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1:15 PM ET, May 28, 2010

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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.
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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.
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
Sestak says his brother, White House met about alleged job offer  —  Rep. Joe Sestak (D-Pa.) said Thursday his brother has spoken with White House officials about the congressman's allegation that he was offered an Obama administration job if he would stay out of a Democratic Senate primary.
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Online:
Here's The Sestak Memo From The White House  —  Basically: the notion that the White House offered Rep. Joe Sestak the job of Secretary of the Navy is false.  The President had already nominated Ray Mabus for the job BEFORE Arlen Specter switched parties.  —  The White House …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
IS IMPEACHMENT ON THE TABLE FOR THE GOP?.... It's too soon …
Discussion: TalkLeft, MyDD, Balloon Juice and Ezra Klein
CNN:
Clinton acted as White House intermediary on Sestak offer
Discussion: The Politico
Fox News:
White House Asked Bill Clinton to Urge Sestak to Drop Out of Senate Race
Byron York / Associated Press:   Obama dodges, but Sestak questions won't go away
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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Noonan Unhinged  —  An incoherent tangle of prejudices and feelings wrapped up in hyperbole is the best Peggy Noonan can now muster.  How else to describe this morning's column?  It heralds nothing less than the end of the Obama presidency just a year and a half in: … Seriously?  Her evidence for this?
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 …
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ABCNEWS:
Obama Admin: BP Procedure Is Working
Discussion: Daily Kos
msnbc.com:
U.S. official: Flow of oil from spill has stopped
Discussion: New York Magazine and Gawker
Yvonne Wenger / postandcourier.com:
Folks' data shows 600 Haley calls  —  Colleagues' talks prove nothing, candidate's manager says  —  COLUMBIA — In 2007, the year political blogger Will Folks claims he had an affair with state Rep. Nikki Haley, the two spoke by phone at least 600 times.  —  Some of those calls came late at night …
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FITSNews:
“Haley-gate:” Night Calls
Erick Erickson / RedState:
Naming Names  —  Without a guilty plea for beating a woman …
Discussion: Riehl World View
Laura Myers / Las Vegas Review-Journal:
OPINION POLL: U.S. SENATE RACE: Survey shows Lowden gives GOP best chance of winning in fall  —  Lowden would attract more independent voters than Reid  —  Republican Sue Lowden has the best chance of defeating U.S. Sen. Harry Reid, according to a new poll for the Review-Journal that also suggests …
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Poll: Reid makes up major ground against GOP in reelection battle
Jillian Rayfield / TPM LiveWire:
Rand Paul Suggests Children Of Illegal Immigrants Should Not Be U.S. Citizens (VIDEO)  —  Here's another one for the list of out-there Rand Paul statements...  Paul recently suggested to a Russian TV station that the U.S. should abandon its policy of granting citizenship to the children …
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Ian M. / Think Progress:
Rand Paul Endorses Obviously Unconstitutional Plan To End Birthright Citizenship
Discussion: Right Now and AOL News
William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
The Atlantic Has A Mess On Its Hands  —  The Atlantic Magazine thought it would be able to speak poetic historical justice, by splashing the headline that the original reviled one, Kenneth Starr of Monica and Bill and Blue Dress and Impeachment fame, had been arrested for running a Ponzi Scheme.
Daniel Lamothe / Battle Rattle:
Marine's cheeky Sarah Palin tattoo the butt of jokes  —  Gunnery Sgt. Benjamin Lepping, an explosive ordnance disposal technician currently deployed to Afghanistan, says former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin is “the hottest cougar in the Republican Party.”  (Left photo by the AP.
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.”
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 …
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
The Chinese Economic Model  —  Something that emerges quite quickly and a bit unexpectedly from being taken around on an economics-focused tour of China is that the Chinese economic miracle is really a great deal less of a “free market” miracle than the conventional understanding in the United States would suggest.
Discussion: Ezra Klein
Michael Whitney / Firedoglake:
Louisiana Fishermen: “How Are We Going to Live?”  —  I spent a heartbreaking three hours with Louisiana fishermen Jim and Angel.  They work and live on a mid-size shrimping boat docked on Grand Isle, Louisiana.  They've been through Hurricanes Katrina, Gustav, and Ike.
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 …
Susan Page / USA Today:
Poll finds anger over country's leaders  —  WASHINGTON — Americans are increasingly optimistic about the economy, but that brightening outlook hasn't softened their outrage over the country's direction and its political leadership, a USA TODAY/Gallup Poll finds.
Duke Helfand / Los Angeles Times:
Health insurance rate hikes hitting California small businesses could hurt state's economic recovery  —  Small firms say they are curtailing plans for hiring and expansion amid rising insurance bills.  —  Small businesses in California are being hit this year with double-digit hikes …
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
New York Subway System Is Getting a New Map  —  In a city of world-class art museums and an instantly recognizable skyline, no image is more closely examined than the New York City subway map, the ubiquitous blue-and-taupe rectangle scrutinized by millions.  —  Now the subterranean icon is poised to get a spruce-up.
 
 
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Carol Rosenberg / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
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Noah Shachtman / Danger Room:
Danger, Brookings Institution!
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Afghanistan: America's longest war
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