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1:20 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:
Discussion: Hullabaloo and
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
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
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.
‘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 …
Matt Welch / Hit & Run:
Salon: “Libertarianism is juvenile,” “stupid,” “silly,” “bratty”
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Right Now
Conway on Rand Paul: 'he's clearly backpedaling'
David Weigel / Right Now:
Defending Rand Paul, Part II
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Rand Paul ducks question about minimum wage
Discussion: Ezra Klein, Metablog and Daily Kos
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
THE PARTY OF CIVIL RIGHTS.... Given the new-found electoral relevance …
Discussion: Paul Krugman
Evan McMorris-Santoro / TPMDC:
NRSC Calls Dem Condemnation Of Paul Civil Rights Act Statements ‘Ironic’
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Raymond Hernandez / New York Times:
More Blumenthal Claims of Vietnam Service  —  WASHINGTON — Broader newspaper archival searches have continued to turn up claims by Attorney General Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut that he was a Vietnam War veteran, even though he did not serve in the war.
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 …
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.
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 …
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Mayor Daley offers his argument for gun control; Update: Video added
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.
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Judges Deny 3 Detainees in Afghanistan Access to U.S. Courts
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
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.
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
'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 …
Jim Hoft / Gateway Pundit:
Dalai Lama Admits: “I'm a Marxist”
Discussion: Michelle Malkin
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.
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PZ Myers / Pharyngula:
Irking accomplished. Continue.
Discussion: Bloggasm, Religion and Moonbattery
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Key senator thinks derivatives language could be stripped in conference
Reid Wilson / Hotline On Call:
RNC Spent $2K On Softball Gear
Discussion: USA Today
Ezra Klein:
How did people learn about health-care reform?
Paul Krugman:
Crying Fire! Fire! In Noah's Flood
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
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The Wrap:
EXCLUSIVE: Bob Kerrey Tapped to Head MPAA
Discussion: The Hill and Under The Influence
Has Obama created a Social Security ‘death panel’?
Chris Geidner / Metro Weekly:
Rep. Frank expects repeal amendment to be introduced next week …