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12:00 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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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” …
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
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 …
Matt Welch / Hit & Run:
Salon: “Libertarianism is juvenile,” “stupid,” “silly,” “bratty”
Christina Bellantoni / TPMDC:
Paul Backs Out Of Meet The Press Appearance
CNN:
Conway on Rand Paul: 'he's clearly backpedaling'
Jordan Fabian / Ballot Box:
Cuomo makes NY governor 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, The Politico and The Note
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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 …
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.
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.
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
NY Daily News:
Tiger willing to give Elin $750M - to keep quiet … TIGER SCANDAL SCORECARD … EDITORS' PICKS … BEST OF NYDN.COM
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 …
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Jim Geraghty / National Review:
What Makes Richard Blumenthal So Special to Connecticut Democrats?
Discussion: Hot Air
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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 …
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.
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.
 
 
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David Leonhardt / New York Times:
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Lyle Denniston / SCOTUSblog:
No habeas rights at Bagram
Jake Sherman / The Politico:
Issa threatens Sestak with complaint
Discussion: Instapundit
Pharyngula:
Irking accomplished. Continue.
Discussion: Bloggasm
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Key senator thinks derivatives language could be stripped in conference
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How did people learn about health-care reform?
New Jersey Online:
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Kevin Costner may hold key to oil spill cleanup
Paul Krugman:
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