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David Weigel / Right Now:
Rand Paul, telling the truth  —  If we use “gaffe” in its proper, Kinsleyan form, that's what U.S. Senate candidate Rand Paul issued to NPR yesterday, and that's what he defended on Rachel Maddow's show last night.  He told the truth about his stance on the Civil Rights Act.
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Ezra Klein:
Rand Paul may not be a racist, but he is an extremist  —  Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy  —  It's safe to say Rand Paul's first few days as the Republican nominee for the open Senate seat in Kentucky are not going well.
The Huffington Post:
Rand Paul On Civil Rights Controversy: I Shouldn't Have Talked To Rachel Maddow [UPDATED]  —  See new updates below.  —  The morning after he declined to endorse the totality of the Civil Rights Act in his much-discussed appearance on the Rachel Maddow Show, Dr. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) …
Lee Fang / Think Progress:
Exclusive: DeMint Says He Disagrees With Rand Paul On Civil Rights, Needs To ‘Talk To Rand About His Positions’  —  Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) endorsed anti-government extremist Rand Paul (R-KY) in the Kentucky US Senate primary, funneling money and resources for his successful campaign.
Mike Memoli / Real Clear Politics:
Paul: I Support the Civil Rights Act  —  Reacting to an avalanche of criticism over his perceived views of the Civil Rights Act, Rand Paul's campaign issues this statement today: … Sphere It!
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Paul blames ‘loony left’ for civil rights focus  —  Rand Paul lashed out at the “loony left” for pressing him on his view of the 1964 Civil Rights Act in an interview with Laura Ingraham this morning.  —  “I've never really favored any change in the Civil Rights Act,” he said.
David Weigel / Right Now:
Rand Paul in '02: I may not like it, but ‘a free society’ will allow ‘hate-filled groups to exclude people based on the color of their skin’  —  Here's another wrinkle in the controversy over U.S. Senate candidate Rand Paul's arguments, made Wednesday to NPR and Rachel Maddow …
Bruce Bartlett / Capital Gains and Games blogs:
Rand Paul is No Barry Goldwater on Civil Rights  —  Rand Paul, son of legendary libertarian Congressman Ron Paul, for whom I worked in the 1970s, is now the official Republican nominee for the U.S. Senate from Kentucky.  Perhaps unfortunately for him, he did not get a great deal …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Paul won't back repeal of 1964 act  —  Rand Paul just put out a long statement that seeks to put to rest the controversy over the 1964 Civil Rights Act, but it continues to avoid discussing his central complaint with the bill, the way in which it regulates private businesses:
Jake / Page One:
Rand Paul Made Same Racial Comments in 2002  —  Rand Paul's appearance last evening on Rachel Maddow wasn't the first time he made comments about racial discrimination.  —  In a May 30, 2002 letter to the editor of the Bowling Green Daily News about the Federal Fair Housing Act …
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Freedom as White Supremacy
Ezra Klein:
Area politician has some explaining to do
Discussion: USA Today
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
What do Rand Paul's patrons think of Civil Rights talk?
Adam Nagourney / The Caucus:
Paul's Views on Civil Rights Cause a Stir
Howard Fineman / Newsweek Blogs:
Rand Paul and D. W. Griffith
Discussion: NPR Topics and NewsBusters.org
Political Punch:
Exclusive: President Obama To Replace Director of National Intelligence Dennis Blair*  —  ABC News has learned that President Obama will replace the Director of National Intelligence, Admiral Dennis Blair (ret.) His resignation will come as soon as tomorrow, sources tell ABC News.
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Agence France Presse:
Obama's intelligence czar to resign: US official  —  WASHINGTON — US Director of National Intelligence Dennis Blair will resign on Friday as President Barack Obama's top spy chief, a US official told AFP.  —  “We expect Admiral Blair to offer his resignation tomorrow,” …
Discussion: Townhall.com and The Jawa Report
Neil Vigdor / Stamford Advocate:
Critics weigh Blumenthal's words  —  “I wore the uniform in Vietnam and many came back & to all kinds of disrespect.  Whatever we think of war, we owe the men and women of the armed forces our unconditional support.”  —  The occasion was the Stamford Veterans Days parade: Nov. 9, 2008.
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Ann Coulter / Human Events:   Republicans on Track to Snatch Defeat From Jaws of Victory
David M. Herszenhorn / New York Times:
Bill to Overhaul Financial Rules Clears Hurdle in Senate Vote  —  WASHINGTON — The Senate voted on Thursday afternoon to close debate on a far-reaching financial regulatory bill, putting Congress on a glide path to approving a broad expansion of government oversight of the increasingly complex …
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Jason Horowitz / Washington Post:
Democratic New York senator Chuck Schumer is poised to become majority leader
Discussion: Washington Times, Hot Air and The Note
CNN:
Senate Democrats predict financial regulations victory
Discussion: The Politico and The Note
Jordy Yager / The Hill:
GOP lawmaker blasts Mexican pres. comments as inappropriate  —  Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) blasted Mexican President Felipe Calderon on Thursday, calling the visiting dignitary's remarks on Arizona's recently implemented immigration law “inappropriate.”  —  Earlier Thursday …
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Rasmussen Reports:
71% in Arizona Now Support State's New Immigration Law
Glenn Thrush / The Politico:
Gibbs mum on Sestak job offer  —  Don't ask the White House if Obama aides tried to force Joe Sestak out of the Pennsylvania Democratic Senate primary by offering him a job.  They are keeping mum on the controversy.  —  Press Secretary Robert Gibbs deflected a barrage of questions about reports …
Discussion: Beltway Confidential
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Sam Youngman / The Hill:   Gibbs mum about Sestak's job offer
Online NewsHour:
BP Official: Leaking Gulf Oil Well to Be Shut ‘Hopefully Within a Week’  —  JEFFREY BROWN: And we're joined now from Houston by Bob Dudley of BP.  He oversees the company's activities in the Americas and Asia.  —  Mr. Dudley, thanks for joining us.  —  This figure, first …
Discussion: CNN and Scott Rosenberg's Wordyard
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Justin Gillis / New York Times:
Scientists Fault Lack of Studies Over Gulf Oil Spill
Mark Steyn / The Corner on National Review Online:
Everybody Draws Mohammed Day — By: Mark Steyn  —  Veronique, I initially had mixed feelings about Everybody Draws Mohammed Day.  Provocation for its own sake is one of the dreariest features of contemporary culture, but that's not what this is about.  Nick Gillespie's post reminds us …
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Zombie / Pajamas Media:
The New Free Speech Movement
PPIC:
Stunning Drop in Whitman's Support Transforms GOP Race for Governor  —  Fiorina, Campbell in Dead Heat While DeVore's Support Doubles  —  Support for Meg Whitman has plummeted 23 points since March, and she is now in a far closer race with Steve Poizner to become the Republican nominee for governor.
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Ed Kilgore / FiveThirtyEight:
The Whitman-Poizner Slugfest Gets Serious
Jake Tapper / Political Punch:
Salahis Stopped by Secret Service Near White House Last Night  —  The Salahis were stopped by the U.S. Secret Service last night at around 8 p.m. ET during the State Dinner for Mexican President Felipe Calderon as their stretch limousine ran a red light and seemed to be trying to turn …
Victoria Gill / BBC:
Scientists make ‘artificial life’  —  The synthetic cell looks identical to the “wild type”  —  Scientists in the US have succeeded in developing the first synthetic living cell.  —  The researchers constructed a bacterium's “genetic software” and transplanted it into a host cell.
Discussion: Don Surber
 
 
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