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3:50 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 …
David Weigel / Right Now:
Issa: White House memo doesn't hold up, Clinton and Sestak need to answer questions  —  UPDATE: I've added Sestak's statement below the fold, as Issa asked in HIS statement for Sestak to respond.  —  Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Ca.), whose doggedness in asking question after question about an answer …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
IS IMPEACHMENT ON THE TABLE FOR THE GOP?.... It's too soon to know if Republicans will re-take the House majority, but it's probably a good time to consider the consequences of a GOP majority.  The obvious outcome is gridlock, with Republicans passing right-wing legislation …
Discussion: TalkLeft, Ezra Klein and MyDD
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Online:
Friday Thought: Has The Tea Party Done Anything For The GOP?
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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 …
Discussion: JustOneMinute, NPR Topics and Wonkette
The Huffington Post:
White House Asked Bill Clinton To Talk To Joe Sestak About Senate Run
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.
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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?
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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Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
A disaster with many fathers  —  Here's my question: Why were we drilling in 5,000 feet of water in the first place?  —  Many reasons, but this one goes unmentioned: Environmental chic has driven us out there.  As production from the shallower Gulf of Mexico wells declines, we go deep …
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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 …
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FITSNews:
“Haley-gate:” Night Calls
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 …
Adam Serwer / American Prospect:
Justice Department Gearing Up to Challenge AZ Immigration Law.  —  The LA Times reports that the Justice Department is preparing a challenge to Arizona's immigration law that will argue that the law unconstitutionally infringes on the authority of the federal government to enforce immigration laws …
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
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Connie Mack / Washington Post:
Why conservatives should oppose Arizona's immigration law
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 …
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.
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.
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
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.
Martin Crutsinger / Associated Press:
Consumers more cautious about spending in April  —  Consumers show more caution with spending in April, signaling less confidence in economy  —  Related Quotes  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Consumers don't appear confident enough in the economy to open their wallets more freely.  —  Their spending stalled in April.
Discussion: Hot Air and Don Surber
The Note:
Chamber President Says His Group Will Find Way to Get Government to Share Cost of Gulf Coast Clean-Up  —  ABC News' Teddy Davis reports:  —  The head of the United States Chamber of Commerce said Friday that his group is not yet lobbying against legislative efforts to raise BP's liability cap, viewing the issue as not yet “ripe.”
Discussion: The Politico
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 …
 
 
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