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10:30 PM ET, May 19, 2010

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Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
What Tuesday Really Meant  —  There were five races that we were tracking closely over the course of the evening — and I've already seen analysts drawing flimsy conclusions from each of them.  —  Pennsylvania — Democratic Senate primary  —  The results: Joe Sestak defeats Arlen Specter, 54-46.
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Martina Stewart / CNN:
Come to Kentucky, Rand Paul tells Obama  —  (CNN) - Fresh off his win in Kentucky's Republican Senate primary, Dr. Rand Paul is welcoming the attention from national Democrats that his insurgent, Tea Party-backed candidacy is generating.  —  Tim Kaine, chairman of the Democratic National Committee …
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
More on Rand Paul  —  So is Rand Paul, on a personal level, just a deeply unlikeable guy?  One of the weird things about his acceptance speech last night was that he held it at the local country club — to what looked uncannily like a members only crowd.  This morning he defended the venue …
The Politico:
The GOP's special failure  —  All the evidence pointing to monster Republican House gains this fall—the Scott Brown upset win in Massachusetts, the scary polling numbers in once-safely Democratic districts, the ever-rising number of Democratic seats thought to be in jeopardy—was contradicted Tuesday.
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Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Reflecting on PA-12  —  My biggest takeaway from the surprising outcome in PA-12 last night, besides the fact that Mark Critz and the DCCC did an amazing job?  There's a limit to just how unpopular Republicans can be and still hope to make gains everywhere this fall.
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
‘WHERE IS THE WAVE?’....  Arguably the most important election yesterday …
Mike Elk / The Huffington Post:
Democrats Won in Murtha's District on Trade Reform
Discussion: Hullabaloo and AFL-CIO NOW BLOG
Jamison Foser / Media Matters for America:
The New York Times has some explaining to do  —  This Associated Press report about the controversy surrounding Richard Blumenthal's description of his military service raises some questions about the New York Times' handling of the story: … So why didn't the Times include Blumenthal …
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Andy Barr / The Politico:
Dean: N.Y. Times story a ‘hatchet job’  —  Howard Dean on Wednesday took the New York Times to task for running a “hatchet job” story on Democratic Senate candidate Richard Blumenthal misstating his service in Vietnam without acknowledging that the information came from a GOP campaign.
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Times defends posting of clipped Blumenthal video
Discussion: Hot Air and Balloon Juice
Daniela Altimari / Capitol Watch:
Blumenthal and Vietnam, the director's cut
The Note:
Sen. Harry Reid Suggests Sen. Scott Brown Lied  —  ABC's Jonathan Karl reports: Did Harry Reid just call Scott Brown a liar?  —  Basically, yes.  —  Here's the story: The Senate just rejected Reid's effort to move to a vote on the Wall Street reform bill, 57-42 (60 votes were needed).
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CNN:
Reid accuses Scott Brown of breaking word on vote
Discussion: The Note, Weasel Zippers and The Hill
CNN:
Wall Street reform fails key vote
Discussion: The Politico
Devin Dwyer / ABCNEWS:
Immigrant Students Face Deporation After McCain Protest
David M. Herszenhorn / New York Times:
Vote Keeps Financial Reform Bill in Debate
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Rand Paul won't answer Civil Rights Act question  —  Moving from the Republican Primary to the general election means, for Rand Paul, addressing a broader set of issues than the anti-tax, anti-spending focus of his campaign.  —  And while he's answered this question before …
Discussion: Hot Air and Below The Beltway
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Adam Serwer / American Prospect:
Is Rand Paul Good For Civil Liberties?
Peter Baker / The Caucus:
Obama Turns His Back On the Press  —  At a ceremony to sign a bill promoting press freedom around the world on Monday, President Obama refused to take questions from the reporters in attendance.  “I'm not doing a press conference today,” he told Chip Reid of CBS News, “but we'll be seeing you guys during the course of the week.”
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Sam Youngman / The Hill:
Obama shuns U.S. outlets at news conference
Discussion: The Swamp and CNN
CBS News:
Heavy Sludge Oozes into Marshes of Louisiana  —  Governor Bobby Jindal Flew over Site and Reported “Heavy Oil;” CBS Cameras Turned Away by BP, Coast Guard  —  (CBS/AP) It may be the most disturbing site yet: the first heavy sludge now oozing into the marshes of Louisiana as the slick continues to grow in size out in the gulf.
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msnbc.com:
‘Small portion’ of slick in Loop Current
Discussion: Riptide 2.0
Karen Travers / Political Punch:
Immigration Hits Home for Young Girl and First Lady Michelle Obama  —  ABC News' Karen Travers reports: During First Lady Michelle Obama's visit to an elementary school in Silver Spring, Md., Wednesday, a second grade female student brought up immigration reform in a very personal way.
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Matthew Stabley / NBC Washington:
Girl Outs Mother's Citizenship Status During First Lady's School Visit
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:   First lady tells illegal immigrant's daughter that U.S. must ‘fix’ system
Wall Street Journal:
Kagan Criticized the Warren Court in Thesis  —  In her 1983 masters thesis, Elena Kagan criticized the Supreme Court under liberal icon Earl Warren for what she described as poorly argued rulings, a view that may help her defend herself from any claim by Republican senators that she is a judicial activist.
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Karoli / Crooks and Liars:
Florida mosque bombed; FBI calls for help; national media mute  —  On May 10th, a middle-aged man carried a can of gasoline and a pipe bomb into the Jacksonville Islamic Center of Northeast Florida during evening prayers and detonated it.  Fortunately, there were no injuries to people, though the bomb did damage property.
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Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
What If They Gave a Terrorist Attack And Nobody Noticed?
NBC Los Angeles:
Power Play Over Immigration Law  —  LA's boycott resolution sparks a threat over power the city receives from Arizona  —  An Arizona utility commissioner said he's willing to pull the plug on Los Angeles if the city goes through with a boycott of his state.
Glen Bolger / Public Opinion Strategies:
The Death Of Independence  —  Analysts are pointing toward last night's primary results (the defeat of Arlen Specter, Trey Grayson, and the run-off for Blanche Lincoln) as - when combined with Bob Bennett and Alan Mollohan's defeats - proof of anti-incumbency and anti-Washington establishment.
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Attorney General Tom Corbett Subpoenaes Twitter To Identify Anonymous Critics  —  Tom Corbett, current Attorney General of the state of Pennsylvania and Gubernatorial Candidate, has subpoenaed Twitter to appear as a Grand Jury witness to “testify and give evidence regarding alleged violations of the laws of Pennsylvania”.
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Congress about to limit political speech of bloggers?  —  The same sloppy legislative writing that created so many unintended consequences in ObamaCare also plagues the DISCLOSE Act, the effort in Congress to tighten spending rules in the wake of the Citizens United decision — and that's the generous take on the situation.
 
 
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Obama and the Oil Spill
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