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4:05 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
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and FrumForum
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
GOP PREPARED TO FILIBUSTER TROOP FUNDING OVER DADT. …
Discussion: Roll Call, New York Times and Daily Kos
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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Peter Baker / New York Times:
Obama Offers Regret Mixed With Resolve  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama uttered three words on Thursday that many of his 43 predecessors twisted themselves into knots trying with varying degrees of success to avoid: “I was wrong.”  —  Enlarge This Image  —  President Obama spoke …
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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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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Andy Barr / The Politico:
Blogger: Haley story 'ain't up to me'
Discussion: NBC Augusta 26 and CNN
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 …
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: The Buzz, Hot Air and The Page
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Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Crist now supports DADT repeal compromise
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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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
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 …
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
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 …
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
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.
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George F. Will / Washington Post:
Instead of shrugging, Ron Johnson is running for office
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.
Discussion: The Daily Dish, Right Now and FrumForum
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 …
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Obama: Um, I'm not sure if the MMS director was fired or resigned  —  I could wring 10 posts out of that oil spill of a press conference but any more than three would be cruel to you guys, I think.  So here's the first golden moment, which even some lefties were laughing at on Twitter.
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Kevin J. O'Brien / New York Times:
Google Balks at Turning Over Data to Regulators
Mark Milian / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Twitter's fake BP spokesman too slick for the oil company
Ben Pershing / Virginia Politics Blog:
Do Virginia lawmakers back a federal pay freeze?
Emily Goodin / Ballot Box:
Michelle Obama heads to Nevada to appear with Reid
Joshua Tucker / The Monkey Cage:
Worries about Inference: A Closer Look at the Family Research …
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Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Brown up big in California
Lee Fang / Think Progress:
O'Reilly tells African-American Columbia University professor …
Discussion: Gawker and Mediaite
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Study finds increased gov't spending results in unemployment