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11:15 PM ET, May 20, 2010

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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.
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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.
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.
Ezra Klein:
Area politician has some explaining to do  —  Rand Paul is predictably walking his statements on the Civil Rights Act back as fast as he can.  “Let me be clear,” he says in a statement released today.  “I support the Civil Rights Act because I overwhelmingly agree with the intent of the legislation …
Discussion: USA Today and The Daily Dish
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
Rand Paul and Civil Rights  —  A rookie mistake feeds a left-wing smear.  —  Rand Paul was 1 when Congress enacted the Civil Rights Act of 1964.  Now 47, he is the Republican nominee for U.S. Senate from Kentucky, his first ever foray into politics.  To his evident surprise …
David Weigel / Right Now:
Rand Paul in '02: I may not like it, but ‘a free society’ …
Jake / Page One:
Rand Paul Made Same Racial Comments in 2002
Discussion: CNN, The Hill and TPMDC
Howard Fineman / Newsweek Blogs:
Rand Paul and D. W. Griffith
Discussion: NewsBusters.org and NPR Topics
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
In Defense Of Rand Paul (Kinda)
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
What do Rand Paul's patrons think of Civil Rights talk?
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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Mark Mazzetti / New York Times:
Blair to Leave Intelligence Post After Rocky Tenure
Discussion: PostPartisan, Swampland and Mediaite
Eileen Sullivan / Associated Press:
National intelligence director resigning
Agence France Presse:
Obama's intelligence czar to resign: US official
Discussion: Townhall.com
Brady Dennis / Washington Post:
Senate clears way to vote on financial reform  —  The Senate voted Thursday afternoon to end its three-week debate on a bill to rewrite the nation's financial regulations, paving the way for a final vote on the landmark legislation.  —  The 60-to-40 vote — the minimum required to end debate …
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Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Senate Passes Wall Street Reform Bill
Meredith Shiner / The Politico:
Brown key to Wall St. bill passage
Discussion: Michelle Malkin, CNN and The Note
Wall Street Journal:
Senate Passes Financial Overhaul Bill
reason-contest.s3.amazonaws.com:
And The Winner of The Everybody Draw Mohammad Contest is...  To remind readers of the stakes: In recent months, a Swedish cartoonist that sketched Mohammed as a “roundabout dog” as part of a planned street installation was assaulted during a lecture and, the following week, two extremists attempted to burn his house down.
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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 …
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  —  Arizona voters now support the state's new immigration law more than ever and are still more inclined to think the law will be good for the state's economy rather than bad.  A lot of voters in the state are thinking it's payback time …
Fox News:
Calderon Criticism of Arizona Law Overlooks Mexico's Tough Immigration Policy
The Huffington Post:
Little Girl Who Challenged First Lady Is Right: Obama Is Deporting More Immigrants Than Ever  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  A little girl became the face of the nation's immigration debate on Wednesday, when she told First Lady Michelle Obama about her mother's fear.
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Oscar Avila / Chicago Tribune:
Immigration crackdown for Illinois  —  Feds to step up enforcement  —  In the midst of an outcry over illegal immigration and Arizona's new crackdown, a top Department of Homeland Security official visiting Chicago on Wednesday said his agency intended to step up enforcement in places such as Illinois.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Hot Air
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 …
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Sam Youngman / The Hill:   Gibbs mum about Sestak's job offer
The Huffington Post:
Wall Street Power Play: Bankers In Bizarre Showdown With Auto Dealers  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  Wall Street has found itself battling auto dealers in a last-ditch effort to block an amendment opposed by big banks from coming to the Senate floor.  The bank lobbyists are working to persuade …
Discussion: Firedoglake
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WDSU-TV:
Fishermen Report Illness From BP Chemicals  —  Toxicologist Says Chemicals Harmful, Can Lead To Death  —  LAFITTE, La. — More and more stories about sick fishermen are beginning to surface after the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.  —  The fishermen are working out in the Gulf …
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
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Juliet Eilperin / Washington Post:
EPA demands less toxic dispersant
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: Hot Air, Don Surber and Truthdig
Zev Chafets / New York Times:
Op-Ed Contributor: The Rush Limbaugh Victory  —  THERE are many theories for why very conservative Republicans seem to be doing so well lately, taking their party's Senate nominations in Florida, Kentucky and Utah, and beating Democrats head-to-head in Massachusetts, New Jersey and Virginia.
 
 
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