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Conway: Rand Paul Is ‘A Waffling Pessimist Who Wants To Be The Prince Of Cable TV’

“The Jack Conway who showed up at Saturday’s Fancy Farm Picnic was not the one who stumbled through the event last year. In 2009, Conway — then locked in a tough Democratic primary for Senate — blurted out “I’m one tough son of a bitch” in response to the screaming hecklers that make a Fancy Farm speech what it is. Maybe not the kind if language that upsets you (or the average network television censor), but it was enough to apparently upset the Catholic crowd at Fancy Farm and shock, simply shock, the NRSC. “

Rand Paul At Fancy Farm: Congress Needs A Waiting Period Before Passing Legislation

“In his speech at the 130th annual iteration of Kentucky’s semi-official campaign kickoff rally Saturday, Republican Senate nominee Rand Paul offered an issue-focused speech that took on national Democratic figures and offered some of his trademark unique solutions to the nation’s problems — including a waiting period for Congress before it passes bills.”

Dodd: It’s Not Worth A Fight To Get Elizabeth Warren Confirmed As CFPB Director

“When it first looked like Harvard Law professor Elizabeth Warren might stand a serious chance of getting appointed at the first director of the newly-created Consumer Financial Protection Bureau — a regulatory agency which she was the first to suggest — Senate Banking Committee Chairman Chris Dodd (D-CT) poo-pooed the notion, saying there’s a “serious question” about whether Warren is “confirmable.””

Pawlenty’s Plan To Extend The Bush Tax Cuts For The Wealthy: Take From The Middle Class

“As Republicans double down on the need to extend the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy, most have been unwilling to a offer a way to pay for the lost revenue they represent, while others have concocted a fantasy world where tax cuts pay for themselves.

In an interview with Bloomberg’s Al Hunt yesterday, Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R) called for the extension of all the Bush tax cuts, and at least attempted to provide a way to pay for them — use unspent stimulus money to find $40 billion:

HUNT: Okay, alright. $40 billion is what those [Bush tax cuts for the wealthy] cost in one year. Where you take the $40 billion from?

PAWLENTY: That’s easy. You can start by going back and looking at the stimulus package, which is still half unspent, which is not a good package. That could be redesigned and redeployed. And number two, if you look at the growth in federal spending, whether it’s in the entitlement side or the mandatory outlay side or on the discretionary side, you could easily find $40 billion.

First of all, Pawlenty’s figure of $40 billion is pathetic. Renewing the Bush tax cuts for the top two percent of Americans alone would cost $830 billion over ten years, more than 20 times the amount Pawlenty thinks he can find in the stimulus.”

Khadr trial will be a window into America’s war on terror

“Across his eight years in U.S. custody, Americans have seen Canadian Omar Khadr grow from a child found near dead in a war zone in Afghanistan to a brooding, weeping teenager and more recently a defiant young man spurning a guilty plea deal at Guantanamo. While his coming trial must tackle those competing tales, the first full war crimes prosecution of the Obama administration may reveal much more.”

South Korea Shakes Up Its Leadership

“President Lee Myung-bak appointed the youngest prime minister in 39 years on Sunday in a Cabinet reshuffle that retained a tough policy on the North.”

Slain Workers Undaunted by Risks, Friends Say

“Two members of an ill-fated mission in Afghanistan were remembered as fervent humanitarians.”

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