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4:40 AM ET, May 23, 2010

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Ann Arbor / CBS News:
Text of Obama's Speech to West Point 2010 Cadets  —  Tells Graduating Class Their Honor, Duty, Love of Country Wins Support of a Proud and Grateful Nation  —  (CBS) Transcript of remarks by the president at the commencement ceremony of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, held at Michie Stadium …
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Peter Baker / New York Times:
Obama Offers Strategy Based in Diplomacy  —  WEST POINT, N.Y. — President Obama previewed a new national security strategy rooted in diplomatic engagement and international alliances on Saturday as he essentially repudiated his predecessor's emphasis on unilateral American power and the right to wage pre-emptive war.
Michael D. Shear / Washington Post:
At West Point, Obama talks up national security strategy
Discussion: Hot Air and The Moderate Voice
Ben Geman / The Hill:
Obama defends escalation of Afghan war in address to 2010 West Point class
B.J. Reyes / Star Bulletin:
Djou wins special election for Congress  —  Hanabusa leads Case with nearly all the votes counted  —  Republican Charles Djou emerged victorious tonight in the special election to fill Hawaii's vacancy in Congress, giving Hawaii it's first GOP member of Congress in 20 years.
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Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Charles Djou, Republicans capture Hawaii House seat  —  Update, 12:02 am: Honolulu City Councilman Charles Djou (R) won the special election in Hawaii's 1st district tonight.  He took 39.5 percent of the vote to 31 percent for state Sen. Colleen Hanabusa and 28 percent for former Rep. Ed Case (D).
B.J. Reyes / Star Bulletin:
Special race draws 50% of voters  —  Voter turnout in the special election to fill Hawaii's vacancy in Congress has already topped 50 percent.  —  Results are expected to be announced shortly after today's 6 p.m. deadline to get ballots in to the state Office of Elections.
Discussion: Daily Kos and Gateway Pundit
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Rep. Van Hollen: Wall Street vote shows rift between Tea Party, Republicans  —  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 …
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Bob Bennett / Washington Post:
What the Tea Party can learn from Jimmy Carter
Carol E. Lee / The Politico:
Obama campaigning against Bush—again
Discussion: Hot Air
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
WHEN EXTREMISM AND IGNORANCE COLLIDE.... Republican Senate candidate and right-wing ophthalmologist Rand Paul got into a little trouble this week while explaining his opposition to the Civil Rights Act of 1964.  To a lesser extent, his disagreement with the Americans With Disabilities Act also raised a few eyebrows.
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Michael Birnbaum / Washington Post:
Texas board approves social studies standards that perceived liberal bias  —  The Texas state school board gave final approval Friday to controversial social studies standards that minimize the separation of church and state and say that America is not a democracy but a “constitutional republic.”
The Huffington Post:
James Carville Takes On Obama On Oil Spill: He's ‘Risking Everything’ With ‘Go Along With BP Strategy’  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  Democratic strategist James Carville and MSNBC anchor Chris Matthews, two reliable supporters of President Barack Obama, have issued withering critiques …
Steven Erlanger / New York Times:
Payback Time: Deficit Crisis Threatens Ample Benefits of European Life  —  PARIS — Across Western Europe, the “lifestyle superpower,” the assumptions and gains of a lifetime are suddenly in doubt.  The deficit crisis that threatens the euro has also undermined the sustainability …
Habib Toumi / Gulf News:
Saudi scholar's fatwa wades into controversy  —  Saudi scholar gets into trouble for saying that women could give their milk to men for maternal relations  —  Manama: A Saudi scholar has waded into controversy after he said that women could give their milk to men to establish a degree …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Jihad Watch
Byron York / Beltway Confidential:
As economic worries worsen, White House puts on the glitz  —  At a time when the unemployment rate stands at 9.9 percent, when jobs are still being lost, when worries about the global economy are causing breathtaking volatility on Wall Street, when millions of Americans who still have jobs …
David E. Sanger / New York Times:
U.S. Implicates North Korean Leader in Attack  —  WASHINGTON — A new American intelligence analysis of a deadly torpedo attack on a South Korean warship concludes that Kim Jong-il, the ailing leader of North Korea, must have authorized the torpedo assault, according to senior American officials …
Discussion: Freedom's Lighthouse
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
THE FAMILIAR RING OF THE K STREET PROJECT.... The notorious K Street Project became synonymous with Republican excesses of the Gingrich/DeLay/Bush era, and for good reason.  Among its components was a heavy-handed scheme to “encourage” corporate PACs to contribute to Republican candidates, or face adverse consequences.
Discussion: Prairie Weather
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Washington Post:
Corporate PACs betting on Republicans to regain control of Congress
Jonathan Tilove / New Orleans Times-Picayune:
BP is sticking with its dispersant choice … BP has told the Environmental Protection Agency that it cannot find a safe, effective and available dispersant to use instead of Corexit, and will continue to use that chemical application to help break up the growing spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
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