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2:25 PM ET, May 29, 2010

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David Weigel / Right Now:
Joe McGinniss talks about why he moved in next to Sarah Palin  —  When a source told Joe McGinniss that he could rent the house next to Sarah Palin's Wasilla, Alaska, home, the author was sold.  —  A room at the Best Western, not far away, would have been prohibitively expensive.
Discussion: Mediaite and Prairie Weather
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David Weigel / Washington Post:
Joe McGinniss tells his side of the story about becoming Sarah Palin's neighbor  —  According to Joe McGinniss, the offer to rent the house next to Sarah Palin's came because the landlord trusted him to respect the former governor's privacy.  —  “She was talking to this mutual friend of ours and said …
JammieWearingFool:
Pathetic: BP Buses in Temps for Obama Photo Op  —  Maybe the alternate photo caption should read something like “I can see the end of my presidency from here.”  Well, we all figured this would be a carefully choreographed photo op for the current occupant of the White House …
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CNN:
Workers bused in for president's visit?
Discussion: Truthdig
DougJ / Balloon Juice:
You make a grown man cry  —  I know I talk about David Broder too much, but this reads like parody: … No, there is no way that a president could fabricate a story about something a family member told him.  It simply is not possible.  It can't be done.  When a president mention …
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Charles M. Blow / New York Times:
Give Them Something They Can Feel  —  There are many things at which the president is extraordinarily gifted.  Emoting isn't one of them.  —  Thursday, in the opening remarks of his press conference, the president said: “Every day I see this leak continue I am angry and frustrated.”
Discussion: TalkLeft and JustOneMinute
Greg Miller / Washington Post:
Options studied for a possible Pakistan strike  —  The U.S. military is reviewing options for a unilateral strike in Pakistan in the event that a successful attack on American soil is traced to the country's tribal areas, according to senior military officials.
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Spencer Ackerman / The Washington Independent:
New Study Suggests Drone Strikes Don't Kill as Many Pakistani Civilians as Claimed
Byron York / Beltway Confidential:
Sestak was ineligible for job Clinton offered  —  In a little-noticed passage Friday, the New York Times reported that Rep. Joe Sestak was not eligible for a place on the President's Intelligence Advisory Board, the job he was reportedly offered by former President Bill Clinton.
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The Note:
Sestak Says Offer Was Not Inappropriate
Discussion: The Politico and Political Punch
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer abruptly suspends state's attorney general from illegal immigrant law defense  —  A sudden new twist in the ongoing rhetorical and legal struggle over Arizona's tough new law to round up illegal immigrants.  —  Late Friday night as the Memorial Day weekend began …
Discussion: RedState and Hot Air
Justin Gillis / New York Times:
Scientists Build Case for Undersea Plumes  —  IN THE GULF OF MEXICO — The ocean caught fire.  —  As it blazed, a dense column of black smoke rose toward the sky.  Oily water, the color of strong tea, slopped up the sides of boats.  The breeze carried an acrid smell, like gasoline fumes.
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Bob Herbert / New York Times:
An Unnatural Disaster  —  “Where I was wrong,” said President Obama at his press conference on Thursday, “was in my belief that the oil companies had their act together when it came to worst-case scenarios.”  —  With all due respect to the president, who is a very smart man …
Discussion: NewsBusters.org and Daily Kos
CNN:
White House says Carville doesn't know all the facts  —  (CNN) - James Carville doesn't know all the facts, the White House says.  —  Amid repeated criticism from the Democratic strategist and CNN contributor over the president's response to the BP oil spill, White House Press Secretary …
Discussion: Mediaite
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Julian E. Barnes / Los Angeles Times:
Spending may trip up 'don't ask' repeal
Discussion: TalkLeft, Truthdig and Reuters
Scott / Power Line:
Necessary Secrets: A necessary review  —  Gabriel Schoenfeld's Necessary Secrets: National Security, the Media and the Rule of Law was published on May 24.  I read Schoenfeld's book in galley proof.  It is an important and (to borrow an adjective) necessary book.
 
 
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John Hoeffel / Los Angeles Times:
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