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12:15 PM ET, May 28, 2010

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Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
EXCLUSIVE: White House asked Clinton to talk to 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.
Fox News:
White House Asked Bill Clinton to Urge Sestak to Drop Out of Senate Race  —  At the behest of the White House, former President Bill Clinton urged Rep. Joe Sestak to drop out of a Senate primary, according to a White House report.  (AP)  —  The White House asked former President Bill Clinton …
Byron York / Associated Press:   Obama dodges, but Sestak questions won't go away
Wall Street Journal:
He Was Supposed to Be Competent  —  The spill is a disaster for the president and his political philosophy.  —  I don't see how the president's position and popularity can survive the oil spill.  This is his third political disaster in his first 18 months in office.
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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Erick Erickson / RedState:
Naming Names  —  Without a guilty plea for beating a woman, but with a Devil May Care attitude, RedState.com's fearless editor, Erick Erickson, endeavoring to write about himself in the third person, though omniscient or limited is still up for grabs, will now proceed to dish out the dough …
Discussion: Riehl World View
FITSNews:
“Haley-gate:” Night Calls  —  S.C. Rep. Nikki Haley and FITSNews' editor Will Folks exchanged over 700 phone calls during the past three years - most of them during the time that Folks admitted engaging in an “inappropriate physical relationship” with the front-running Republican gubernatorial candidate.
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 Administration: BP Procedure Is Working
Discussion: Politics Daily
msnbc.com:
U.S. official: Flow of oil from spill has stopped
Discussion: New York Magazine and Gawker
CNN:
Obama to visit Gulf, vows to take action on oil spill
Discussion: Think Progress and This Just In
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.”
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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.
Discussion: Althouse and The Daily Beast
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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 …
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.
Discussion: Raw Story and Ben Smith's Blog
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 …
Peter Feaver / Foreign Policy:
Obama's National Security Strategy: real change or just ‘Bush Lite?’  —  The roll-out of President Obama's National Security Strategy tries to frame the strategy as a repudiation of his predecessor's.  But the reality is that the new strategy is best characterized as “Bush Lite” …
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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 …
John Kennedy / Palm Beach Post:
Crist switches on 'Don't ask, don't tell' policy on gays in the military  —  TALLAHASEE — Gov. Charlie Crist's switch on the military's 'don't ask, don't tell' policy Thursday left the no-party Senate contender caught in a crossfire of criticism from his Democratic and Republican opponents.
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Lesley Clark / St. Petersburg Times:
Crist does about-face on 'don't ask, don't tell'
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 …
Oliver Stone / The Huffington Post:
Dispatch From Caracas  —  I've just arrived in Caracas for the South American premiere of my new documentary South of the Border.  I've arrived as a media war is heating up in Venezuela, spurred on by national elections in the fall and widespread reports in the international press …
Discussion: NewsBusters.org
Greg Hengler / Townhall.com:
Tavis Smiley: More Christians Than Muslims Blow Up People Every Single Day  —  Not only does this man of the Left believe what he is saying, but he does it with passion and conviction.  Smiley—a so-called Christian—is the product of a liberal education.  Liberalism in America has triumphed.
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.
 
 
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Immigration pushes Whitman rightward
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Doug Brady / Conservatives4Palin.com:
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DNC Pushes Sex Scandal Story
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