Says  —  Charlie Price, a 28-year-old Army veteran, will be allowed to fly this flag in his Wisconsin apartment only until Memorial Day, his wife told FoxNews.com.  —  An Army veteran in Wisconsin will be allowed to display …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and The Jawa Report
BBC:
Colombian beauty queen arrested  —  A Colombian beauty queen has been arrested in Argentina on charges of leading a drug trafficking ring.  —  Angie Sanclemente Valencia, 31, is accused of persuading young women to smuggle cocaine from Argentina to Europe via Mexico.
Discussion: JammieWearingFool and Gawker
New York Times:
Obama to Extend Drilling Moratorium  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama plans to announce Thursday that he is extending the moratorium on permits to drill new deepwater wells for six more months and will delay or cancel specific projects off the coasts of Alaska and Virginia and in the western Gulf of Mexico, a White House official said.
BREITBART.COM:
US troops won't be used to stop illegal immigration: US  —  US National Guard troops being sent to the Mexican border will be used to stem the flow of guns and drugs across the frontier and not to enforce US immigration laws, the State Department said Wednesday.
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.
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
GOP NARRATIVES VS. PUBLIC NEEDS.... House Democrats are ready to move forward on a package of economic policies — jobless benefits, temporary health care subsidies, job creation investments — that would bolster the ongoing recovery.  But it's struggling, not because of its merits …
Discussion: Roll Call and New York Times
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 …
Jana Winter / Fox News:
Feds Issue Terror Watch for the Texas/Mexico Border  —  The Department of Homeland Security is alerting Texas authorities to be on the lookout for a suspected member of the Somalia-based Al Shabaab terrorist group who might be attempting to travel to the U.S. through Mexico, a security expert who has seen the memo tells FOXNews.com.
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 …
Michelle Malkin:
Todd Palin for border czar!  —  You've no doubt read about the Palin family's snoopy new neighbor, author Joe McGinniss, who has rented a house 15 feet from the Palins' backyard to conduct binocular-aided research for his Random House book.  I'll share more thoughts later on the media ethics issues and media double standards involved.
Discussion: The Daily Dish and Mother Jones
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 NewsBusters.org
 
 
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New York Times:
New Security Strategy Focuses on Managing Threats
Discussion: RealClearWorld and Prairie Weather
USA Today:
Is oil spill becoming Obama's Katrina?
Discussion: Roll Call, CNN and New York Magazine
Associated Press:
‘Leaving Islam?’ NYC Bus Ads Targeting Disenfranchised Muslims
Discussion: NewsReal Blog and Atlas Shrugs
The Onion:
White House Jester Beheaded For Making Fun Of Soaring National Debt
Discussion: iOwnTheWorld.com
Scott Wilson / Washington Post:
U.S. withdrawal from Iraq will be on time, Vice President Biden says
Discussion: The Page
Jennifer Rubin / Commentary:
Justice Department Sued Over Black Panther Documents
John / Power Line:
Obama's Slide Continues
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David Weigel / Right Now:
GOP candidate explains TARP vote in TV ad: ‘As a leader, I made a decision’
Discussion: FrumForum and The Other McCain
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
ABCNEWS:
Exclusive: Flying Above Afghanistan on F-15E Fighter Combat Mission