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10:55 AM ET, May 26, 2010

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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.
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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: Ben Smith's Blog and CNN
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.
Carol E. Lee / The Politico:
Obama: Day for ‘partnership’ passed  —  SAN FRANCISCO - President Barack Obama traveled to one of the most liberal enclaves in the country to deliver some of his harshest criticism yet of the Republican Party - attacking the GOP on points where Democrats sense vulnerability, such as energy legislation and immigration reform.
Discussion: Guardian and The Mahablog
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Senator criticizes Obama's ‘audacity’ in using GOP as ‘props’
Jackie Calmes / The Caucus:
Over Drinks With Donors, Obama Recounts Lunch With Republicans
Discussion: New York Times
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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CNN:
Holder, police chiefs to talk about Arizona law  —  Washington (CNN) — Police chiefs from about a dozen cities are scheduled to meet with U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder on Wednesday to talk about concerns they have with Arizona's new immigration law.  —  The group includes police chiefs …
Discussion: Althouse
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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Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
The decisive action Obama can take
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: Betsy's Page
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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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 …
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Jackie Kucinich / Roll Call:
Boehner Asks Oberstar to Drop All GOP Earmarks From WRDA Bill  —  House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) is asking Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman James Oberstar (D-Minn.) to disregard all Republican requests for projects in the Water Resources Development Act reauthorization he is drafting …
Discussion: RedState and Liberty Central
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
THE STIMULUS WORKED — PART MMCXVII.... A few months ago, Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) insisted that the economic recovery effort that prevented a depression “hasn't created one new job.”  A reporter gave him a chance to clarify, asking, “It didn't create one new job?”  The new senator replied, “That's correct.”
Discussion: Prairie Weather
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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.”
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 …
portal.sre.gob.mx:
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 …
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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 …
Gallup:
Sub-Saharan Africa Leads World in U.S. Approval  —  Across 110 countries, median approval was 51%  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — Across 110 countries Gallup surveyed in 2009, median approval of U.S. leadership was 51%, up from 34% in 2008.  Approval during President Barack Obama's first year …
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.
Satyamkhanna / Matthew Yglesias:
Al Qaeda 7 Returns?  Defense Bill Authorizes Investigations of Gitmo Lawyers  —  A few months ago, the Cheneyites, led by Liz Cheney, released a notorious “Al Qaeda 7” ad questioning the loyalty of administration lawyers who previously represented Guantanamo detainees.
 
 
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