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2:45 PM ET, May 26, 2010

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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.
Discussion: New York Times and New York Times
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Jake Tapper / Political Punch:
Behind the Scenes of President Obama's ‘Warm and Cuddly’ Meeting with Senate Republicans  —  “Now, some of you heard I went to the [Senate] Republican Caucus today,” President Obama told a receptive crowd at a fundraiser for Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., at San Francisco's Fairmont Hotel last night.
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Obama heckled over 'Don't ask, don't tell' — again
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and CNN
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? …
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Washington Post:
After closed-door talks, GOP senator calls Obama ‘thin-skinned’
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 …
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Jackie Kucinich / Roll Call:
Boehner Asks Oberstar to Drop All GOP Earmarks From WRDA Bill
Discussion: RedState and Liberty Central
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  —  RUTHERFORD — Governor Christie on Tuesday told a borough teacher to find another job if she did not feel she was compensated enough as he defended his state budget cuts and promoted a plan to cap annual growth in property tax collections.
Discussion: FrumForum
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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ABCNEWS:
‘Political Stupidity’: Democrat Slams Obama's Response to BP Oil Spill  —  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 …
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Nelson: Obama should take over oil spill fix if BP attempt fails
Discussion: CNN and The Politico
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 …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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CNN:
TRENDING: S.C. blogger reveals texts with top Haley aide  —  The blogger claiming to have had an affair with Nikki Haley has posted a series of text messages between himself and Haley's campaign manager on his website.  —  (CNN) - The blogger claiming to have had an affair …
Discussion: The Politico and Ben Smith's Blog
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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.
CNN:
Obama administration calls for emergency education spending  —  Arne Duncan is calling for emergency education spending.  —  Washington (CNN) - Education Secretary Arne Duncan says President Obama “absolutely supports” a congressional proposal for $23 billion in emergency education spending …
Discussion: The Politico
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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Senate GOP to oppose ‘blatantly reckless’ extenders package  —  Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) signaled that Republicans would oppose a new tax relief and unemployment aid package that will come to the floor this week, calling the bill “blatantly reckless.”
Discussion: The Politico
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Adam Bink / Open Left:
EXCLUSIVE: Sen. Ben Nelson to vote yes on DADT repeal  —  I just received a phone call from a senior official in Sen. Ben Nelson's office, who told me Sen. Nelson is going to vote in favor of repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell in the Senate Armed Services Committee later this week.
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Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Nelson will back 'Don't ask, don't tell' deal
Discussion: CNN, Ben Smith's Blog and The Hill
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.
Bob Cusack / The Hill:
Barney Frank wants to see Rep. Djou's birth certificate  —  Tongue firmly in cheek, Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) on Tuesday afternoon called on reporters to demand to see the birth certificate of new Rep. Charles Djou (R-Hawaii).  —  As Djou (pictured here) was being sworn into office …
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 …
Jamellebouie / Matthew Yglesias:
The Manufactured Deficit Crisis  —  Harold Meyerson wants Washington to quit the deficit hawkery and focus on creating jobs: … This reminds me of a point Dean Baker made a while back about the fact that the country is “facing a serious crisis in the form of a manufactured crisis over the budget deficit.”
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Harold Meyerson / Washington Post:
Deficit hawks ignore the R-word
Discussion: New Deal 2.0
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.”
Dylan Ratigan / The Huffington Post:
Mr. President, Defend America  —  The only thing more blatant than the fraud and corruption that is killing our country is our current leaders' unwillingness to stop it.  —  Now, as we are faced with the unspeakable damage from both the Gulf oil spill and the financial crisis …
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
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.
 
 
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Ben Webster / Times of London:
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