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10:50 AM ET, May 29, 2010

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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 …
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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.
Yahoo! News:
BP bused in 100s of temp workers for Obama visit, state official says  —  Perhaps you saw news footage of President Obama in Grand Isle, La., on Friday and thought things didn't look all that bad.  Well, there may have been a reason for that: The town was evidently swarmed by an army …
Byron York / Beltway Confidential:
Sestak was ineligible for job Clinton offered  —  In a little-noticed passage Friday, the New York Times reported that Rep. Joe Sestak was not eligible for a place on the President's Intelligence Advisory Board, the job he was reportedly offered by former President Bill Clinton.
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The Note:
Sestak Says Offer Was Not Inappropriate
Discussion: The Politico and Political Punch
Mary Lu Carnevale / Washington Wire:
Issa Links Sestak Job Offer and Watergate
Discussion: NPR Topics and Daily Kos
Julian E. Barnes / Los Angeles Times:
Spending may trip up 'don't ask' repeal
Discussion: TalkLeft and Truthdig
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
How the Sestak job offer became a big deal
The White House:
Memorandum from White House Counsel Regarding the Review of …
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 …
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 Sweden.  In other words, Sweden …
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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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
Justin Gillis / New York Times:
Scientists Build Case for Undersea Plumes  —  IN THE GULF OF MEXICO — The ocean caught fire.  —  As it blazed, a dense column of black smoke rose toward the sky.  Oily water, the color of strong tea, slopped up the sides of boats.  The breeze carried an acrid smell, like gasoline fumes.
Discussion: Prairie Weather
David Weigel / Right Now:
Joe McGinniss talks about why he moved in next to Sarah Palin  —  When a source told Joe McGinniss that he could rent the house next to Sarah Palin's Wasilla, Alaska, home, the author was sold.  —  A room at the Best Western, not far away, would have been prohibitively expensive.
James Dao / New York Times:
As 'Don't Ask' Fades, MilitaryFaces Thorny Issues  —  For opponents of the ban against homosexuals serving openly in the military, the steps by Congress this week to repeal the policy, known as “don't ask, don't tell,” were a major victory.  But now they are girding for what may be an equally difficult task …
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 …
Charles M. Blow / New York Times:
Give Them Something They Can Feel  —  There are many things at which the president is extraordinarily gifted.  Emoting isn't one of them.  —  Thursday, in the opening remarks of his press conference, the president said: “Every day I see this leak continue I am angry and frustrated.”
Discussion: JustOneMinute and Balloon Juice
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 …
Democratic Strategist:
Down the Rabbit Hole in South Cackalacky  —  Earlier this week I did a brief post on the madness that's consumed the South Carolina Republican gubernatorial contest.  —  Long story short, a conservative blogger and former staffer to both Gov. Mark Sanford and state Rep. Nikki Haley “admitted” …
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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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Associated Press:
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John Hoeffel / Los Angeles Times:
Workers at 3 medical marijuana businesses in Oakland unionize
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Firedoglake
Wall Street Journal:
On Doomed Oil Rig, ‘Nobody in Charge’
Washington Post:
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 Earlier Items: 
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Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
A disaster with many fathers