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7:40 PM ET, May 21, 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” …
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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.
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.”
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 …
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
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
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:
CNN:
Conway on Rand Paul: 'he's clearly backpedaling'
Discussion: The Politico
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.
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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
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
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
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 …
Jennifer Steinhauer / New York Times:
Arizona Law Reveals Tension in G.O.P. on Immigration  —  LOS ANGELES — Republican lawmakers and candidates are increasingly divided over illegal immigration — torn between the need to attract Latino support, especially at the ballot box, and rallying party members who support tougher action.
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Fox News:
Top Official Says Feds May Not Process Illegals Referred From Arizona
Steven Pearlstein / Washington Post:
Forget Greece: Europe's real problem is Germany  —  Ground zero of Europe's debt-currency-banking crisis isn't in Greece, or Portugal, or Ireland or even Spain.  It's in Germany.  —  So says Martin Wolf, the estimable economics columnist of the Financial Times, who this week offered …
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Nicholas Kulish / New York Times:
German Lawmakers Approve Rescue Package
Discussion: Truthdig
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
Haji Mujtaba / Reuters:
Taliban blow up ‘U.S. spies’ in Pakistan  —  Militants strap explosives to two men in public execution, officials say  —  MIRANSHAH, Pakistan - Taliban militants strapped explosives to two men accused of being U.S. spies and blew them up at a public execution in northwest Pakistan, intelligence officials and residents said on Friday.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and The Jawa Report
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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
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
Memphis Commercial Appeal:
Relatives ID West Memphis suspects  —  At left, a photo of Joe and Jerry Kane from a memorial website dedicated to the two.  On the right, a photo of one of the suspects in the killing of two West Memphis police officers Thursday, who relatives have identified as 16-year-old Joe Kane.
 
 
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Louis Sahagun / Los Angeles Times:
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Why is Sarah Palin in Boise? Vaughn Ward defends campaign
Sam Youngman / The Hill:
Gibbs points to Christmas bombing attempt as reason Blair is gone
Discussion: CNN and FrumForum
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