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5:40 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.
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
How the Sestak job offer became a big deal  —  Party leaders and campaign operatives — on nearly a daily basis — approach challenger candidates seeking to disrupt the established political order with a simple message: Get out or else.  —  And so, the report this morning …
The White House:
Memorandum from White House Counsel Regarding the Review of Discussions Relating to Congressman Sestak  —  MEMORANDUM FROM ROBERT F. BAUER, WHITE HOUSE COUNSEL  —  We have concluded that allegations of improper conduct rest on factual errors and lack a basis in the law.  —  Secretary of the Navy.
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 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 and Ezra Klein
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Online:
Friday Thought: Has The Tea Party Done Anything For The GOP?
David Weigel / Right Now:
Issa: White House memo doesn't hold up, Clinton and Sestak need to answer questions
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?
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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Ben Armbruster / Think Progress:
Days after saying ‘leave peoples’ families alone,' Beck attacks Malia Obama's intelligence.  (Updated)  —  Earlier this week, rodeo clown Glenn Beck became incensed when he learned that journalist Joe McGuinniss has moved next door to Sarah Palin in Alaska, calling it “harassment.”
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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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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Erick Erickson / RedState:
Letting the Chips Fall Where They May  —  “The problem is that any time you have a largely uninformed and uneducated electorate, that kind of lowest common denominator mudslinging can be effective.”  — Will Folks.  —  We've been dragging on and on all week led by Will Folks …
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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 …
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Brent Budowsky / Pundits Blog:
Will Matt Drudge report about the Comeback Kid, Harry Reid?
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
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
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
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 …
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.
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
The next Apple TV revealed: cloud storage and iPhone OS on tap... and a $99 price tag  —  If you thought that Apple's foray into the world of home entertainment died with the last iteration of the Apple TV, you're quite wrong.  A tip we've received — which has been confirmed by a source …
Zaid Jilani / Think Progress:
Former Argentine president says Bush told him ‘the best way to revitalize the economy is war.’  —  Oliver Stone's new documentary South of the Border, which interviews several left-wing leaders of Latin American countries, has unearthed a startling new allegation from Argentina's former president Néstor Kirchner.
Amanda Terkel / Think Progress:
Gingrich Backs Down From Obama-Nazi Comparison: ‘I Recognize...The Evil Of The Nazi Regime’  —  In his new book To Save America, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich repeatedly argues that the Obama administration and congressional Democrats make up a “secular-socialist machine” that …
 
 
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