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2:55 AM ET, May 20, 2010


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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Rand Paul won't answer Civil Rights Act question  —  Moving from the Republican Primary to the general election means, for Rand Paul, addressing a broader set of issues than the anti-tax, anti-spending focus of his campaign.  —  And while he's answered this question before …
Ian M. / Think Progress:
Rand Paul: ‘The Hard Part Of Believing In Freedom’ Is Opposing Ban On Whites-Only Lunch Counters  —  The Civil Rights Act of 1964 is one of the greatest accomplishments of the 20th century, banning whites-only lunch counters and similar discrimination in hiring, promotions, hotels and restaurants.
Martina Stewart / CNN:
Come to Kentucky, Rand Paul tells Obama  —  (CNN) - Fresh off his win in Kentucky's Republican Senate primary, Dr. Rand Paul is welcoming the attention from national Democrats that his insurgent, Tea Party-backed candidacy is generating.  —  Tim Kaine, chairman of the Democratic National Committee …
Discussion: The Politico, The Note and
Taylor Marsh / The Huffington Post:
Rand Paul on Civil Rights: Private Restaurants Wouldn't Have To Serve Martin Luther King  —  Today on “Hardball,” Jack Conway charged that Ron Paul wanted to do away with the Civil Rights Act.  In fact, Rand Paul's words to the Courier-Journal, in their editorial board interview …
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Rand Paul  —  It is quite an understatement to say that I am …
The Note:
Sen. Harry Reid Suggests Sen. Scott Brown Lied  —  ABC's Jonathan Karl reports: Did Harry Reid just call Scott Brown a liar?  —  Basically, yes.  —  Here's the story: The Senate just rejected Reid's effort to move to a vote on the Wall Street reform bill, 57-42 (60 votes were needed).
Reid accuses Scott Brown of breaking word on vote  —  Sen. Harry Reid said Wednesday that another senator ‘broke his word with me.’  —  Washington (CNN) - Moments after narrowly losing a key vote on the hotly contested Wall Street reform bill Wednesday, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid told …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers, The Note, TPMDC and The Hill
Lori Montgomery / Washington Post:
Democrats queasy about deficit spending
David M. Herszenhorn / New York Times:
Vote Keeps Financial Reform Bill in Debate
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Devin Dwyer / ABCNEWS:
Immigrant Students Face Deporation After McCain Protest
Jamison Foser / Media Matters for America:
The New York Times has some explaining to do  —  This Associated Press report about the controversy surrounding Richard Blumenthal's description of his military service raises some questions about the New York Times' handling of the story: … So why didn't the Times include Blumenthal …
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Times defends posting of clipped Blumenthal video  —  The New York Times, in a statement sent my way, is now defending its decision to run a shorter version of an explosive video of Richard Blumenthal in 2008 falsely claiming service in Vietnam — even though a longer version shows …
Daniela Altimari / Capitol Watch:
Blumenthal and Vietnam, the director's cut
Washington Post:
Md. second-grader gives first lady pop quiz on immigration  —  As much as they might want to defer the conversation, the politically charged issue of illegal immigration continues to dog members of the Obama administration.  —  On Wednesday, with TV cameras rolling during an event to promote healthy eating …
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
First lady tells illegal immigrant's daughter that U.S. must ‘fix’ system
Matthew Stabley / NBC Washington:
Girl Outs Mother's Citizenship Status During First Lady's School Visit
Peter Baker / The Caucus:
Obama Turns His Back On the Press  —  At a ceremony to sign a bill promoting press freedom around the world on Monday, President Obama refused to take questions from the reporters in attendance.  “I'm not doing a press conference today,” he told Chip Reid of CBS News, “but we'll be seeing you guys during the course of the week.”
