Happy Hour Roundup
* Cillizza smartly notes that Obama's challenge is to persuade the public that he's in charge of BP's crisis effort, even as BP is the one with the technological know-how to do it.
* Interesting nugget: The White House is reaching out to, and giving private earfuls, to high profile critics of Obama's handling of the spill.
* Ben Smith says Obama summoned an unusual level of emotion and charged imagery.
* Kate Sheppard explains Obama's offshore drilling dance.
* But: Alex Seitz-Wald says Crist may turn progressive on gay rights now that he's been "liberated from the Republican Party.".
* A key Senate committee passed DADT repeal today, and Brian Beutler has the context on this "major victory" for equal rights activists.
* But: No end to the skittishness as House Dems who have not publicly said whether they back repeal are still refusing to say where they stand.
World's greatest deliberative body...
* And here's the must-watch video of Sue Lowden refusing to say whether she agrees with the Civil Right Act:
What else is happening?
UPDATE, 11:10 p.m.: Huge news as the amendment laying the groundwork for repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell passes the House, and the president issues this statement:
I have long advocated that we repeal 'Don't Ask Don't Tell', and I am pleased that both the House of Representatives and the Senate Armed Services Committee took important bipartisan steps toward repeal tonight. Key to successful repeal will be the ongoing Defense Department review, and as such I am grateful that the amendments offered by Representative Patrick Murphy and Senators Joseph Lieberman and Carl Levin that passed today will ensure that the Department of Defense can complete that comprehensive review that will allow our military and their families the opportunity to inform and shape the implementation process. Our military is made up of the best and bravest men and women in our nation, and my greatest honor is leading them as Commander-in-Chief. This legislation will help make our Armed Forces even stronger and more inclusive by allowing gay and lesbian soldiers to serve honestly and with integrity.
May 27, 2010; 6:48 PM ET
Categories: 2010 elections , House Dems , Senate Dems , Senate Republicans
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