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10:55 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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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  —  Sen. Harry Reid said Wednesday that another senator ‘broke his word with me.’  —  Washington (CNN) - Moments after narrowly losing a key vote on the hotly contested Wall Street reform bill Wednesday, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid told …
Discussion: The Note, Weasel Zippers and The Hill
Devin Dwyer / ABCNEWS:
Immigrant Students Face Deporation After McCain Protest
CNN:
Wall Street reform fails key vote
Discussion: The Politico
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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Ian M. / Think Progress:
Rand Paul: ‘The Hard Part Of Believing In Freedom’ Is Opposing Ban On Whites-Only Lunch Counters  —  The Civil Rights Act of 1964 is one of the greatest accomplishments of the 20th century, banning whites-only lunch counters and similar discrimination in hiring, promotions, hotels and restaurants.
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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Jennifer Rubin / Commentary:
Obama Should Go to Israel!  —  During a meeting with Jewish Democrats it was suggested — by which participant(s) we don't know — that Obama should visit Israel.  I mused about such a trip earlier this month.  Yes, let's see Obama interact with the Israeli people and go to the Knesset.
Discussion: Moe Lane
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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”.
 
 
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CBS News:
BP Bows to Pressure for Oil Leak Livestream
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David Dayen / Firedoglake:
Feingold and Cantwell Explain Their Votes Against Cloture
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Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
Obama and the Oil Spill
Associated Press:
KFC's bet on the Double Down is paying off
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Owen Gibson / Guardian:
London Olympics 2012: Meet Wenlock and Mandeville, drips off the old block
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