Chris Cillizza's Morning Fix previews South Carolina's House run-off between Tim Scott, an African American state representative, and Paul Thurmond, former U.S. attorney and son of the late Sen. Strom Thurmond. If Scott wins, as he is expected to, he will become the first African American Republican in Congress since 2002.
Allies hope that after McChrystal grovels and is publicly humiliated, the president will embrace and endorse him. An aide calls the comments, and the decision to give so much access to Rolling Stone, of all publications, "an amateurish mistake that's created a distraction at a time we don't need it."
Ezra Klein's Wonkbook notes Bloomberg's report that White House budget director Peter Orszag is planning to leave his post for a think tank job in July. Orszag would be the first member of Obama's cabinet to resign.
The Daily Beast's Cheat Sheet cites a Washington Post story recounting Obama's quiet roll-out of more federal benefits for gays and lesbians. Gay federal employees now have the right to leave work to care for a child.
ABC's The Note links to Bloomberg's account of Kenneth Feinberg's statement that BP's $20 billion compensation fund, which he's administering, may not be enough to pay all claims related to the oil spill.
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