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7:35 PM ET, May 22, 2010


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Peter Baker / New York Times:
President Lays Out Security Strategy Based in Diplomacy  —  WEST POINT, N.Y. — President Obama outlined a new national security strategy rooted in diplomatic engagement and international alliances on Saturday as he repudiated his predecessor's emphasis on unilateral American power and the right to wage pre-emptive war.
Ann Arbor / CBS News:
Text of Obama's Speech to West Point 2010 Cadets  —  Tells Graduating Class Their Honor, Duty, Love of Country Wins Support of a Proud and Grateful Nation  —  (CBS) Transcript of remarks by the president at the commencement ceremony of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, held at Michie Stadium …
Discussion: Associated Press
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Obama forms BP commission …
Ben Geman / The Hill:
Obama defends escalation of Afghan war in address to 2010 West Point class
Michael D. Shear / Washington Post:
At West Point, Obama talks up national security strategy
Discussion: Hot Air and The Moderate Voice
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
WHEN EXTREMISM AND IGNORANCE COLLIDE.... Republican Senate candidate and right-wing ophthalmologist Rand Paul got into a little trouble this week while explaining his opposition to the Civil Rights Act of 1964.  To a lesser extent, his disagreement with the Americans With Disabilities Act also raised a few eyebrows.
New York Times:
Limits of Libertarianism  —  By denigrating several of the signal achievements of modern American society, including the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Fair Housing Act, Rand Paul has performed a useful service for voters who are angry at their elected officials.
David Weigel / Right Now:
Defending Rand Paul, Part II
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Rep. Van Hollen: Wall Street vote shows rift between Tea Party, Republicans  —  The chief campaign strategist for House Democrats thinks the GOP made a strategic error in voting against Wall Street reform.  —  Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) made the case that Republicans' widespread opposition …
Discussion: Washington Post, The Politico and CNN
Carol E. Lee / The Politico:
Obama campaigns against Bush - again  —  President Barack Obama is trying to ride the wave of anti-incumbency by taking on an unpopular politician steeped in the partisan ways of Washington.  —  It doesn't matter that George W. Bush left office 16 months ago.
Discussion: Hot Air
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
Tea Party Makes Gains, but McConnell Seems Secure  —  WASHINGTON — Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the Republican leader, keeps a card tucked away in his jacket, or close at hand on his desk in the Capitol, with a running tally of how Senate Republicans would come down on a certain big issue.
Discussion: Prairie Weather
The Huffington Post:
James Carville Takes On Obama On Oil Spill: He's ‘Risking Everything’ With ‘Go Along With BP Strategy’  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  Democratic strategist James Carville and MSNBC anchor Chris Matthews, two reliable supporters of President Barack Obama, have issued withering critiques …
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Joe Gandelman / The Moderate Voice:
Obama Creates Oil Spill Panel: Too Little Too Late?
Jeff Randall / Telegraph:
Whatever Germany does, the euro as we know it is dead  —  Angela Merkel's ban on short-selling is just a distraction from the horror to come  —  “Money can't buy you friends, but it does get you a better class of enemy” - Spike Milligan  —  For Angela Merkel, leader of the eurozone's richest country …
Discussion: NewsReal Blog and Big Journalism
New York Times:
Cuomo Opens Campaign for New York Governor  —  Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo announced his candidacy for governor on Saturday, saying he was seeking not only to lead New York but to remake a state mired in political scandal and paralyzed by financial crisis.  —  Multimedia
Jordan Fabian / Ballot Box:
Cuomo makes NY governor bid official
Discussion: The Politico, CNN and The Note
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Andrew Cuomo announces run for NY-Gov
Discussion: MyDD and Joe. My. God.
NY Daily News:
Tiger willing to give Elin $750M - to keep quiet … TIGER SCANDAL SCORECARD … EDITORS' PICKS … BEST OF NYDN.COM
Jonathan Tilove / New Orleans Times-Picayune:
BP is sticking with its dispersant choice … BP has told the Environmental Protection Agency that it cannot find a safe, effective and available dispersant to use instead of Corexit, and will continue to use that chemical application to help break up the growing spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
Associated Press:
Man Who Shot Police Had Antigovernment Views  —  LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An antigovernment Ohio man who had had several run-ins with the police around the country was identified Friday as one of two people suspected of gunning down two officers during a traffic stop in Arkansas.
Michael Birnbaum / Washington Post:
Texas board approves social studies standards that perceived liberal bias  —  The Texas state school board gave final approval Friday to controversial social studies standards that minimize the separation of church and state and say that America is not a democracy but a “constitutional republic.”
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
THE FAMILIAR RING OF THE K STREET PROJECT.... The notorious K Street Project became synonymous with Republican excesses of the Gingrich/DeLay/Bush era, and for good reason.  Among its components was a heavy-handed scheme to “encourage” corporate PACs to contribute to Republican candidates, or face adverse consequences.
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Washington Post:
Corporate PACs betting on Republicans to regain control of Congress
Paul / Power Line:
You're either for or against the military we have  —  Robert Merrill is a captain in the Marine Corps.  He fought in Iraq and currently serves as a legal adviser to a Marine infantry batallion in southern Afghanistan.  In between, he attended and graduated from Harvard law school.
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Charles Levinson / Wall Street Journal:
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Bob Bennett / Washington Post:
What the Tea Party can learn from Jimmy Carter
Stephen Moore / Wall Street Journal:
The Paygo Con  —  Paygo rules notwithstanding, Democrats …
Discussion: Liberty Pundits Blog
Mark Steyn / Orange County Register:
Obama's lazy tribute to Daniel Pearl
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