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4:30 PM ET, May 27, 2010

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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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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.”
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Obama Defends Handling of Oil Spill  —  WASHINGTON — Saying that he is “angry and frustrated” over the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, President Obama on Thursday ordered work to be suspended on exploratory drilling in the gulf and cancelled or deferred some future wells around the country …
The Hill:
MMS director resigns amid criticism  —  The head of the Minerals and Management Services (MMS) has resigned.  —  MMS, which is charged with monitoring and regulating offshore drilling, has come under intense criticism since the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon in the Gulf of Mexico.
Discussion: CNN and Weekly Standard
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, The Hill and ABCNEWS
Kate Phillips / The Caucus:
Live Blogging Obama's News Conference
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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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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Michelle Malkin:
Todd Palin for border czar!
Heather / Crooks and Liars:
Sarah Palin Gets a New Neighbor
Discussion: Salon and NewsBusters.org
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
A dang fence  —  The Palins are to Joe McGinniss what John McCain is to Mexico.
Discussion: The Plum Line and Gretawire
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
Political Punch:
Justice Scalia Praises Elena Kagan's Lack of Judicial Experience  —  ABC News' Teddy Davis reports:  —  Obama Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan has been criticized by some Republican senators for lacking judicial experience.  But Justice Antonin Scalia, the High Court's most outspoken conservative …
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Suzan Clarke / ABCNEWS:
O'Connor Warns Kagan on ‘Dreadful’ Hearings
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 …
Discussion: Politics Daily and TPMDC
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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
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
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.
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
Ambrose Evans-Pritchard / Telegraph:
US money supply plunges at 1930s pace as Obama eyes fresh stimulus  —  The M3 money supply in the United States is contracting at an accelerating rate that now matches the average decline seen from 1929 to 1933, despite near zero interest rates and the biggest fiscal blitz in history.
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.
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
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,” …
 
 
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Brown up big in California
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Yuval Levin / The Corner on National Review Online:
'Obama's Katrina' — By: Yuval Levin
Discussion: Weekly Standard
CNN:
New Obama security strategy targets Americans radicalized by al Qaeda
Discussion: The Politico
Kim Rueben / TaxVox:
The Property Tax: Unsung Hero
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Study finds increased gov't spending results in unemployment
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Emanuel, son pray at W. Wall
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Breaking: Senate Candidate Mickey Kaus Debates Boxer
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
About that boycott of Arizona over its new illegal immigrant law?
Discussion: Hot Air, protein wisdom and CNN
Lisa Mascaro / Los Angeles Times:
Nevada Sen. John Ensign hangs on to his seat despite affair
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Scott / Power Line:
A thug too far, part 5
Discussion: D.C. Wire and Big Government
Isaac Wood / Sabato's Crystal Ball:
May House Update  —  GOP Gains Likely, Majority Uncertain