Sam Youngman / The Hill:
Obama shuns U.S. outlets at news conference
Discussion: The Politico, CNN and The Swamp
CBS News:
Heavy Sludge Oozes into Marshes of Louisiana  —  Governor Bobby Jindal Flew over Site and Reported “Heavy Oil;” CBS Cameras Turned Away by BP, Coast Guard  —  (CBS/AP) It may be the most disturbing site yet: the first heavy sludge now oozing into the marshes of Louisiana as the slick continues to grow in size out in the gulf.
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Reflecting on PA-12  —  My biggest takeaway from the surprising outcome in PA-12 last night, besides the fact that Mark Critz and the DCCC did an amazing job?  There's a limit to just how unpopular Republicans can be and still hope to make gains everywhere this fall.
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Congress about to limit political speech of bloggers?  —  The same sloppy legislative writing that created so many unintended consequences in ObamaCare also plagues the DISCLOSE Act, the effort in Congress to tighten spending rules in the wake of the Citizens United decision — and that's the generous take on the situation.
Kori Schulman / White Blog Feed:
Tonight at the White House State Dinner: Beyoncé and Rodrigo y Gabriela  —  State Dinner and Reception guests are in for a musical treat - Beyoncé and Rodrigo y Gabriela will perform in a tent on the South Lawn following the Dinner tonight.  —  Watch the Live Streams:
Associated Press:
KFC's bet on the Double Down is paying off  —  Fast-food chain extends popular, bunless menu item  —  KFC's Double Down is essentially a sandwich with two chicken filets taking the place of bread slices.  In between are two pieces of bacon, melted slices of Monterey jack and pepper jack cheese and a zesty sauce.
Cardinal Seán / Cardinal Seán's Blog:
On the Hingham school situation  —  As a young bishop in the West Indies I once celebrated a memorial Mass for a local “madame” who ran a brothel near my Cathedral.  It was said she smuggled women in from other islands in oil barrels for her business.  Some women suffocated in the crossing.
Discussion: Politics Daily and Boston Globe
Jennifer Rubin / Commentary:
Obama Should Go to Israel!  —  During a meeting with Jewish Democrats it was suggested — by which participant(s) we don't know — that Obama should visit Israel.  I mused about such a trip earlier this month.  Yes, let's see Obama interact with the Israeli people and go to the Knesset.
Discussion: Associated Press and Moe Lane
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Obama's Second State Dinner Attracts No Gate Crashers  —  WASHINGTON — Some of them were still clutching their embossed invitations, proof that they belonged.  They had already been asked their names once, twice, three times to make sure they were actually on the list.
NBC Los Angeles:
Power Play Over Immigration Law  —  LA's boycott resolution sparks a threat over power the city receives from Arizona  —  An Arizona utility commissioner said he's willing to pull the plug on Los Angeles if the city goes through with a boycott of his state.
New York Times:
White House Embraces Upstart Who Beat Specter  —  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 …
Discussion: Indecision Forever
David Dayen / Firedoglake:
Feingold and Cantwell Explain Their Votes Against Cloture  —  [Ed. Note: See David's previous post on the financial regulation bill's failure to pass a cloture vote earlier today.]  —  After voting against cloture on the Wall Street reform bill, Russ Feingold released this statement:
Discussion: Daily Kos
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Rob Crilly / Telegraph:
Facebook blocked in Pakistan over Prophet Mohammed cartoon row
Discussion: Hot Air and Hit & Run
The Hill:
Pelosi vows to end 'Don't ask, don't tell' by the end of the year
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
David Swindle / NewsReal Blog:
A New Video From Horowitz's UC San Diego Speech... This One's Funnier
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Jihad Watch
CBS News:
BP Bows to Pressure for Oil Leak Livestream
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
Obama and the Oil Spill
Karoli / Crooks and Liars:
Florida mosque bombed; FBI calls for help; national media mute
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Owen Gibson / Guardian:
London Olympics 2012: Meet Wenlock and Mandeville, drips off the old block
Discussion: Tammy Bruce and Moe Lane
John Fritze / USA Today:
Utah Sen. Bennett may announce future tomorrow