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11:30 PM ET, May 27, 2010

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New York Times:
House Votes to Allow Repeal of Ban on Gays in Military  —  WASHINGTON — The House voted on 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:
'Don't ask' deal clears Senate hurdle
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
GOP PREPARED TO FILIBUSTER TROOP FUNDING OVER DADT. …
Discussion: Roll Call and Daily Kos
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Crist now supports DADT repeal compromise
Donna Miles / American Forces Press Service:
Mullen: Proposed Legislation Retains Prerogative
Kerry Eleveld / Advocate:
Congress Moves on DADT Repeal
Discussion: Firedoglake and Pam's House Blend
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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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.
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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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.
FITSNews:
Folks Releases “Haley-gate” Phone Records
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Blogger: Haley story 'ain't up to me'
Discussion: CNN
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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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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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: CNN and The Politico
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 …
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 …
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
Discussion: Weekly Standard and Right Now
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
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 …
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,” …
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Oil Spill Alters Views on Environmental Protection  —  Majority now favors protecting environment over developing energy supplies  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Between March and today, with the Gulf of Mexico oil spill intervening, Americans' preferences for prioritizing between environmental protection …
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 …
 
 
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