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* More studies, please: SecDef Robert Gates is calling on Congressional Dems to delay their push to repeal Don't Ask Don't Tell until the Pentagon completes its study (yet another) on the impact of the policy change.

Gates argues in a letter to House Dems that if Congress acts now, it will send a "damaging message to our men and women in uniform."

The delay would effectively mean the issue won't be acted on before the November elections, and provides cover for Dems who are too queasy to act now (or don't want to act at all). Read Gates' letter right here.

* Fun fact of the day: Of the four governors whose states border Mexico, exactly three are criticizing the new Arizona law. The fourth, obviously, is the governor of Arizona.

* Here's what Obama could do if he acted to stop the Arizona law.

* Experts tell Ben Frumin that Duncan Hunter's plan to deport the kids of illegal immigrants is clearly unconstitutional. Among other things.

* The Gulf oil spill has put Obama's drilling plan on a very slippery political slope.

* Also in the above link: Ben Nelson says any climate change bill that includes increased drilling is dead on arrival in the Senate.

* MoveOn seizes on the spill to call on Obama to reinstate the drilling ban.

* And Senator Ben Cardin tells Rick Klein it's time for Obama to bag, baby, bag the drilling scheme.

* The campaign of the billionaire challenging Kendrick Meek in the Dem primary explains to Dave Weigel why it's not a problem that he has a Republican past.

* Steve Benen gives Sue Lowden's chickens-for-checkups walkback a thorough roasting.

* Conservative bloggers and Tea Partiers continue wishing that Big Government jackboots would oblige them by suppressing their movement and verifying their paranoid fantasies.

* White House starts selling health reform law.

* And Rush Limbaugh becomes an "oil spill truther."

What else is happening?

By Greg Sargent  |  April 30, 2010; 6:13 PM ET
Categories:  Climate change , Senate Dems , Tea Party  
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