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2:40 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 …
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
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 …
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: The Politico
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
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
David Weigel / Right Now:
Joe McGinniss talks about why he moved in next to Sarah Palin
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 …
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: Don Surber, Hot Air and RedState
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Fox News:
Obama to Arizona Governor: Don't Call Me, I'll Call You
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
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
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
 
 
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