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2:35 PM ET, May 22, 2010

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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: The Politico and CNN
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Joshua Green / The Atlantic Online:
Explaining the Rand Paul Disaster  —  After getting himself into trouble on Rachel Maddow's show on MSNBC, and everywhere else, Rand Paul has decided to cancel an interview on Sunday's “Meet the Press” rather than risk further damage.  It's pretty amazing that a guy who embraced the role …
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.
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.
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Ben Geman / The Hill:
Obama defends escalation of Afghan war to West Point class  —  President Barack Obama on Saturday used a speech to West Point cadets to defend his escalation of the war in Afghanistan.  —  Obama also placed a heavy emphasis on winning international cooperation and bolstering non-military sources of American power.
Discussion: The Politico, CNN and Newshoggers.com
Michael D. Shear / Washington Post:
At West Point, Obama talks up national security strategy  —  WEST POINT, N.Y. — President Obama on Saturday pledged to shape a new “international order” as part of a national security strategy that emphasizes his belief in global institutions and America's role in promoting democratic values around the world.
Discussion: Hot Air and The Moderate Voice
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Obama forms BP commission …
David Weigel / Right Now:
Defending Rand Paul, Part II  —  A number of liberal writers have included or featured me in essays about the Rand Paul flap.  —  First, Adele Stan:  —  Then, Gabriel Winant: … This is complicated stuff, but the Pauls are used to it.  I first grappled with it in a 2008 story …
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Yahoo! News:
Rand Paul's civil-rights defense distorts provisions of disabilities law
Discussion: skippy the bush kangaroo and TPMDC
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:   WHEN EXTREMISM AND IGNORANCE COLLIDE.... Republican Senate candidate …
David Weigel / Right Now:
Rand Paul cancels Meet the Press appearance
Danny Hakim / New York Times:
Cuomo Opens Campaign for New York Governor  —  Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo of New York announced his candidacy for governor on Saturday, saying that he was seeking not only to lead New York but to remake a state mired in political scandal and paralyzed by financial crisis.
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Jordan Fabian / Ballot Box:
Cuomo makes NY governor bid official
Discussion: The Note, CNN and The Politico
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Andrew Cuomo announces run for NY-Gov
Discussion: MyDD and Joe. My. God.
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.
NY Daily News:
Tiger willing to give Elin $750M - to keep quiet … TIGER SCANDAL SCORECARD … EDITORS' PICKS … BEST OF NYDN.COM
The White House:
Weekly Address: President Obama Establishes Bipartisan National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling  —  Names Former Two-Term Florida Governor and Former Senator Bob Graham and Former Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency William K. Reilly as Commission Co-Chairs
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Jonathan Tilove / New Orleans Times-Picayune:
BP is sticking with its dispersant choice
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.
The Right Scoop:
Mark Levin throws down the gauntlet - challenges David Gregory to have him on ‘Meet the Depressed’  —  Since Rand Paul has canceled his Sunday appearance on MTP, there's an opening, and Levin wants in.  He challenges Gregory to have a real conservative on for a change.
Bob Bennett / Washington Post:
What the Tea Party can learn from Jimmy Carter  —  Jimmy Carter won the White House in 1976 by riding the wave of anger and disillusionment that followed Gerald Ford's pardon of Richard Nixon.  Carter tapped into that anger with the slogan “I will never lie to you.”
Discussion: The Hill and Liberty Pundits Blog
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Fox News:
Key Al Qaeda Figure Accidentally Blows Himself Up, U.S. Officials Say  —  U.S. officials had been watching him, but Fox News' sources insist the U.S. had nothing to do with his death
Rasmussen Reports:
68% Oppose Boycotts of Arizona Over New Immigration Law  —  Boston and Los Angeles were among the first to announce boycotts of Arizona, but 68% of Americans say it's a bad idea for other cities or states to boycott Arizona over its new immigration law.  —  A new Rasmussen Reports national …
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Stephen Moore / Wall Street Journal:
The Paygo Con  —  Paygo rules notwithstanding, Democrats …
Discussion: Liberty Pundits Blog
Joe Gandelman / The Moderate Voice:
Obama Creates Oil Spill Panel: Too Little Too Late?
Mark Steyn / Orange County Register:
Obama's lazy tribute to Daniel Pearl
 Earlier Items: 
Pharyngula:
Irking accomplished. Continue.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice