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2:35 PM ET, May 21, 2010

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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.”
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.”
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.”
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 …
ABCNEWS:
‘Trashed Up and Down’: Rand Paul on Critics of Civil Rights Comments  —  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 …
Washington Post:
Rand Paul comments about civil rights stir controversy
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Rand Paul: President Obama's criticism of BP ‘sounds really un-American’
ABCNEWS:
Rand Paul Says He's Being ‘Trashed Up and Down’ by ‘Democratic Talking Points’
Discussion: The Huffington Post and Ezra Klein
The Center for Public Integrity:
More Than 850 Banks, Hedge Funds, Companies, Others Deploy 3,000-Plus Lobbyists on Capitol Hill  —  Businesses, trade groups and other interests hired more than five lobbyists for each member of Congress to influence financial regulatory reform legislation pending before the Senate, according to a Center for Public Integrity analysis.
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Edmund L. Andrews / Capital Gains and Games blogs:
Holy Cow! We're going to have financial reform.
Paul Davidson / ABCNEWS:
Senate Guts Out Financial Reform
Discussion: CNN, The Politico and The Hill
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.
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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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 …
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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The Hill:   A letter to US legislators: Coffee, Tea's commonalities
Alan Colmes' Liberaland:
“N-Word” Sign Maker Now “Tea Party Columnist” for Washington Times (Updated)
Discussion: Mediaite and RedState
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
Discussion: Breitbart.tv and Shot in the Dark
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”
kff.org:
Kaiser Health Tracking Poll — May 2010  —  Confusion over the new health reform law declined but remains widespread, with 44 percent of the public saying they were confused in May, compared to 55 percent in April.  Moreover, more than a third of Americans (35%) say they do not understand …
Discussion: Ezra Klein
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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 …
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.
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 …
Raymond Hernandez / New York Times:
Another Case of Blumenthal Misstating Service  —  WASHINGTON — Broader newspaper archival searches continue to turn up instances in which Attorney General Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut portrayed himself as a Vietnam War veteran even though he did not serve in the war.
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).
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Judges Rule Against Detainees Held at Afghan Air Base  —  WASHINGTON — A federal appeals court ruled on Friday that prisoners being held without trial in Afghanistan by the military have no right to challenge their imprisonment in American civilian courts.  The decision, overturning …
Discussion: BLACKFIVE
 
 
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