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7:25 AM ET, May 28, 2010

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New York Times:
House Votes to Allow Repeal of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Law  —  WASHINGTON — The House voted Thursday to let the Defense Department repeal the ban on gay and bisexual people from serving openly in the military, a major step toward dismantling the 1993 law widely known as “don't ask, don't tell.”
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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.
Jen DiMascio / The Politico:
House votes to repeal Don't Ask  —  The push to end the military's “don't ask don't tell” policy that prohibits open homosexuals from serving in the military cleared two major hurdles Thursday, with the House backing repeal by a 234-194 vote, while the Senate Armed Services Committee voted 16-12 …
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and FrumForum
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
GOP PREPARED TO FILIBUSTER TROOP FUNDING OVER DADT. …
Discussion: Roll Call, Daily Kos and New York Times
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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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 …
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.
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The White House:
Remarks by the President on the Gulf Oil Spill
Associated Press:
Scientists: Gulf oil spill surpasses Exxon Valdez
Discussion: Think Progress and Truthdig
John Kennedy / Palm Beach Post:
Crist switches on 'Don't ask, don't tell' policy on gays in the military  —  TALLAHASEE — Gov. Charlie Crist's switch on the military's 'don't ask, don't tell' policy Thursday left the no-party Senate contender caught in a crossfire of criticism from his Democratic and Republican opponents.
Discussion: Hot Air, The Buzz and The Page
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Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Crist now supports DADT repeal compromise
Discussion: Think Progress and Advocate
Reid Wilson / Hotline On Call:
DNC Pushes Sex Scandal Story  —  The DNC, the political wing of a president who launched his campaign decrying slash-and-burn campaign tactics, is highlighting new stories about a sex scandal rocking a GOP primary.  —  Earlier today, the DNC sent around a report from WSPA, the Spartanburg …
Discussion: RedState
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 …
Doug Brady / Conservatives4Palin.com:
Joe McGinniss's Latest Rationale: The Palins' Neighbor Made Me Do It.  —  Many of you have probably heard the latest in the evolving tale of Joe McGinniss, Governor Palin's new “neighbor”.  For those who missed it, the saga took a rather peculiar turn today when Ben Smith wrote the following on his blog:
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Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
GOP moves to repeal healthcare law  —  House Republican leaders introduced a bill Thursday to repeal and replace the sweeping healthcare law adopted in late March.  —  According to Rep. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), the measure would repeal the current law and replace it with the alternative …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Raymond Rivera / WCIV:
ABC NEWS 4 Exclusive Interview with Nikki Haley  —  Columbia, SC - An exclusive one on one interview with Nikki Haley who is vowing to make a final primary push.  The GOP Hopeful talks about the claims, her family and the race to the finish line.  —  It's been a roller coaster ride on the campaign trail.
Discussion: Breitbart.tv
Boston Globe:
Mass. Senate passes crackdown on illegal immigrants  —  With one lawmaker citing President Lincoln's respect for the rule of law, the Massachusetts Senate passed a far-reaching crackdown this afternoon on illegal immigrants and those who would hire them, going further, senators said …
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.
Stephanie Chen / CNN:
Pediatricians now reject all female genital cutting  —  On Thursday the AAP withdrew a policy statement on female genital cutting released in April.  The statement suggested genital “pricking.”  —  (CNN) — The American Academy of Pediatrics has rescinded a controversial policy statement raising …
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Charlie Savage / New York Times:
U.N. Official Set to Ask U.S. to End C.I.A. Drone Strikes  —  WASHINGTON — A senior United Nations official is expected to call on the United States next week to stop Central Intelligence Agency drone strikes against people suspected of belonging to Al Qaeda, complicating …
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.
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Senate fails to reach deal on unemployment; benefits to expire June 2  —  Senate Democratic leaders conceded late Thursday that an effort to extend unemployment benefits and other expiring provisions through the end of the year will fail.  —  A nearly $200 billion package of unemployment benefits …
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
New York Subway System Is Getting a New Map  —  In a city of world-class art museums and an instantly recognizable skyline, no image is more closely examined than the New York City subway map, the ubiquitous blue-and-taupe rectangle scrutinized by millions.  —  Now the subterranean icon is poised to get a spruce-up.
FITSNews:
Folks Releases “Haley-gate” Phone Records  —  FITSNews founding editor Will Folks on Thursday released cell phone records to several local media outlets in Columbia, S.C. related to the ongoing “Haley-gate” scandal.  —  Folks released the information without comment.  —  Additional information to follow ...
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.
 
 
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