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11:10 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.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Rand Paul's America  —  The attack on Rand Paul's principled libertarianism — which appears to hold that private businesses should be allowed to discriminate on race — writes itself, and it's hard to see how he makes it to the Senate if he can't give a better explanation than he gave Rachel Maddow last night:
Ta-Nehisi Coates / The Atlantic Online:
The Proud Ignorance of Rand Paul  —  Visit for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy  —  I saw this over at Gawker, and thought that Rand Paul might come off better if I saw the whole video.  I think the whole video made it worse.
Discussion: Gawker and
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.)
Discussion: The FOX Nation and The Hill
Joan Walsh / Salon:
Rachel Maddow demolishes Rand Paul  —  The Tea Party favorite says he'd have marched with Martin Luther King Jr., but he opposes the law that forced businesses to serve him  —  Kentucky GOP Senate nominee Rand Paul is squirming under the bright lights of national media attention since …
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 …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
RAND PAUL, THE CIVIL RIGHTS ACT, AND ‘THE HARD PART’ OF ‘FREEDOM’.... When Rand Paul, the Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate in Kentucky, sat down with the editorial board of the Louisville Courier-Journal, the paper understandably wanted to get a better sense of the right-wing ophthalmologist's ideology.
Discussion: and Wonkette
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Freedom as White Supremacy  —  It seems that yesterday US Senate candidate Rand Paul let the cat out of the bag and admitted that under his brand of libertarian conservatism he can't support the 1964 Civil Rights Act or other non-discrimination legislation as applied to private businesses.
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 …
The Hill:
Bring it on: Nancy Pelosi predicts ‘for sure’ that Dems will win House
Discussion: TPMDC
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.
Cathleen Decker / Los Angeles Times:
Whitman's lead drops to single digits
Sean J. Miller / The Hill:
GOP gov. primary could top $100M
Discussion: CNN, Outside The Beltway and PolitiCal
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Brown Says He'll Likely Vote For Wall Street Reform  —  Sen. Scott Brown acknowledged tonight that he did indeed tell Majority Leader Harry Reid he'd support financial reform legislation, before voting to filibuster at the last minute.  But he says he's confident he'll ultimately side with the Democrats …
Discussion: Firedoglake and Wonk Room
The Note:
Sen. Harry Reid Suggests Sen. Scott Brown Lied
David Dayen / Firedoglake:
Feingold and Cantwell Explain Their Votes Against Cloture
Discussion: Rortybomb, Open Congress and Daily Kos
Matt Bai / New York Times:
Voter Insurrection Turns Mainstream, Creating New Rules  —  Americans have been cursing their incumbents — and periodically rising up to eject them from office — since angry Bostonians took a bucket of tar and some feathers to their customs commissioner in 1774.
New York Times:
White House Embraces Upstart Who Beat Specter
Discussion: JustOneMinute and The Politico
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.
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Times defends posting of clipped Blumenthal video
Rasmussen Reports:
Election 2010: South Carolina Republican Primary for Governor  —  South Carolina GOP Primary for Governor: Haley Jumps Ahead  —  With South Carolina's Republican Primary for Governor less than three weeks away, State Representative Nikki Haley, coming off a fresh endorsement by Sarah Palin, now leads the GOP pack.
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 …
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.
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
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.
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Associated Press:
Gulf Oil Spill: Louisiana Wetlands Blanketed With BP Crude (VIDEO)
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Associated Press:
New Weekly Jobless Claims Rise 25,000 to 471,000
Discussion: Hot Air and Scared Monkeys
Ben Feller / Associated Press:
Mexico's Calderon takes his case to Congress
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Gateway Pundit
Damian Paletta / Wall Street Journal:
Treasury, Fed Work to Kill Capital Provision in Senate Bill
Scott Patterson / Wall Street Journal:
Trading-Firm Breakdowns Accompanied Market's Chaos
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Ian Swanson / The Hill:
Record growth among entrepreneurs in U.S.
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Md. second-grader gives first lady pop quiz on immigration
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