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8:45 AM ET, May 22, 2010


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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” …
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 …
Andrew Leonard / Salon:
Who is more “un-American”?  Rand Paul or Obama?  —  Welcome to the new McCarthyism.  The Tea Party wunderkind calls the president out for being mean to BP  —  Rand Paul, Tea Party hero and Republican candidate for senator in Kentucky, is the gift that won't stop giving.  His latest heard-round-the-world sound bite:
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 …
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.”
Matt Welch / Hit & Run:
Salon: “Libertarianism is juvenile,” “stupid,” “silly,” “bratty”  —  Over at the publication famous for (among other impressive accomplishments) having a political columnist write about licking doorknobs at Gary Bauer's campaign headquarters, Gabriel Winant uses the Rand Paul/Civil Rights Act controversy …
Discussion: Right Now and Hullabaloo
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 …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Kate Phillips / The Caucus:
Paul Cancels Sunday TV Appearance
Conway on Rand Paul: 'he's clearly backpedaling'
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
THE PARTY OF CIVIL RIGHTS.... Given the new-found electoral relevance …
Evan McMorris-Santoro / TPMDC:
NRSC Calls Dem Condemnation Of Paul Civil Rights Act Statements ‘Ironic’
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Kenneth P. Vogel / The Politico:
Blumenthal allies turn tables on NYT  —  What at first appeared to be a potentially career-ending New York Times exposé of Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal has generated a messy fight between the newspaper, Blumenthal's liberal supporters, and his leading Republican rival …
Raymond Hernandez / New York Times:
More Blumenthal Claims of Vietnam Service
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
What Makes Richard Blumenthal So Special to Connecticut Democrats?
Discussion: Hot Air
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
Economic Scene: Obama's Progressive Project Is Changing Washington  —  With the Senate's passage of financial regulation, Congress and the White House have completed 16 months of activity that rival any other since the New Deal in scope or ambition.  Like the Reagan Revolution …
Discussion: Economix, Prairie Weather and Marbury
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.
Jennifer Steinhauer / New York Times:
Arizona Law Reveals Tension in G.O.P. on Immigration
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
Archy Cary / Big Journalism:
D.C. Metro Police Escorted SEIU Protesters to Bank Of America Executive's Home  —  The family of Greg Baer, Bank of America executive, is located in a jurisdiction protected by the Montgomery County Police Department (MCPD), which responded promptly to a disturbance call from his neighborhood last weekend.
Lyle Denniston / SCOTUSblog:
No habeas rights at Bagram  —  In a major victory for the Obama Administration's detention policy, the D.C. Circuit Court ruled on Friday that foreign nationals held at a U.S. military prison at Bagram airbase outside of Kabul, Afghanistan, do not have a right to challenge in U.S. courts their continued imprisonment.
A. G. Sulzberger / New York Times:
Judge Weinstein Takes On Child Pornography Laws  —  In his 43-year career as a federal judge, Jack B. Weinstein has come to be identified by his efforts to combat what he calls “the unnecessary cruelty of the law.”  His most recent crusade is particularly striking because of the beneficiary …
Discussion: THE ASTUTE BLOGGERS and TalkLeft
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
Memphis Commercial Appeal:
Officials ID West Memphis shooting suspects as father, teenage son … Welcome to earth.  Down here, juvenile offender's identities are usually protected.  Also, we normally wait until next of kin has been notified before we parade their bodies to be seen by millions...
Louis Sahagun / Los Angeles Times:
Kevin Costner may hold key to oil spill cleanup  —  The actor has invested 15 years and $24 million in a cleanup system involving centrifugal oil separators.  BP and the Coast Guard plan to test six of the machines on the spill next week.  —  U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service specialists capture a laughing gull on Breton Island.
PZ Myers / Pharyngula:
Irking accomplished.  Continue.  —  Draw Mohammed Day is over now, and we're getting the reactions now.  Some people didn't get it, including Greg Epstein. … Epstein completely misses the boat on this one.  No, it isn't like those crazy campus preachers who shout hellfire at passing students …
Discussion: Bloggasm and Moonbattery
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
Has Obama created a Social Security ‘death panel’?  —  If the press doesn't ask tough questions and stand up for the little guy, the powerful interests stacking President Obama's deficit commission will use it to cut the social programs that most help the middle class and the vulnerable.
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