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9:50 AM ET, May 28, 2010

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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.
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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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Jen DiMascio / The Politico:
House votes to repeal Don't Ask
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and FrumForum
Kerry Eleveld / Advocate:
Congress Moves To End DADT
CNN:
Obama to visit Gulf, vows to take action on oil spill  —  (CNN) — BP's top official, who had previously said the environmental impact on Gulf of Mexico would be modest, upgraded his assessment Friday to an “environmental catastrophe.”  —  Also Friday, engineers in the Gulf tried the …
Discussion: Think Progress and This Just In
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New York Times:
‘Top Kill’ Effort Seems to Be Working, U.S. Says Cautiously  —  HOUSTON — The latest effort to plug a gushing underwater oil well in the Gulf of Mexico appeared to be working, officials and engineers said on Thursday morning, though definitive word on its success was still hours away.
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
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Folks Releases “Haley-gate” Phone Records
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 …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Daniel Indiviglio / The Atlantic Online:
Kenneth Starr Charged With Running $30 Million Ponzi Scheme  —  [Somewhere, Bill Clinton is smiling.  One-time special prosecutor who uncovered the dirty details of the former President's affair with intern Monica Lewinsky has been engaged in some bad behavior of his own …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Clinton: ‘The rich are not paying their fair share’  —  Secretary of State Hillary Clinton made a rare foray into domestic politics today, offering her view that — given America's high unemployment — wealthy Americans don't pay enough taxes.  —  “The rich are not paying their fair share …
Stephanie Chen / CNN:
Pediatricians now reject all female genital cutting  —  On Thursday the AAP withdrew a policy statement on female genital cutting released in April.  The statement suggested genital “pricking.”  —  (CNN) — The American Academy of Pediatrics has rescinded a controversial policy statement raising …
Reid Wilson / Hotline On Call:
DNC Pushes Sex Scandal Story  —  The DNC, the political wing of a president who launched his campaign decrying slash-and-burn campaign tactics, is highlighting new stories about a sex scandal rocking a GOP primary.  —  Earlier today, the DNC sent around a report from WSPA, the Spartanburg …
Discussion: RedState
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.
Discussion: The Buzz, Hot Air and The Page
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Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Crist now supports DADT repeal compromise
Doug Brady / Conservatives4Palin.com:
Joe McGinniss's Latest Rationale: The Palins' Neighbor Made Me Do It.  —  Many of you have probably heard the latest in the evolving tale of Joe McGinniss, Governor Palin's new “neighbor”.  For those who missed it, the saga took a rather peculiar turn today when Ben Smith wrote the following on his blog:
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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 …
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
U.N. Official Set to Ask U.S. to End C.I.A. Drone Strikes  —  WASHINGTON — A senior United Nations official is expected to call on the United States next week to stop Central Intelligence Agency drone strikes against people suspected of belonging to Al Qaeda, complicating …
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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Greg Hengler / Townhall.com:
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Susan Page / USA Today:
Poll finds anger over country's leaders
Wall Street Journal:
He Was Supposed to Be Competent
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Senate fails to reach deal on unemployment; benefits to expire June 2
Raymond Rivera / WCIV:
ABC NEWS 4 Exclusive Interview with Nikki Haley
Discussion: Breitbart.tv
Mark Milian / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Twitter's fake BP spokesman too slick for the oil company
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Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
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Yuval Levin / The Corner on National Review Online:
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