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10:10 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.
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 …
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.)
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:
The Huffington Post:
Rand Paul On ‘Maddow’ Defends Criticism Of Civil Rights Act, Says He Would Have Worked To Change Bill (VIDEO)  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  Kentucky Senate candidate Rand Paul believes that the federal government blurred the lines between public and private property when it passed …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
Discussion: Right Now and Wonkette
Joan Walsh / Salon:
Rachel Maddow demolishes Rand Paul
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 …
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: The Politico
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).
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:   Brown Says He'll Likely Vote For Wall Street Reform
David Dayen / Firedoglake:
Feingold and Cantwell Explain Their Votes Against Cloture
Discussion: Rortybomb, Open Congress and Daily Kos
Reid accuses Scott Brown of breaking word on vote
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
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.
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
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
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
Ben Feller / Associated Press:
Mexico's Calderon takes his case to Congress  —  WASHINGTON — Mexican President Felipe Calderon is taking his case for a fair and orderly overhaul of U.S. immigration policies to the people who can do something about it: members of Congress.  —  One day after private meetings …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Gateway Pundit
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 …
Paul Kelso / Telegraph:
London 2012: Olympic mascots Wenlock and Mandeville unveiled  —  After 18 months, 40 focus groups and a secret operation worthy of MI5, London 2012 on Wednesday finally revealed the mascots that will help define the capital's Olympic experience, and just as importantly help pay for it.
Owen Gibson / Guardian:
London Olympics 2012: Meet Wenlock and Mandeville, drips off the old block
Discussion: Tammy Bruce and Moe Lane
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.
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
Scott Patterson / Wall Street Journal:
Trading-Firm Breakdowns Accompanied Market's Chaos  —  As the stock market spiraled out of control two weeks ago, two major firms that handle trades for retail brokerages suffered trading breakdowns.  —  One, the big Chicago hedge-fund firm Citadel Investment Group, stopped taking orders …
Discussion: DealBook and The Big Picture
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Washington Post:
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