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7:10 PM ET, May 21, 2010

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Matt Corley / Think Progress:
Paul Calls White House Pressure On BP ‘Un-American,’ Says That ‘Sometimes Accidents Happen’  —  In an interview on ABC News' Good Morning America today, host George Stephanopoulos pressed GOP Kentucky Senate candidate Rand Paul on “how far” he would “push” his anti-government views.
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David Weigel / Right Now:
Rand Paul cancels Meet the Press appearance  —  After two days of bruising media coverage about his views on elements of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, the campaign of Kentucky U.S. Senate candidate Rand Paul tells me it has canceled the candidate's upcoming appearance on NBC's “Meet the Press” …
ABCNEWS:
‘Trashed Up and Down’: Rand Paul on Critics  —  Kentucky GOP Senate Nominee Responds to Critics After Civil Rights Act Comments  —  Rand Paul, the Tea Party's rising star from Kentucky who won the state's GOP Senate primary this week, says criticism of his views on the Civil Rights Act …
Michele Salcedo / Associated Press:
Rand Paul: Obama's criticism of BP ‘un-American’  —  WASHINGTON - Taking another unconventional stand, Kentucky's Republican Senate nominee Rand Paul criticized President Barack Obama's handling of the Gulf oil spill Friday as putting “his boot heel on the throat of BP” and “really un-American.”
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Rand Paul camp cancels Meet the Press because “he's had a long week”  —  Betsy Fischer, the executive producer of Meet the Press, just Tweeted that Rand Paul is trying to cancel his appearance on the show this Sunday.  —  I just reached Fischer, and she tells me Paul's camp asked to cancel because “he's had a long week.”
Discussion: Taylor Marsh, The Page, MyDD and SENATUS
AOL News:
Cato Scholar Scolds Rand Paul, Gives OK to Soup Nazi  —  Politico reporter Shira Toeplitz tweeted it well: “You know it's a rough day on campaign trail when you have to issue a statement that says you will not repeal Civil Rights Act of '64.”  —  She was referring, of course …
Christina Bellantoni / TPMDC:
Paul Backs Out Of Meet The Press Appearance  —  At the end of a rocky week, newly chosen Senate nominee Rand Paul (R-KY) has canceled a planned interview on NBC's “Meet the Press” citing exhaustion.  It's only the third cancellation from a major guest in 62 years, the show's Executive Producer Betsy Fischer …
Kate Phillips / The Caucus:
Paul Cancels Sunday TV Appearance  —  After a series of interviews on national TV that stirred an uproar over his views on civil rights and other issues, Rand Paul, the Republican nominee for Senate in Kentucky, has canceled a scheduled appearance on NBC's “Meet the Press” program on Sunday.
Discussion: Riehl World View
Jonathan Weisman / Washington Wire:
Rand Paul Is At It Again  —  Kentucky Republican Senate candidate Rand Paul, who drew wide attention this week for his reluctant embrace of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, said this morning that President Barack Obama's criticism of BP has sounded “really un-American.”
Faiz Shakir / Think Progress:
Scarborough bashes his own network, says Rand Paul shouldn't have appeared on Maddow.  (Updated)  —  Appearing on MSNBC nearly one year ago, Kentucky GOP candidate Rand Paul said, “I am happy tonight to announce on The Rachel Maddow Show that I'm forming an exploratory committee to run for the U.S. Senate.”
Andrew Leonard / Salon:
Who is more “un-American”? Rand Paul or Obama?
Mark S. Smith / Associated Press:
Rodent scurries by as Obama lauds Wall Street vote  —  WASHINGTON - In his battle with the titans of Wall Street, President Barack Obama almost got upstaged by a rat.  —  But he didn't even seem to notice.  Assuming that's what it was, scurrying in front of his podium Thursday in a sun-drenched Rose Garden.
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Jordan Fabian / The Hill:   Key senator thinks derivatives language could be stripped in conference
James Pethokoukis:
Wall Street scores a win on financial reform ... for now
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
We're Doin' It Live! …
Raymond Hernandez / New York Times:
Another Case of Blumenthal Misstating Service  —  WASHINGTON — Broader newspaper archival searches continue to turn up instances in which Attorney General Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut portrayed himself as a Vietnam War veteran even though he did not serve in the war.
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Jim Geraghty / National Review:
What Makes Richard Blumenthal So Special to Connecticut Democrats?
Discussion: Hot Air
Mick Dumke / Chicago Reader:
Mayor Daley Threatens to Shoot the Messenger—Namely, Me  —  Mayor Daley loves to bag on the local media, and given my recent line of inquiry into his politics and policies, I've never expected to be greeted with a fruit basket at City Hall.  —  But even I was a bit taken aback this morning …
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Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Mayor Daley offers his argument for gun control; Update: Video added
Fox News:
Top Official Says Feds May Not Process Illegals Referred From Arizona  —  A top Department of Homeland Security official reportedly said his agency will not necessarily process illegal immigrants referred to them by Arizona authorities.
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Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Lost Decade Looming?  —  Despite a chorus of voices claiming otherwise, we aren't Greece.  We are, however, looking more and more like Japan.  —  For the past few months, much commentary on the economy — some of it posing as reporting — has had one central theme: policy makers are doing too much.
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Paul Krugman:
Crying Fire! Fire! In Noah's Flood
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Jake Sherman / The Politico:
Issa threatens Sestak with complaint  —  A leading House Republican is threatening to file an ethics complaint against Rep. Joe Sestak (D-Pa.) if he doesn't reveal who in the White House offered him a job to drop out of the Pennsylvania Senate primary.  —  Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) …
Discussion: Instapundit
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David Brooks / New York Times:
The Story of an Angry Voter  —  Let's imagine a character named Ben.  A couple of decades ago, Ben went to high school.  —  It wasn't easy.  His parents were splitting up.  His friends would cut class to smoke weed.  His sister got pregnant.  But Ben worked hard and graduated …
NEWS.com.au:
'I'm a Marxist' says Dalai Lama, but agrees capitalism has helped China  —  TIBETAN spiritual leader the Dalai Lama says he's a Marxist, yet credits capitalism for bringing new freedoms to China, the communist country that exiled him.  —  “Still I am a Marxist,” the exiled Tibetan Buddhist leader …
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Jim Hoft / Gateway Pundit:
Dalai Lama Admits: “I'm a Marxist”
Discussion: Michelle Malkin
New Jersey Online:
N.J. Gov. Chris Christie swiftly vetoes ‘millionaires tax,’ property tax rebate bills … TRENTON — It took about two minutes from the time Senate President Steve Sweeney certified the passage of the millionaires tax package for Gov. Chris Christie to veto the bills at his desk.
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New Jersey Online:
Face-off with N.J. Dems about taxes marks defining moment for Gov. Chris Christie
Ezra Klein:
How did people learn about health-care reform?  —  The new Kaiser Family Foundation tracking poll tells you pretty much what you already knew about health-care reform's poll numbers: Opinions are mixed, with disapproval (44 percent) slightly outpolling approval (41 percent).
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The Wrap:
EXCLUSIVE: Bob Kerrey Tapped to Head MPAA  —  Former U.S. Sen. Bob Kerrey has been tapped to be the next chairman of the Motion Picture Association of America, TheWrap has learned.  —  Kerrey has won approval from the heads of the movie companies that make up the powerful Hollywood lobby …
Discussion: The Hill and Under The Influence
 
 
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