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9:30 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 …
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 …
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
NPR to Rand Paul: Would you have voted for the Civil Rights Act?  —  I don't like to go back-to-back on the same subject but a hot rumor hit Twitter as the last post was being published that Paul told NPR he would have voted against the 1964 CRA.  (Much like certain Democrats who are still serving in the Senate did.)
Clifton B / Another Black Conservative:
Rand Paul and the Civil Rights Act question  —  Rand Paul needs to start doing some homework ASAP.  Only one day after his landslide victory, Rand Paul is in a Catch 22.  Today on NPR, Rand Paul was again presented with the Civil Rights question.  As a libertarian, Paul is extremely cautious …
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
David Dayen / Firedoglake:
Feingold and Cantwell Explain Their Votes Against Cloture
Discussion: Rortybomb, Open Congress and Daily Kos
David M. Herszenhorn / New York Times:
Vote Keeps Financial Reform Bill in Debate
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.
Discussion: Ballot Box and Real Clear Politics
Sean J. Miller / The Hill:
GOP gov. primary could top $100M  —  The Republican gubernatorial primary in California could cost more than $100 million as the two wealthy front-runners continue to spend their own fortunes attacking each other.  —  Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner released his latest salvo earlier this week …
Discussion: CNN, Outside The Beltway and PolitiCal
Cathleen Decker / Los Angeles Times:
Whitman's lead drops to single digits
David S. Broder / Washington Post:
A big hit against big government  —  As we approached the Tuesday night with the year's most significant senatorial primaries so far, I turned for guidance to a man who had already been through the fires that define the incendiary politics of 2010.  —  Ten days after he was barred from the ballot …
Martina Stewart / CNN:
Come to Kentucky, Rand Paul tells Obama
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 …
Daniela Altimari / Capitol Watch:
Blumenthal and Vietnam, the director's cut
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: The Politico
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 …
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
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
Justin Gillis / New York Times:
Scientists Fault U.S. Response in Assessing Gulf Oil Spill  —  Tensions between the Obama administration and the scientific community over the gulf oil spill are escalating, with prominent oceanographers accusing the government of failing to conduct an adequate scientific analysis of the damage …
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
Obama and the Oil Spill
Renee Schoof / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Gulf oil spill leak now pegged at 95,000 barrels a day  —  This is the most recent video released of the larger of the two Deepwater Horizon leaks.  It was shot Monday, May 17, after a 4-inch pipe was inserted in an effort to draw some of the escaping oil to the surface.  View all the new videos.
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.
Jason Horowitz / Washington Post:
Democratic New York senator Chuck Schumer is poised to become majority leader  —  On Mother's Day, Chuck Schumer delivered two commencement speeches upstate, flew back to Brooklyn to eat dinner with his wife, mother and daughters and at 7:38 p.m. toted a briefcase into his midtown office …
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's … and The BLT
James Delingpole  —  James Delingpole is a writer, journalist and broadcaster who is right about everything.  He is the author of numerous fantastically entertaining books including Welcome To Obamaland: I've Seen Your Future And It Doesn't Work, How To Be Right, and the Coward series of WWII adventure novels.
Discussion: Biased BBC and Tim Blair
Wall Street Journal:
Landis Admits Doping, Accuses Others  —  Floyd Landis, the American cyclist whose 2006 Tour De France victory was nullified after a positive doping test, has sent a series of emails to cycling officials and sponsors admitting to, and detailing, his systematic use of performance enhancing drugs during his career.
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.
Discussion: The Caucus
Ian Swanson / The Hill:
Record growth among entrepreneurs in U.S.  —  More entrepreneurs launched new businesses in 2009 than any other time in the past 14 years, according to a study released Thursday.  —  The figures from the Kauffman Index of Entrepreneurial Activity report that entrepreneurs have remained …
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Scott Patterson / Wall Street Journal:
Trading-Firm Breakdowns Accompanied Market's Chaos
Discussion: DealBook
Paul Kelso / Telegraph:
London 2012: Olympic mascots Wenlock and Mandeville unveiled
Cardinal Seán / Cardinal Seán's Blog:
On the Hingham school situation
Discussion: Politics Daily and Boston Globe
Rob Crilly / Telegraph:
Facebook blocked in Pakistan over Prophet Mohammed cartoon row
Discussion: Hot Air, Hit & Run and Spiked
The Hill:
Pelosi vows to end 'Don't ask, don't tell' by the end of the year
Discussion: Roll Call and Weasel Zippers
Lori Montgomery / Washington Post:
Democrats queasy about deficit spending
Kori Schulman / White Blog Feed:
Tonight at the White House State Dinner: Beyoncé and Rodrigo y Gabriela
 Earlier Items: 
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
Karoli / Crooks and Liars:
Florida mosque bombed; FBI calls for help; national media mute
Associated Press:
KFC's bet on the Double Down is paying off