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5:30 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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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.”
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 …
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.”
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
THE PARTY OF CIVIL RIGHTS.... Given the new-found electoral relevance of the Civil Rights Act, I suppose this was inevitable. … This comes up from time to time, whenever Republicans are feeling particularly defensive about the civil rights issues.  But in light of the party's confusion, it's probably time for a quick refresher.
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Rand Paul: President Obama's criticism of BP ‘sounds really un-American’
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.  —  A few hours ago, the Senate did something truly amazing: it clobbered Wall Street and the banking industry, defying armies of overpaid lobbyists and passing genuine reforms for our run-amok financial system.
Paul Davidson / ABCNEWS:
Senate Guts Out Financial Reform
Discussion: CNN, The Politico and The Hill
James Pethokoukis:
Wall Street scores a win on financial reform ... for now
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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
Justin Kaufmann / blogs.vocalo.org:
Sound bite of the day: Daley tells reporter where to shove gun
Discussion: The Volokh Conspiracy
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 …
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
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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Tommy Christopher / Mediaite:
Washington Times Debuts Dale ‘N-Word Sign’ Robertson as Tea Party Columnist  —  According to a press release, self-described “Tea Party Founder” Dale Robertson has joined the Washington Times' “Tea Party Report” blog.  Robertson, you may recall, was thrust back into the limelight in March …
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Alan Colmes' Liberaland:
“N-Word” Sign Maker Now “Tea Party Columnist” for Washington Times (Updated)
Discussion: The Hill, Mediaite and RedState
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
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 …
The Politico:
GOP fingers culprit in Pa. election  —  In the wake of Tuesday's Pennsylvania special election loss, disappointed House Republican leaders have engaged in a round of soul-searching to determine the causes behind the defeat and put an end to what they view as a potentially damaging campaign narrative.
Sam Youngman / The Hill:
Gibbs points to Christmas bombing attempt as reason Blair is gone  —  White House press secretary Robert Gibbs hinted that recent attempted terrorist attacks led to the resignation of Director of National Intelligence Dennis Blair.  —  Gibbs on Friday pointed to “coordination issues” …
Discussion: FrumForum
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 …
Ben Armbruster / Think Progress:
Gingrich Says Comparing Obama Administration To Nazi Threat Is ‘Pretty Reasoned And Compelling’  —  Newt Gingrich has made headlines recently by writing in his new book, To Save America, that the Obama administration's “secular socialist machine” represents “as great a threat to America as Nazi Germany or the Soviet Union.”
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.
Ktvb / KTFT:
Why is Sarah Palin in Boise?  Vaughn Ward defends campaign  —  BOISE — Sarah Palin is in Boise to campaign for Republican Vaughn Ward — who is vying for a seat in congress.  —  Ward admits that in recent weeks — he has experienced what he calls mis-steps.
 
 
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