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12:25 AM ET, May 30, 2010

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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 …
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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
Washington Post:
As ‘top kill’ effort fails, BP must fall back on oil spill containment strategy  —  It is the well that will not die.  —  BP's three-day effort to throttle the leaking gulf oil well with multiple blasts of heavy mud has failed.  The attempted “top kill” of the well was abandoned late Saturday afternoon …
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 …
msnbc.com:
Obama: Ongoing leak of oil is ‘enraging’  —  BP ‘top kill’ effort fails to stop flow, firm switches to cap plan  —  The Discoverer Enterprise drillship sits above the disaster site on Saturday.  BP's strategies for trying to stop the Gulf spill are being deployed from the ship.  —  BP under pressure
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.
Walter Alarkon / The Hill:
Obama says new procedure needed to stop offshore oil leak
Discussion: The Politico
Robert L. Cavnar / The Huffington Post:
Top Kill Likely a Failure
Elizabeth Williamson / Washington Wire:
Obama Gets Lesson on Tar Balls
R. Jeffrey Smith / Washington Post:
Illinois Senate candidate admits claim about military award was inaccurate  —  The Republican candidate for President Obama's old Senate seat has admitted to inaccurately claiming he received the U.S. Navy's Intelligence Officer of the Year award for his service during NATO's conflict with Serbia in the late 1990s.
Patterico / Hot Air:
Destroyed by court order: The footage of a Landrieu staffer admitting the senator's office had no problem with their phones  —  I recently reported that the judge in James O'Keefe's criminal case ordered the destruction of the footage of James O'Keefe's entry into Senator Mary Landrieu's offices.
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Associated Press:
Video gone from phone activist used in La. caper  —  NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Conservative activist-videographer James O'Keefe said video he shot of conversations with staffers of U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu was deleted when his cell phone was returned after he and three others pleaded guilty to charges …
Discussion: NewsReal Blog
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 …
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iowahawk:
Hi Neighbor!  —  Special Guest Commentary  —  by the Sarah …
Discussion: Wizbang
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 …
Discussion: RedState and Hot Air
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
Edward Wyatt / New York Times:
Dennis Hopper, an ‘Easy Rider’ Misfit, Dies at 74  —  Dennis Hopper, who was part of a new generation of Hollywood rebels in portrayals of drug-addled misfits in the landmark films “Easy Rider,” “Apocalypse Now” and “Blue Velvet” and then went on to great success as a prolific character actor …
Discussion: Guanabee
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Associated Press:
Dennis Hopper dead at 74
Discussion: Big Hollywood and Fausta's Blog
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.
 
 
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