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9:40 AM ET, May 26, 2010


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Manu Raju / The Politico:
Obama, McCain clash at GOP lunch  —  President Barack Obama battled with Senate Republicans in a tense closed-door meeting Tuesday, facing tough criticism from his GOP adversaries — including John McCain — on issues ranging from health care to border security.
Washington Post:
After closed-door talks, GOP senator calls Obama ‘thin-skinned’  —  President Obama traveled to Capitol Hill on Tuesday for a rare meeting with Senate Republicans, but the 75-minute session yielded little progress on hot-button topics and left some senators with bruised feelings.
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Senator criticizes Obama's ‘audacity’ in using GOP as ‘props’  —  A GOP senator ripped into President Barack Obama at a meeting on Capitol Hill Tuesday, telling him he had “audacity” coming in and using Republican lawmakers as “props.”  —  Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), the Democrats' partner …
Discussion: Reuters, Weasel Zippers and FrumForum
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 …
Discussion: Laura Rozen's Blog and Commentary
Charles Babington / Associated Press:
Obama gets an earful in clash with GOP senators  —  WASHINGTON (AP) - If President Barack Obama thought having a private lunch with Republican senators would ease partisan tensions in Congress, he grabbed the wrong recipe.  —  The president walked into a remarkably contentious 80-minute session Tuesday …
Carol E. Lee / The Politico:
Obama: Day for ‘partnership’ passed
Discussion: Guardian
Laurie Kellman / Associated Press:
AP sources: Obama, Corker clash in private meeting
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 …
Herb Jackson /
N.J. Gov. Chris Christie defends cuts, promotes property tax cap in Rutherford
Discussion: Betsy's Page
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
The decisive action Obama can take  —  As I noted this morning, there's been a palpable shift in the tone of media coverage of Obama's handling of the Gulf spill, with newly-aggressive news orgs raising more questions about whether the admistration has ceded too much control to BP.
John Aravosis / AMERICAblog Gay:
Webb to vote no on DADT compromise, blames WH and Gates statements …
David Weigel / Right Now:
Sarah Palin's strange, unprofessional and paranoid grudge  —  Sarah Palin took to her Facebook account today to inform her readers that Joe McGinniss, an award-winning reporter and author, had rented the house next door.  —  I saw Ben Smith flag this earlier today but did not really appreciate …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
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STATEMENT BY THE EMBASSY OF MEXICO  —  Regarding the Administration's decision to send 1,200 National Guard servicemen to the US Southern border, the Government of Mexico trusts that this decision will help to channel additional US resources to enhance efforts to prevent the illegal flows …
Discussion: Liberty Central and Gateway Pundit
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Obama heckled over 'Don't ask, don't tell' — again  —  President Barack Obama was heckled by a protester Tuesday night while at a fundraising event for Sen. Barbara Boxer (D) in San Francisco.  —  The protester was upset with the pace of the repeal of the “Don't ask, don't tell” policy barring openly gay military service members.
Discussion: CNN
Wall Street Journal:
U.S. to Toughen Drill Rules  —  Obama to Unveil Steps Thursday as Criticism Rises Against Handling of Oil Spill  —  WASHINGTON—President Barack Obama, fighting to stay ahead of the political storm over the Gulf oil spill, is expected to announce on Thursday that the government …
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 …
Brian Montopoli / CBS News:
Poll Finds Americans Pessimistic, Dissatisfied with Washington  —  CBS News Poll analysis by the CBS News Polling Unit: Sarah Dutton, Jennifer De Pinto, Fred Backus and Anthony Salvanto.  —  Americans are frustrated with nearly everyone in Washington - including President Obama, Congress …
Sabrina Tavernise / New York Times:
U.S. Is a Top Villain in Pakistan's Conspiracy Talk  —  ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — Americans may think that the failed Times Square bomb was planted by a man named Faisal Shahzad.  But the view in the Supreme Court Bar Association here in Pakistan's capital is that the culprit was an American “think tank.”
Discussion: Who Is IOZ?, At War and The Page
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Obama backs Phoenix Suns' protest of Arizona immigration law  —  President Barack Obama lent support on Tuesday night for the Phoenix Suns' protest of their home state's new immigration law.  —  The president said it was “terrific” that the Suns were socially engaged enough to wage …
Discussion: Washington Post
Brad Stone / New York Times:
Apple Is Said to Face Inquiry About Online Music  —  SAN FRANCISCO — The Justice Department is examining Apple's tactics in the market for digital music, and its staff members have talked to major music labels and Internet music companies, according to several people briefed on the conversations.
New York Times:
Panel Suggests Signs of Trouble Before Rig Explosion  —  In the hours before the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded last month in the Gulf of Mexico, there were strong warning signs that something was terribly wrong with the well, according to a Congressional committee that was briefed on the accident by executives from BP.
Jimmy Orr / Top of the Ticket:
Mitch McConnell to Rand Paul: Shut your yapper!  —  The continuing implosion, better known as Rand Paul's post primary campaign, will be taking a break from self-immolation it appears.  —  Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is telling fellow Kentuckian Paul to shut his pie hole.
New York Times:
U.S. Pledges to Help South Korea in Bid for U.N. Action  —  SEOUL, South Korea — With political and military tension increasing daily on the Korean Peninsula, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Wednesday that Washington would stand beside Seoul as it seeks redress …
Discussion: SWJ Blog and The Page
The Politico:
EPA chief cancels DSCC appearance  —  Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson, scheduled to headline a fundraiser for Senate Democrats next week in Manhattan, cancelled her appearance Tuesday afternoon, hours after a POLITICO story about the event sparked Republican criticism …
Joshua Coval / HBS Working Knowledge:
Stimulus Surprise: Companies Retrench When Government Spends  —  Q&A with:  —  Sean Silverthorne  —  Recent research at Harvard Business School began with the premise that as a state's congressional delegation grew in stature and power in Washington, D.C., local businesses would benefit …
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
Rush Limbaugh's Conservative Charge … In the early 1970s, if you were a resident of McKeesport, Pa., who turned your radio to WIXZ-FM in the morning, you might hear a voice belonging to a DJ named “Bachelor Jeff” Christie giving you the weather report in between Top 40 tunes.
Yvonne Wenger /
Folks says Haley campaign consulted him on breaking silence about ‘inappropriate sexual relationship’  —  Blogger Will Folks said Tuesday that GOP gubernatorial candidate State Rep. Nikki Haley and her campaign asked him for advice on how they should handle the news of their inappropriate relationship when he broke it.
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Sally Pipes / New York Post:
Mass. health meltdown is your future
Discussion: Commentary
Laura Rozen / Laura Rozen's Blog:
Noting progress at UN, Congress slows Iran sanctions bill
Discussion: Commentary and FrumForum
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Shanghai to Yiwu  —  Today I did a couple more meetings …
The Indian Express:
Grant death for blasphemy: Islamists to UN
Discussion: Gateway Pundit and The Jawa Report
Washington Examiner:
Look who's protecting incumbents
Discussion: Don Surber
Andy Borowitz / The Huffington Post:
Experts Propose Plugging Oil Leak with BP Executives
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The Huffington Post:
Bruce Shore, Unemployed Philadelphia Man, Indicted For 'Harassing …
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