The Note’s Must-Reads for Friday, May 21, 2010

May 21, 2010 4:48am

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The New York Times’ Mark Landler: “Economics Is on Agenda for U.S. Meetings in China” LINK

The New York Times’ Helene Cooper and Mark Landler: “U.S. Rolls Up Red Carpet for Karzai’s Political Rival” LINK

Bloomberg’s Nicole Gaouette: “Clinton Heads to China in North Korea Torpedo Crisis” LINK


The Boston Globe’s Shelley Murphy and Jonathan Saltzman: “Lawyer links Mass. man, Shahzad” LINK


Politics Daily’s Alex Wagner: “Oil Spill: White House on Defense as Management Criticisms Mount” LINK

The Hill’s Alexander Bolton and Jay Heflin: “Oil spill taxes prove handy for funding summer jobs” LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Julie Cart and Bettina Boxall: “BP forced to admit leak is bigger” LINK


ABC News’ Vic Ratner: “Financial Reform Bill Passes in Senate, 59-39″ LINK

Washington Times’ Patrice Hill: “Senate passes Obama’s bank reform bill” LINK

Politics Daily’s Patricia Murphy: “Wall Street Reform Passes Senate With Scott Brown’s Backing” LINK

The New York Times’ David Herszenhorn: “Senate Passes Broader Rules for Overseeing Wall Street” LINK

The Washington Post’s Brady Dennis: “Senate passes financial regulation bill” LINK

The Washington Post’s Michael Shear: “Obama to use passage of financial regulation bill as a campaign issue” LINK

Time’s Jay Newton-Small: “Regulatory Reform Passes the Senate, Now What?” LINK

The Boston Globe’s Matt Viser: “Senate approves financial overhaul” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Greg Hitt and Damian Paletta: “Senate Passes Finance Bill” LINK

Bloomberg’s Alison Vekshin and Phil Mattingly: “Senate Passes Reforms Designed to Prevent Worst U.S. Collapse” LINK

The Hill’s Silla Brush: “Wall Street bill nearing finish line as Senate passes legislation 59-39″ LINK

The New York Daily News’ Michael Mcauliff: “Obama’s Wall Street reform: Senate passes biggest financial regulation bill since Great Depression” LINK


USA Today’s John Fritze: “Ky., Pa. candidates off to quick start” LINK

USA Today’s Susan Page: “Primary day backlash hits centrists” LINK

Time’s Michael Grunwald: “Reading Too Much Meaning into the 2010 Primaries” LINK


The New York Times’ Adam Nagourney and Carl Hulse: “Tea Party Pick Causes Uproar on Civil Rights” LINK

The Washington Post’s Krissah Thompson and Dan Balz: “Rand Paul comments about civil rights stir controversy” LINK

Bloomberg’s Kristin Jensen and Jonathan D. Salant: “House Democrats Have Political Cash Advantage Over Republicans” LINK

Washington Times’ Sean lengell: “Anti-Obama tack buoys some Democrats” LINK

Politics Daily’s Peter Wehner: “Republicans Should Repudiate Rand Paul’s Civil Rights Stand” LINK

Politico’s David Rodgers: “Democrats proceed with $190B jobs, tax plan” LINK

Politico’s Carrie Budoff Brown and Eamon Javers: “Financial reform flashpoints” LINK

Politico’s Josh Gerstein: “Blair exit revives concerns about DNI” LINK


ABC News’ Devin Dwyer: “Border ‘Mayhem’? An Illegal Immigration Fact Check Shows Violence Declining” LINK

Newsweek’s Arian Camp-Flores: “Will Arizona’s Tough Immigration Law Fuel Hispanic Turnout for Democrats?” LINK


ABC News’ Jake Tapper: “Exclusive: President Obama To Replace Director of National Intelligence Dennis Blair” LINK

The New York Times’ Mark Mazzetti: “Facing a Rift, U.S. Spy Chief to Step Down” LINK

The Washington Post’s Greg Miller: “Dennis Blair to resign as director of national intelligence” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Siobhan Gorman: “Top Spymaster Asked to Resign” LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ David S. Cloud and Christi Parsons: “Intelligence chief stepping down after rocky tenure” LINK


ABC News’ Devin Dwyer and Lisa Jones: “Rape Kit Testing Backlog Thwarts Justice for Victims” LINK

Politico’s Manu Raju, Jonathan Allen and Jonathan Martin: “Paul: No repeal of civil rights law” LINK

The Washington Post’s Mary Beth Sheridan: “Mexico’s Calderon tells Congress he needs U.S. help in fighting drug wars” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s John D. Mckinnon and Martin Vaughan: “Next Up: Battle Over New Tax Bill” LINK


The New York Times’ Charlie Savage: “House Panel Rejects a Plan to Shift Detainees to Illinois” LINK


ABC News’ Joseph Rhee and Mark Schone: “Waxman Slams Toyota’s Claim of Research Into Sudden Acceleration” LINK

Washington Times’ Kara Rowland: “Calderon faults U.S. guns for Mexico violence” LINK

The New York Times’ Peter Baker: “State Dinner Crashers Stopped Near White House” LINK

The Washington Post’s Michael Birnbaum: “Texas school board hears from critics of social studies changes” LINK

The Washington Post’s Joe Stephens: “Probes of Novak detailed in newly released FBI papers” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Jonathan Weisman and Peter Wallsten: “Paul’s Civil-Rights Remarks Ignite Row” LINK


“Gov. Bobby Jindal on the BP Oil Spill” LINK

“Raper Victim Speaks Out Before Congress” LINK

“Members of Congress with More Question for Toyota” LINK

“Rep. Van Hollen on 2010 Elections” LINK

“A Divided Congress Takes on President Calderon” LINK

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