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7:00 PM ET, May 27, 2010

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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.
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.
The Hill:
MMS director resigns amid criticism
Discussion: Weekly Standard and CNN
Carol E. Lee / The Politico:
Birnbaum forced out of MMS
Discussion: CNN and The Hill
Campbell Robertson / New York Times:
Estimates Suggest Spill Is Biggest in U.S. History
Discussion: Boing Boing and New York Magazine
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.”
Sydelle Moore / Congress Blog:
The Big Question: Is Obama to blame for Gulf Coast disaster?
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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Jordan Fabian / Ballot Box:
Obama on Sestak job offer controversy: ‘Nothing improper took place’
Discussion: The Politico and 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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Donna Miles / American Forces Press Service:
Mullen: Proposed Legislation Retains Prerogative  —  The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said yesterday that he's comfortable with proposed legislation that seeks to repeal the law that bans gay men and lesbians from serving openly in the military because it includes “very clear language” …
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Nathaniel Frank / The Huffington Post:
In Ending DADT, America Comes Out of the Closet
Discussion: Towleroad News #gay
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
FITSNews:
Witnesses, Evidence Mounting Against Haley  —  For a campaign employee she claims to have barely known, S.C. Rep. Nikki Haley certainly paid plenty of late night visits to our founding editor's town house in early 2007.  —  In fact, multiple witnesses are coming forward …
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Andy Barr / The Politico:
Blogger: Haley story 'ain't up to me'
Discussion: 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.
Rasmussen Reports:
Election 2010: Wisconsin Senate  —  Wisconsin Senate: Feingold 46%, Johnson 44%  —  Businessman Ron Johnson, endorsed at last weekend's state Republican Convention, is now running virtually even against incumbent Democrat Russ Feingold in Wisconsin's race for the U.S. Senate.
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,” …
Lee Fang / Think Progress:
O'Reilly tells African-American Columbia University professor that he looks like a ‘cocaine dealer.’  —  Last night on Fox News, during a conversation about sending military forces to the U.S.-Mexico border, host Bill O'Reilly suggested that a larger show of soldiers would “intimidate” drugs dealers from entering the country.
Discussion: Gawker and Mediaite
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: Weekly Standard
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Brown up big in California  —  The big winner from the Republican primary for Governor in California?  It might be Jerry Brown.  The likely Democratic nominee, benefiting from bad feelings between Meg Whitman and Steve Poizner, has commanding double digit leads over both of them.
 
 
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Emily Goodin / Ballot Box:
Michelle Obama heads to Nevada to appear with Reid
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Larry King Is Losing the Ratings War to Fox and MSNBC
Discussion: Mediaite
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Crist now supports DADT repeal compromise
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Oil Spill Alters Views on Environmental Protection
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Skaus / Stephen Kaus Weblog:
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Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
About that boycott of Arizona over its new illegal immigrant law?
Discussion: Weasel Zippers, Hot Air and CNN
Lisa Mascaro / Los Angeles Times:
Nevada Sen. John Ensign hangs on to his seat despite affair
Scott / Power Line:
A thug too far, part 5
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