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2:30 AM ET, May 29, 2010

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Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Bill Clinton rips left in Arkansas race  —  LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Former President Bill Clinton returned to his home state Friday to help a beleaguered ally and delivered a broadside against some of the most powerful interests in the Democratic Party.  —  Using unusually vivid language …
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Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
EXCLUSIVE: White House asked Bill Clinton to talk to Joe Sestak about Senate run  —  Senior White House advisers asked former President Bill Clinton to talk to Joe Sestak about whether he was serious about running for Senate, and to feel out whether he'd be open to other alternatives, according to sources familiar with the situation.
Peter Baker / The Caucus:
White House Used Bill Clinton to Ask Sestak to Drop Out of Race  —  President Obama's chief of staff used former President Bill Clinton as an intermediary to see if Representative Joe Sestak would drop out of a Senate primary if given a prominent, but unpaid, advisory position, people briefed on the matter said Friday.
The White House:
Memorandum from White House Counsel Regarding the Review of Discussions Relating to Congressman Sestak  —  MEMORANDUM FROM ROBERT F. BAUER, WHITE HOUSE COUNSEL  —  We have concluded that allegations of improper conduct rest on factual errors and lack a basis in the law.  —  Secretary of the Navy.
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
How the Sestak job offer became a big deal  —  Party leaders and campaign operatives — on nearly a daily basis — approach challenger candidates seeking to disrupt the established political order with a simple message: Get out or else.  —  And so, the report this morning …
The Note:
Sestak Says Offer Was Not Inappropriate  —  ABC's Z. Byron Wolf reports:  —  Rep. Joe Sestak walked down the House steps and into a phalanx of TV cameras after Congress wrapped up for the day.  Sestak is at the center of a political scandal over whether the Obama White House …
Discussion: The Politico and Political Punch
Mary Lu Carnevale / Washington Wire:
Issa Links Sestak Job Offer and Watergate
Discussion: NPR Topics and Top of the Ticket
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Online:
Here's The Sestak Memo From The White House
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Simon Maloy / Media Matters for America:
Glenn Beck smears Obama's 11-year-old daughter  —  Glenn Beck, who repeatedly and angrily tells his alleged persecutors to “leave the families alone,” spent a good chunk of his radio program this morning mocking and attacking the intelligence of President Obama's 11-year-old daughter, Malia.
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Ben Armbruster / Think Progress:
Days after saying ‘leave peoples’ …
JammieWearingFool:
Pathetic: BP Buses in Temps for Obama Photo Op  —  Maybe the alternate photo caption should read something like “I can see the end of my presidency from here.”  Well, we all figured this would be a carefully choreographed photo op for the current occupant of the White House …
Discussion: Yahoo! News and Hot Air
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Richard Rainey / New Orleans Times-Picayune:
BP buses cleanup crews to Grand Isle for Obama's visit, councilman says … BP, the oil company taking flak for its inconsistent response to the massive oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico, bused in 400 extra cleanup workers to Grand Isle during President Obama's visit today, Jefferson Parish Council Chairman John Young said.
Jim Cheng / USA Today:
Gary Coleman dies at age 42  —  Gary Coleman, the child star of the TV sitcom Diff'rent Strokes, died Friday after suffering an intercranial hemorrhage.  He was 42.  —  Utah Valley Regional Medical Center spokeswoman Janet Frank says life support was terminated and Coleman died at 12:05 p.m.
Discussion: DISSENTING JUSTICE
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Koots_bc / RADAR:
BREAKING NEWS: Gary Coleman Dead At 42
Jen DiMascio / The Politico:
House passes defense policy bill  —  The House on Friday passed its version of the defense policy bill for fiscal 2011, drawing a new veto threat from President Barack Obama, even though the legislation includes language that would allow the Pentagon to repeal the ban on gays serving openly in the military.
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Julian E. Barnes / Los Angeles Times:
Spending may trip up 'don't ask' repeal
Discussion: TalkLeft and Truthdig
Reuters:
Gates tells U.S. troops: no gay ban repeal imminent
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Swedish Murder Rate  —  This Foreign Policy article on Steig Larsson and the decline of the Swedish utopia concludes with what seems to me to be a whopper of a factual error: … In fact, there are 9.3 million people in Sweden and only 600,000 in Washington DC.
New York Times:
Oil Flow Is Stemmed, but Could Resume, Official Says  —  HOUSTON — By injecting solid objects as well as heavy drilling fluid into the stricken well leaking oil into the Gulf of Mexico overnight, engineers appeared to have stemmed the flow of oil, Adm. Thad W. Allen of the Coast Guard …
Erick Erickson / RedState:
Letting the Chips Fall Where They May  —  “The problem is that any time you have a largely uninformed and uneducated electorate, that kind of lowest common denominator mudslinging can be effective.”  — Will Folks.  —  We've been dragging on and on all week led by Will Folks …
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Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Online:
Friday Thought: Has The Tea Party Done Anything For The GOP?  —  With the exception of Scott Brown's miraculous Senate race victory in Massachusetts — and even there, one can question the premise — has the Tea Party movement really done anything to help the Republican Party this cycle?
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
IS IMPEACHMENT ON THE TABLE FOR THE GOP?.... It's too soon …
The White House:
Remarks by the President After Briefing on BP Oil Spill  —  THE PRESIDENT: Good afternoon, everybody.  I know it's a little warm out here so want to get started.  I've just had a meeting with these governors, members of Congress, local officials, as well as Admiral Thad Allen …
Chicago Tribune:
Blagojevich trial delay request denied  —  Corruption trial of former governor set to open Thursday  —  WASHINGTON — Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens refused Friday to delay the trial of former Gov. Rod Blagojevich, scheduled to begin Thursday.  —  Stevens, who handles emergency appeals …
Discussion: TalkLeft and driftglass
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CNN:
TRENDING: Paul: No citizenship for children of undocumented immigrants
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
John Hoeffel / Los Angeles Times:
Workers at 3 medical marijuana businesses in Oakland unionize  —  About 100 new members join the United Food and Commercial Workers Union.  It is another step in a campaign to bring legitimacy to the emerging industry and boost a marijuana-legalization initiative.
Discussion: Firedoglake and Weasel Zippers
Associated Press:
Tim Cahill: Gov. Deval Patrick weak on terror  —  Independent Timothy Cahill yesterday accused Democratic Gov. Deval Patrick of “playing politics with terrorism” and “pandering” to Muslims.  —  In a statement, the state treasurer and 2010 gubernatorial candidate noted Patrick met …
Discussion: The Jawa Report and Weasel Zippers
 
 
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