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6:15 PM ET, May 29, 2010

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Frances Martel / Mediaite:
Report: Email Circulating Stating BP's ‘Top Kill’ Has Failed (Update)  —  Earlier today, BP COO Doug Suttles had no good news for local reporters following the company's “top kill” effort to plug the oil well in the Gulf of Mexico, telling them that it had not yet worked and he did not know whether it would be successful yet.
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The Times-Picayune / New Orleans Times-Picayune:
BP says top kill has not stopped Gulf oil leak and now considering other options  —  A BP executive says the company has yet to stop the oil flowing into the Gulf of Mexico and is considering other ways to plug the leak. … A source told The Times-Picayune that officials would announce …
Discussion: Associated Press and TalkLeft
New York Times:
Effort to Plug Well Faces Another Setback  —  HOUSTON —As BP engineers failed again to plug the gushing oil well on Saturday, officials said that the company was eyeing other options to stem the flow spreading into the Gulf of Mexico.  —  BP made a third attempt Friday night at what is termed the …
Robert L. Cavnar / The Huffington Post:
Top Kill Likely a Failure  —  It's become obvious from BP's doublespeak and moving of the goalposts that the “top kill” hasn't worked.  I'm beginning to believe exactly that; that BP knows the top kill has failed, but that they are continuing to pump mud out on the ocean floor rather than admit it.
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 …
iowahawk:
Hi Neighbor!  —  Special Guest Commentary  —  by the Sarah Palin Homunculus that Lives Inside Liberals' Heads  —  Knockity knock!  —  Oh hi there!  I was out shooting caribou on the Arctic Cat and saw your synapse lights on, and so I said to myself, “now, gosh darn it, Sarah …
Fox News:
Obama to Arizona Governor: Don't Call Me, I'll Call You  —  President Obama has turned down Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer's request to meet while she's in Washington next week as tensions mount between his administration and Arizona over the state's new law cracking down on illegal immigrants.  (AP)
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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: Hot Air and RedState
P. J. O'Rourke / Weekly Standard:
Not Dead Yet  —  Introducing the pre-obituary: a few choice words before you go.  —  I have an idea for a brand new type of newspaper feature.  And gosh do newspapers need one.  No industry in living memory has collapsed faster than daily print journalism.
James Fallows / The Atlantic Online:
Weakening America: Mitch McConnell Shows How  —  Depressed about how hard it is to get first-rate people into federal jobs, so they're ready to handle emergencies like the BP oil disaster?  Wondering if our systems of self-government really are up to the challenges of the moment?
Discussion: U.S. Senate
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
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
Ian Urbina / New York Times:
Documents Show Earlier Worries About Safety of Rig  —  WASHINGTON — Internal documents from BP show that there were serious problems and safety concerns with the Deepwater Horizon rig far earlier than those the company described to Congress last week.  —  The problems involved the well casing …
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JammieWearingFool:   Pathetic: BP Buses in Temps for Obama Photo Op
Alifrick / Matthew Yglesias:
Trust Women  —  This weekend marks the one-year anniversary of Dr. George Tiller's murder, a terrorist act committed to stop him for providing women with safe, legal abortions.  The murder was only the most obvious sign that the anti-abortion movement is winning, steadily shaving away women's constitutional rights.
Discussion: Jezebel
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Kevin Sack / New York Times:
In Ultrasound, Abortion Fight Has New Front
Discussion: Shakesville
 
 
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