Stories You Should Know (5/25/10)

Hartford Courant (Hartford, CT)
Rob Simmons has called a press conference for tomorrow morning in New London to announce he’s leaving the U.S. Senate race, sources said late today.

Washington Post (Washington, DC)
President Obama will submit to a polite but pointed grilling from his Republican Senate adversaries in the Capitol’s LBJ room Tuesday afternoon, a rare show of bipartisanship in an increasingly hostile city.

New York Times (New York, NY)
The top American commander in the Middle East has ordered a broad expansion of clandestine military activity in an effort to disrupt militant groups or counter threats in Iran, Saudi Arabia, Somalia and other countries in the region, according to defense officials and military documents.

USA Today (USA)
By a 9-0 vote, the justices said African-American applicants who challenged Chicago’s hiring exam for firefighter jobs did not wait too long to bring their claim of discrimination. The justices ruled narrowly on a question of deadlines in U.S. anti-bias law.

The Times (Tampa Bay, FL)
His colleague, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, has criticized the Obama administration for not acting more quickly to prevent oil from reaching his state’s shores. But Gov. Charlie Crist, an independent U.S. Senate candidate seeking Democratic support, declined to criticize the president Monday.

New York Times (New York, NY)
President Obama, the Pentagon and leading lawmakers reached agreement Monday on legislative language and a time frame for repealing the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, clearing the way for Congress to take up the measure as soon as this week.


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