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4:55 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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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.”
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.”
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.
New York Times:
Major Parts of the Financial Regulation Overhaul  —  The Senate on Thursday approved a far-reaching financial regulatory bill, 59 to 39.  Democratic Congressional leaders and the Obama administration must now reconcile it with the House bill that was passed in December.  —  Effect Notable differences between
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
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.
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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 …
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.
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
Washington Times:
U.N. sanctions loophole: Russia can send missiles to Iran  —  A draft U.N. resolution that would impose sanctions on Iran, including limits on global arms transfers, will not block the controversial transfer of Russian S-300 missiles to the Iranian military, according to U.S. and Russian officials.
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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 …
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
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.
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 …
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.
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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Stuart Taylor Jr / The Atlantic Online:
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