On the Radar: May 21, 2010

Rand Paul comments about civil rights stir controversy
By Krissah Thompson and Dan Balz, The Washington Post
Two days after becoming the newest symbol of "tea party" politics, Republican Senate candidate Rand Paul of Kentucky thrust himself, his party and the movement into an uncomfortable conversation about the federal government's role in prohibiting racial discrimination and about a period of history that most politicians consider beyond debate.  Continue Reading 

Rand Old Party  
By John Dickerson, SLATE Magazine 
This is an anti-establishment year, and no one personifies that sentiment better than Rand Paul. He trounced his establishment-backed opponent in the Kentucky Republican Senate primary by railing against Washington and GOP leaders who did not support him. It turns out, however, that the establishment isn't completely useless.  Continue Reading

Senate approves sweeping overhaul of financial regulations  
By Janet Hook and Jim Puzzanghera, Los Angeles Times
The Senate on Thursday approved the most sweeping rewrite of financial rules since the Great Depression, a milestone in President Obama's drive to expand government oversight and safeguard against another crisis like the Wall Street meltdown of 2008. The 59-39 vote was mostly along party lines: Four Republicans joined all but two Democrats in supporting the legislation.  Continue Reading 

Facing a Rift, U.S. Spy Chief to Step Down 
By Mark Mazzetti, The New York Times
Dennis C. Blair, whose often tumultuous tenure as director of national intelligence was marked by frequent clashes with White House officials and other spy chiefs in America’s still fractured intelligence apparatus, announced Thursday that he was resigning.   Continue Reading 

BP says it is capturing 5,000 barrels of oil a day from gulf spill 
By Juliet Eilperin and Steven Mufson, The Washington Post
BP said Thursday that it is now capturing 5,000 barrels a day of crude oil and 15 million cubic feet of natural gas from a leaking pipe at the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico, the first official admission that earlier estimates of the amount of oil spilling into sea were too small.   Continue Reading 

Louisiana Sandbar Plan Worries Some Scientists
By Elizabeth Shogren, National Public Radio    
Louisiana officials are pleading for federal approval to build colossal sandbars outside barrier islands in the Gulf of Mexico to protect the state's vast wetlands from the oil spurting from the Deepwater Horizon rig. Heavy oil started showing up in state wetlands earlier this week, heightening the officials' urgency.  Continue Reading 

Financial reform flashpoints
By Carrie Budoff Brown and Eamon Javers, POLITICO
The financial reform bill isn’t done yet, but that isn’t stopping the parties from testing their pitches to midterm voters. To Democrats, the bill is a consumer-friendly Wall Street comeuppance. To the GOP, a market-stifling Obama overreach, just like health care.  Continue Reading

U.S. Rolls Up Red Carpet for Karzai Rival
By Helene Cooper and Mark Landler, The New York Times
The Obama administration, after pulling out all the stops last week to show some love and affection to President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan, is giving the cold shoulder to Mr. Karzai’s vanquished political rival, Abdullah Abdullah.   Continue Reading

Posted: Fri, 05/21/2010 - 10:55am