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10:55 AM ET, May 22, 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” …
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 …
David Weigel / Right Now:
Defending Rand Paul, Part II  —  A number of liberal writers have included or featured me in essays about the Rand Paul flap.  —  First, Adele Stan:  —  Then, Gabriel Winant: … This is complicated stuff, but the Pauls are used to it.  I first grappled with it in a 2008 story …
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:
Joshua Green / The Atlantic Online:
Explaining the Rand Paul Disaster
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Christina Bellantoni / TPMDC:
Paul Backs Out Of Meet The Press Appearance
Kate Phillips / The Caucus:
Paul Cancels Sunday TV Appearance
Conway on Rand Paul: 'he's clearly backpedaling'
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
THE PARTY OF CIVIL RIGHTS.... Given the new-found electoral relevance …
Evan McMorris-Santoro / TPMDC:
NRSC Calls Dem Condemnation Of Paul Civil Rights Act Statements ‘Ironic’
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Jordan Fabian / Ballot Box:
Cuomo makes New York gubernatorial bid official  —  New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo announced Saturday he is officially running for governor.  —  Cuomo had long been expected to enter the race to replace unpopular Gov. David Paterson (D), who is not running for reelection this fall.
Discussion: CNN and The Politico
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Andrew Cuomo announces run for NY-Gov  —  The Plan from Andrew Cuomo on Vimeo.  —  New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo (D) made it official this morning: he's running for governor this fall.  —  “New York is upside down and backwards; high taxes and low performance,” said Cuomo.
Discussion: Joe. My. God.
Danny Hakim / New York Times:
Cuomo Video Announces Campaign for Governor  —  Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo announced his campaign for governor with a video released early Saturday morning, finally making official his entrance into the race for governor this fall.  —  Mr. Cuomo's announcement comes only days …
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
Economic Scene: Obama's Progressive Project Is Changing Washington  —  With the Senate's passage of financial regulation, Congress and the White House have completed 16 months of activity that rival any other since the New Deal in scope or ambition.  Like the Reagan Revolution …
Discussion: Economix, Prairie Weather and Marbury
Associated Press:
Man Who Shot Police Had Antigovernment Views  —  LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An antigovernment Ohio man who had had several run-ins with the police around the country was identified Friday as one of two people suspected of gunning down two officers during a traffic stop in Arkansas.
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Hullabaloo
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 …
Fox News:
Key Al Qaeda Figure Accidentally Blows Himself Up, U.S. Officials Say  —  U.S. officials had been watching him, but Fox News' sources insist the U.S. had nothing to do with his death
Carol E. Lee / The Politico:
Obama campaigns against Bush - again  —  President Barack Obama is trying to ride the wave of anti-incumbency by taking on an unpopular politician steeped in the partisan ways of Washington.  —  It doesn't matter that George W. Bush left office 16 months ago.
A. G. Sulzberger / New York Times:
Judge Weinstein Takes On Child Pornography Laws  —  In his 43-year career as a federal judge, Jack B. Weinstein has come to be identified by his efforts to combat what he calls “the unnecessary cruelty of the law.”  His most recent crusade is particularly striking because of the beneficiary …
Archy Cary / Big Journalism:
D.C. Metro Police Escorted SEIU Protesters to Bank Of America Executive's Home  —  The family of Greg Baer, Bank of America executive, is located in a jurisdiction protected by the Montgomery County Police Department (MCPD), which responded promptly to a disturbance call from his neighborhood last weekend.
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