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2:20 PM ET, May 30, 2010

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Toby Harnden / Telegraph:
Barack Obama's credibility hits rock bottom after oil spill and Sestak scandal  —  The combination of Obama's passivity over the Gulf oil spill catastrophe and his cynical political manoeuvrings could spell disaster for him, argues Toby Harnden  —  The first thing Barack Obama probably …
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
‘SERVES HIM RIGHT’.... Conservative columnist George Will said this morning that President Obama is “being unfairly blamed” for the response to the BP oil spill disaster.  But, Will added, he's glad the president is receiving the unfair criticism anyway.  —  As the columnist sees it …
Discussion: Liberal Values
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Once More, With Feeling  —  President Spock's behavior is illogical.
Discussion: Hot Air and Washington Post
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 …
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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: The Moderate Voice and Metablog
Byron York / Beltway Confidential:
Covering Obama, press encounters Nation of Islam  —  President Obama's home is in the same Chicago neighborhood as Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan.  On Saturday night, the overlapping of Obama's and Farrakhan's worlds made for a strange, and sometimes testy, encounter between the Secret Service …
Discussion: Atlas Shrugs and RedState
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Abdon M. Pallasch / Chicago Sun Times:
Farrakhan, press have minor ‘stand-off’ in Obama's neighborhood  —  An interesting “stand-off” of sorts developed outside a barbecue President Obama was attending at a friend's house Saturday night between followers of Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan on one side and members of the press …
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 …
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Helen O'Neill / Associated Press:   At Arlington, each soldier has a special lady
Elisabeth Rosenthal / New York Times:
Our Fix-It Faith and the Oil Spill  —  “IF we've learned anything so far about the deepwater Gulf of Mexico, it is that it contains surprises.  And that means an operator needs depth — depth in terms of resources and expertise — to create the capability to respond to the unexpected. ”
Vicki Needham / The Hill:
U.S. ‘on track’ to meet Iraq troop reduction deadline of Aug. 31  —  The U.S. military “is on track and will stay on track” to meet its Aug. 31 deadline to get down to 50,000 troops in Iraq, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Mike Mullen said on on CNN's “State of the Union” Sunday.
Discussion: CNN
Ben Smith / The Politico:
'Don't ask' deal spotlights Sarvis  —  Aubrey Sarvis was a drawling young enlisted man in 1964, back at Fort Lee, Va., from a tour in Korea, when he heard the buzz on the chow line about a “queer investigation” involving four soldiers who had attended “some kind of gay party” off base.
Michael Moss / New York Times:
The Hard Sell on Salt  —  Salt ponds in San Francisco Bay help satisfy Americans' appetite for salt.  By some estimates, deep cuts in salt use could save thousands of lives a year.  More Photos »  —  With salt under attack for its ill effects on the nation's health …
Discussion: Hullabaloo and The Greenroom
Uzi Mahnaimi / Times of London:
Israel stations nuclear missile subs off Iran  —  Three German-built Israeli submarines equipped with nuclear cruise missiles are to be deployed in the Gulf near the Iranian coastline.  —  The first has been sent in response to Israeli fears that ballistic missiles developed by Iran …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Chicago Boyz
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 …
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Walter Alarkon / The Hill:
Obama says new procedure needed to stop offshore oil leak
Discussion: The Politico and CNN
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
 
 
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