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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.”
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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.
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.”
Discussion: Roger Ailes
The Politico:
Rand Paul's trial by misfire  —  When Kentucky Republicans cast their lot with Rand Paul, they figured they'd found a genuine outsider who wouldn't kowtow to the old ways of Washington.  —  They were right about that.  —  Just days after roaring through the Republican Senate primary …
Washington Post:
Rand Paul comments about civil rights stir controversy  —  Two days after becoming the newest symbol of “tea party” politics, Republican Senate candidate Rand Paul of Kentucky thrust himself, his party and the movement into an uncomfortable conversation about the federal government's role …
Faiz Shakir / Think Progress:
Scarborough bashes his own network, says Rand Paul shouldn't have appeared on Maddow.  —  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.”
Mark Tapscott / Beltway Confidential:
More Rand flaps to come and not just in Kentucky
Discussion: sisu
ABCNEWS:
Rand Paul Says He's Being ‘Trashed Up and Down’ By ‘Democratic Talking Points’
Peter Hamby / CNN:
Paul: ‘News cycle has gotten out of control’
Discussion: Washington Monthly, Page One and TPMDC
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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Edmund L. Andrews / Capital Gains and Games blogs:
Holy Cow! We're going to have financial reform.
Brady Dennis / Washington Post:
Senate passes financial regulation bill
Silla Brush / The Hill:
Wall Street bill nearing finish line as Senate passes legislation
Ezra Klein:
Wonkbook: FinReg passes; conference committee looms; joblessness is up
iowahawk:
Why I Won't Be Participating in ‘Draw M******* Day’ (PBUH)  —  One of the most frustrating things that comes with being one of Eastern Iowa's top 500 political satire bloggers is dealing with readers who presume to know where I stand on the issues.  Worse yet, some even seem to think they can dictate the content of my posts.
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reason-contest.s3.amazonaws.com:
And The Winner of The Everybody Draw Mohammad Contest is...  To remind readers of the stakes: In recent months, a Swedish cartoonist that sketched Mohammed as a “roundabout dog” as part of a planned street installation was assaulted during a lecture and, the following week, two extremists attempted to burn his house down.
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.
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 …
Political Punch:
Exclusive: President Obama To Replace Director of National Intelligence Dennis Blair*  —  ABC News has learned that President Obama will replace the Director of National Intelligence, Admiral Dennis Blair (ret.) His resignation will come as soon as tomorrow, sources tell ABC News.
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Mark Mazzetti / New York Times:
Facing a Rift, U.S. Spy Chief to Step Down
The Atlantic Online:
Night Beat: Clapper, And What's Next For The Intelligence Community
Discussion: WXYZ-TV, Washington Post and MyDD
Phil Willon / Los Angeles Times:
Chuck DeVore has a staunch conservative record  —  The Senate candidate is a veteran of politics who portrays himself as an outsider.  —  Chuck DeVore argues that his military experience gives him an edge over his primary rivals.  (Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times)
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Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Chuck DeVore's Misleading Claim he was “Shot At In Lebanon”
Discussion: Commentary
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 …
Charles Krauthammer / Real Clear Politics:
The Fruits of Weakness  —  WASHINGTON — It is perfectly obvious that Iran's latest uranium maneuver, brokered by Brazil and Turkey, is a ruse.  Iran retains more than enough enriched uranium to make a bomb.  And it continues enriching at an accelerated pace and to a greater purity (20 percent).
Marist Poll:
5/21: “Stay Out of Politics, Spitz,” Says Majority of NYS Voters  —  Nearly two-thirds of registered New York State voters — 66% — do not want former Governor Eliot Spitzer to run for statewide office this year.  Only 28% want him to throw his hat into the political ring. 6% are unsure.
The Hill:
Unions to spend $100M in 2010 campaign to save Dem majorities  —  At least two influential unions will spend close to $100 million on the 2010 election, with most of those funds going to protect incumbents.  —  Union officials told The Hill they plan to help endangered members …
Discussion: American Power and Weasel Zippers
Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
Constitution is this year's big best-seller  —  Demand for copies of the U.S. Constitution is skyrocketing.  —  The increased interest comes amid the rise of the Tea Party movement and as both parties cite the Constitution to advance their agendas.  —  The pocket edition of the Constitution …
Discussion: Politics Daily
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 …
Discussion: Top of the Ticket, Hot Air and Moe Lane
John / Power Line:
Arizona Digs In  —  Repeated attacks on the citizens of Arizona by President Obama and many others have done nothing to dim Arizona's support for immigration law enforcement.  On the contrary: a remarkable 71 percent of Arizona voters now support that state's new immigration law, up from 64 percent last month.
Discussion: Wake up America and Fausta's Blog
Jacob Gershman / Wall Street Journal:
Cuomo's Message: Don't Cross Me  —  Democrat Warns Legislators as He Readies Bid for Governor  —  As Democrats in Albany prepare to celebrate the kickoff of Andrew Cuomo's campaign for governor next week, Mr. Cuomo is quietly putting out the word that if he's elected lawmakers who resist his agenda will be punished.
Discussion: The Page
 
 
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Peter Nicholas / Los Angeles Times:
Democrats point the finger at Obama's chief of staff for immigration …
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