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9:35 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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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 …
Walter Alarkon / The Hill:
Obama says new procedure needed to stop offshore oil leak  —  President Barack Obama said BP has been told to try a different procedure to stop the oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico now that the “top kill” effort has failed.  —  Obama in a statement said Coast Guard Rear Admiral Mary Landry …
Discussion: CNN and The Politico
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 …
Associated Press:
BP shifts strategy to cap Gulf spill
Frances Martel / Mediaite:
Report: Email Circulating Stating BP's ‘Top Kill’ Has Failed (Update)
Robert L. Cavnar / The Huffington Post:
Top Kill Likely a Failure
Jacob Weisberg / Slate:
Western conservatives and Southern conservatives battle for the soul of the Republican Party. … - Prince of Persia: The Characters Had More Depth in the Video Game- I Fly the American Flag Outside My House.  Want To Make Something of It?  - The Orientalist Claptrap of Sex …
Discussion: Metablog
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Frank Rich / New York Times:
Obama's Katrina?  Maybe Worse  —  FOR Barack Obama's knee-jerk foes, of course it was his Katrina.  But for the rest of us, there's the nagging fear that the largest oil spill in our history could yet prove worse if it drags on much longer.  It might not only wreck the ecology of a region …
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
Discussion: NewsReal Blog
David Leppard / Times of London:
Muslim preacher of hate is let into Britain  —  THE home secretary, Theresa May, is facing a stiff test of the Conservative party's claims to oppose radical Islam after her officials chose to allow a misogynist Muslim preacher into Britain.  —  Zakir Naik, an Indian televangelist described as a …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Jihad Watch
Washington Post:
To join the Army's Old Guard, Iraq war veteran learns to sweat the small stuff  —  They are crazy about creases in the Old Guard, which is why it takes Army Sgt. Nicholas Pata more than an hour to press his uniform the night before inspection.  —  They are obsessive about loose threads …
Los Angeles Times:
Census nonsense  —  By counting illegal immigrants the same as citizens in the census, some states get more congressional seats than they deserve.  —  Official political innumeracy, enshrined in the census, steals our democracy.  We count illegal immigrants the same as citizens and assign states congressional seats accordingly.
Daniel Indiviglio / The Atlantic Online:
The Atlantic Home  —  Go  —  Daniel Indiviglio - Daniel Indiviglio is a blogger and staff editor.  Prior to joining The Atlantic, he wrote for Forbes.  He also worked as an investment banker and a consultant.  —  Comparing Financial Stability Oversight Councils
Discussion: American Thinker
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: Don Surber, Hot Air and RedState
 
 
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Miriam Jordan / Wall Street Journal:
A Tale of Two Students  —  In middle school, Ivan and Laura shared …
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Edward Wyatt / New York Times:
Dennis Hopper, an ‘Easy Rider’ Misfit, Dies at 74
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P. J. O'Rourke / Weekly Standard:
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Ta-Nehisi Coates / The Atlantic Online:
Lanny Davis's Strange Take on Rand Paul
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iowahawk:
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James Fallows / The Atlantic Online:
Weakening America: Mitch McConnell Shows How
Discussion: Washington Monthly and U.S. Senate
Alifrick / Matthew Yglesias:
Trust Women  —  This weekend marks the one-year anniversary …