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Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Senate Panel Votes To End Don't Ask, Don't Tell  —  Equal rights activists scored a major victory today, as the Senate Armed Services committee voted 16-12 to give the Pentagon the power to overturn Don't Ask, Don't Tell—a policy that bans openly gay people from serving in the military.
Donna Miles / American Forces Press Service:
Mullen: Proposed Legislation Retains Prerogative
Kerry Eleveld / Advocate:
Senate Committee Passes DADT Amendment
Discussion: Firedoglake and Pam's House Blend
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
GOP PREPARED TO FILIBUSTER TROOP FUNDING OVER DADT. …
Discussion: Roll Call and Daily Kos
Igor / Wonk Room:
GOP Unleashes Campaign Against Gays In The Military On The House Floor
Jim Tankersley / Los Angeles Times:
‘Top kill’ effort succeeds in blocking oil leak, Coast Guard admiral says  —  Thad Allen, who is coordinating the government response, says the well still has low pressure, but cement will be used to cap the well permanently as soon as the pressure hits zero.
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New York Times:
‘Top Kill’ Effort Seems to Be Working, U.S. Says Cautiously  —  HOUSTON — The latest effort to plug a gushing underwater oil well in the Gulf of Mexico appeared to be working, officials and engineers said on Thursday morning, though definitive word on its success was still hours away.
Alex Seitz-Wald / Think Progress:
Rove Finally Admits That Bush Really Blew It During Katrina  —  Today in the Wall Street Journal, Karl Rove pens an op-ed titled: “Yes, the Gulf Spill is Obama's Katrina.”  He predictably places blame on Obama for a “lethargic,” “slow,” and “unacceptable” response to the BP oil spill.
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
DEFINE ‘SUFFICIENTLY ENRAGED’.... The New York Times's Jeff Zeleny live-blogged President Obama's press conference this afternoon, and wrapped things up asking whether the president demonstrated to the country that he's “in control of the crisis on the Gulf.” … At least he resisted the urge to compare Obama to Spock.
Josh Gerstein / The Politico:
Obama: Critics 'don't know the facts'  —  Tackling an environmental crisis quickly becoming one of the most serious political threats to his presidency, President Barack Obama insisted Thursday that critics of the federal government's response to the oil spill in the Gulf “don't know the facts.”
The Hill:
MMS director resigns amid criticism
Discussion: The Politico, Weekly Standard and CNN
Sydelle Moore / Congress Blog:
The Big Question: Is Obama to blame for Gulf Coast disaster?
Carol E. Lee / The Politico:
Birnbaum forced out of MMS
Discussion: CNN and The Hill
Gene Fynes / Ezra Klein:
Here comes impeachment  —  What's at stake in the elections this fall?  Energy/climate?  Tax cuts?  Management of the economy?  —  Well, sure, all those things.  It's worth pointing out, however, that what's also at stake is the impeachment of Barack Obama.
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Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Karl Rove: Joe Sestak's lying or he's protecting a felon in Barack …
Jordan Fabian / Ballot Box:
Obama on Sestak job offer controversy: ‘Nothing improper took place’
Discussion: The Politico and CNN
Erick Erickson / RedState:
BREAKING: We Know Who Did It  —  Who paid Will Folks?  He was allegedly offered money.  A LOT of money.  In fact, RedState now confirms through a whole heap of sources that he's been trying to sell this story for a year.  —  We know who bit.  —  We know who didn't bite.
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FITSNews:
Folks Releases “Haley-gate” Phone Records
Discussion: New York Magazine
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Blogger: Haley story 'ain't up to me'
Discussion: CNN
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Palin neighbor sought author as tenant  —  Sarah Palin's next-door neighbor sought out author Joe McGinniss as a tenant, McGinniss's son said.  —  “No one is stalking anyone,” Joe McGinniss, Jr., a novelist whose father is the non-fiction writer, wrote in response to an email from a Palin supporter …
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Daniel Indiviglio / The Atlantic Online:
Kenneth Starr Charged With Running $30 Million Ponzi Scheme  —  [Somewhere, Bill Clinton is smiling.  One-time special prosecutor who uncovered the dirty details of the former President's affair with intern Monica Lewinsky has been engaged in some bad behavior of his own …
David Einhorn / New York Times:
Easy Money, Hard Truths  —  ARE you worried that we are passing our debt on to future generations?  Well, you need not worry.  —  Before this recession it appeared that absent action, the government's long-term commitments would become a problem in a few decades.
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CEPR:
Looniness in the Cause of Deficit Reduction at the NYT
Discussion: ECHIDNE OF THE SNAKES
Kos / Daily Kos:
KY-Sen: A real race in red territory  —  Research 2000 for Daily Kos. 5/24-26.  Likely voters.  MoE 4% (5/10-12 results)  —  Rand Paul (R) 44 (42)  —  Jack Conway (D) 41 (39)  —  Undecided 9  —  Favorable/Unfavorable  —  Paul 53/33 (56/27)  —  Conway 48/43 (46/44)
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Bruce Drake / Politics Daily:
Rand Paul Holds Small Lead Over Democrat Jack Conway in Kentucky Senate Race
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Clinton: ‘The rich are not paying their fair share’  —  Secretary of State Hillary Clinton made a rare foray into domestic politics today, offering her view that — given America's high unemployment — wealthy Americans don't pay enough taxes.  —  “The rich are not paying their fair share …
Yuval Levin / The Corner on National Review Online:
'Obama's Katrina' — By: Yuval Levin  —  I think it's actually right to say that the BP oil spill is something like Obama's Katrina, but not in the sense in which most critics seem to mean it.  —  It's like Katrina in that many people's attitudes regarding the response to it reveal completely unreasonable expectations of government.
Discussion: The Daily Dish and Right Now
Fox News:
Counterterror Adviser Defends Jihad as ‘Legitimate Tenet of Islam’  —  White House counterterrorism adviser John Brennan speaks to reporters in the White House Jan. 7.  (AP Photo)  —  The president's top counterterrorism adviser on Wednesday called jihad a “legitimate tenet of Islam,” …
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.
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Crist now supports DADT repeal compromise  —  Charlie Crist, who previously opposed repealing Don't Ask Don't Tell when he was a Republican but has since been under pressure to take a stand on current repeal efforts, will now support the repeal compromise, his spokesperson confirms to me.
 
 
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O'Reilly tells African-American Columbia University professor …
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About that boycott of Arizona over its new illegal immigrant law?
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