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5:45 PM ET, May 30, 2010

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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 …
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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 …
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 …
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Once More, With Feeling  —  President Spock's behavior is illogical.  —  Once more, he has willfully and inexplicably resisted fulfilling a signal part of his job: being a prism in moments of fear and pride, reflecting what Americans feel so they know he gets it.
Jacob Weisberg / Slate:
Western conservatives and Southern conservatives battle for the soul …
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 …
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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 …
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, The Greenroom and Gawker
Sean J. Miller / Ballot Box:
Ed Case ends his campaign for Hawaii House seat  —  Former Rep. Ed Case (D-Hawaii) announced Sunday he won't pursue the Democratic nomination to face Rep. Charles Djou (R-Hawaii), which improves his party's chances of retaking the seat it lost in the recent special election.
Discussion: Swing State Project
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Kindle Woes  —  I've written several times before about the uncannily functional Kindle, which, aesthetic discomfort notwithstanding, has pretty much totally weened me from physical books.  But today I'm writing with a more tragic tale.  More or less out of the blue, my Kindle's screen has decided to commit suicide.
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 …
Masaccio / Firedoglake:
Grandma Lehman Sues Big Bad Wolf JPMorgan  —  The lawsuit (pdf) filed by the bankruptcy estate of Lehman Brothers against JPMorgan Chase contains yet another description of a giant bank eating a customer.  And just as you would guess, the heart of the problem is derivatives.
Discussion: Angry Bear
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.
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
 
 
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Donald Douglas / American Power:
Immigrants and Socialists March Against SB 1070 in Phoenix
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Vicki Needham / The Hill:
U.S. ‘on track’ to meet Iraq troop reduction deadline of Aug. 31
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Randal C. Archibold / New York Times:
Foes and Supporters of New Law Gather in Arizona
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Sibylla Brodzinsky / Christian Science Monitor:
Philosopher Antanas Mockus rattles Colombia election
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Muslim preacher of hate is let into Britain
Los Angeles Times:
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