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10:35 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 …
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
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
Associated Press:
BP shifts strategy to cap Gulf spill
Frances Martel / Mediaite:
Report: Email Circulating Stating BP's ‘Top Kill’ Has Failed (Update)
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: Metablog
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
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 …
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.
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 …
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. ”
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, RedState and Hot Air
 
 
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