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1:00 PM ET, May 22, 2010

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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 …
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Joshua Green / The Atlantic Online:
Explaining the Rand Paul Disaster  —  After getting himself into trouble on Rachel Maddow's show on MSNBC, and everywhere else, Rand Paul has decided to cancel an interview on Sunday's “Meet the Press” rather than risk further damage.  It's pretty amazing that a guy who embraced the role …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
David Weigel / Right Now:
Rand Paul cancels Meet the Press appearance
Matt Welch / Hit & Run:
Salon: “Libertarianism is juvenile,” “stupid,” “silly,” “bratty”
Christina Bellantoni / TPMDC:
Paul Backs Out Of Meet The Press Appearance
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.
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Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Rep. Van Hollen: Wall Street vote shows rift between Tea Party, GOP  —  The chief campaign strategist for House Democrats thinks the GOP made a strategic error in voting against Wall Street reform.  —  Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) made the case that Republicans' widespread opposition …
Discussion: The Politico
Danny Hakim / New York Times:
Cuomo Opens Campaign for New York Governor  —  Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo of New York announced his candidacy for governor on Saturday, saying that he was seeking not only to lead New York but to remake a state mired in political scandal and paralyzed by financial crisis.
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Jordan Fabian / Ballot Box:
Cuomo makes NY governor bid official
Discussion: CNN, The Politico and The Note
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Andrew Cuomo announces run for NY-Gov
Discussion: MyDD and Joe. My. God.
NY Daily News:
Tiger willing to give Elin $750M - to keep quiet … TIGER SCANDAL SCORECARD … EDITORS' PICKS … BEST OF NYDN.COM
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.
The Right Scoop:
Mark Levin throws down the gauntlet - challenges David Gregory to have him on ‘Meet the Depressed’  —  Since Rand Paul has canceled his Sunday appearance on MTP, there's an opening, and Levin wants in.  He challenges Gregory to have a real conservative on for a change.
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
Ben Geman / The Hill:
Obama defends escalation of Afghan war to West Point class  —  President Barack Obama on Saturday defended his escalation of the war in Afghanistan in a speech to graduating cadets at West Point.  —  Speaking before about 1,000 graduating cadets — many of whom will be deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan …
Discussion: The Politico and CNN
Paul / Power Line:
You're either for or against the military we have  —  Robert Merrill is a captain in the Marine Corps.  He fought in Iraq and currently serves as a legal adviser to a Marine infantry batallion in southern Afghanistan.  In between, he attended and graduated from Harvard law school.
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Robert Merrill / Washington Post:
A veteran's Harvard ally: Elena Kagan
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Mark Steyn / Orange County Register:
Obama's lazy tribute to Daniel Pearl … Barack Obama's remarkable powers of oratory are well known: In support of Chicago's Olympic bid, he flew into Copenhagen to give a heartwarming speech about himself, and they gave the games to Rio.  He flew into Boston to support Martha Coakley's bid …
Joe Gandelman / The Moderate Voice:
Obama Creates Oil Spill Panel: Too Little Too Late?  —  NASA satellite photo of the Gulf oil spill as of May 18  —  Amid increasing criticism from politicians of both parties -except one notably high profile one — that he is not tough enough or doing enough, President Barack Obama has created …
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and Examiner
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 …
Rasmussen Reports:
68% Oppose Boycotts of Arizona Over New Immigration Law  —  Boston and Los Angeles were among the first to announce boycotts of Arizona, but 68% of Americans say it's a bad idea for other cities or states to boycott Arizona over its new immigration law.  —  A new Rasmussen Reports national …
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David Leonhardt / New York Times:
Economic Scene: Obama's Progressive Project Is Changing Washington
Discussion: Economix, Prairie Weather and Marbury
Lyle Denniston / SCOTUSblog:
No habeas rights at Bagram
Jake Sherman / The Politico:
Issa threatens Sestak with complaint
Discussion: Instapundit
 Earlier Items: 
Pharyngula:
Irking accomplished. Continue.
Discussion: Bloggasm
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Key senator thinks derivatives language could be stripped in conference
Paul Krugman:
Crying Fire! Fire! In Noah's Flood
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Ktvb / KTFT:
Why is Sarah Palin in Boise? Vaughn Ward defends campaign