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Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Adm. Michael Mullen are urging Congress not to take action on Don't Ask, Don't Tell until after the Department of Defense completes its review of the policy. The review is due in December.

Roll Call (sub. req.) reports today that Gates, in a letter to House Armed Services Committee Chair Ike Skelton (D-MO), said he would "strongly oppose" legislation offered before the review is finished, and said such a move would send a "very damaging message" to troops.

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Just one month after saying that Republicans will not cooperate with Democrats for the rest of the year, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) lamented in an interview that the Obama Administration has not been bipartisan enough.

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A pair of Republicans battling for the chance to take on Rep. Glenn Nye (D-VA) in this fall's general election are caught up in a full-blown intra-party war over stimulus funds accepted by each of their businesses.

It started when it came to light that Republican candidate Scott Rigell, who owns a car dealership, sold 107 cars under the federal Cash for Clunkers program. His dealership then submitted requests for $444,500 in reimbursements from the federal government.

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It's that time again -- the Obama administration just posted the latest records detailing visitors to the White House grounds in January.

As he does each month Norm Eisen, Special Counsel to the President for Ethics and Government Reform, detailed the records in a blog post at White The hundreds of thousands of records (covering everything that's been released since September) are here.

We'll be going through them but if you notice anything interesting leave a note in the comments or drop us an email.

Ten days ago, after an explosion occurred on BP's Deepwater Horizon rig off the Gulf Coast, the initial word from the Coast Guard was that there was no oil spill. That soon changed as the government announced that 1,000 barrels of thick oil per day were spilling into the ocean.

Then, in a dramatic shift on Wednesday evening, the government changed its 1,000 barrels estimate to 5,000 barrels per day. BP initially rejected the new estimate about the spill, which experts now believe could be worse than the 1989 Exxon Valdez disaster.

We're sure to learn more in the coming months and years about what the government and BP knew about the scope of the disaster, when they knew it, and whether they responded appropriately. For now, TPMmuckraker decided to take a look at the course of events, and the shifting public statements of company and government officials on the spill.

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