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3:25 PM ET, May 19, 2010

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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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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.
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
‘WHERE IS THE WAVE?’....  Arguably the most important election yesterday wasn't a primary race, but rather, the congressional special election in Pennsylvania's 12th — a contest to fill the vacancy left by the late Rep. Jack Murtha (D).  —  Observers in both parties considered the race something of a bellwether.
New York Times:
Specter Defeat Signals a Wave Against Incumbents  —  WASHINGTON — Senator Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania, who left the Republican Party a year ago in hopes of salvaging a 30-year career, was rejected on Tuesday by Democratic primary voters, with Representative Joe Sestak winning the party's nomination …
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Resultsblogging II: PA-12  —  Former John Murtha staffer Mark Critz's win in the PA-12 House election is just straight-up embarrassing for Republicans.  The Democratic strategy was straight out of the 2006/2008 playbook.  Find a moderately conservative House district and run a somewhat heterodox Democrat.
Daniel Larison / Eunomia:
PA-12 and The Single Greatest Pushback in American History
Reuters:
Activists seize control of politics
Michael Barone / Beltway Confidential:
Republican lesson from Pennsylvania 12 special
Discussion: Riehl World View
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 …
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Adam Serwer / American Prospect:
Is Rand Paul Good For Civil Liberties?  —  Yesterday on Twitter, Radley Balko warned liberals, “Lefties: Before you start fringe-baiting [Kentucky Senate Nominee] Rand Paul, note that he's better on civil liberties than most Democratic senators.  And Obama.”
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Rand Paul  —  It is quite an understatement to say that I am …
Discussion: FrumForum, TPMDC and Hullabaloo
George F. Will / Washington Post:
Slow learners at the 9th Circuit  —  The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is a stimulus package for the Supreme Court, which would rather not have one.  The 9th Circuit, often in error but never in doubt, provides the Supreme Court with steady work: Over the past half-century …
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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The Cocoons We Live In, Ctd
Simon McGregor-Wood / ABCNEWS:
Rahm's Son's Bar Mitzvah Irks Some in Israel  —  Israeli Activists Say They Will ‘Blow Up,’ Figuratively, Zach Emanuel's Bar Mitzvah  —  White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel's plan to take his son, Zach, to Jerusalem's famous Western Wall for his Jewish coming-of-age ritual appeared to have run into serious trouble.
Discussion: Raw Story and Coteret
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Gil Hoffman / Jerusalem Post:
W. Wall bar mitzva for Emanuel's son?
Matt Corley / Think Progress:
Right-wing Israeli activists threaten to protest Rahm Emanuel's …
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
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.
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Jamison Foser / Media Matters for America:
The New York Times has some explaining to do
Discussion: Washington Monthly
New York Times:
Blumenthal's Vietnam Claims Grew in Time, Colleague Says
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.
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Michael O'Brien / Ballot Box:
AFL-CIO plans aggressive push for Halter in Arkansas runoff
Discussion: The Politico
Mike Mandel / Mandel on Innovation and Growth:
Why Financial Jobs Have Fared Relatively Well  —  I've been watching the job numbers in financial services with some degree of surprise.  Considering that the crisis was centered in the financial sector, it's actually a bit odd that financial jobs didn't do worse.
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Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Dodd Drops Plan To Scale Back Derivative Regulation
Mike Lux / Open Left:
“Nobody is on our side”  —  Being back home in the Midwest is always grounding.
Discussion: Eschaton and Wonk Room
Meredith Shiner / The Politico:
Reid to call financial regulation vote  —  With time running out for Democrats and Republicans to reach agreement on the final details of a Wall Street reform bill, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) announced on the floor Wednesday morning that he will call for a vote to end debate on the legislation at 2 p.m.
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Devin Dwyer / ABCNEWS:
Immigrant Students Face Deporation After McCain Protest
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.
Patrick Gavin / The Politico:
HOUSE PASSES BEER RESOLUTION  —  While most of Washington was focused on Tuesday's election results, the House was busy doing something else: Passing a resolution about beer.  —  House Resolution 1297, sponsored by Rep. Betsy Markey, supports “the goals and ideals of American Craft Beer Week.”
Discussion: JONATHAN TURLEY and Don Surber
Gene J. Koprowski / Fox News:
Global Cooling Is Coming — and Beware the Big Chill, Scientist Warns  —  Contrary to the commonly held scientific conclusion that the Earth is getting warmer, a scientist who has written more than 150 peer-reviewed papers has unveiled evidence for his prediction that global cooling is coming soon.
Chris Johnson / Washington Blade:
Key senator says hold off on 'Don't Ask' repeal  —  A key U.S. senator has told the Blade that he opposes repealing “Don't Ask, Don't Tell” at this time.  —  In a brief exchange on Capitol Hill, Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) said Tuesday he would vote against an effort next week to overturn the law.
David Dayen / Firedoglake:
Why Are Incumbents Faltering?  Check Out The Election Night FinReg Massacre  —  Yesterday's results in the election showed what has now become conventional wisdom: an “anti-incumbent mood,” something the media will parrot from now to November.  Have they explored why?
Jane Horwitz / Washington Post:
Theater J pulls Madoff play after objections from activist Elie Wiesel  —  Bowing to objections from Elie Wiesel, the author, human rights activist and Holocaust survivor, Theater J has canceled its first production of the coming season — a play in which Wiesel is a character.
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Scandals in the House Republican Class of 1994  —  When was it, exactly, that the Republican revolution merged with the sexual revolution?  —  With each passing year, the class notes for the famous House Republicans Class of '94 get more lurid.  The latest entry was submitted Tuesday morning by Rep. Mark Souder (Ind.).
John Fritze / USA Today:
Utah Sen. Bennett may announce future tomorrow  —  Sen. Bob Bennett, kicked off the ballot this month at Utah's Republican convention, could make a decision about whether to seek a fourth-term as a write-in candidate as early as tomorrow, Bennett tells USA TODAY.
Discussion: The Hill, Talking Points Memo and TPMDC
Nick Gillespie / Hit & Run:
Why We're Having an Everybody Draw Mohammed Contest on Thursday May 20  —  Author's Note: This article includes three images that clearly denigrate Islam and the Prophet Mohammed.  So there is absolutely no question about the provenance of these images, I would like to direct all readers …
 
 
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Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
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Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Bennet now leads general
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Chuck Schumer vs. Free Speech
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J.P. Freire / Beltway Confidential:
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