Stories You Should Know (5/20/10)

CBS News (USA)
Now that the Tea Party-backed Rand Paul has the GOP nomination for Kentucky’s open Senate seat, the media and his Democratic opponent are pouncing on his extreme libertarian views — particularly with respect to his position on racism in private businesses and whether he would have supported the 1964 Civil Rights Act.

Reuters (USA)
U.S. Senate Democrats on Thursday hunted for votes needed to advance the biggest overhaul of financial regulation since the 1930s, which was still widely expected to win final passage within days.

Google News (USA)
Republican state Sen. Marlin Stutzman is now in the race to take Rep. Mark Souder’s place in Congress. Stutzman made his announcement Thursday in the northern Indiana city of Goshen, two days after Souder announced he would resign in the wake of an extramarital affair.

New York Times (New York, NY)
Shortly after Representative Joe Sestak won an improbable victory Tuesday over Senator Arlen Specter in Pennsylvania’s Democratic Senate primary, President Obama called Mr. Sestak to congratulate him. The president pledged his full support, aides said later, and offered to campaign for him in the fall — if Mr. Sestak believes it will help.

CT NOW (Hartford, CT)
Linda McMahon, a Republican candidate for U.S. Senate, on Wednesday confirmed that her campaign had a role in this week’s New York Times story about Democratic candidate Richard Blumenthal’s misstatements about his military career.

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